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FDA Going After Sellers of Pure Caffeine Powder

December 23, 2014 9:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration is building a legal case against companies that sell pure powdered caffeine, which can be fatal even in small doses. Some major retailers have stopped selling it in bulk, but the substance is still widely available on the Internet and in some stores.

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Coming Soon to the US: Cuba Libre, With Real Cuban Rum

December 23, 2014 8:45 am | by JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press

Relaxed limits on what licensed U.S. travelers can bring home mean that Americans will be able to enjoy small quantities of the liquor at home. But, with the embargo still in place, the rum won't be flooding bars or the market.   

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Thai Farm Workers May Not Get Any of $8.7M Award

December 23, 2014 8:10 am | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press

A federal judge has ruled that a California-based labor contractor must pay $8.7 million in damages to Thai workers who were exploited while working at Hawaii farms, but it's not clear whether any of them will get the money.    

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Red Robin Serves Up The Cure Burger for Holiday Hangover Relief

December 23, 2014 8:00 am | by Red Robin

The Cure Burger – a fire-grilled gourmet patty topped with chili, cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, mushrooms and a sunny-side up egg on a sesame seed bun and served with Bottomless Steak Fries – is just what the doctor ordered.    

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Keurig Recalls 'Mini Plus' Single-Serve Coffee Makers

December 23, 2014 7:45 am | by The Associated Press

Keurig says its Mini Plus Brewing Systems, with model number K10, can overheat and spray water during brewing. Keurig says it had received about 200 reports of hot liquid escaping from the brewer, including 90 reports of burn-related injuries.

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US Dairy Industry Praises Outcome of Talks with China on Cheese Name Issue

December 22, 2014 10:45 am | by International Dairy Foods Association

The favorable outcome of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meetings should facilitate export of products like feta and parmesan cheese to China, which is a particularly large and fast-growing market for U.S. dairy products.

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Senator Says Obama Can Ease Regulations on Wheat Exports to Cuba

December 22, 2014 10:30 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press

Republican senator Jerry Moran urged the Treasury Department to immediately rewrite cumbersome regulations that have made it difficult to sell wheat and other farm commodities to Cuba — saying the agency can take that step even before Congress grapples with whether to entirely lift the U.S. trade embargo.

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Longtime Va. Spice Firm, Other Companies Turn to Exports

December 22, 2014 10:15 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer

C.F. Sauer is one of more than 200 companies that have participated in the Virginia Economic Development Partnership's Virginia Leaders in Export Trade program, which teaches state businesses how to export their products and services overseas through technical training, market research and trade missions.

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The Future of Agriculture? Indoor Farms Powered by LEDs

December 22, 2014 10:05 am | by GE Reports

A warehouse full of lettuce might not be the first place you would expect to find the next Industrial Revolution. But follow the LED lights and you’ll discover a glimpse of the future of agriculture — industrial-scale, indoor farming.  

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Texas Ranchers Seeking Alternative Incomes

December 22, 2014 10:00 am | by BETSY BLANEY and EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press

Though limited supplies have prompted a record rise in beef prices, more Texas ranchers are leasing part of their property for hunting or selling water to oil companies or desert plants and mistletoe to nurseries. Some are even taking side jobs to make ends meet.

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Maple Leaf Foods to Close Winnipeg Plant Permanently on Last Day of 2014

December 22, 2014 9:00 am | by The Canadian Press

The company's plant on Panet Road in Winnipeg will be the sixth closure under a multi-year reorganization of the Toronto-based food giant's operations. The remaining two of eight previously announced closures, in Kitchener, Ont., and Toronto, will be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2015.

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Prepackaged Caramel Apples Linked to 4 Deaths, Multiple Illnesses Across 10 States

December 19, 2014 2:30 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it knows of 28 cases in which people were sickened with the same strains of the bacterial illness listeria, and at least 26 were hospitalized.

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Another Big Catch for Thai Company in $1.5B Bid for Bumble Bee

December 19, 2014 2:15 pm | by Associated Press

Thai Union Frozen Products, which already owns Chicken of the Sea, another major seller of tuna and other seafoods, has now hooked the largest canned seafood company in North America. The deal must still be approved by U.S. regulators.  

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Natural Grocers Dropping Noosa Under Dairy Rules

December 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press

In the spring, Natural Grocers announced that it would phase out milk and other dairy products from cows that don't spend at least 120 days a year grazing outdoors on grass.            

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Reily Foods Recalls Chili Seasoning Kits Due to Undeclared Peanut and Almond Allergens

December 19, 2014 1:50 pm | by Reily Foods

Reily Foods Co. announced it is recalling certain Carroll Shelby brand and Wick Fowler brand chili seasoning kits after learning that one or more of the spice ingredients purchased from a third-party supplier contain peanut and almond allergens that are not declared on the products' ingredient statements.

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US Agriculture has Big Appetite for Cuba Trade

December 19, 2014 1:45 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island.

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NLRB Alleges That McDonald's Corp. Violates Worker Rights

December 19, 2014 1:35 pm | by TOM RAUM, Associated Press

The board's chief counsel charged that the company violates the rights of employees working at its restaurants around the country to seek better pay and working conditions. Hearings are set for March on whether to pursue disciplinary steps.

US Farmers Produce Bountiful Crop of Dry Beans

December 19, 2014 1:30 pm | by BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press

This year's crop of beans such as kidneys, navies, garbanzos and pintos totaled nearly 28.7 million hundredweight, up 17 percent from 2013, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. The increase was even more pronounced in North Dakota and Minnesota, which together produced about 40 percent of the nation's crop.

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Hellmann's Maker Unilever Drops Suit Over 'Just Mayo'

December 19, 2014 11:15 am | by SARAH SKIDMORE SELL and TALI ARBEL, Associated Press

Unilever filed suit against Hampton Creek earlier this year claiming the name of the small California company's product amounted to false advertising. Unilever said Thursday that it decided to withdraw the lawsuit so that Hampton Creek can address its label directly with industry groups and regulatory authorities.

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Hershey Unveils World’s First Public 3-D Chocolate Candy Printing Exhibit

December 19, 2014 10:30 am | by The Hershey Company

The Hershey Company, in partnership with 3D Systems, this week announced the December 19 debut of its 3-D Chocolate Candy Printing exhibit at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction. The 3-D chocolate printer on display at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction is the most advanced model in operation today.

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