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McDonald’s Files Trademark For Ground Coffee

October 5, 2012 9:42 am

McDonald's Corp. has filed trademarks for ground and whole bean coffee, suggesting that the world's biggest hamburger chain may start selling its brew in stores or in supermarkets. The Oak Brook, Ill.-based company filed the trademarks for "McCafe" ground and whole bean coffee last month.

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Canadian Senate Overhauls Food Safety Bill

October 5, 2012 9:40 am | by The Canadian Press

Senators have amended a bill on food safety to include a mandatory review every five years of the resources and inspectors available to enforce the system. The review will be conducted by the federal agriculture minister. But the senators stopped short of adopting a Liberal amendment that would have had the auditor general do the job.

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Photo Of The Day: Pepsi's X Factor

October 5, 2012 9:36 am

This spring, Pepsi joined THE X FACTOR and embarked on "The Pepsi Flavor Audition Tour," giving contestants and fans at more than 20 locations in 15 cities the exclusive opportunity to sample four new Pepsi flavors and be the judge of which one earned the right to be called Pepsi X.

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Drought Worsens In Key Midwest States

October 4, 2012 12:56 pm | by JIM SUHR,AP Business Writer

The nation's worst drought in decades is showing no sign of letting up in several key Midwest farming states, worrying farmers harvesting the summer's withered corn crop in record time that their winter crops may also be at risk. Overall drought conditions in the lower 48 states held steady over the seven-day period ending Tuesday, with about one-fifth of the total land area in extreme or exceptional drought.

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E. Coli Vaccine For Cattle Not Widely Used

October 4, 2012 12:54 pm | by The Canadian Press

A breakthrough vaccine that prevents cattle from shedding E. coli before the animals are sent to slaughter has been on the market for several years but isn't widely used. Bioniche, the Ontario company that produces the vaccine, says less than five per cent of Canadian cattle are getting the shots.

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Tenn. Yogurt Plant To Expand

October 4, 2012 12:52 pm

A food processing plant in Middle Tennessee is expanding and will hire 64 more workers. State officials announced Wednesday that AGRANA Fruit US will put about $10 million into construction at its plant in Centerville. Company president Bob Prendes said the demand for yogurt has seen explosive growth in recent years and the Centerville plant has played a key role in AGRANA Fruit US' success.

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Political Fallout Builds As Beef Recall Continues To Expand

October 4, 2012 12:49 pm | by The Canadian Press

The list of beef products being recalled from Alberta's XL Foods due to possible E. coli contamination grew again early today. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency updated its alert to add dozens of additional products sold across the country to an already lengthy list of recalled beef.

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Police Seize More Than 600 Barrels Of Maple Syrup

October 4, 2012 12:47 pm

Police in Canada have seized more than 600 barrels of maple syrup in New Brunswick as part of an investigation into the theft of millions worth of syrup in Quebec and are transporting it back to Quebec under police protection, officials said Wednesday.

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Consumer Trends: Common Cooking Blunders

October 4, 2012 12:00 pm | by SOURCE Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education

The Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education is reminding all Canadians, we all have a role to play in ensuring our homes are food-safe. Research findings reveal despite the fact a majority of adults feel confident they understand and follow safe food handling procedures, a sizeable number do not consistently follow certain safe food handling practices.

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UN: World Food Prices Rose In September

October 4, 2012 10:14 am

A U.N. agency says international food prices ticked upward in September after two months of stability. The U.N. Food and Agriculture index rose 1.4 percent from its level in August but the agency also reported some positive signs. International wheat prices fell toward the second half of the month following Russia's announcement that it would not impose restrictions on exports.

Hershey To Use Only Certified Cocoa By 2020

October 4, 2012 10:12 am | by RON TODT,Associated Press

Candy maker Hershey is vowing to use only certified cocoa for all of its chocolate products by 2020 and accelerate programs to help eliminate child labor in the cocoa-producing regions of West Africa. The company has come under fire from activists who said it was the only major chocolate producer in the world that hadn't made a commitment to use certified cocoa.

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Drought Decimates Hawaii’s Local Beef Industry

October 4, 2012 10:09 am | by AUDREY McAVOY,Associated Press

Rancher and veterinarian Dr. Tim Richards has been trying for six years to raise more cattle on his family's century-old ranch. He holds back some calves he previously would have sent to Oregon, Texas or elsewhere for final feeding, or "finishing." But eight years of below-normal rainfall have left little grass for the cattle to eat.

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FDA: Ind. Cantaloupe Farm Tied To Outbreak Unclean

October 4, 2012 10:07 am | by RICK CALLAHAN,Associated Press

A federal inspector found two strains of salmonella and unclean conditions at an Indiana cantaloupe farm's fruit-packing plant during inspections prompted by a deadly outbreak linked to the farm's melons. The Food and Drug Administration's report on the mid-August inspections at Chamberlain Farm Produce Inc. shows an inspector found improperly cleaned and apparently rusted and corroded equipment.

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Canadian Food Safety System Questioned Amid Recall

October 4, 2012 10:04 am | by Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press

Since a shipment of E. coli-contaminated Canadian beef from Alberta-based XL Foods Inc. was stopped at the American border on Sept. 4, the Conservative government has stoutly maintained the domestic food inspection system is working as it should.

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Photo Of The Day: Drought Hit's Hawaii's Beef Industry

October 4, 2012 9:58 am

National interest in locally grown food and grass-fed beef has caught on in Hawaii — offering ranchers plenty of reason to escape this paradox. But the opportunity comes as crushing drought has made it difficult to keep enough cattle here to capitalize on the demand.

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Consumer Trends: Top 10 Most Consumed Seafood Items

October 3, 2012 1:00 pm

From Canned Tuna to Cod the top ten most consumed seafood items by Americans are a very familiar group that feeds a growing market. The federal government recently reported that the overall seafood volume was 4,650,000,000 pounds.  The data also showed American seafood companies exported a record 3.3 billion pounds valued at $5.4 billion.

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Lawsuit: Alberta Beef Plant Put Profits Above Food Safety

October 3, 2012 12:30 pm

A lawsuit alleges that XL Foods processed beef products knowing it had poor quality control systems and that it put profits above the safety of consumers. The statement of claim has not been proven in court and a judge will determine if it may proceed as a class-action lawsuit.

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Monsanto 4th-Quarter Loss Widens

October 3, 2012 12:27 pm

Monsanto's fiscal fourth-quarter loss widened as its operating expenses increased. The agricultural products company's adjusted earnings beat Wall Street's estimates, but its revenue fell short of expectations and it provided a full-year earnings forecast below analysts' estimates.

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Coca-Cola Pulls Ads From Vietnamese Piracy Site

October 3, 2012 12:25 pm | by CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press

Coca-Cola has pulled its advertising from a popular Vietnamese website notorious for providing unlicensed downloads of Western and local songs. The company abandoned Zing.vn after The Associated Press alerted it to local and international concerns about the website.

U.S. Labor Secretary Tours Vt. School Dairy Farm

October 3, 2012 12:22 pm | by WILSON RING, Associated Press

The students, faculty and staff at the Vermont Technical College are embarking on a new adventure as they implement a federal grant designed to make people ready to work in unique agricultural businesses, a new training system that could be copied by other schools across the country, U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said Tuesday.

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