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New Beef Ads Ask ‘What’s Your Dinner Made Of?’

April 24, 2013 9:35 am

The new "Beef. It's What's For Dinner." consumer advertising campaign is premiering this month, bringing the recognizable tagline to older millennials and Gen-Xers. The new campaign, funded by the beef checkoff, will feature sizzling beef recipes, juicy details about essential nutrients and the voice of one of Hollywood's most promising new talents. 

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EEOC: Disabled Workers Were Exploited, Abused

April 24, 2013 9:33 am | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press

A Texas company profited from dozens of mentally disabled men working at a turkey processing plant in rural Iowa where they were physically and verbally abused and forced to live in filthy, rodent-infested conditions, a government attorney told jurors on Tuesday.

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Judge Orders New Deadline for Food Safety Reforms

April 24, 2013 9:31 am

A federal judge is siding with two California advocacy groups in ruling that the Food and Drug Administration must set a new timetable to implement delayed food safety reforms. U.S. District Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton in Oakland, Calif. handed down the decision on Monday.

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Study: Chicken, Beef Are Riskiest Meats

April 24, 2013 9:30 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

An analysis of more than 33,000 cases of foodborne illness shows that ground beef and chicken have caused more hospitalizations than other meats. The report by the Center for Science in Public Interest says chicken nuggets, ham and sausage pose the lowest risk of foodborne illness.

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Photo of the Day: 'An Atmosphere of Fear and Intimidation'

April 24, 2013 9:28 am

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Henry's Turkey Service on behalf of 32 former workers whom it housed and oversaw while they worked at West Liberty Foods. The commission is expected to seek unspecified compensatory and punitive damages against Henry's for allegedly subjecting the men to abuse that "created an atmosphere of fear and intimidation," court filings show.

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Rugged Computers Enable Workforce Mobility

April 23, 2013 12:57 pm

We’re in the midst of a radical shift in the way people live, work and communicate. New and continually improving technological advancements are opening the doors to a truly mobile future for the global workforce. Does this sound like old news?

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Daily Sound Bite: Claims of Abuse at Turkey Company

April 23, 2013 12:47 pm

The EEOC is suing a now-defunct company that helped disabled men find work at turkey processing companies. The federal commission is alleging abuse that "created an atmosphere of fear and intimidation" by a couple who supervised the men.

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Mich. Brewer Plans Escanaba Plant

April 23, 2013 12:34 pm

Bells Brewery Inc. is seeking the Escanaba City Council's approval Thursday to buy property and build a manufacturing plant in the Upper Peninsula city. MLive.com reports that the Kalamazoo-based beer-maker on Friday offered $35,000 for 3.15 acres in the Whitetail Industrial Park.

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Beef Association Challenges Greenhouse Gas Regs

April 23, 2013 12:32 pm

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association along with the Coalition for Responsible Regulation filed a petition April 18 in the United States Supreme Court challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s finding that greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare, its rule to limit GHG from passenger vehicles and its “timing” and “tailoring” rules that govern GHG permit applicability at stationary sources.

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Starbucks To Report 2Q Results

April 23, 2013 12:30 pm

Starbucks reports its fiscal second-quarter results Thursday, which should give investors an indication of how international expansion and new products are affecting the coffee company's profit. The Seattle-based company, which has more than 18,000 locations around the world, reports global sales growth for cafes open at least a year, with a breakdown of the figure by region.

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Companies Still Reluctant To Make Acquisitions

April 23, 2013 12:28 pm | by PAN PYLAS,Associated Press

Companies around the world are still reluctant to go on the acquisition trail even though they are becoming more confident about the global economy, a survey found Monday. In its half-yearly assessment of the intentions of big companies, accounting and consultancy firm Ernst & Young said the growing optimism has yet to be translated into more investment or corporate deal-making.

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NM Slaughterhouse Is Ground Zero in Horse Debate

April 23, 2013 12:25 pm | by JERI CLAUSING,Associated Press

Valley Meat Co. is a former cattle slaughterhouse whose kill floor has been redesigned for horses to be led in one at a time, secured in a huge metal chute, shot in the head, then processed into meat for shipment overseas. It's also ground zero for an emotional, national debate over a return to domestic horse slaughter that has divided horse rescue and animal humane groups, ranchers, politicians and Indian tribes.

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Consumer Trends: Hispanic Food Trends

April 23, 2013 12:00 pm

As Hispanic buying power climbs by 50 percent to $1.5 trillion in 2015, this group will have a larger economic impact at restaurants and other foodservice locations. Restaurant operators and suppliers that understand their unique preferences will be well-positioned to capture more business from the growing Hispanic segment.

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Food Price Hikes Raise Concern in Iran

April 23, 2013 9:48 am | by BY NASSER KARIMI,Associated Press

Iranians lined up to buy cooking oil and meat in Tehran on Monday, as price hikes threatened to stir discontent less than two months before presidential elections. Prices of staples such as imported cooking oil, chicken and red meat have jumped up to 60 percent since authorities decided last week to increase the official dollar exchange rate for importers who need the currency to do business.

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Livestock Disaster Protection Act Introduced in House

April 23, 2013 9:46 am

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association supports the efforts of U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem in introducing legislation that would provide a safety net for livestock owners across the nation. Under the Livestock Disaster Protection Act, the Livestock Indemnity Program, the Livestock Forage Program and the Emergency Livestock Assistance Program would be extended for five years.

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EEOC Seeks Damages for Disabled Iowa Plant Workers

April 23, 2013 9:44 am | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press

A now-defunct Texas company that put mentally disabled men to work at an Iowa turkey plant for decades is due in court to defend itself against allegations that it subjected the men to physical and verbal abuse. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Henry's Turkey Service, of Goldthwaite, Texas, on behalf of 32 former workers whom it housed and oversaw while they worked at West Liberty Foods in West Liberty, Iowa.

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West Virginia Tries To Tackle Childhood Hunger and Obesity

April 23, 2013 9:42 am | by DAVID GUTMAN,Associated Press

West Virginia will be the first state in the nation to set up a statewide public-private funding partnership to try to improve school meals programs. Janet Poppendieck, a sociology professor at Hunter College of the City University of New York and the author of several books on food policy, said she was amazed by West Virginia's program and called it innovative.

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Getting Big Results with ‘Big Data’

April 23, 2013 9:39 am

The Grocery Manufacturers Association announced the release of a report containing five specific conclusions and recommendations for how food, beverage and consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies can convert emerging forms of "big data" into useful analytics and insights to improve business results.

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Photo of the Day: Turkey Firm Faces Charges of Abuse

April 23, 2013 9:36 am

Federal jurors are expected to hear claims that dozens of mentally disabled men faced verbal and physical abuse and unsafe living conditions while they were employed as contract workers at Henry's Turkey Service in a high-profile discrimination trial that begins Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in Davenport, Iowa.

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Daily Sound Bite: Farmer Wins Soft Victory Against Corporate Farming Law

April 22, 2013 1:15 pm

Texas Farm ended its suit against Iowa with both parties agreeing to concessions. The corporate farm has agreed to make room for the rights of local farmers as long as Iowa agrees not to enforce its law prohibiting meat processors from owning livestock.

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