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Man Sues Four Loko For Heart Damage

March 22, 2011 4:34 am

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who says he suffered permanent heart damage after drinking the alcohol- and caffeine-laced Four Loko beverage is suing its manufacturer. Tire salesman Michael Mustica of Knowlton Township filed the lawsuit last week against Phusion Projects.

Salmonella Forces Recall Of Serrano Peppers

March 22, 2011 4:30 am

(FDA)-- WorldVariety Produce, Inc. of Los Angeles, Calif. is recalling Serrano Peppers, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella , an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

WHO: Japan Should Ban Food Sales From Nuclear Area

March 22, 2011 4:25 am

GENEVA (AP) — Japan needs to act quickly and ban food sales from areas around the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant if food there has excessive levels of radiation, the World Health Organization said Monday. The International Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed that radiation in some Japanese milk and vegetables was "significantly higher" than levels Japan allows for consumption, and Japanese authorities are expected to decide by Tuesday on a comprehensive plan to limit food shipments from affected areas.


Photo Of The Day: A Loko Lawsuit

March 22, 2011 4:19 am

Karl Rove To Headline 2011 Dairy Show

March 21, 2011 4:52 am

Washington, D.C. (IDFA)-- The International Dairy Foods Association today announced that Karl Rove, who served as senior advisor and deputy chief of staff to former President George W. Bush, will lead off the International Dairy Show in Atlanta. Known as "the architect" of President Bush's 2000 and 2004 campaigns, Rove has been called a master political strategist.

U.S. Wine Sales Top France

March 21, 2011 4:49 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For the first time ever, overall U.S. wine sales have topped the wine-loving French. It's big news for vintners — on both sides of the Atlantic — but don't break out the "We're No. 1!" foam fingers just yet. In terms of per capita consumption, the French still are well ahead at an average 12.

Food Industry To Eliminate 4B Pounds Of Packaging

March 21, 2011 4:46 am

WASHINGTON (PRNewswire)-- The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today announced the results of survey research indicating that food, beverage and consumer products manufacturers anticipate that they will eliminate four billion pounds of packaging waste nationwide from 2005-2020. More than 1.

Starbucks To Raise Packaged Coffee Prices

March 21, 2011 4:43 am

Starbucks Corp. is raising prices it charges retailers for packaged coffee by up to 12 percent to cope with higher costs for beans. The world's largest coffee chain said that it informed grocery customers Friday of the increase for Starbucks and Seattle's Best Coffee brands. It's up to the grocers and other retailers to decide if they want to pass along that increase to consumers.


Sake Brewer Loses All In Tsunami, Plans To Rebuild

March 21, 2011 4:39 am

RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan (AP) — Yasuhiko Konno stands next to a pile of debris that reaches over two stories high. He bows his head for a moment and takes a deep breath. This was his sake brewery, one of the best in Japan, with a history that goes back hundreds of years. A week after he barely escaped a tsunami that flattened it and nearly everything else in sight, he's come back for the first time, and it takes him a second to collect his thoughts.

Horizon Milling Unveils High-Tech Expansion

March 21, 2011 4:35 am

NEWTON, Kan. (AP) — After months of enduring detours, demolition and construction, residents of Newton have had a chance to see what the work was all about — the upgrade of the central Kansas town's old flour mill into a state-of-the art operation. Horizon Milling held an open house last week to show off the new packing and shipping facility, complete with robotic arms that do the loading and lifting of sacks of flour.

Photo Of The Day: Radiation Seeps Into Japan's Food Chain

March 21, 2011 4:19 am

(AP) — Chiyoko Kaizuka, 83-year old farmer, weeds a spinach field Sunday, March 20, 2011 in Moriya, Ibaragi Prefecture, Japan. Japan announced the first signs that contamination from its tsunami-crippled nuclear complex has seeped into the food chain, saying that radiation levels in spinach and milk from farms near the facility exceeded government safety limits.


Wholesale Food Prices Hit 36-Year High

March 18, 2011 4:53 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are noticing higher prices at the grocery store, and it's about to get worse. Food prices at the wholesale level rose last month by the most in 36 years. Cold weather accounted for most of it, forcing stores and restaurants to pay more for green peppers, lettuce and other vegetables, but meat and dairy prices surged, too.

Diet Coke Beats Pepsi As No. 2 Soda

March 18, 2011 4:50 am

Coca-Cola is winning the fight for America's soda drinkers. Diet Coke bubbled up into the second spot in the U.S. soft drink market, ending Pepsi's decades-long run as the perennial runner-up to regular Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola sold nearly 927 million cases of its diet soda in 2010, to Pepsi's 892 million, a report by trade publication Beverage Digest released Thursday said.

Nestle Worker Arrested On Bosnia Torture Charges

March 18, 2011 4:45 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A woman who served in the Croatian army faces extradition from a small Kentucky town to face charges that she forced prisoners to drink human blood and gasoline during the bloody aftermath of the breakup of Yugoslavia. U.S. Marshals arrested 52-year-old Azra Basic (BOS-ICH) on Tuesday in Stanton, about 45 miles east of Lexington, where she lives and works at a nearby food processing plant.

General Mills In Talks With Yoplait

March 18, 2011 4:37 am

NEW YORK (AP) — General Mills said Friday that it has entered into exclusive negotiations to buy a majority stake in French yogurt company Yoplait. The binding offer with PAI Partner and Sodiaal, the owners of Yoplait S.A.S., would beat out rivals bidding for the company. General Mills' offer includes a 50 percent interest and a controlling role in the company, the food company said.

China Suspends Officials Over Tainted Pork

March 18, 2011 4:33 am

BEIJING (AP) — Three senior officials in central China have been suspended and more than two dozen others punished after pigs in farms there tested positive for a banned chemical that can be dangerous to humans, state media said Friday. Tainted pork has become the latest food safety scandal to shock China after state broadcaster CCTV ran an expose earlier this week showing that several farms in Henan province were using the fat-burning drug, clenbuterol, in pig feed.

Japan To Release Salt Reserves

March 17, 2011 4:46 am

TOKYO, March 17 (Kyodo) — The Salt Industry Association of Japan will release 900 tons of edible salt from its reserves to cover supply shortages after one of Japan's six salt plants suspended production due to last Friday's catastrophic earthquake in northeastern and eastern Japan, the Finance Ministry said Thursday.

State To Investigate Food Plant Worker's Death

March 17, 2011 4:45 am

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana work-safety officials are investigating the death of a forklift operator at an Indianapolis food plant. A spokeswoman for the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration told The Indianapolis Star for a story Thursday that the agency will investigate why the concrete floor collapsed beneath the machine, killing 50-year-old Alan Beaty of Hendricks County.

Kraft CFO Leaving In Mid-2011

March 16, 2011 4:46 am

NORTHFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc. says that its Chief Financial Officer Timothy McLevish is leaving the company in mid-2011 to "pursue opportunities in general management." McLevish, 55, has worked for Kraft since 2007. David Brearton, 50, Kraft's executive vice president of operations, will take over as CFO after the company files its first-quarter financial statements.


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