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Photo Of The Day: Man Arrested For Deadly Tainted Liquor

September 17, 2012 9:34 am

A policeman leads a man accused in the case of illegal alcohol to the court in Zlin, Czech Republic. His arrest is in connection with the latest police discovery. Around 500 bottles and several barrels of illicit booze were found in a garage in the eastern city of Zlin on Thursday. Eighteen people have recently died after drinking liquor tainted with methanol in the Czech Republic.


Breweries Are Hopping In UK

September 14, 2012 12:57 pm

The Campaign for Real Ale said Thursday that on average three new breweries have opened every week in the United Kingdom in the past 12 months, pushing the total to 1,009, the highest number in more than 70 years and twice as many as a decade ago.


Tax Credits Help Frito-Lay Expand In Conn.

September 14, 2012 12:55 pm

Snack foods company Frito-Lay North America is receiving up to $4 million in tax credits to expand its manufacturing and distribution plant in Killingly. The company plans to spend $38 million for technology for material handling and delivery. State officials said Thursday that the improvements are expected to increase efficiency and improve delivery while also reducing the plant's environmental impact.


New School Lunch Gets Mixed Grades

September 14, 2012 12:53 pm | by MICHAEL HILL,Associated Press

One student complains because his cafeteria no longer serves chicken nuggets. Another gripes that her school lunch just isn't filling. A third student says he's happy to eat an extra apple with his lunch, even as he's noshing on his own sub. Leaner, greener school lunches served under new federal standards are getting mixed grades from students piling more carrots, more apples and fewer fatty foods on their trays.


Dow Dumps Kraft Foods

September 14, 2012 12:50 pm | by CHRISTINA REXRODE,AP Business Writer

The Dow, perhaps the most widely known barometer of the U.S. stock market, announced Friday that it would boot Kraft Foods to make room for UnitedHealth Group, the insurance company. The change takes effect Sept. 24. S&P Dow Jones Indices, which manages the average, said it was dropping Kraft because it is about to become a much smaller company after spinning off its North American grocery business.


UPDATE: 19 Killed By Methanol-Laced Booze

September 14, 2012 12:47 pm | by KAREL JANICEK,Associated Press

At least 19 people are dead and 24 others hospitalized. Some of them have been blinded, while others have been induced into comas in the hope that doctors can save them. All had drunk cheap vodka and rum laced with methanol, a toxic substance used to stretch alcohol on the black market and guarantee high profits for manufacturers.


Consumer Trends: ‘Made In The USA.’ Matters

September 14, 2012 12:37 pm

In the latest shopper research survey conducted by Perception Research Services International (PRS), results indicate that 4 out of 5 shoppers notice "Made in the USA" claims on packaging — similar to 2011 levels (83% vs. 80%). And most of those shoppers (76%) claim that they are more likely to purchase a product after noticing the "Made in the USA" claim.


Monster’s Shares Fall Against Regulatory Pressure

September 14, 2012 9:50 am

Monster Beverage Corp.'s shares fell sharply Wednesday after two U.S. senators urged the Food and Drug Administration to take a further look into the safety of energy drinks. The company is the nation's biggest energy drink maker by volume.


Dole In Talks To Sell Packaged Food, Asia Companies

September 14, 2012 9:48 am

Dole Foods said Wednesday that it's in "advanced negotiations" to sell its packaged foods and Asia fresh businesses to Japanese trading company Itochu Corp. The news sent the Westlake Village, Calif.-based fruit and vegetable company's shares up nearly 10 percent, hitting an all-time high in afternoon trading.


Louisville Asks Bourbon Warehouse To Stop Fungus

September 14, 2012 9:45 am | by DYLAN LOVAN,Associated Press

A worldwide liquor conglomerate has been ordered by Louisville officials to cut down on vapors coming from warehouses where it stores bourbon because residents are complaining about odors and a black fungus accumulating on houses. Several bourbon makers are facing lawsuits blaming their storage warehouses for emitting ethanol vapors that promote the growth of a sooty black fungus on nearby properties.


