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Conn. Bill Requires Labeling of BPA

April 17, 2013 9:46 am

Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban food packaging containing the plastics chemical, bisphenol A, unless the packaging has a clear warning label. The proposed ban would take effect on Jan. 1, requiring the warning label to be in a clear, legible, uniform, boldface font.

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Deal Expected in Muslims' Suit Against McDonald's

April 17, 2013 9:43 am | by JEFF KAROUB, Associated Press

A judge is expected to finalize Wednesday a $700,000 settlement between McDonald's Corp. and members of Michigan's Muslim community over claims a suburban Detroit restaurant falsely advertised its food as prepared according to Islamic law.

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Photo of the Day: Snacking for 100 Years

April 17, 2013 8:00 am

Lance is launching new cracker and cookie products this month as part of its 100th anniversary celebration. "Our 100th anniversary is all about giving our fans more of what they love and delivering on the many consumers requests we've heard over the years," said Tom Ingram, Senior Brand Director, Bakery at Snyder's-Lance, Inc.

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U.S Consumer Prices Fall 0.2 Percent

April 16, 2013 12:13 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

U.S. consumer prices declined last month as the cost of gas fell sharply and food prices were unchanged. The tame reading is the latest evidence that the sluggish economy is keeping inflation in check. The consumer price index declined a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent in March, after jumping 0.7 percent in February, the Labor Department said Tuesday.

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Optimism Prevails Among U.S. Manufacturers

April 16, 2013 12:11 pm

U.S. industrial manufacturers remain positive regarding the outlook for the U.S. economy in the year ahead, while sentiment pertaining to the world economy remains guarded, according to the Q1 2013 Manufacturing Barometer, released today by PwC US.

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Daily Sound Bite: Horse Meat Scandal Did Not Impact Food Safety

April 16, 2013 12:10 pm

After an exhaustive round of tests covering over nearly 7,000 samples of meat products in Europe, the EU has released a statement announcing that the horsemeat scandal that recently swept through Europe is a prime example of fraud but did not create a public safety risk.

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Danone Sales Up in 1Q

April 16, 2013 12:08 pm

French food and drink company Danone says its sales rose 4.3 percent in the first quarter of the year, driven by growth in new markets that offset struggles in Europe. The company behind Activia yogurt said Tuesday it brought in 5.3 billion euros ($6.9 billion) in revenue in the January-to-March period.

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Hershey Launching New Chocolate and Fruit Product

April 16, 2013 12:07 pm

An analyst is raising his price target for Hershey, saying the launch of its chocolate and fruit berries product has the potential to expand the chocolate segment. David Driscoll of Citi Investment Research said in a client note that most of the products in the chocolate category right now consist of chocolate, peanut butter, peanuts, caramel, nougat, mint and coconut.

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EU Horse Meat Scandal a Matter of Fraud, Not Safety

April 16, 2013 12:05 pm

More than 7,000 tests across the European Union have shown that nearly 5 percent of the food products labeled as beef contained horse meat, but there is no danger to public health, officials said Tuesday. The tests showed that the veterinary anti-inflammatory drug phenylbutazone, or bute, was present in about .5 percent of the horse meat, the EU said in a statement.

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Consumer Trends: Americans Not Willing To Pay Extra for Organic

April 16, 2013 12:00 pm

As Americans start to feel better about reaching into their pockets, they still may not be ready to dish out the extra green on organic items. Turns out that more than half (59%) agree that labeling food or other products as organic is just an excuse to charge more.

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April Is Pest Management Month

April 16, 2013 9:39 am

McCloud Services, a leading pest management company headquartered in South Elgin, Ill, is proud to celebrate National Pest Management Month, which is formally recognized each year by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). The observance acknowledges the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health and property from common household pests.

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The Future of India’s Food Industry

April 16, 2013 9:35 am

India is the 2nd largest population in the world, has the 3rd largest economy and ranks 2nd in the world in terms of agricultural production. It is no wonder that India is fast becoming an essential player in the global food ingredients market.

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Recall: Bottled Seafood May Cause Botulism

April 16, 2013 9:32 am

A health warning concerning certain St. Thomas brand bottled seafood products has been expanded. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning the public not to consume St. Thomas Bottled Lobster, Bar Clams and Bar Clam Stew because they may be contaminated with the bacteria that can cause botulism, a life-threatening illness.

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Coca-Cola’s Profit Beats Expectations

April 16, 2013 9:30 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Coca-Cola's first-quarter results came in above expectations as the world's biggest beverage maker sold more of its drinks in emerging markets. The Atlanta-based company said Tuesday that global volume rose 4 percent in the quarter, with Thailand, India and Russia posting strong gains.

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Dutch Company Linked To Horsemeat Fraud Is Bankrupt

April 16, 2013 9:28 am | by MIKE CORDER,Associated Press

A meat processing plant and wholesaler suspected of mixing undeclared horse meat with beef has been declared bankrupt. A court in the eastern Dutch city of Den Bosch court declared the Willy Selten meat works bankrupt Tuesday. The company is at the center of a huge recall announced last week of suspect beef across the European Union.

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Photo of the Day: Grilled Cheese Goes Gourmet

April 16, 2013 9:26 am

April is National Grilled Cheese Month and the cheese experts at the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) are celebrating the cult-like devotion to this classic favorite by offering  three inventive and delicious ways to serve it up. In honor of April Grilled Cheese Month, the CMAB has created three creative grilled cheese options that can be easily prepared at home.

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Daily Sound Bite: Organic Ditches Common Antibiotic

April 15, 2013 1:45 pm

The National Organic Standards Board, which sets the standards growers and processors must meet in order to achieve organic certification, as declared that oxytetracyline, a commonly used antibiotic, may no longer be used in the production of organic apples and pears.

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Glut of Peanuts Means Less Planting in U.S.

April 15, 2013 12:22 pm | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY and JEFF AMY,Associated Press

With a glut of peanuts driving prices down, farmers across the country are cutting back on planting, and nowhere is the expected change more marked than in Mississippi. Mississippi farmers plan to put 22,000 acres into goober peas this year, or about 42 percent of last year's acreage, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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American Crystal Sugar Workers Approve Contract

April 15, 2013 12:20 pm

Union workers in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa who have been locked out of their jobs for 20 months at American Crystal Sugar Co. approved a new contract Saturday. Leaders of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International union said in a news release that the workers voted 55 percent to accept company management's contract offer.

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Billionaire Gets $12M More in Wine Spat

April 15, 2013 12:19 pm

A jury in New York has awarded $12 million in punitive damages to a Florida billionaire in his dispute over pricey wine. Friday's federal court decision was another victory for William Koch. On Thursday, the Manhattan jury found that he was sold fake vintage wine by California businessman Eric Greenberg. It awarded Koch about $380,000 in compensatory damages.

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