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Kellogg Elects New Board Member

February 25, 2013 12:10 pm

Kellogg Co. said Friday that Cynthia Milligan has been elected to its board. Milligan, 66, is dean emeritus of the College of Business Administration at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and trustee of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Prior to her tenure with the University of Nebraska, Milligan served as director of banking and finance for the state of Nebraska. She will be added to the board effective immediately.

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Farmers Defend Reputation of French Cuisine

February 25, 2013 12:07 pm | by LORI HINNANT and SYLVIE CORBET,Associated Press

Stung by Europe's growing horse meat scandal, French farmers and food industry officials on Saturday were flocking to Paris to show off their wares and defend the reputation of the Western world's culinary heartland. Paris' yearly Agricultural Salon is a bit as if the Iowa State Fair took up residence in New York City to advertise the virtues of red wine and goat cheese, as well as the latest in tractor technology.

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Recalled Dog Food May Contain Toxin

February 25, 2013 12:06 pm

Grocery store chain Hy-Vee says it's recalling some bags of Hy-Vee dog food that might contain a toxin commonly found in corn. The Iowa-based company says tests conducted by the Iowa Department of Agriculture indicated higher-than-normal levels of aflatoxin in some samples of the dog food made at a Kansas City plant operated by Pro-Pet, LLC.

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Court Approves Treatment Requirement for Calif. Almonds

February 25, 2013 12:04 pm

An appeals court ruled Friday that federal officials have the authority to require that all California almonds be treated for salmonella following outbreaks linked to almonds from the state. The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a lower court decision.

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High-Stakes Trial Begins for Gulf Oil Spill

February 25, 2013 12:02 pm | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN,Associated Press

Scientists warn that the spill's full effect on the Gulf food chain may not be known for years. But they have reported oil-coated coral reefs that were dying, and fish have been showing up in nets with lesions and illnesses that biologists fear could be oil-related. Oil churned up by storms could be washing up for years.

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Consumer Trends: Shoppers Unsatisfied with Packaging

February 25, 2013 12:00 pm

The results of a new study suggest that packaging satisfaction can have a significant impact on purchase intent and repeat purchase, and that there is a low level of satisfaction overall, especially once consumers leave the store and rely on the structural or functional features of the package at home or on-the-go.

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Mandela Family Launches Wine Collection

February 25, 2013 9:38 am | by SUZETTE LABOY,Associated Press

For decades, Nelson Mandela's name has been synonymous with political reform and the struggle against South African apartheid. Now with the launch of House of Mandela Wines, his daughter and granddaughter hope to add fine wine to the list of associations.

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Colo. Rejects GMO Labeling Bill

February 25, 2013 9:36 am | by KRISTEN WYATT,Associated Press

Colorado lawmakers Thursday rejected a proposal that would have required genetically engineered food to be labeled, amid fears that the mandate would burden farmers and raise food prices. A Democratic House committee voted 7-2 against the bill after more than five hours of emotional testimony from mothers seeking labels and farmers saying the requirement would hurt them.

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Study: Mediterranean Diet Cuts Heart Risks

February 25, 2013 9:35 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE,AP Chief Medical Writer

The study lasted five years and involved about 7,500 people in Spain. Those who ate Mediterranean-style with lots of olive oil or nuts had a 30 percent lower risk of major cardiovascular problems compared to others who were told to follow a low-fat diet. Mediterranean meant lots of fruit, fish, chicken, beans, tomato sauce, salads, and wine and little baked goods and pastries.

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Appeal Sought in W. Va. Monsanto Settlement

February 25, 2013 9:33 am

Three plaintiffs in Monsanto Co.'s massive settlement with thousands of West Virginia residents are taking issue with agreement. Media reports state they filed a notice of appeal last Wednesday with the state Supreme Court. The plaintiffs take issue with several parts of the settlement, including what they say is the exclusion of 95 percent of the settlement class.

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Horsemeat Found in Ikea’s Swedish Meatballs

February 25, 2013 9:31 am | by KARL RITTER,Associated Press

Swedish furniture giant Ikea was drawn into Europe's widening food labeling scandal Monday as authorities said they had detected horse meat in frozen meatballs labeled as beef and pork and sold in 13 countries across the continent. The Czech State Veterinary Administration said that horse meat was found in one-kilogram packs of frozen meatballs made in Sweden and shipped to the Czech Republic.

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Photo of the Day: A Heart-Healthy Diet

February 25, 2013 9:27 am

Mediterranean diets have long been touted as heart-healthy, but that's based on observational studies. Now, one of the longest and most scientific tests suggests this style of eating can cut the chance of suffering heart-related problems, especially strokes, in older people at high risk of them.

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Adults Get 11 Percent of Calories from Fast Food

February 22, 2013 12:34 pm | by MIKE STOBBE,AP Medical Writer

On an average day, U.S. adults get roughly 11 percent of their calories from fast food, a government study shows. That's down slightly from the 13 percent reported the last time the government tried to pin down how much of the American diet is coming from fast food. Eating fast food too frequently has been seen as a driver of America's obesity problem.

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How Will Greek Yogurt Fare with Kids?

February 22, 2013 12:31 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Greek yogurt is taking over the dairy aisle, but will kids bite? The question is a critical one for General Mills, which is a dominant player in yogurt for kids, with about half the market. It's also important to Chobani, the leader in the Greek yogurt category, which is stepping up its courtship of kids — and their parents.

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French Eat Frozen Meals and Fine Cuisine

February 22, 2013 12:28 pm | by ELAINE GANLEY,Associated Press

The Europe-wide uproar over horse meat being sold as beef has exposed a labyrinthine network of companies and countries that trade the meat used in packaged meals. And even the French, it appears, head to the microwave at night after work to zap frozen meals created in far-off factories.

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Hawaiian Coffee Farms Fined for Labor Violations

February 22, 2013 12:26 pm

The U.S. Department of Labor is fining seven Big Island coffee farms and farm labor contractors $42,000 for violating labor laws. The department said Thursday it imposed the penalties after finding many workers who hand-harvested or processed coffee cherries weren't paid legally required wages.

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Irish Meat Processor Sent Horsemeat to Czech Republic

February 22, 2013 12:22 pm

Ireland's government says an Irish meat processor has been discovered sending horse meat mislabeled as beef to a company in the Czech Republic. Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney says investigations by fraud detectives have found that B&F Meats in the town of Carrick-on-Suir was shipping meat to the Czech company using labels in Czech describing the product as beef.

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Consumer Trends: St. Patrick's Day Treats

February 22, 2013 12:00 pm

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, McCormick is inviting everyone to give their holiday celebrations a splash of color and flavor with new recipes and a guide to tinting baked goods green in seven shades — from mint to emerald. Emerald green may be this year’s favorite color, but the demand for green food color isn’t new.

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Daily Sound Bite: Aging in the Ocean

February 22, 2013 10:45 am

Mira Winery of St. Helena, Calif., is trying something new to age its wines. The company tossed four cases of Cabernet Sauvignon into Charleston Harbor this week, all in the name of aging. After three months, the wine will undergo chemical tests as well as pass under the noses of rigorous tasters to determine the difference between it and the company's land-aged wine.

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Have Your Breakfast and Drink It, Too

February 22, 2013 9:35 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

If you don't have time to sit down for a bowl of cereal in the morning, companies are hoping you'll want to drink your breakfast. As companies struggle to grow cereal sales in the U.S., Kellogg and General Mills are preparing to roll out breakfast drinks.

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