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Thai Brewer Challenges Heineken With $7.2B Offer

September 13, 2012 1:01 pm

Thai Beverage said Thursday it is offering $7.2 billion for control of Asian drinks conglomerate Fraser & Neave Ltd., stepping up a battle with Heineken NV for ownership of Tiger Beer and other popular regional brews. The Thai company, controlled by billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, is offering to pay Singapore dollars 8.88 a share for the 70 percent of Singapore-listed Fraser & Neave it doesn't already own.

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Hershey School Settles AIDS Bias Case

September 13, 2012 12:58 pm

A 14-year-old boy and his mother will receive $700,000 from the settlement of an AIDS discrimination lawsuit against a private boarding school that refused to enroll him because he's HIV-positive. The settlement was announced Wednesday by the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania and the Milton Hershey School, which is financed by a trust that holds the controlling interest in The Hershey Co. candy manufacturer.

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Chamberlain Farms Pulls Watermelons

September 13, 2012 12:57 pm | by KEN KUSMER,Associated Press

An Indiana farm linked to a deadly outbreak of salmonella in cantaloupes said Wednesday it had voluntarily withdrawn its watermelons from the market and was working with state and federal officials to find the source of the foodborne illness in the larger fruits.

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NYC Board Passes Big Sugary Drink Ban

September 13, 2012 12:55 pm | by DAVID B. CARUSO and JENNIFER PELTZ,Associated Press

New York City's Board of Health opened up a new, experimental front in the war on obesity Thursday, passing a rule banning sales of big sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, concession stands and other eateries. The regulation puts a 16-ounce size limit on cups and bottles of non-diet soda, sweetened teas, and other calorie-packed beverages.

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ABC News Named As Defendant In 'Pink Slime' Suit

September 13, 2012 12:52 pm | by GRANT SCHULTE and KRISTI EATON,Associated Press

Beef Products Inc. sued ABC News, Inc. for defamation Thursday over its coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime," claiming the network misled consumers into believing it is unhealthy and unsafe. The Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based meat processor is seeking $1.2 billion in damages for roughly 200 "false and misleading and defamatory" statements about the product.

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Consumer Trends: Women's Health Names 125 Best Packaged Foods

September 13, 2012 12:48 pm

Women's Health has compiled its annual list of the "125 Best Packaged Foods for Women," the ultimate guide to the best-tasting and healthiest packaged foods available on the shelves today. These supermarket finds are not only convenient and time-saving, they also won't compromise your abs or taste buds.

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Photo Of The Day: Big Vote Against Big Soda

September 13, 2012 12:35 pm

One of New York City's most ambitious efforts to prod residents to live healthier appears poised to pass as a health panel takes up a plan to cut down sales of big sodas and other sugary soft drinks. The Board of Health was set to vote Thursday on the proposal, which would bar sales of sugar-heavy drinks in more than 16-ounce cups or bottles in restaurants, movie theaters and some other settings. 

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Aurora Organic Dairy Settles Marketing Claims

September 13, 2012 9:53 am

While the courts confirmed Aurora’s organic certifications have always been valid and the company is confident it would prevail in trial on the remaining marketing claims, Aurora Organic Dairy says it reached the settlement to avoid the cost and distraction of protracted litigation.

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NYC Health Board To Vote On Big Soda Ban

September 13, 2012 9:48 am | by DAVID B. CARUSO and JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press

One of New York City's most ambitious efforts to prod residents to live healthier appears poised to pass as a health panel takes up a plan to cut down sales of big sodas and other sugary soft drinks. The Board of Health was set to vote Thursday on the proposal, which would bar sales of sugar-heavy drinks in more than 16-ounce cups or bottles in restaurants, movie theaters and some other settings.

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7 Killed By Bootleg Liquor

September 13, 2012 9:46 am

At least four more people have died in the Czech Republic after drinking bootleg alcohol tainted with toxic methanol, bringing the death toll to seven in the worst such poisoning in three decades, officials said on Tuesday. Police spokeswoman Miluse Zajicova said a 45-year-old man died in a hospital in the eastern town of Prerov, and a 21-year-old woman was found dead in nearby Osek nad Becvou.

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BPI Plans ‘Pink Slime’ Defamation Suit

September 13, 2012 9:44 am | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press

Beef Products Inc. plans to file a defamation lawsuit in the wake of a publicity storm over a meat product that critics have dubbed "pink slime." The Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based company said Wednesday that it will announce a lawsuit Thursday. A company executive and lawyer refused to name the defendant.

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UPDATE: At Least 1 Dead In Tainted Cheese Outbreak

September 13, 2012 9:42 am

U.S. health officials say imported Italian ricotta cheese tainted with listeria bacteria is linked to 14 illnesses including at least one death.The ricotta salata cheese distributed by Forever Cheese Inc. of New York is linked to illnesses in 11 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Dog Food Recalled For Salmonella Risk

September 12, 2012 12:47 pm

 Breeder’s Choice Pet Food is recalling a single manufacturing batch of Breeder's Choice AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula due to possible contamination with salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. 

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USDA Lowers Corn Yield Forecast

September 12, 2012 12:44 pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has slightly lowered its forecast for the nation's drought-damaged corn crop, from 123 bushels per acre last month to 122.8 bushels per acre in this month's report. That yield would be the lowest since 1995.

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McDonald’s To Post Calorie Counts On Menus

September 12, 2012 12:42 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's restaurants in the U.S. will soon get a new menu addition: The number of calories in the chain's burgers and fries. The world's biggest hamburger chain said Wednesday that it will post calorie information on restaurant and drive-thru menus nationwide starting Monday.

Rice Farmers Challenge TransCanada’s Land Rights

September 12, 2012 12:41 pm

A group of Texas rice farmers is challenging a Canadian company's right to condemn land to build a pipeline to carry crude from Alberta to the Gulf Coast. The Texas Rice Land Partners will appear before a judge in Beaumont on Wednesday.

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Iowa Egg Farm Manager To Plead Guilty To Bribery

September 12, 2012 12:39 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press

A federal prosecutor says a manager at the Iowa egg farms linked to a 2010 nationwide salmonella outbreak will plead guilty to trying to bribe a USDA inspector to allow the sale of unsafe eggs. Tony Wasmund is charged with conspiring to bribe a public official.

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Consumer Trends: Canada’s Beef Industry At Tipping Point

September 12, 2012 12:36 pm

A new study released by CAPI, the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute, indicates that Canada's beef industry is at a profound tipping point and corrective action is needed if it is going to deliver maximum benefits to producers and industry stakeholders and deliver on its potential of being a reliable contributor to a protein hungry world.

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PepsiCo President Leaving After Less Than A Year

September 12, 2012 9:52 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

PepsiCo Inc. said Tuesday that its president is leaving after less than a year on the job, indicating a CEO succession may not be coming any time soon. The Purchase, N.Y., company said John Compton's departure is effective immediately. After joining the soda and snack food giant about 30 years ago, Compton had been named to the newly created position of president in March.

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McDonald’s Bounces Back In August

September 12, 2012 9:50 am | by CANDICE CHOI and MICHELLE CHAPMAN,AP Business Writers

McDonald's said a key sales figure climbed 3.7 percent in August, as the fast-food chain emphasized the value of its menu offerings amid the challenging global economy. The world's biggest hamburger chain said Tuesday that its breakfast menu and value items pushed up sales by 3 percent in the U.S.

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