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U.S. Consumer Confidence Plunges

January 30, 2013 9:32 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER,AP Economics Writer

An increase in Social Security taxes is leaving Americans with less take-home pay — and a more negative outlook for the U.S. economy. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its index of consumer confidence plunged 8.1 points in January from December to 58.6. That's the lowest reading in 14 months and the third straight decline.


FDA Finds Violations, Unsanitary Conditions At Juice Plant

January 30, 2013 9:29 am

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that Jonlly Fruits, Inc. (Jonlly), and its President, Bartolo Pérez Román (Defendants), have signed a consent decree of permanent injunction prohibiting distribution of their fruit and juice products sold under Jonlly’s own label, as well as “Natural Tropic,” “Selectos,” and several other private-label brands.


ConAgra Completes Ralcorp Acquisition

January 30, 2013 9:27 am

ConAgra Foods Inc. said Tuesday that it has completed its roughly $5 billion acquisition of private-label food maker Ralcorp Holdings Inc. The company announced in November that it would buy Ralcorp in a deal that makes it the nation's biggest producer of store-brand foods.


Hostess Set to Announce Bidder for Twinkies

January 30, 2013 9:25 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Hostess Brands is close to announcing that it has picked two investment firms — C. Dean Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management — as the lead bidders for its Twinkies and other snack cakes, according to a source close to the situation who was not authorized to comment publicly on the talks.


Photo of the Day: What's Lurking in Your Salad?

January 30, 2013 9:23 am

Leafy green vegetables were the leading source of food poisoning over an 11-year period, federal health officials say, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. However, the most food-related deaths were from contaminated chicken and other poultry.


Whole Foods Recalls Smoked Salmon

January 29, 2013 12:37 pm

Whole Foods Market says it is voluntarily recalling some 4-ounce Whole Catch Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon, cold-smoked and sliced, after a sample tested positive for listeria. The lot code for the recalled smoked salmon is 7425A2298B. The UPC code is 0 99482 40880 0.


IPPE Coverage: Using Organic Trace Minerals in Poultry Layer Diets

January 29, 2013 12:35 pm

QualiTech Animal Nutrition researchers recently finished a trial showing organic trace minerals (SQM zinc, SQM copper and SQM manganese) in poultry layer diets optimizes the bird’s egg production from weeks 40 through 51 of the birds’ production cycle.


Key Dates in the Sale of Hostess Brands

January 29, 2013 12:30 pm

Hostess said Monday that it picked McKee Foods, the maker of Little Debbie cakes, as the lead bidder for its Drake's cakes. The fate of Twinkies and other Hostess snack cakes is still being negotiated. Here's a look at key dates in the sale of Hostess brands.


Japan’s New Import Rules to Help U.S. Beef Industry

January 29, 2013 12:28 pm | by JOSH FUNK,Associated Press

Ranchers welcomed Japan's decision Monday to ease restrictions on U.S. beef imports, saying it will provide a boost to the American meat industry but cautioning that it will take time before exports to Japan reach their levels of a decade ago.


Leafy Greens Top Source of Food Poisoning

January 29, 2013 12:26 pm | by MIKE STOBBE,AP Medical Writer

A big government study has fingered leafy greens like lettuce and spinach as the leading source of food poisoning, a perhaps uncomfortable conclusion for health officials who want us to eat our vegetables. "Most meals are safe," said Dr. Patricia Griffin, a government researcher and one of the study's authors who said the finding shouldn't discourage people from eating produce.


Consumer Trends: Tough Times Mean High Calories

January 29, 2013 12:00 pm

Bad news about the economy could cause you to pack on the pounds. A study from the University of Miami shows that when there is a perception of tough times, people tend to seek higher-calorie foods that will keep them satisfied longer.


Thought of the Day: Little Debbie Meets Devil Dog

January 29, 2013 10:49 am

McKee Foods, the maker of Little Debbie snacks, has agreed to pay $27.5 million for Hostess' Drake brand products, which include Devil Dogs, Yodels and other snack items, as part of a bankruptcy sale of Hostess' remaining assets. Mike Gloekler of McKee Foods says the company has no intent of changing or scrapping the Hostess products.


Sprouts Recalled over Listeria Fears

January 29, 2013 9:36 am

Certain sprouts being sold at Canada Safeway stores in British Columbia are being recalled because of concerns over possible Listeria contamination. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency the LifeForce Foods brand product includes Brocco Sprouts, Spicy Sprouts and Alfalfa Sprouts sold in 85-gram plastic containers.


Japanese Firm to Develop New Ramen Noodles

January 29, 2013 9:34 am

Nissin Foods Holdings Co. said Monday it will set up a research center specialized in developing instant ramen noodles and other new products in Tokyo in November with an investment of about 6.3 billion yen. The Japanese food company will combine the function of several laboratories of its group into the new one as part of efforts to streamline operations and cut costs.


Okla. County Struggles Through Disasters, Drought

January 29, 2013 9:33 am | by SEAN MURPHY,Associated Press

Caddo County, Okla., has been declared a federal disaster area nine times since 2007, making it one of the nation's most ill-fated locations. But even here, farmers and ranchers say, no one has endured anything as crippling as the ongoing drought, which has dried out ponds, withered crops in the field and decimated the water table.


Tainted Beef Sickens 16 in 5 States

January 29, 2013 9:31 am | by MIKE STOBBE,AP Medical Writer

Federal health officials say at least 16 people in five states have been sickened by salmonella food poisoning linked to ground beef. No one has died, but half were hospitalized. Most of the illnesses have been in Michigan, but a few cases were scattered in Arizona, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.


McKee Foods to Pay $27.5M for Drake’s Brand

January 29, 2013 9:29 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Hostess has picked the maker of Little Debbie as the lead bidder for its Drake's cakes. According to a filing in U.S. bankruptcy court, McKee Foods has offered $27.5 million in cash for the cake brands, which include Devil Dogs, Funny Bones and Yodels. The fate of Twinkies and other Hostess cakes are still being negotiated with other bidders.


Photo of the Day: Weathering Disaster

January 29, 2013 9:26 am

In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 photo, Caddo County farmer Karen Krehbiel examines unharvested milo on her family’s farm near Hydro, Okla. Not all of the farm’s milo fields were irrigated because of an ongoing drought, the latest natural disaster to strike the county, which also has been beset in recent years by floods, tornadoes, ice storms and hail.


Thought of the Day: Selling Your Soul for a Bucket of Soda?

January 28, 2013 12:45 pm

As opponents of New York City's landmark ban on large, sugary drinks position themselves for a fight with the city, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking off the gloves too. Two minority groups — the Hispanic Federation and the New York NAACP — are drawing the most ire from the mayor.


Consumer Trends: Looking to Warehouse Clubs for Growth

January 28, 2013 12:00 pm

Consumer products executives expect their highest growth to come from the warehouse club channel compared with any other retail sales channel over the next three years, including mass merchandise, grocery, and e-commerce, according to new research from Deloitte.



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