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Paraguay Bans Beef Exports After Hoof-And-Mouth Outbreak

September 20, 2011 4:56 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguay banned its beef exports Monday in response to outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease that could devastate its cattle industry and seriously set back the country's economy. President Fernando Lugo also declared a sanitary emergency to help contain the outbreak of the disease, which is highly infectious in the animals, after three cows tested positive in a herd of 819 cattle in northern Paraguay.

Heinz Brings New Ketchup Packets To Stores

September 20, 2011 4:52 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

PITTSBURGH (AP) — H.J. Heinz Co. is bringing its new ketchup packets to grocery stores and other retailers nationwide, the world's largest ketchup maker announced Monday. The company recently redesigned the classic ketchup packet for restaurants after years of complaints from customers who said the traditional packet was too messy and held too little ketchup.

CDC: 4 Dead In Listeria Outbreak

September 20, 2011 4:49 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four people have died in an outbreak of listeria traced to Colorado cantaloupes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday. One death occurred in Colorado, one in Oklahoma and two in New Mexico. The death count could soon rise to six. Chad Smelser of the New Mexico Department of Heath said the CDC is in the process of confirming two additional deaths linked to the outbreak in his state.

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ConAgra Withdraws Ralcorp Offer

September 20, 2011 4:47 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — ConAgra Foods Inc. withdrew its $5.17 billion bid for Ralcorp Holdings Inc. on Monday, ending its aggressive pursuit of the food maker. The maker of Chef Boyardee, Healthy Choice and other foods, has made several unsuccessful bids since March for Ralcorp, which makes Post cereal and many private-label foods.

Tyson Pays $32M In Donning & Doffing Settlement

September 20, 2011 4:44 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tyson Foods, Inc. is paying $32 million to settle a long-running dispute over whether it should compensate poultry plant workers for time they spend putting on and taking off protective clothing. In a consent decree filed in U.S. District Court in Columbus, Ga., Tyson agreed to make payments averaging around $1,000 per worker to about 17,000 current and former employees around the country.

Photo Of The Day: Drought-Ravaged Farmers Sell Cattle, Others Buy

September 20, 2011 4:20 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(AP) — In this Oct. 19, 2010, file photo, cattle are kept in pens at a feedlot southwest of Omaha, Neb. As ranchers in drought-parched Texas and Oklahoma cut back their herds some ranchers in other states with healthy pastures like Illinois, Iowa and Montana are adding to their herds.

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Wis. Wineries Hopeful For Large Harvest

September 19, 2011 5:07 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's wineries are hopeful that this year's warm, dry summer creates a big harvest for grapes. Botham Vineyards' president Peter Botham told the Wisconsin State Journal that this year's yield is a "once-in-a lifetime harvest" after a late May freeze cost many a portion of their crops.

Pa. Brewers Fight Over Classic Pittzburgh Beer

September 19, 2011 5:04 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Two local beer makers are battling over the rights to resurrect Fort Pitt Beer, the post-World War II king of Pittsburgh beers. Jones Brewing Co. of Smithton, which has brewed Fort Pitt in the past, is vying over the rights to the latest iteration of the beer with Duke Brewing's Mark Dudash, the Upper St.

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Wendy's Remakes Its Signature Burger

September 19, 2011 5:01 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

NEW YORK (AP) — When Wendy's decided to remake its 42-year-old hamburger, the chain agonized over every detail. A pickle chemist was consulted. Customers were quizzed on their lettuce knowledge. And executives went on a cross-country burger-eating tour. The result? Dave's Hot 'N Juicy, named after late Wendy's founder Dave Thomas.

Destructive Beetles Found In Rice Shipped From India

September 19, 2011 4:59 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 20-foot shipping container of rice has been returned to India after customs authorities in Los Angeles found evidence of a destructive beetle in the shipment. Customs officials said Friday that dead larvae were found on the outer seam of a bag of rice in an inspection earlier this month.

