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$10M Tyson Verdict Overturned

March 7, 2012 12:47 pm | by CHUCK BARTELS,AP Business Writer

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday tossed a $10 million jury verdict against Tyson Foods Inc., granting the company's request for a new trial based on allegations of juror misconduct and a mistake on interpreting the law.

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Consumer Trends: School Breakfast Trends

March 7, 2012 12:45 pm

The got breakfast? Foundation recently completed its 2012 survey of food service directors to assess current trends in School Breakfast Programs.  One key finding: Breakfast sites have expanded beyond the cafeteria to alternate sites with the biggest gains reported in kiosk locations and breakfast in the classroom.

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World Championship Highlights Art Of Cheese Making

March 7, 2012 10:01 am | by DINESH RAMDE,Associated Press

Watching 40 judges in white lab coats nibble on cheese and then spit the samples into garbage cans might not sound like an elegant evening to most people, but hundreds of cheese lovers have paid $25 each for a close-up view of Wednesday's World Championship Cheese Contest finals.

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Taiwanese Protest U.S. Beef Imports

March 7, 2012 9:57 am

Scores of Taiwanese protested Wednesday against a government plan to allow the import of U.S. beef containing a growth additive.

Md. Senator Wants Law Clinic To Support Farmers

March 7, 2012 9:56 am | by SARAH BREITENBACH,Associated Press

A Maryland legislator wants to transfer funding from an embattled University of Maryland environmental law clinic to create a similar program for farmers as retribution for the clinic's attempt to sue a chicken farm over water pollution.

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Migrant Workers Sue Sauerkraut Company Over Wages

March 7, 2012 9:52 am

A group of migrant workers is suing a Wisconsin sauerkraut company alleging laborers weren't paid enough.

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FDA Warns Inhalable Caffeine Maker

March 7, 2012 9:50 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

Food and Drug Administration officials have issued a warning letter to the makers of the inhalable caffeine product AeroShot, saying they have questions about its safety and concerns about how children and adolescents may use it.

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Photo Of The Day: World Cheese Championship

March 7, 2012 9:46 am

More than 2,500 entries will be judged throughout the three-day World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, Wis., sponsored every two years by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association.

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Wisconsin Dairy Has Record-Setting Year

March 6, 2012 12:48 pm

The state's dairy industry harvested 26.1 billion pounds of milk last year. That's only an increase of less than 1 percent over 2010 production, but it's still good enough to set a state record.

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Colo. Governor To Sign 'Cottage Foods' Bill

March 6, 2012 12:47 pm

A "cottage foods" measure to allow home cooks to sell prepared foods commercially is headed to the desk of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

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Cupcake ATM Dangerous For Dieters

March 6, 2012 12:44 pm | by RAQUEL MARIA DILLON,Associated Press

Sprinkles, the Beverly Hills bakery that helped inspire the craze for sweet frosting in snack-size portions, will launch a cupcake dispensing machine at its flagship store. Founder and owner Candace Nelson said her company is rolling out the first high-tech vending machine on Tuesday, with three more in the works for New York City by the summer.

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Mass. Overhauls Manufacturing Regulations

March 6, 2012 12:40 pm | by ELAINE GANLEY,Associated Press

In the case of food manufacturing, 10 separate regulations will be rolled into one.

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Campbell Soup To Phase Out BPA In Cans

March 6, 2012 12:31 pm

Campbell's Soup Company announced to shareholders recently that it will phase out the use of the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in its can linings. However, the company did not provide a timeline or identify what alternative can-lining materials it will use.

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Consumer Trends: Authenticity Is Key Ingredient In Ethnic Fare

March 6, 2012 12:24 pm

Ethnic food preparation and consumption has been on the rise over the past several years and according to Mintel's latest research, it will continue its growth – but what's most important to consumers when it comes to their favorite ethnic fare? Authenticity.

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Annual Pet Spending Passes $50 Billion

March 6, 2012 10:07 am | by SUE MANNING,Associated Press

Americans spent $50.96 billion on their pets in 2011. That's an all-time high and the first time in history more than $50 billion has gone to the dogs, cats, canaries, guppies and the like, the American Pet Products Association said in a report issued Thursday.

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Jamaica's Coffee Industry Faces Hard Times

March 6, 2012 10:02 am | by DAVID McFADDEN,Associated Press

A few years ago, steep slopes were quilted with some of the world's most valuable coffee trees. Today, much of the terrain is overgrown with underbrush and bamboo as a declining luxury market in Japan and a voracious beetle drive thousands of frustrated small farmers away from tiny plots of leased highlands.

Woman Sells Presidential Nugget For $8,100

March 6, 2012 9:58 am

A Nebraska woman has sold a three-year-old McDonald's Chicken McNugget that resembles President George Washington for $8,100 on eBay.

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Activists To Investigate GMOs At Expo West

March 6, 2012 9:55 am

At Expo West, members of the Occupy movement within the organic sector have formed a Genetic Crimes Unit to investigate increased spraying of food with toxic weed killers like 2,4 D , contamination of the organic food supply, and other risks associated with genetically modified food.

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BP To Settle With Gulf Fishermen Sickened By The Spill

March 6, 2012 9:49 am | by CAIN BURDEAU,Associated Press

A settlement that BP is hammering out with victims of the massive Gulf oil spill finally provides a system for monitoring health concerns and compensating people whose illnesses are found to have a link to the disaster.

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Photo Of The Day: McWashington

March 6, 2012 9:38 am

A McDonald's Chicken McNugget found by Rebekah Speight sold for $8,100 on eBay. Speight believes the nugget resembles President George Washington.

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