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23,000 Pounds Of Chicken & Ham Recalled

June 3, 2011 5:10 am

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma-based food company is recalling nearly 23,000 pounds of chicken and ham products due to mislabeling. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Allison's Gourmet Kitchens, Inc. is recalling the food because the packaging does not list the ingredients potassium sorbate and/or sodium benzoate.

New England Hopes To Expand Local Beef Industry

June 3, 2011 5:08 am

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — With few slaughterhouses in New England equipped to process beef on a large scale, Paul Miller ships cattle from his dairy farm in eastern Connecticut about 300 miles to a meatpacker in Pennsylvania. Miller said he'd prefer to send the cattle — about 150 to 250 head a year — to a local slaughterhouse so he could sell locally produced beef, save on transportation costs and avoid long rides for calves that lose weight during shipping.

E. Coli Outbreak Highlights Gaps In U.S. Food System

June 3, 2011 5:05 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nasty form of E. coli hitting Europe points out gaps in the U.S. food safety system that raise concern that similar outbreaks might happen here. It's impossible to test for every illness-causing form of E. coli, even the kinds we already know about. Today, the food industry and health authorities focus mostly on a single strain of the bacteria that until now was considered the most dangerous.

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Photo Of The Day: From Pyramid To Plate

June 3, 2011 4:39 am

(AP) — First lady Michelle Obama speaks at the Agriculture Department in Washington, Thursday, June 2, 2011, to introduce the department's "My Plate" — a simple circle divided into quadrants that contain fruits, vegetables, protein and grains — which will replace USDA's food pyramid, which has been around in various forms since 1992.

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FDA Seeks Injunction Against Seafood Plant

June 2, 2011 5:13 am

(FDA) —The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in a complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking a permanent injunction against BCS African Wholesale Food Supply LLC (BCS African Wholesale) of Brooklyn Park, Minn. and its principal officers.  If granted, the injunction would force the defendants to stop importing, processing, and selling seafood products that can put consumers at risk for botulism or that may present other food safety hazards.

AdvancePierre Acquires Barber Foods

June 2, 2011 5:10 am

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine food-processing company known for its frozen stuffed chicken products has been bought by an Ohio-based business, the companies announced Wednesday. AdvancePierre Foods, of Cincinnati, acquired Portland-based Barber Foods for an undisclosed price in a deal that was completed late Tuesday.

McCormick Forms Venture With Indian Food Company

June 2, 2011 5:08 am

SPARKS, Md. (AP) — Food and seasonings maker McCormick & Co. Inc. said Wednesday that it is forming a joint venture with Kohinoor Foods Ltd. of India to market and sell its basmati rice and food products in that country. McCormick said it will invest $115 million for an 85 percent stake in Kohinoor Speciality Foods India Private Ltd.

Manufacturing Cools To 20-Month Low

June 2, 2011 5:06 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing activity expanded in May at the slowest pace in 20 months, the latest sign that a sharp rise in energy prices is hampering economic growth. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing executives, said Wednesday that its index of manufacturing activity fell to 53.

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E. Coli Outbreak Caused By New Strain

June 2, 2011 4:56 am

LONDON (AP) — The E. coli bacteria responsible for a deadly outbreak that has left 18 dead and sickened hundreds in Europe is a new strain that has never been seen before, the World Health Organization said Thursday. Preliminary genetic sequencing suggests the strain is a mutant form of two different E.

Photo Of The Day: Beefing Up Meat Machinery

June 2, 2011 4:52 am

(AP) — Visitors inspect meat processing machines on display at the China International Meat Industry Exhibition in Beijing Wednesday, June 1, 2011. China's manufacturers suffered sluggish growth in orders in May as widespread power shortages and inflation-fighting curbs on credit dampened demand, surveys showed Wednesday.