Breaking Down The NYC Sugary Drink Ban

September 14, 2012 9:41 am

The New York City Board of Health passed a rule Thursday banning sales of large sodas and other sugary drinks in restaurants, delis and movie theaters in the hopes of combating obesity. Here are the rules and the exceptions. They take effect in March.


Lawyers: ‘Pink Slime’ Lawsuit An Uphill Climb

September 14, 2012 9:39 am | by CHET BROKAW and GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press

Beef Products Inc. will face a steep climb in its "pink slime" defamation lawsuit against ABC News as the South Dakota-based meat processor works to rebuild its public image, legal experts say. BPI sued ABC News, Inc. for defamation Thursday over its coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime."


Photo Of The Day: Bourbon Warehouse Blamed For Black Fungus

September 14, 2012 9:34 am

A worldwide liquor conglomerate has been ordered by Louisville officials to cut down on vapors coming from warehouses where it stores bourbon because residents are complaining about odors and a black fungus accumulating on houses. The black fungus does not present any health problems, said Thomas Nord, an air district spokesman.


Thai Brewer Challenges Heineken With $7.2B Offer

September 13, 2012 1:01 pm

Thai Beverage said Thursday it is offering $7.2 billion for control of Asian drinks conglomerate Fraser & Neave Ltd., stepping up a battle with Heineken NV for ownership of Tiger Beer and other popular regional brews. The Thai company, controlled by billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, is offering to pay Singapore dollars 8.88 a share for the 70 percent of Singapore-listed Fraser & Neave it doesn't already own.


Hershey School Settles AIDS Bias Case

September 13, 2012 12:58 pm

A 14-year-old boy and his mother will receive $700,000 from the settlement of an AIDS discrimination lawsuit against a private boarding school that refused to enroll him because he's HIV-positive. The settlement was announced Wednesday by the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania and the Milton Hershey School, which is financed by a trust that holds the controlling interest in The Hershey Co. candy manufacturer.


Chamberlain Farms Pulls Watermelons

September 13, 2012 12:57 pm | by KEN KUSMER,Associated Press

An Indiana farm linked to a deadly outbreak of salmonella in cantaloupes said Wednesday it had voluntarily withdrawn its watermelons from the market and was working with state and federal officials to find the source of the foodborne illness in the larger fruits.


NYC Board Passes Big Sugary Drink Ban

September 13, 2012 12:55 pm | by DAVID B. CARUSO and JENNIFER PELTZ,Associated Press

New York City's Board of Health opened up a new, experimental front in the war on obesity Thursday, passing a rule banning sales of big sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, concession stands and other eateries. The regulation puts a 16-ounce size limit on cups and bottles of non-diet soda, sweetened teas, and other calorie-packed beverages.


ABC News Named As Defendant In 'Pink Slime' Suit

September 13, 2012 12:52 pm | by GRANT SCHULTE and KRISTI EATON,Associated Press

Beef Products Inc. sued ABC News, Inc. for defamation Thursday over its coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime," claiming the network misled consumers into believing it is unhealthy and unsafe. The Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based meat processor is seeking $1.2 billion in damages for roughly 200 "false and misleading and defamatory" statements about the product.


Consumer Trends: Women's Health Names 125 Best Packaged Foods

September 13, 2012 12:48 pm

Women's Health has compiled its annual list of the "125 Best Packaged Foods for Women," the ultimate guide to the best-tasting and healthiest packaged foods available on the shelves today. These supermarket finds are not only convenient and time-saving, they also won't compromise your abs or taste buds.


Photo Of The Day: Big Vote Against Big Soda

September 13, 2012 12:35 pm

One of New York City's most ambitious efforts to prod residents to live healthier appears poised to pass as a health panel takes up a plan to cut down sales of big sodas and other sugary soft drinks. The Board of Health was set to vote Thursday on the proposal, which would bar sales of sugar-heavy drinks in more than 16-ounce cups or bottles in restaurants, movie theaters and some other settings. 



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