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Photo of the Day: Venezuelans Struggle with Flour Shortage

January 31, 2013 9:37 am

A bakery worker stand behind of a nearly empty display case in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. Venezuelans have been coping with sporadic shortages of foods ranging from cooking oil to sugar, and lately a dearth of flour is preventing some bakeries from making bread.

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Thought of the Day: Putting Meat to the Test

January 30, 2013 12:27 pm

Food processors and grocers normally do not test the DNA of meat products. But a horsemeat scare in the UK has prompted some to send off samples to forensics labs to ensure the quality of their product. Tesco, the largest grocer in both Britain and Ireland, recently dropped its supplier over the scandal, and says it is currently employing DNA testing to ensure its meat is horse-free.

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German Beer Drinking Drops

January 30, 2013 12:17 pm

Germans are emptying fewer beer steins these days. Consumption of the national beverage fell by 1.8 percent last year to the lowest level since West and East Germany reunified in 1990. The German government statistics agency reported Wednesday that Germans drank 96.5 million hectoliters of beer last year. That's 2.55 billion gallons.

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Tesco Drops Supplier over Horsemeat

January 30, 2013 12:16 pm

Britain's biggest supermarket chain says it is dropping a firm that supplied it with beef burgers contaminated with horsemeat. Tesco says burgers from Ireland-based Silvercrest contained meat from an unauthorized supplier that came from outside the U.K. and Ireland, in violation of the grocer's policy.

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Pa. Governor Plans to Privatize Alcohol Sales

January 30, 2013 12:13 pm | by MARC LEVY,Associated Press

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to call for auctioning off wine and liquor store licenses and opening beer sales to a broad array of retailers including supermarkets and convenience stores, according to information from people briefed by the governor's office Tuesday.

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Ex-BPI Worker Suit Moved to Federal Court

January 30, 2013 12:12 pm

A lawsuit a former Beef Products Inc. worker filed against ABC News and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver over the use of the term "pink slime" has been moved to federal district court. Bruce Smith was one of about 750 people who lost their jobs at BPI after the company took a financial hit following news reports about lean, finely textured beef.

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Processors, Grocers Turn to DNA Testing on Meat

January 30, 2013 12:11 pm | by SHAWN POGATCHNIK,Associated Press

Horsemeat might not be bad for you to eat, but it's definitely bad for sales of products labeled as beef. But Ireland's surprise discovery of horsemeat traces in many factory-produced burgers is boosting business for one trade: Forensics labs able to use DNA fingerprinting to tell pig from fowl.

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Consumer Trends: Chicken Wings a Super Bowl Staple

January 30, 2013 12:00 pm

Chicken wings have become a staple food of Super Bowl parties in the U.S., and demand for them on menus is now at an all-time high leading up to the second biggest eating day of the year: Super Bowl Sunday. Super Bowl weekend is unquestionably the biggest time of the year for wings.

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Vermont Explores Charcuterie

January 30, 2013 9:35 am | by LISA RATHKE,Associated Press

Nearly 30 years ago, a handful of Vermonters realized they could do more with milk than just sell it. And with a little help from the state, they became pioneers in what quickly blossomed into the artisanal cheese movement. Now Vermont officials are exploring a new round of value added agriculture. Because why just raise livestock when instead you could be tapping into the burgeoning world of charcuterie?

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Plunges

January 30, 2013 9:32 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER,AP Economics Writer

An increase in Social Security taxes is leaving Americans with less take-home pay — and a more negative outlook for the U.S. economy. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its index of consumer confidence plunged 8.1 points in January from December to 58.6. That's the lowest reading in 14 months and the third straight decline.

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FDA Finds Violations, Unsanitary Conditions At Juice Plant

January 30, 2013 9:29 am

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that Jonlly Fruits, Inc. (Jonlly), and its President, Bartolo Pérez Román (Defendants), have signed a consent decree of permanent injunction prohibiting distribution of their fruit and juice products sold under Jonlly’s own label, as well as “Natural Tropic,” “Selectos,” and several other private-label brands.

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ConAgra Completes Ralcorp Acquisition

January 30, 2013 9:27 am

ConAgra Foods Inc. said Tuesday that it has completed its roughly $5 billion acquisition of private-label food maker Ralcorp Holdings Inc. The company announced in November that it would buy Ralcorp in a deal that makes it the nation's biggest producer of store-brand foods.

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Hostess Set to Announce Bidder for Twinkies

January 30, 2013 9:25 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Hostess Brands is close to announcing that it has picked two investment firms — C. Dean Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management — as the lead bidders for its Twinkies and other snack cakes, according to a source close to the situation who was not authorized to comment publicly on the talks.

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Photo of the Day: What's Lurking in Your Salad?

January 30, 2013 9:23 am

Leafy green vegetables were the leading source of food poisoning over an 11-year period, federal health officials say, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. However, the most food-related deaths were from contaminated chicken and other poultry.

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Whole Foods Recalls Smoked Salmon

January 29, 2013 12:37 pm

Whole Foods Market says it is voluntarily recalling some 4-ounce Whole Catch Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon, cold-smoked and sliced, after a sample tested positive for listeria. The lot code for the recalled smoked salmon is 7425A2298B. The UPC code is 0 99482 40880 0.

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IPPE Coverage: Using Organic Trace Minerals in Poultry Layer Diets

January 29, 2013 12:35 pm

QualiTech Animal Nutrition researchers recently finished a trial showing organic trace minerals (SQM zinc, SQM copper and SQM manganese) in poultry layer diets optimizes the bird’s egg production from weeks 40 through 51 of the birds’ production cycle.

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Key Dates in the Sale of Hostess Brands

January 29, 2013 12:30 pm

Hostess said Monday that it picked McKee Foods, the maker of Little Debbie cakes, as the lead bidder for its Drake's cakes. The fate of Twinkies and other Hostess snack cakes is still being negotiated. Here's a look at key dates in the sale of Hostess brands.

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Japan’s New Import Rules to Help U.S. Beef Industry

January 29, 2013 12:28 pm | by JOSH FUNK,Associated Press

Ranchers welcomed Japan's decision Monday to ease restrictions on U.S. beef imports, saying it will provide a boost to the American meat industry but cautioning that it will take time before exports to Japan reach their levels of a decade ago.

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Leafy Greens Top Source of Food Poisoning

January 29, 2013 12:26 pm | by MIKE STOBBE,AP Medical Writer

A big government study has fingered leafy greens like lettuce and spinach as the leading source of food poisoning, a perhaps uncomfortable conclusion for health officials who want us to eat our vegetables. "Most meals are safe," said Dr. Patricia Griffin, a government researcher and one of the study's authors who said the finding shouldn't discourage people from eating produce.

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Consumer Trends: Tough Times Mean High Calories

January 29, 2013 12:00 pm

Bad news about the economy could cause you to pack on the pounds. A study from the University of Miami shows that when there is a perception of tough times, people tend to seek higher-calorie foods that will keep them satisfied longer.

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