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Chobani Plant Fined $178K For Safety Violations

March 19, 2012 12:55 pm

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the problems at Agro Farma Inc.'s Chobani Greek Yogurt plant in Chenango County included unguarded moving parts on machines, electrical hazards, lack of training and protective gear, wet floors and other dangerous conditions.

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Dead Cows, Violations Found At Calif. Dairy

March 19, 2012 12:50 pm

California water authorities are ordering a Merced County dairy to clean up its property after more than 50 decomposing cow carcasses were found partially buried in manure.

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Consumer Trends: Restaurant Chains Show Signs Of Growth

March 19, 2012 12:46 pm

The 500 largest U.S. restaurant chains registered a 3.4 percent annual sales increase in 2011, a sharp improvement over 1.8 percent the prior year.

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Canadian Facility Issues Massive Beef Recall

March 19, 2012 10:11 am

The public is being warned not to consume certain ground beef products which bear the establishment number 761 because they may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says all ground beef products made between July 1, 2011 and Feb. 15, 2012 at the facility linked to the establishment number are included in the warning.

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Nev. Lands Powdered Milk Processing Plant

March 19, 2012 10:09 am

Plans for a powdered milk processing plant in Fallon that would create 44 full-time jobs and hundreds of indirect jobs have moved a giant step closer to reality. Quail Hollow LLC, a subsidiary of Dairy Farmers of America, on Thursday closed an agreement with the city of Fallon to buy 31.5 acres in the city's New River Business Park for the facility.

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Obama Celebrates St. Patrick's Day With A Guinness

March 19, 2012 10:07 am | by JIM KUHNHENN,Associated Press

His jacket was only moss green but his pint was true Guinness. President Barack Obama tilted back a glass of the dark Irish brew Saturday, observing St. Patrick's Day at a boisterous Irish pub with his ancestral cousin from Moneygall, Ireland, at his side.

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Creator Of Red Bull Dies

March 19, 2012 10:05 am | by THANYARAT DOKSONE & TODD PITMAN,Associated Press

Chaleo Yoovidhya, the self-made Thai billionaire who introduced the world to "energy drinks" and co-founded the globally popular Red Bull brand, has died. He was in his 80s.

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Ben & Jerry's Launches Pro-Gay Marriage Flavor

March 19, 2012 10:01 am | by DAVE GRAM,Associated Press

Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's is supporting gay marriage in Britain by relabeling an apple pie flavor as Apple-y Ever After. The South Burlington-based subsidiary of the global food and cosmetics conglomerate Unilever is issuing the newly labeled ice cream in the United Kingdom, where the government has said it plans to legalize gay marriage and has begun public consultation before introducing legislation.

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Photo Of The Day: Obama Downs A Pint On St. Paddy's

March 19, 2012 9:56 am

President Barack Obama drinks a Guinness with his ancestral cousin from Moneygall Ireland Henry Healy, center, and the owner of the pub in Moneygall Ireland, Ollie Hayes, right, at The Dubliner Restaurant and Pub and Restaurant on St. Patrick's Day, Saturday, March 17, 2012, in Washington.

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Dole Food Returns To Profit In Q4

March 16, 2012 12:20 pm | by The Associated Press

Dole Food Co. returned to profitability in its fiscal fourth quarter as the company reduced costs.

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Goodfella's Wins World's Best Pizza Title

March 16, 2012 12:15 pm | by SOURCE Goodfella's Brick Oven Pizza

Goodfella's Brick Oven Pizza, representing Staten Island, New York, took first prize at the world's biggest international pizza contest.

Authorities ID Worker Killed At Tyson Plant

March 16, 2012 12:11 pm | by The Associated Press

Authorities have released the name of a worker who died in an accident at the Tyson Foods plant in Dakota City in northeast Nebraska.

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Consumer Trends: Snacking Is A Way Of Life

March 16, 2012 11:22 am | by SOURCE Technomic

Almost half (48 percent) of consumers polled say they're now snacking at least twice a day, compared to 25 percent in 2010.

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Marudai Food Sets Up Sausage Plant In Thailand

March 16, 2012 9:58 am | by Kyodo News International

Marudai Food Co. said Friday it has set up a new plant in Thailand for sausage and ham production jointly with local food maker Betagro Public Co.

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Lawmakers Advance Nebraska 'Alcopops' Bill

March 16, 2012 9:56 am | by MICHAEL AVOK, Associated Press

Nebraska lawmakers gave first-round approval Thursday to a measure that would undo a state Supreme Court decision to tax Mike's Hard Lemonade and other so-called "alcopops" at the same rate as hard liquor.

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Some Schools Planning To Drop 'Pink Slime' Meat

March 16, 2012 9:54 am | by KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press

Several school systems said they will stop serving cafeteria food containing "pink slime" as soon as a new USDA rule allows them to opt out next year.

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Kellogg Company Named One of World's 'Most Ethical' Companies

March 16, 2012 9:51 am | by SOURCE Kellogg Company

Kellogg Company has been named one of the 2012 "World's Most Ethical Companies" by the Ethisphere Institute.

China Takes On McDonald's

March 16, 2012 9:46 am | by The Associated Press

Chinese state television has accused McDonald's and French retailer Carrefour of selling expired chicken products in separate incidents amid public anxiety in China over food safety.

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Photo Of The Day: One Big Bean

March 16, 2012 9:32 am

A giant chocolate "bean" sculpture covered in Jelly Belly(R) jelly beans and Jelly Bean Chocolate Dips(R) is now on display at Jelly Belly Visitor Center in Wisconsin.

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Solar Debate Heats Up As CA Farmland Is Targeted

March 15, 2012 1:12 pm | by TRACIE CONE, Associated Press

In the debate pitting photovoltaic power stations against agriculture, all eyes have been on California's Fresno County, where the abundance of sunshine that make it the No. 1 agriculture-producing county in the nation also make it ideal for solar arrays.

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