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Dole Recalls Salad For Salmonella

April 16, 2012 12:48 pm

Dole Food Co.'s fresh vegetables division is recalling 756 cases of bagged salad, because they could be contaminated with salmonella. The bags of Seven Lettuces salads were distributed in Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.


Hostess Makes 'Final Offer' To Unions

April 16, 2012 12:45 pm | by DAVID KOENIG,AP Business Writer

The company that makes Twinkies, Wonder bread and Ding Dongs says it's making a final offer to workers to accept cost-cutting before it asks a bankruptcy court to impose the cuts. Hostess Brands Inc. wants the Teamsters and bakers' unions to accept reduced pension benefits and changes in work rules to lower costs. It wants to outsource some delivery work.


Consumer Trends: Pizza Consumption Continues To Grow

April 16, 2012 12:38 pm

Pizza consumption continues to rise. More than four in 10 (41 percent of) consumers polled say they're now eating pizza once a week, compared to 26 percent just two years ago. Pizza consumption has increased over the past two years as leading players revamp menus to include more innovative specialty pizzas, gourmet ingredients and items beyond pizza that help operators drive traffic.


Turkey Firm Scaling Back Plans For Ind. Plant

April 16, 2012 10:16 am

A turkey processing company is trying to cut nearly $20 million in construction costs in order to build a new plant in southwestern Indiana that it expects to open with about 350 workers.


Committee Holds Hearing On Agro-Defense Lab

April 16, 2012 10:14 am | by JOHN MILBURN,Associated Press

Department of Homeland Security officials told a panel of researchers on Friday that a new animal research lab slated to be built in Kansas still is needed, even though federal funds are scarce.


Texas Restaurant Serves $12K Titanic-Inspired Meal

April 16, 2012 10:10 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI,Associated Press

At Cullen's, Roberts and Chef Paul Lewis spent months researching the menu, the waiters' attire, the china, silverware, crystal, wines, cognacs and Burgundies, hoping to offer their guests an experience as close to the actual event as possible. Pairing up with the Museum of Natural Science to include a tour of its Titanic exhibit, they came up with a $12,000 feast for each party of 12 that will be offered through September, when the ship's relics will move on to a new destination.


N.M. Meat Plant Owner Defends Horse Slaughter Plan

April 16, 2012 10:08 am

The owner of a New Mexico slaughterhouse is defending his plan to become the first plant in the nation since 2007 to handle horses after an outcry from politicians and animal activists.


Tuna Outbreak Strikes 20 States, Sickens More Than 100

April 16, 2012 10:05 am | by WILL LESTER,Associated Press

A yellowfin tuna product used to make dishes like sushi and sashimi sold at restaurants and grocery stores has been linked with an outbreak of salmonella that has sickened more than 100 people in 20 states and the District of Columbia, federal health authorities said Friday.


Photo Of The Day: A Titanic Meal

April 16, 2012 10:01 am

A menu is displayed during a re-creation of the final first class dinner served on the RMS Titanic, Saturday, April 14, 2012, in Houston. The Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean April 15, 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York.


Texas Hopes To Learn Lessons From Devastating Drought

April 13, 2012 1:04 pm | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI,Associated Press

The drought that began more than a year ago is finally breaking in parts of Texas. Spring rains have turned the grass green, quenched thirsty trees and started to fill reservoirs. But state and local officials aren't content to watch the parched landscape change color. They want to analyze the dry spell and assess what worked, what failed and what needs improvement.


Calif. Court: Employers Don't Have To Ensure Lunch Breaks

April 13, 2012 1:01 pm | by JASON DEAREN,Associated Press

The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that employers are under no obligation to ensure that workers take legally mandated lunch breaks in a case that affects thousands of businesses and millions of workers.


Food Costs Push U.S. Consumer Prices Higher

April 13, 2012 12:56 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

U.S. consumers paid more last month for food and gas. But outside those volatile categories inflation was mild. Food prices tick up last month but are moderating after sharp increases last year.


Kraft Discontinues Athenos Greek Yogurt

April 13, 2012 12:53 pm

The Northfield, Ill.-based company did not specify why it decided to end the line last month. Athenos Greek yogurt was launched in the fall of 2010, with full national distribution by early last year.


Skittles Emerges At Center Of Trayvon Martin Tragedy

April 13, 2012 12:48 pm

It could've been Starbursts, Twizzlers or Sour Patch Kids. But when Trayvon Martin was fatally shot, he happened to be carrying a bag of Skittles. For Mars Inc., the privately held company that owns Skittles, the tragedy presents another, more surreal dimension. Protestors carried bags of the chewy fruit-flavored candy while marching for the arrest of shooter George Zimmerman. Mourners pinned the bright red wrappers to their hooded sweatshirts at memorial services.

Consumer Trends: Digital Media Moves To The Grocery Aisle

April 13, 2012 12:41 pm

“The study confirms that today’s shopper is combining online planning with in-store visits to make their grocery shopping more informed, cost-effective and enjoyable,” says Scott Lutz, CEO & President at GSN. “It’s a candid, independent assessment that will help us better meet shopper needs.”


N.C. May Adopt Federal Food Safety Rules

April 13, 2012 10:08 am

North Carolina residents can express themselves on new restaurant regulations aimed at making meals safer, a move much of the industry supports. The rules would require cold foods be kept colder, order sick restaurant workers to stay home and prohibit cooks from touching some foods with bare hands.


Heineken Recalls Mexican Beers For Bottle Defect

April 13, 2012 10:05 am

HEINEKEN USA today announced a voluntary recall of several products and packages in specific states due to a defect in the 12-ounce brown bottles used for certain batches of Carta Blanca and Dos Equis Ambar, which are available in 6-packs and 12-packs as well as “Beers of Mexico” and “Best of Mexico” pack varieties. Indio 12-ounce bottles, which are only featured in the “Best of Mexico” pack (available only in Texas), are also affected.


World Champion Cheese Sells For $8,400

April 13, 2012 9:58 am

A 24-pound Dutch cheese named the best in the world last month has been auctioned off for $8,400, or $350 per pound, in Wisconsin.


Va. Beef Cattle Headed To Canada In Export Deal

April 13, 2012 9:57 am

Beef cattle from Virginia are headed to Canada under a new export deal. Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the first direct shipments of cattle from the state to Canada on Thursday while traveling on a trade and marketing mission in Quebec.


Humane Society: 'Deplorable' Conditions At Pa. Egg Farm

April 13, 2012 9:54 am | by PATRICK WALTERS,Associated Press

The Humane Society of the United States said Thursday that an undercover operation by the group at a central Pennsylvania egg farm found hens suffering in severely overcrowded cages, along with mummified bird carcasses, thick layers of dead flies and other "deplorable" conditions.



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