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Cattle Groups File Lawsuit Against EPA

May 3, 2011 4:35 am

WASHINGTON  (National Cattlemen’s Beef Association) — The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Florida Cattlemen’s Association (FCA) filed a lawsuit on April 28, 2011, challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s determination letter and final rule establishing numeric nutrient criteria (NNC) for Florida’s lakes, rivers, streams and springs.

Mo. Governor Vetoes Limits On Farm Lawsuits

May 3, 2011 4:35 am

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Monday aimed at limiting nuisance lawsuits against large hog farms that produce foul odors, but he indicated a willingness to work with lawmakers on a revised version. The governor said he vetoed the bill because it limited people's ability to win punitive damages against farms and because some provisions could have been interpreted to also apply to other types of annoying actions, such as noisy neighbors, vehicle exhaust or leaking gas tanks and oil lines.

Salmonella Contamination Prompts Tomato Recall

May 3, 2011 4:34 am

TRACY, Calif. (AP) — A Florida tomato grower is voluntarily recalling its grape tomatoes after a sample tested positive for salmonella. Six L's Packing Company Inc. said in a statement that no illnesses had been reported in connection to the recall as of April 29. The Immokalee, Fla.

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Lawsuit Alleges "Potato Cartel" Conspiracy

May 3, 2011 4:34 am

NEW YORK ( Milberg LLP) — Milberg LLP has filed a class action lawsuit alleging that consumers were overcharged on their purchases of potatoes dating back to 2004 through the present. The complaint alleges that the defendants, an alleged cartel consisting of among the largest potato growers, cooperatives, processors and licensors, violated federal and state antitrust laws by having entered into an illegal scheme to restrict output and raise prices for potatoes.

Photo Of The Day: Rain, Cold, Tornadoes Halt Spring Planting

May 3, 2011 4:33 am

(AP) — In this photo taken April 8, 2011, central Illinois corn and soybean farmer Tim Seifert loads his field planter with DEKALB seed corn for spring planting on his Farms in Auburn, Ill. More than three times the usual rainfall over the past week, below-average temperatures and tornado damage to equipment and soil have combined to bring a halt to spring planting from one end of Illinois to the other.

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Pilgrim's Pride Posts Loss, Faces Higher Feed Prices

May 2, 2011 5:03 am

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Chicken producer Pilgrim's Pride Corp. said Friday that its first-quarter loss had more than doubled, as the company faced higher prices for feed and was forced to liquidate some of its inventory. The company's stock fell 33 cents, or 5.1 percent, to $6.17 in morning trading.

DuPont Raises Offer For Danisco

May 2, 2011 5:01 am

NEW YORK (AP) — DuPont raised its $5.8 billion offer for Danish food-additives maker Danisco by about 5.3 percent in what it called a best and final proposal. DuPont said Friday it was offering 700 Danish kroner ($139.12) per share for Danisco, and extending the offer period for the last time to May 13.

China Imprisons 14 After Tainted Milk Scandal

May 2, 2011 4:59 am

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese courts have sentenced 14 people to prison for producing or selling melamine-tainted milk powder, news reports said Saturday, highlighting Beijing's struggle to stamp out rampant sales of phony or tainted food and medicine. Three years after use of melamine in infant formula killed six babies and prompted a shake-up of China's dairy industry, authorities still are seizing tons of tainted milk.

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Illinois Pushes Ban On Trans Fat

May 2, 2011 4:57 am

CHICAGO (AP) — Darryl Townson's doughnuts may get rave reviews, but politicians and health advocates would like to change his recipe. In a bid to improve the health of Illinois residents, some lawmakers in Springfield are pushing a bill that would ban artificial trans fat from restaurants, bakeries, movie theater popcorn and snacks sold in school vending machines.

Skeptics Fear 'War On Obesity' Could Cause Stigma

May 2, 2011 4:51 am

(AP) — The images are striking: Overweight boys and girls staring somberly from billboards and online videos, real-life embodiments of the blunt messages alongside. "Chubby kids may not outlive their parents," for example. Or: "Big bones didn't make me this way. Big meals did." The ads — part of a new "Stop Child Obesity" campaign in Georgia — won some enthusiastic praise for their attention-grabbing tactics.

