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Economists Forecast Weak But Improving Growth

October 16, 2012 9:46 am | by DAVE CARPENTER,AP Business Writer

Economists foresee only tepid growth for the coming year, with unemployment back above 8 percent for the first half of 2013. The good news: The housing market is recovering faster than expected and the economy likely won't fall off a "fiscal cliff."

Union: Beef Moves Too Fast At XL Foods, Cleanliness Suffers

October 16, 2012 9:44 am | by Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press

The union for workers at an Alberta meat packer shut down over E. coli concerns says the pace of slaughter operations forces workers to take shortcuts around cleanliness and puts the health of beef-eating Canadians at risk. Doug O'Halloran, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 401, says the processing line moves too quickly.


Family Seeks Answers After Death At Tuna Plant

October 16, 2012 9:41 am

Workplace safety investigators and a grieving family on Monday searched for an explanation of how a worker was cooked to death at a Bumble Bee tuna processing plant. Tony Melena said his 62-year-old father, Jose Melena, was killed in an accident last week at the Santa Fe Springs plant but the company has given the family no information about how he died.


Photo Of The Day: Presidential Pizza Party

October 16, 2012 9:40 am

Pizza Hut is rethinking its contest daring people to ask "Sausage or Pepperoni?" at the presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, After the stunt triggered backlash last week, the company says it’s moving the promotion online, where a contestant will be randomly selected to win free pizza for life.


PepsiCo’s 3Q Should Give Glimpse At Turnaround

October 15, 2012 12:51 pm

PepsiCo Inc. should give investors a snapshot of the company's progress in bolstering its flagship brands this year when it reports its third quarter results Wednesday. The food and beverage company is pouring more money into marketing this year to enhance the stature of its biggest brands, including Pepsi cola and Gatorade.


Pizza Hut Rethinks Presidential Debate Stunt

October 15, 2012 12:48 pm | by CANDICE CHOI and MAE ANDERSON,Associated Press

Pizza Hut is rethinking its contest daring people to ask "Sausage or Pepperoni?" at the presidential debate Tuesday. After the stunt triggered backlash last week, the company says it's moving the promotion online, where a contestant will be randomly selected to win free pizza for life.

Sunland Expands Peanut Recall

October 15, 2012 12:47 pm

A New Mexico food company that produced the peanut butter linked to an outbreak of salmonella poisoning has expanded an ongoing recall of its products to include raw and roasted peanuts. The Food and Drug Administration said Saturday that Sunland Inc. added raw and roasted shelled and in-shell peanuts sold in quantities from 2 ounces to 50 pounds to its recall.


Layoffs At Beef Plant End Inspections

October 15, 2012 12:44 pm | by The Canadian Press

The federal government and the meat processing company at the center of an E. coli outbreak appear to have wound up in a game of chicken. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) review of the processing at XL Foods ground to a halt this weekend when the firm announced it was temporarily laying off 2,000 workers.


Tainted Salmon Kills 1, Sickens 500

October 15, 2012 12:42 pm

The Dutch public health watchdog says at least one elderly patient has died and more than 500 people have been sickened in a major salmonella outbreak caused by tainted salmon. The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment said in a statement Saturday tests have confirmed one death and another fatality is under investigation. Both victims were aged over 80.


Consumer Trends: Innovating Bearing Fruit For Canadian Apple Producers

October 15, 2012 12:40 pm

Apple lovers will have a new variety to sink their teeth into that is set to debut in select stores this fall. The Salish™ has characteristics that appeal not only to consumers, with its high quality appearance, texture and flavour, but also those that Canadian apple growers seek, such as its late harvest date, good storage and shelf life, high yields and good growth habits for high-density orchards.


Dog Treats May Be Contaminated With Salmonella

October 15, 2012 9:51 am | by BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI,Associated Press

Nature's Recipe announced Saturday the recall of a limited supply of its "Nature's Recipe Oven Baked Biscuits with Real Chicken," which were manufactured at its plant in Topeka, Kan., and distributed nationally — primarily through pet specialty retailers.


Worker Cooked To Death At Tuna Plant

October 15, 2012 9:50 am

Authorities say a 62-year-old employee was cooked to death at a Southern California seafood plant for tuna maker Bumble Bee Foods. The Whittier Daily News reports Jose Melena was found shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday at the plant in Santa Fe Springs.


Tyson To Audit Treatment Of Animals

October 15, 2012 9:48 am | by JEANNIE NUSS,Associated Press

News of the audit comes as animal welfare activists have been pressuring Tyson to move away from cramped cages for pregnant pigs, but the Springdale, Ark.-based company said its latest move is not in response to actions from the Humane Society of the United States or other organizations.


USDA To Audit Canadian Food Inspection System

October 15, 2012 9:45 am | by The Canadian Press

The federal agency responsible for protecting Canadians from preventable food safety hazards will itself soon be under the microscope. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirms it will be audited later this month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the first time in three years.


Industry Sues Over NYC Crackdown On Sugary Drinks

October 15, 2012 9:42 am | by JENNIFER PELTZ,Associated Press

Soda makers, restaurateurs and other businesses sued Friday to try to block the city's unprecedented move to restrict sales of super-sized, sugary drinks, an effort the city called a coup for public health but the industry views as unfair and undemocratic.


Photo Of The Day: Tyson Audits Animal Treatment

October 15, 2012 9:39 am

The nation's largest meat company on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, says it's launching an animal treatment audit of suppliers' farms. The news comes as animal welfare activists have been pressuring Tyson to move away from cramped cages for pregnant pigs.


PACK EXPO Coverage: Sustainability On Show's Agenda

October 12, 2012 12:41 pm

Meeting sustainability goals takes time. It also often requires new equipment, materials and processes. For manufacturers involved in the sustainability journey, PACK EXPO International 2012 (October 23-31; McCormick Place, Chicago) is a dynamic resource for all three.  


Halving Food Losses Would Feed Additional 1B People

October 12, 2012 12:37 pm

More efficient use of the food production chain and a decrease in the amount of food losses will dramatically help maintain the planet's natural resources and improve people's lives. The world's population is an estimated seven billion people. An additional one billion can be fed from our current resources, if the food losses could be halved.


Minn. Projected To Harvest Record Corn Crop

October 12, 2012 12:33 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI,Associated Press

Despite the drought that parched much of the rest of the country, 2012 is shaping up as a pleasant surprise for many Minnesota farmers who are expected to harvest record corn and sugarbeet crops. They report decent corn and soybean yields even in southern counties that are deep in drought.


Tully’s Coffee Parent Files For Bankruptcy

October 12, 2012 12:31 pm

The parent company of Tully's Coffee has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and will close nine stores this Sunday. The Seattle-based coffee chain has long struggled under the shadow of Starbucks Corp. TC Global Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday to help eliminate some costs that are keeping the company from being profitable.



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