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Wholesale Prices Fall By Most In 3 Years

June 13, 2012 9:53 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

A steep drop in gasoline costs drove down a measure of U.S. wholesale prices in May by the most since July 2009. But outside the food and energy categories, prices increased moderately. Food costs fell 0.6 percent in May, the biggest decline since December. A 2.2 percent drop in meat prices drove most of the decline. The cost of fresh fruits and melons fell 7.1 percent, the most in a year.

NYC Health Board Favors Big Drink Ban

June 13, 2012 9:49 am | by DAVID B. CARUSO,Associated Press

New York City's Board of Health signaled strong support Tuesday for the mayor's plan to fight obesity by banning the sale of large, sugary beverages at local restaurants.


Photo Of The Day: Bacon Bliss

June 13, 2012 9:45 am

Burger King, the world’s second-biggest hamburger chain is introducing a bacon sundae as part of its new menu items for the summer on Thursday, June 14, 2012. The sundae has 510 calories, 18 grams of fat and 61 grams of sugar.


Baltimore May Increase Bottle Tax

June 12, 2012 1:01 pm

The Baltimore City Council has given preliminary approval to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's plan for an increased bottle tax. The legislation would raise the tax on bottled beverages from 2 cents to 5 cents in July 2013.


UN: Food Supply Tenuous For North Koreans

June 12, 2012 1:00 pm | by JEAN H. LEE,Associated Press

Millions of North Korean children are not getting the food, medicine or health care they need to develop physically or mentally, leaving many stunted and malnourished, the United Nations said Tuesday.

Calif. Voters To Decide On GMO Labeling

June 12, 2012 12:56 pm

The California Secretary of State's office has announced that the Right to Know initiative to label genetically engineered foods will be on the state's November ballot.


Groups Call On Hershey To Stop Child Labor

June 12, 2012 12:54 pm

Leaders of  human rights, consumer and healthcare groups spoke out today in an appeal to Hershey's leadership demanding reforms to the candy maker's corporate social responsibility practices, including the company's ongoing use of abusive child labor in cocoa production.


Unilever Recalls Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

June 12, 2012 12:51 pm

Unilever PLC recalled pints of Ben & Jerry's chocolate nougat crunch ice cream because an allergen advisory statement is missing from the packaging.


Consumer Trends: Kosher Tops List Of Claims For New Products

June 12, 2012 12:45 pm

New data from Mintel’s Global New Products Database (GNPD), has spotlighted the most frequent health-focused on-package claims for new products in the food and beverage industry. For 2011, topping the list was “kosher,” which appeared on 27 percent of new products.


Kroger To Sell Store Brand Coffee Pods

June 12, 2012 10:10 am

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.'s shares plunged to a 52-week low Monday after supermarket operator Kroger Co. said it will soon sell its own store-brand single-serve coffee pods, which could intensify competition with Green Mountain's offerings.


Pa. House Puts Liquor Privatization Debate On Hold

June 12, 2012 10:09 am | by PETER JACKSON,Associated Press

Pennsylvania's House of Representatives spent three hours Monday night debating a proposal to end nearly 80 years of state control over liquor and wine sales and sell the business to private operators, only to go home without taking a vote.


Japanese Composting May Be Food Waste Solution

June 12, 2012 10:07 am | by JAY LINDSAY,Associated Press

Bokashi is based on an ancient Japanese practice that ferments food waste by covering it with a mix of microorganisms that suppress its smell and eventually produce soil. Bokashi is not widely used in the United States, but its practitioners think it should be.


Mediator Named In Birds Eye Foods Suit

June 12, 2012 10:04 am

A well-respected Grand Rapids lawyer has been appointed mediator in a lawsuit by property owners who say groundwater has been contaminated by Birds Eye fruit cannery in western Michigan.


Japan Bans Raw Beef Liver After Deadly Food Poisoning

June 12, 2012 10:01 am

The health ministry will ban restaurants from serving raw beef liver, a popular dish in Japan, from July 1 in the wake of a series of food poisoning incidents caused by raw beef, including fatal cases last year, a government panel agreed Tuesday.


Photo Of The Day: Taking Out The Trash

June 12, 2012 10:00 am

Ferncroft Country Club is among a few places in the nation trying an obscure form of composting called bokashi. Based on an ancient Japanese farming practice, food waste is covered with a mix of microorganisms, which suppress its smell and eventually composts to produce soil.


Mislabeled Lasagna Recalled

June 11, 2012 1:18 pm

Windsor Foods said Friday it is recalling Safeway Five Select Cheese Lasagna because of the potential that some packages were mislabeled and may actually contain meat as well as soy and egg allergens.


Experts: NYC Soda Ban Misses The Big Picture

June 11, 2012 1:15 pm

In 2009, a team of researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health and Purdue University reviewed five randomized trials that studied the effect of drinking sugar-sweetened beverages on body weight. “We found no significant effect on overall weight reduction as a result of reducing intake of sugar-sweetened beverages,” explains Kathryn Kaiser, Ph.D., instructor in the SOPH. “Since this was published, two other randomized trials have been published, and neither showed large effects on weight change.”


Half Of Supermarket Chicken Contaminated By Feces

June 11, 2012 1:07 pm

According to a study by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, chicken products from every participating city and grocery store chain tested positive for fecal contamination, with 48 percent of chicken samples testing positive overall.


Campbell Soup Buys Building It Wants To Raze

June 11, 2012 1:02 pm | by GEOFF MULVIHILL,Associated Press

The Campbell Soup Co. on Monday purchased a landmark building in the impoverished city of Camden, N.J., as part of a plan to redevelop the neighborhood surrounding the corporate headquarters of the Fortune 500 company.


American Crystal, Union Reps Remain Deadlocked

June 11, 2012 1:00 pm

American Crystal Sugar leaders and union representatives aren't making progress on contract talks in a dispute that has locked out workers and dragged on for 10 months.



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