Farmers Fear Outbreak Has Ruined Melon Season

September 19, 2011 4:57 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

DENVER (AP) — A multistate Listeria outbreak linked to a Colorado farm has the state's melon farmers worried that their prime selling season has been ruined. In Rocky Ford, farmer Greg Smith this week laid off his lone farm stand employee because he said customers all but vanished when news of the outbreak spread.

Photo Of The Day: Colorado's Cantaloupe Crisis

September 19, 2011 4:29 am

(AP) — An operator of a fruit and vegetable stand near Denver holds a California-grown cantaloupe for sale at her business on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011. Federal and state officials have isolated a deadly outbreak of listeria to one cantaloupe farm near Holly, Colo. They have ordered a recall of 300,000 cases of melons grown on the Jensen Farms.

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WTO Rules U.S. Tuna Labels Too Restrictive

September 16, 2011 4:58 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

GENEVA (AP) — The popular "dolphin-safe" labels used to market tuna sold in the U.S. are illegal because they restrict too much trade, a World Trade Organization panel ruled Thursday in handing a partial victory to Mexico. The WTO panel concluded the labels authorized by the U.

Dr. Oz Accused Of Fear-Mongering On Apple Juice

September 16, 2011 4:55 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

Arsenic in apple juice! Fed to babies! And it probably came from China! Television's Dr. Mehmet Oz is under fire from the FDA and others for sounding what they say is a false alarm about the dangers of apple juice. Oz, one of TV's most popular medical experts, said on his Fox show Wednesday that testing by a New Jersey lab had found what he suggested were troubling levels of arsenic in many brands of juice.

Diamond Foods 4Q Net Income Rises

September 16, 2011 4:52 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Diamond Foods Inc. reported a 27 percent jump in its fourth-quarter net income as it sold more of its nuts, popcorn and recently acquired Kettle brand chips. The company, based in San Francisco, raised its full-year outlook. Its shares jumped in after-hours trading.

First Lady Making Strides Calling For Healthy Foods

September 16, 2011 4:49 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

WASHINGTON (AP) — Calorie by calorie, first lady Michelle Obama is chipping away at big portions and unhealthy food in an effort to help America slim down. In the year and a half since she announced her campaign to curb childhood obesity, Mrs. Obama has stood alongside Wal-Mart, Olive Garden and many other food companies as they have announced improvements to their recipes — fewer calories, less sodium, better children's menus.

Kona Coffee Dispute Leads To $5M Class-Action Suit

September 16, 2011 4:45 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

HONOLULU (AP) — A spat involving Safeway and Hawaii coffee growers is still brewing, even after the supermarket giant agreed to change labeling on its Kona blend coffee. A $5 million class-action lawsuit was filed in federal court in Northern California claiming Safeway profited off the reputation of Kona coffee while selling an inferior product with very little Hawaii-grown coffee.

Photo Of The Day: Arsenic & Apples

September 16, 2011 4:30 am

(AP) — A jar of apple juice is posed with apples in Moreland Hills, Ohio on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011. The federal Food and Drug Administration and a leading doctor are disputing suggestions by television show host Dr. Mehmet Oz that trace amounts of arsenic in many apple juice products pose a health concern.

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Beer Consumption Continues 4-Year Decline

September 15, 2011 5:00 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

NORWALK, Conn. (PR Newswire) — For the fourth year in a row, the beer industry has continued its declines and lost 1.9% to total 2.8 billion cases. According to the Beverage Information Group's recently released 2011 Beer Handbook, continued declines in the Light segment continue to contribute to the overall losses in the industry.

3,243 Cases Of Avocados Recalled For Listeria

September 15, 2011 4:57 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

SILVER SPRING, Md. (FDA) — Fine Mexican Food Products, Inc. (FMP) located in the City of Ontario in California is recalling 1,423 Cases of 12/2 lb. Frozen Avocado Pulp and 1,820 Cases IQF 8/3 lb. IQF Avocado Halves as distributed since June/2010 because of the possibility to be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

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