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Photo Of The Day: Soda Success

March 30, 2011 4:35 am

(AP) — Scott Yarosh fills a cup of orange cream soda in front of the tanks where the soda is brewed onsite at the soda counter at the The Cider Mill Gourmet Market & Sandwich Shop in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Wednesday, March 23, 2011. Yarosh is brewing more than just homemade soda.

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Toxic Waste Bubble Gum Recalled For Lead

March 29, 2011 4:48 am

(FDA)-- Circle City Marketing and Distributing, doing business as Candy Dynamics, Indianapolis, IN, is issuing a voluntary recall of Toxic Waste® Short Circuits™ Bubble Gum, 3.2 oz (90 g) size, Lot #15070SC12. The product is imported from Pakistan. A recent test performed by the U.

Anheuser-Busch To Buy Goose Island Brewery

March 29, 2011 4:44 am

CHICAGO (AP) — St. Louis-based beer giant Anheuser-Busch is buying Chicago-based Goose Island brewery for $38.8 million in a deal announced Monday. Anheuser-Busch says the move will help Goose Island meet a growing demand for Honkers Ale and its other brands. Anheuser-Busch has distributed Goose Island beers since 2006.

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Mich. Liquor Commission Faces Suit Over Beer Name

March 29, 2011 4:42 am

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Maryland brewery is accusing Michigan's liquor commission of censorship after the panel rejected labels for a beer that features an expletive in the name. Flying Dog Brewery has filed a federal lawsuit in Grand Rapids asking that a judge override the commission's decision to reject labels for "Raging B----" beer and allow the brew to be advertised and sold in Michigan.

China Cracks Down On Tainted Feed

March 29, 2011 4:37 am

BEIJING (AP) — China's government has launched a yearlong crackdown on illegal additives in pig feed after some pigs owned by meat suppliers tested positive for a banned chemical that can be dangerous to humans. Tainted pork has become the latest food safety scandal to shock China after state broadcaster CCTV ran an expose earlier this month showing that a subsidiary of China's largest meat producer, based in central Henan province, used pork tainted with the fat-burning drug clenbuterol in its products.

EU Ends Talks To Ban Food From Cloned Animals

March 29, 2011 4:34 am

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union negotiators on Tuesday abandoned widely popular new legislation that would have banned cloning animals to produce food after all-night talks bogged down in disagreement. Last-ditch negotiations ended at 7 a.m. after representatives of the European Parliament and the EU governments could not find a compromise on how to treat the offspring of cloned animals — despite overwhelming agreement on banning food from the actual clone.

Ben & Jerry's To Cut Jobs

March 28, 2011 5:04 am

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Ben & Jerry's is cutting about two dozen jobs at its Waterbury plant as part of a restructuring of its Vermont ice cream making operations. But the people in those jobs have the option to transfer to a St. Albans plant. CEO Jostein Solheim said Friday that the company has to reduce the number of staff in Waterbury to stay efficient.

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Girl Scout Cookie Sales Go High-Tech

March 28, 2011 5:02 am

PARMA, Ohio (AP) — The Girl Scouts were selling their cookies the old-fashioned way, pulling a creaky-wheeled red wagon laden with Thin Mints and Samoas down a suburban street. But the affair took a decidedly 21st-century twist when, with a polite smile, one of the girls pulled out a smartphone and inquired: "Would you like to pay with a credit card?" The girls are among about 200 troops in northeast Ohio who are changing the way Girl Scouts do business.

Beef Company Settles Recall Liability Suit

March 28, 2011 5:00 am

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Beef Ltd. has reached a settlement with a Colorado company over liability for a 2008 beef recall, according to an order filed late Friday in the federal case. The Omaha-based processor sued Loveland, Colo.-based Meyer Natural Foods LLC in January 2009, raising the question of which company should be held liable for the tainted meat.

Proposed Pet Food Plant Causes Concern

March 28, 2011 4:57 am

UNION CITY, Ind. (AP) — A proposal to build a $10 million pet food flavoring plant is raising a stink in eastern Indiana, where residents question whether the number of jobs it would bring would be worth the potential impact on their quality of life. Nebraska-based Naturally Recycled Proteins wants to build a plant on 20 acres near an ethanol plant about two miles outside Union City.

Chavez Tells Venezuelans To Watch Weight

March 28, 2011 4:55 am

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez urged Venezuelans on Sunday to cut their calories to avoid obesity — the latest lifestyle recommendation by the self-proclaimed socialist crusader. Chavez has lobbied in recent weeks against what he calls the evils of capitalism, including alcoholism, breast implants and violent television programs.

Photo Of The Day: Testing For Radiation

March 28, 2011 4:47 am

(AP) — In this photo taken Thursday March 24, 2011, Chinese officials at the Rizhao Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau take samples of mackerel imported from Japan for radiation test in Rizhao in eastern China's Shandong province. China joined several countries on Friday, barring imports of dairy products, fruit, vegetables, and aquatic products, from five prefectures affected by radiation from the damaged nuclear plant _ Fukushima, Ibaraki, Gunma, Tochigi, and Chiba.

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Photo Of The Day: Feeding Japan

March 25, 2011 4:45 am

(AP) — In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, workers pack frozen vegetables on the production line at a food factory in Jiashan of east China's Zhejiang Province, Thursday, March 24, 2011. Vegetable factories increased their output to meet the demand in the quake-hit Japan.

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The Chickens Are Coming, So Idaho Revamps Rules

March 25, 2011 4:12 am

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Hemmed in by suburbia, state politics and grain transportation costs, California poultry rancher Scott Rumbeck is considering greener pastures for his chicks. "We're a niche producer, so we're looking at everything we can do to reduce our grain costs and real-estate pressure," Rumbeck, a spokesman for Turlock-based Central Coast Farms, told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Krispy Kreme To Enter Distribution Deal With Sysco

March 25, 2011 4:10 am

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. plans to enter a supply chain distribution deal with Sysco Corp., the nation's biggest food distributor. The proposed agreement allows Sysco subsidiary Sygma to distribute proprietary doughnut mixes, other ingredients and supplies to Krispy Kreme franchise and company-run shops in the eastern U.

ND Flour Company Fined $30K Over Safety Issues

March 25, 2011 4:09 am

HARVEY, N.D. (AP) — The federal government has fined a North Dakota flour business $30,000, alleging that the company repeatedly exposed workers to unsafe conditions. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration began investigating Dakota Prairie Organic Flour in Harvey last October, the agency said Wednesday.

Inmates Become Bakers For NYC Jail System

March 25, 2011 4:08 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Each morning, and again in the afternoon, the blades of three bread-slicing machines are counted carefully. Only then does the bakery let workers go home — to their jail cells on Rikers Island. Twenty inmates of one of the nation's largest jail complexes are part of a team that bakes 36,000 loaves of bread a week to feed the city's entire population behind bars — about 13,000 people.

Feds: Scientists Erred In Oyster Farm Study

March 25, 2011 4:07 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Errors were made but there was no criminal conduct by National Park Service scientists assessing the environmental impact of a disputed oyster farm in Northern California, a federal investigation has found. The Interior Department's Solicitor's Office said the scientists made mistakes that eroded public confidence when studying whether the operation of Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

Vt. AG Seeks To Evaluate Dairy Antitrust Settlement

March 25, 2011 4:06 am

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont attorney general wants to evaluate a proposed settlement between some Northeast dairy farmers and a major national milk processor in a class-action antitrust lawsuit. Dallas-based Dean Foods has agreed to pay $30 million to the dairy farmers and change its milk-buying practices in the region for 30 months to settle the lawsuit.

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