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Shredded Cheese Recalled For Plastic Fragments

January 23, 2012 4:06 am

Schenectady, N.Y. (FDA) — Price Chopper Supermarkets is issuing a voluntary recall on its Coyote Joe’s Shredded Taco Cheese 16 oz, UPC 41735-12509 with an expiration date of April 21, 2012 due to the possibility of shredded plastic fragments inside the packaging. The cheese was sold chain wide between the dates of January 4th and January 17th, 2012.

OJ Prices Rise On Fears About Brazilian Imports

January 23, 2012 4:04 am

Orange juice futures surged Friday on concerns that federal regulators might restrict imports from Brazil. Orange juice for March delivery rose 10 cents, the maximum amount allowed in daily trading, to close at $2.1065 per pound. The price is near a record high. Traders are worried that juice imports from Brazil could be halted if the U.

Univ. Of Nebraska Awarded Grant For E. Coli Research

January 23, 2012 3:58 am

LINCOLN, Neb. (USDA) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that it has awarded a research grant to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) to help reduce the occurrence and public health risks from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) along the entire beef production pathway.


Cheese Maker Plans $15M Expansion In Idaho

January 23, 2012 3:52 am

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Officials with the cheese manufacturer Glanbia Foods announced Friday that it is spending up to $15 million to build a corporate headquarters and innovation center in Twin Falls. The expansion is expected to add 100 jobs when the facility opens in March 2013, with plans to expand to 150.

E. Coli Found At Raw Milk Dairy

January 23, 2012 3:50 am

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Environmental samples collected from a Central California raw milk dairy's calf area tested positive for the strain of E. coli that infected five children last year, according to a letter from California health officials made public Friday. In the letter to Organic Pastures Dairy Co.

Photo Of The Day: Cakes For A Cause

January 23, 2012 3:46 am

(ChicExecs PR) — Charity Pykles-George of the d'Zrt Cake Studio donated her confectionary talents to Icing Smiles, a nonprofit organization that specializes in bringing a little joy to families struggling with children with critical illnesses. The foundation recruits professional bakers from across the globe to whip up celebratory cakes and treats for kids in need.


Consumer Trends: Cash-Strapped Consumers Tighten Profit Margins

January 20, 2012 7:41 am

As the economy continues to rebound from recessions past, many consumers – some by necessity and some by choice continue embracing frugality. And, with consumers trending towards tighter spending habits – combined with higher commodities costs (e.g., crop, packaging, and energy) – consumer product companies have increasingly been left in a profit margin squeeze.

Alaska Salmon Packers Pull Out Of Program

January 20, 2012 6:57 am

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Seventy-five percent of Alaska's salmon packers have decided to pull out of the Marine Stewardship Council's fisheries certification program when the current agreement expires at the end of October. Those processors are Trident, Icicle, Ocean Beauty, Peter Pan, Alaska General, E-and-E, Kwikpak and North Pacific.


Big Meat Companies Opposed Antitrust Regulator

January 20, 2012 6:55 am

A top federal antitrust regulator for meat companies is stepping down. J. Dudley Butler will end his tenure next week as head of the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration, the agency said Thursday. Butler oversaw key parts of the Obama administration's effort to pass sweeping antitrust reforms covering the meat packing industry.

Regulators Increase Gulf Of Maine Shrimp Limit

January 20, 2012 6:53 am

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishery regulators Thursday increased the amount of Gulf of Maine shrimp that can be caught this season, but Maine fishermen and processors said the higher limit won't make much difference. More than 150 fishermen and processors packed a meeting room in South Portland, where a committee of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted to increase the season's catch limit from 4.

USDA To Modernize Poultry Inspection

January 20, 2012 6:49 am

WASHINGTON, D.C. (USDA) — In a shift that will save money for businesses and taxpayers while improving food safety, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing a modernization of young chicken and turkey slaughter inspection in the United States by focusing FSIS inspection resources on the areas of the poultry production system that pose the greatest risk to food safety.

Failed Chinese Sweetener Plant Investigated

January 20, 2012 6:45 am

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A patent attorney who vouched for a Chinese artificial sweetener factory testified Thursday that he became aware of concerns about the Chinese site before a deal closed to finance the construction of a similar manufacturing plant in rural Missouri.

TreeHouse Foods Takes A Warm Weather Hit

January 20, 2012 3:50 am

OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — TreeHouse Foods said its adjusted fourth-quarter adjusted earnings took a hit because of unseasonably warm weather this year, which drove down sales volumes in December. Its shares took a hit in premarket trading, too, falling 8 percent. The company sells of canned soup, instant oatmeal and powdered coffee creamer to both stores and restaurants, products that tend to sell better when consumers are seeking a respite from the cold.

Muslim Inmates Settle Pork Lawsuit

January 20, 2012 3:47 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Muslim death row inmate has settled a lawsuit that accused the Ohio prison system of denying him meals prepared according to Islamic law while providing kosher meals to Jewish prisoners. Ohio had previously decided to remove all pork products from prison menus in response to the lawsuit, though inmates weren't seeking a ban on pork.

Cantaloupe Grower Fined For Unsafe Migrant Housing

January 20, 2012 3:44 am

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado cantaloupe grower whose farm was identified by federal authorities as the source of a listeria outbreak that killed 30 people last year was fined by the U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday for failing to provide safe migrant worker housing. The federal agency said Eric Jensen, owner of Jensen Farms, of Holly, rented migrant workers unsanitary, overcrowded rooms at a motel he owns.

Common Substance May Fight Food Poisoning

January 20, 2012 3:42 am

NEW YORK (AP) — A substance found in nuts and whole grains may someday help doctors fight the kind of food poisoning that sickened thousands of people in Europe last summer, a study in mice suggests. While a variety of germs can cause food poisoning, the European outbreak involved a dangerous strain of the bacterium E.

Immigration Crackdown Forces Farmers To Change Plans

January 20, 2012 3:38 am

ATLANTA (AP) — It's unclear whether farmers in Georgia and Alabama will face a shortage of workers due to tough new laws targeting illegal immigration, but some producers said they have begun changing their plans for planting and harvesting this year's crops. Some farmers said they might reduce the number of acres they plant or shift to less labor-intensive crops, while others are bracing for higher labor prices and have turned to new recruiting tools to attract workers.

Photo Of The Day: Jensen Farms Fined On Migrant Housing

January 20, 2012 3:33 am

(AP) — This Sept. 28, 2011 file photo shows co-owner Eric Jensen as he examines cantaloupe on the Jensen Farms near Holly, Colo. The Food and Drug Administration recalled 300,000 cases of cantaloupe grown on the Jensen Farms after connecting it with a listeria outbreak. The US Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division announced on Thursday, Jan.


Consumer Trends: Shoppers Optimistic Amid Continued Frugality

January 19, 2012 9:56 am | by Point of View

CHICAGO, Ill. (Business Wire) — Shoppers became more optimistic in Q4 2011, with an increase among those believing the economy improved in the last six months of 2011 and will continue to strengthen during the first six months of 2012, reports SymphonyIRI Group’s latest MarketPulse™ survey, released today.

Campaign Petitions FDA To Label Genetically Engineered Foods

January 19, 2012 7:27 am | by About Just Label It

BOSTON, Mass. (PRNewswire) — With more than a half-million consumers already on board, a campaign petitioning the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to label genetically engineered (GE) food today launched  the video "Labels Matter" to garner even more consumer awareness and participation.


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