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Judge Approves Sale Of Bankrupt Ice Cream Maker

January 12, 2012 3:53 am

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge has signed off on the $1.3 million sale of Searcy-based Yarnell's Ice Cream to Schulze & Burch Biscuit Co. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge James Mixon signed the order Monday confirming the sale of Yarnell's to the Chicago-based snack manufacturer.

Coca-Cola Says It Alerted FDA About Fungicide

January 12, 2012 3:51 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola Co. says it alerted the Food and Drug Administration after it found some Brazilian growers had sprayed their orange trees with a fungicide that is not approved for use in the U.S. The FDA had said Monday that an unnamed juice company detected low levels of the fungicide in orange juice products after testing its own and competitors' products.

Photo Of The Day: Irene Floods Cause Feed Worries

January 12, 2012 3:48 am

In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, farmer's fields in Rutland, Vt. are flooded from Tropical Storm Irene in this aerial view. The storm wiped out some fields and flooded others. Agriculture officials are worried crops won't be as nutritious for cows, which will cut down on production, or could be moldy, at a time when feed prices are high.

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Michigan Cattle Protection Project Reaches Goal

January 11, 2012 7:03 am

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials have reached their three-year goal of protecting cattle farms in areas at highest risk for bovine tuberculosis, they announced Tuesday. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said that the $3.6 million project combined the efforts of cattle owners, the Alpena and other conservation districts, state and federal government agencies and the Michigan State University Extension.

Archer Daniels Midland To Cut 1,000 Jobs

January 11, 2012 7:00 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Agribusiness conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland Co. will cut 1,000 jobs company wide, the company's CEO announced Wednesday. The majority of the positions will be salaried staff, CEO Patricia Woertz said in statement. The move will cut about 15 percent of the Decatur, Ill.

Two More Sentenced In Le-Nature's Fraud

January 11, 2012 6:54 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Two more businessmen associated with the massive $800 million fraud scheme at a defunct western Pennsylvania soft drink company have been ordered to spend five years in prison. Former Le-Nature's Inc. Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Podlucky and North Carolina businessman Donald Pollinger both received sentences Tuesday well below federal guidelines in return for their cooperation in the case.

Hostess Blames Bankruptcy On Benefits Obligations

January 11, 2012 6:51 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, is seeking bankruptcy protection, blaming its pension and medical benefits obligations, increased competition and tough economic conditions. The filing on Wednesday comes just two years after a predecessor company emerged from bankruptcy proceedings.

Pepsi To Pay $3.1M In Racial Bias Case

January 11, 2012 6:48 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pepsi Beverages Co. has agreed to pay $3.1 million to settle federal charges of race discrimination for using criminal background checks to screen out job applicants. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says the company's policy of not hiring workers with arrest records disproportionately excluded more than 300 black applicants.

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Chesapeake Female Crabs Outnumber Males

January 11, 2012 4:08 am

BALTIMORE (AP) — Male crabs have their pick of mates in the Chesapeake Bay this year. Strict harvest restrictions designed to protect the bay's crab population have pushed the ratio of females to males, also known as Jimmies, to nearly 3-to-1, said Tuck Hines of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

Orange Juice Prices Soar On Fungicide Concerns

January 11, 2012 4:06 am

Orange juice futures shot 10.7 percent higher Tuesday after the government said it will increase testing for a fungicide that was found in low levels in orange juice. Investors snapped up contracts because of the uncertainty about whether orange supplies will be affected by the testing program.

EU Fails To Comply With Self-Imposed Chicken Regs

January 11, 2012 4:03 am

FLEURUS, Belgium (AP) — When Eric Pierart takes in the chaotic wiggling of thousands of hens caged in his renovated barn, he's reminded of how tough it is for Europe to unite on anything. And how much time it takes. A dozen years after the European Union set Jan. 1, 2012 as the date to eliminate the most cramped cages to improve the living standards of egg laying hens, half of the 27 European Union nations have failed to fully comply — a flop seen as a metaphor for Europe's current state of disarray.

Congressional Report: Food Safety Audits Ignore FDA Guidance

January 11, 2012 3:59 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional investigators looking into an outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe linked to 30 deaths last year found that third-party auditors who gave Colorado's Jensen Farms a "superior" rating just before the outbreak largely ignored government guidance on food safety.

Animal Rights Group Takes Credit For Arson At Beef Plant

January 11, 2012 3:54 am

FRESNO, California (AP) — Authorities in California are looking into animal rights activists' claims that they caused the fire that destroyed 14 big-rig tractors and several trailers at the state's biggest beef processor. Activists claimed responsibility for the fire at Harris Farms in an email released by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office.

Photo Of The Day: A Chicken-And-Egg Conundrum

January 11, 2012 3:49 am

(AP) — In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 6, 2012, hens are seen at a chicken farm in Fleurus, Belgium. A dozen years after the European Union set Jan. 1, 2012 as the date to eliminate the most cramped cages to improve the living standards of egg laying hens, half of the 27 European Union nations have failed to fully comply.

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Consumer Trends: New Ways To Eat Better

January 10, 2012 8:19 am

YONKERS, N.Y. (PRNewswire) — Let's face it, many of the most healthful foods – bitter vegetables, long-cooking beans, and squishy tofu – can be a tough sell.  The March 2012 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, gives your grocery list a makeover with 12 healthy foods that help you get nutrients in unexpected ways from foods like chips, pasta, and even dips.

Consumer Trends: Ranking The Antioxidant Value Of Nuts

January 10, 2012 8:15 am

SCRANTON, Pa. (PRNewswire) — A new study by University of Scranton Chemistry Professor Joe Vinson, Ph.D., published in The Royal Society of Chemistry's journal Food and Function online on Dec. 21, 2011, shows nuts pack a healthy punch and ranks walnuts at the top for having both more healthful antioxidants, called polyphenols, and a higher antioxidant potency than the other nuts analyzed.

Cargill Reports 2Q Earnings

January 10, 2012 6:56 am

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (PRNewswire) — Cargill today reported $100 million in earnings from continuing operations in the fiscal 2012 second quarter ended Nov. 30, 2011, an 88 percent decrease from $832 million in the same period a year ago. In the first six months, earnings from continuing operations were $336 million, compared with $1.

Chicago Walgreens To Help Reduce 'Food Deserts'

January 10, 2012 6:51 am

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are welcoming a new flagship Walgreens to the city. The pair spoke Monday at a private reception and ribbon cutting at the new store on State Street. Quinn commented that the Walgreens he remembers from his childhood "did not have a sushi bar.

N.J. Passes Wine-Shipping Bill

January 10, 2012 6:48 am

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jerseyans could have wine shipped to their homes from small out-of-state wineries and Garden State growers could ship their product directly to customers under legislation that has cleared the state Legislature. The Assembly and state Senate both voted late Monday night to advance a bill that revises the law governing direct wine sales.

Sara Lee's Rock Island Bakery To Close

January 10, 2012 6:44 am

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) — The Sara Lee bakery in Rock Island, Ill. is slated to close by the end of the year, putting about 100 people out of work. The plant is operated by Bimbo Bakeries USA. A company spokesman says the Rock Island plant is getting old and the company has more efficient plants that can handle the baking now done in Rock Island.

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