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Settlement Close In Jensen Farms Lawsuits

June 5, 2012 9:50 am | by DAN ELLIOTT,Associated Press

Lawyers involved in lawsuits against a Colorado farm identified as the source of a deadly listeria outbreak last fall said Monday they were close to a settlement in the case.

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Schools Opt Out Of ‘Pink Slime’

June 5, 2012 9:46 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The nation's school districts are turning up their noses at "pink slime," the beef product that caused a public uproar earlier this year. Only three states — Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota — chose to order beef that may contain the filler.

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Grain Elevator Explosion Victim Remains Devastated

June 5, 2012 9:44 am | by DON BABWIN,Associated Press

A man who was badly burned when an Illinois grain elevator exploded two years ago knows he may ultimately get a big chunk of the $181 million that a federal jury awarded him and two co-workers who were seriously injured in the blast. He just doesn't know how much good it will do him.

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Pet Care President Indicted For Mail Fraud

June 5, 2012 9:40 am

The indictment alleges that the president of Spectrum Pet Care, which makes pet food and treats, lied to investors about the company's financial condition and how the funds would be used.

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Photo Of The Day: Schools Turn Up Noses At LFTB

June 5, 2012 9:37 am

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the vast majority of states participating in its National School Lunch Program have opted to order ground beef that doesn’t contain the product known as lean finely textured beef.

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Mexican Foods Manufacturer to Implement Ross Enterprise

June 4, 2012 4:08 pm

CDC Software, an enterprise software provider of on-premise and cloud technologies, today announced that Ramona’s Mexican Food Products Inc., a manufacturer of specialty Mexican foods, plans to implement Ross Enterprise to manage its growth, while helping to improve efficiency, reduce costs, facilitate compliance and mitigate risk.

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Retailers, Customers Welcome Wash. Private Liquor Sales

June 4, 2012 1:51 pm | by ELAINE THOMPSON and SHANNON DININNY,Associated Press

Customers lined up Friday at retail stores across Washington to buy spirits for the first time outside state-run stores, and retailers highlighted their liquor deals with full-page newspaper ads, radio spots, banners and special events.

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Wal-Mart CEO: Company Committed To Integrity

June 4, 2012 12:56 pm | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO,AP Retail Writer

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. CEO Mike Duke says the retailer is committed to integrity in the wake of recent bribery allegations in Mexico.

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Consumer Trends: Sandwich Innovations Bring Customers Back For More

June 4, 2012 12:53 pm

More consumers report purchasing sandwiches away from home today vs. just two years ago due in large part to operators' innovative responses to consumer demands for lower prices, greater variety, fresher fare, flexible portions and healthier items.

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Lab Warned Egg Company Of Salmonella In Hens

June 4, 2012 12:51 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press

An Iowa State University scientist found evidence that sick hens at farms owned by an Iowa egg producer were "almost certainly" laying eggs contaminated with salmonella months before one of the nation's largest outbreaks of food-borne illness came to light, newly released records show.

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Midwest Farms Buried In Sand After Flooding

June 4, 2012 12:48 pm | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press

Hundreds of farmers are still struggling to remove sand and fill holes gouged by the Missouri River, which swelled with rain and snowmelt, overflowed its banks and damaged thousands of acres along its 2,341-mile route from Montana through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri. The worst damage and the largest sand deposits were in Iowa and Nebraska.

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Company Considers New Site For Mo. Horse Slaughter Plant

June 4, 2012 12:43 pm

A Wyoming company that processes horse meat for human consumption is considering opening a plant in western Missouri after cost considerations and local opposition stalled plans for another location in the state.

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Dairy Recalls Whipping Cream

June 4, 2012 9:57 am

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is advising consumers to avoid a specific whipping-cream product after routine sampling found that it hadn't been properly pasteurized.

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Judge Won’t Move Hershey School's HIV Discrimination Case

June 4, 2012 9:55 am

A federal judge says an HIV discrimination case involving a boy who says he was refused admission to a boarding school connected with the Hershey candy company will stay in Philadelphia.

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Federal Bill Would Give Hens More Room To Roam

June 4, 2012 9:53 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

The effort to increase cage sizes for the 270 million laying hens in the U.S. is a compromise bill working its way through Congress supported by the Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers, the industry's largest advocacy group.

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PepsiCo's Snack Subsidiary Attacked Again

June 4, 2012 9:51 am

Assailants in western Mexico burned another delivery truck of a PepsiCo-owned Mexican snack company, shortly after a drug cartel claimed responsibility for last week's arson attacks against the company, police said Friday.

Jury Awards $181M To 3 Hurt In Grain Elevator Blast

June 4, 2012 9:49 am | by JIM SUHR,AP Business Writer

A federal jury sided against ConAgra Foods Inc. and a subcontractor Friday in awarding roughly $181 million in damages to three workers severely injured in a 2010 explosion at a southern Illinois grain elevator.

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Photo Of The Day: Room To Move

June 4, 2012 9:47 am

The animal welfare group that gave laying hens more room in California is working to increase cage sizes nationally with an unlikely ally — the biggest opponent to the state's successful 2008 voter initiative regulating the conditions for egg production.

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NFRA Celebrates June Dairy Month With 'Ice Age' Promotion

June 1, 2012 1:00 pm

Consumers can expect “mammoth” promotions in the refrigerated dairy aisles this June as NFRA celebrates the 10th annual June Dairy Month with a tie-in to Fox’s theater release of Ice Age: Continental Drift on July 13, 2012. This year’s theme, Dairy Keeps Your Herd Healthy, tells shoppers that a healthy lifestyle for the whole family can begin in the dairy aisle.

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Flowers Foods Buying Lepage Bakeries For $370M

June 1, 2012 12:57 pm

Flowers Foods Inc., which makes Nature's Own bread, Tastykake treats and other baked goods, said Thursday that it has agreed to buy Lepage Bakeries Inc. for $370 million in cash and stock, expanding its presence in New England and New York.

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