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GOP Questions Cost Of Healthier Eating

June 1, 2011 3:23 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are pushing back against Obama administration efforts to promote healthier lunches, saying the Agriculture Department should rewrite rules it issued in January meant to make school meals healthier. They say the new rules are too costly. The bill, approved by the House Appropriations Committee late Tuesday, also questions a government proposal to curb marketing of unhealthy foods to children and urges the Food and Drug Administration to limit rules requiring calorie counts be posted on menus.

Michigan Company Recalls 900 Pounds Of Ground Beef

June 1, 2011 3:22 am

TIPTON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan company is recalling about 900 pounds of ground beef over concerns of E. coli bacteria contamination. U.S. Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Services said Tuesday that the recall by Tipton, Mich.-based Irish Hills Meat Co. includes 10-pound clear polybags packaged in boxes of three to five bags each.

Pet Food Recalled For Salmonella

May 31, 2011 12:32 pm

Primal Pet Foods has initiated a voluntary recall of their Feline Chicken & Salmon Formula with a "Best By" date code of 043112-17 because this product may be contaminated with Salmonella.  The only product affected is limited to Feline Chicken & Salmon Formula with a "Best By" date code of 043112-17.

Spain Cries Foul In Europe's Bacteria Outbreak

May 31, 2011 12:23 pm

MADRID (AP) — Spanish farmers are angry that their produce has been singled out as the possible source of a deadly bacterial outbreak in Europe and are already suffering the fallout, as they throw tons of vegetables away daily due to a slump in foreign demand. The farmers depend on their reputation as providers of quality produce for much of Europe.

Ill. Senate Proposes End To Workers' Compensation

May 31, 2011 12:17 pm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A proposal to end workers' compensation in Illinois moved a step closer to reality when it was approved by a state Senate committee. The legislation now goes to the Senate floor. Approval there would put abolition on the governor's desk. The Senate Executive Committee split along party lines in the 9-6 vote.

Photo Of The Day: Spain, Germany Feud Over Suspect Veggies

May 31, 2011 12:08 pm

(AP) — A farm worker stands behind a pile of cucumbers outside of a greenhouse in Algarrobo, near Malaga, southern Spain, on Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Angry Spanish farmers whose produce has been cited as a possible source of the deadly bacterial infection in Europe are watching in despair as machines grind their suddenly unwanted fruit and vegetables into compost and are particularly livid with Germany.

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Sara Lee Acquires Sausage Company

May 31, 2011 5:21 am

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Sara Lee Corp. said Friday that it has completed its $87 million acquisition of Aidells Sausage Co. Aidells, based in San Francisco, is known for premium sausages such as artichoke and garlic chicken sausage. Sara Lee, which makes frozen desserts, Senseo coffee and other products, had announced the buyout earlier this month.

BP Agrees To $9M Grant For Testing, Marketing Gulf Seafood

May 31, 2011 5:18 am

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — BP has agreed to support a $9 million grant to pay for quality testing and marketing of seafood coming out of Alabama's gulf with hopes of reassuring consumers that the state's products are safe to eat. The grant will allocate $4 million toward testing seafood to ensure there are no harmful chemicals or substances in the seafood as an effect of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill last year.

China Orders Death Penalty In Food Safety Scandals

May 31, 2011 5:15 am

BEIJING (AP) — China's supreme court has ordered judges across the country to issue harsher sentences, including the death penalty, to people convicted of food safety violations as the government struggles to clean up the nation's food supply after repeated scandals. The Supreme People's Court said courts should impose longer jail terms and larger fines on people found guilty of violating food safety regulations and that death sentences should be given in cases where people died.

Chiquita Accused Of Supporting Colombian Terrorists

May 31, 2011 5:12 am

MIAMI (AP) — Each name is next to a number, in black type on a thick legal document. They are the mothers and fathers, spouses, sisters and brothers of thousands of Colombians who were killed or vanished during a bloody civil conflict between leftist guerrillas and right-wing paramilitary groups whose victims have largely been civilians.

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