Photo Of The Day: A Stinky Situation

May 2, 2011 4:47 am

(AP) — In this Thursday, April 14, 2011, Tom Haas displays an apple from last years crop that shows damage caused by brown marmorated stink bugs at Cherry Hill Orchards Inc., in Lancaster, Pa. The relatively new pest originally from Asia is threatening to wreak havoc on mid-Atlantic orchards.

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Starbucks Profit Up 20 Percent

April 29, 2011 4:51 am

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Starbucks Corp. brewed up a strong second quarter but warned investors that rising costs for fuel and dairy are a bigger problem than it anticipated for the year. The coffee giant's shares fell in after-hours trading Wednesday on the news. Starbucks said its net income jumped 20 percent to $261.

Smithfield Foods Sells Hog Facility

April 29, 2011 4:45 am

SMITHFIELD, Va. (AP) — Smithfield Foods Inc. has sold a Texas hog production facility to Wayzata-Minn.-based Cargill Inc. for about $33 million. Smithfield Foods President and CEO C. Larry Pope says the transaction announced Wednesday is part of the international food company's strategy to shed non-core assets.

Salesman Indicted For Distributing Spoiled Meat

April 29, 2011 4:43 am

(USDA) —USDA´s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), in conjunction with the United States Attorney´s Office for the District of Puerto Rico, announce the indictment of a Puerto Rican businessman for violations of the Federal Meat and Poultry Inspection Acts. On April 6, a grand jury convened by the United States Attorney´s Office for the District of Puerto Rico handed down an indictment against Filiberto Berrios, 52, of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, on four counts of adulteration, transport, distribution and sale of adulterated meat and poultry products and issued a warrant for his arrest.

Senator Warns Of Food Terrorism

April 29, 2011 4:38 am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A biological terror attack on the U.S. food supply could come soon, but many Washington lawmakers aren't taking the threat seriously, a U.S. senator from Kansas said Thursday. A successful attack would disrupt the food supply of not just the nation, but the entire world, Republican Sen.

Sugar Farmers Sue Over 'Corn Sugar' Campaign

April 29, 2011 4:34 am

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The sugar industry is seeking some sweet revenge. A group of sugar farmers and refiners have filed a lawsuit against several corn processors and their lobbying group for their effort to rebrand high-fructose corn syrup as "corn sugar". The Western Sugar Cooperative, Michigan Sugar Co.

Photo Of The Day: Putting Commercials On A Diet

April 29, 2011 4:28 am

(AP) — Nathaniel Donaker, 4, eats Kellogg's Frosted Flakes cereal at his home in Palo Alto, Calif., Thursday, April 28, 2011. Commercials promoting sugary breakfast cereals could be put on a strict diet under government guidelines urging food companies to limit marketing of unhealthy products to children.

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China Seizes More Melamine-Tainted Milk Powder

April 28, 2011 5:07 am

BEIJING (AP) -- Authorities seized 26 tons of melamine-tainted milk powder from an ice cream maker in southern China three years after widespread use of the chemical in infant formula killed six babies, state media said Wednesday. The discovery underscores China's stubborn problem with illegal food additives used to turn a quick profit regardless of the health risks.

Meatpacker Wage Trial Begins In Nebraska

April 28, 2011 5:03 am

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The first in a series of lawsuits brought against Nebraska meatpackers over employee pay will go to trial next week. In separate lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court, Nebraska Beef Ltd. in Omaha, Greater Omaha Packing Co. and Tyson Foods Inc. are accused of violating state and federal wage and labor laws for years.

Texas Company To Pay $1.7M To Abused Poultry Workers

April 28, 2011 4:59 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge ordered a Texas-based company accused of abusing and underpaying several mentally disabled men at a turkey plant in Iowa to pay $1.76 million to the former workers, the U.S. Labor Department said Wednesday. The partial summary judgment was issued in the department's lawsuit against Hill Country Farms, of Goldthwaite, Texas, doing business as Henry's Turkey Service.

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