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FDA: Listeria Found At Ga. Kellogg Plant

June 15, 2011 5:00 am

ATLANTA (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration found traces of listeria at a Kellogg Co. bakery in Augusta, Ga., during an inspection earlier this year. In a letter released Tuesday, regulators say that the pathogen was found in several spots along the production line that comes in direct contact with food.

New E. Coli Illnesses Declining

June 15, 2011 4:58 am

BERLIN (AP) — The number of people falling sick as a result of E. coli contamination has slowed to a trickle, Germany's national disease control center said Tuesday, even as the death toll from the outbreak rose by one to 37. The Robert Koch Institute said a total of 3,235 people in Germany have been reported ill, only seven more than the previous day.

ConAgra Buys Marie Callender's Trademark

June 15, 2011 4:56 am

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — ConAgra Foods Inc. has purchased the Marie Callender's trademark for $57.5 million, the food maker announced Tuesday. ConAgra said deal was effective last week, before the bankruptcy protection filing by Marie Callender's parent company Monday. The packaged food maker has licensed the Marie Callender's name since 1994 for the frozen meals and pot pies it sells in stores.

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LA Schools Ban Flavored Milk

June 15, 2011 4:54 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Unified School District is taking a stand against child obesity, becoming the nation's largest school system to stop serving sugar-laden flavored milk. The school board on Tuesday voted to eliminate chocolate and strawberry milk from schools as of July 1.

Photo Of The Day: Floodwaters Cut Crops, Raise Food Prices

June 15, 2011 4:52 am

(AP) — In this June 13, 2011, file photo the Missouri River floods farmland north of Hamburg, Iowa. While flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers is cutting into this year’s corn crop, raising concerns about decreased supplies and increasing food prices in the coming year, experts said good weather this summer could help turn things around.

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Photo Of The Day: Redwoods vs. Vineyards

June 13, 2011 8:24 pm

(AP) ― In this photo taken Tuesday May 31, 2011, Peter Baye, left, and Joel Chabon walk down a road past vineyards planted in the 1970s in Annapolis, Calif. The ocean fog and cool climate of California’s rugged northern coast allow redwood trees to thrive and help give wine grapes a distinctive flavor.

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Greenhouse To Combat Wheat Diseases

June 13, 2011 8:21 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Federal agencies have broken ground in St. Paul, Minn. for a state-of-the-art greenhouse that will help combat a growing threat to the world's wheat and barley supplies. The 2,880-square-foot greenhouse will be operated by the Agricultural Research Service of the U.

United Natural Foods To Cut 350 Jobs

June 13, 2011 8:01 pm

HARRISON, Ark. (AP) — A food distribution company says it will lay off 225 workers after closing a plant in Harrison as part of an acquisition by another company. Rhode Island-based United Natural Foods said last week it would sell its non-food and general merchandise lines to L&R Distributors in New York.

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Utah Loosens Liquor Laws

June 13, 2011 7:59 pm

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — In a converted mechanic's garage in the resort town of Park City, visitors to Utah can sample some of the state's new more liberal liquor laws. Policies now permit High West whiskey, bourbon, vodka and rye to be distilled, bottled and dispensed from one location, something that five years ago was prohibited.

Efforts Stall To Restrict Animal Abuse Taping

June 13, 2011 7:57 pm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Efforts to outlaw the undercover recording of animal abuse in livestock operations appear to have stalled in Iowa and other states in the face of complaints that the proposals were intended primarily to protect the industry with little concern for animals' welfare.

Germany Learns Hard Lessons After Outbreak

June 13, 2011 7:55 pm

GEIR MOULSON, MARIA CHENG Associated Press - June14, 2011 BERLIN (AP) — The battle against Europe's deadly E. coli outbreak descended into cacophony and confusion. Now that the crisis is stabilizing, German officials acknowledge lessons to be learned. Among the problems: a tangle of federal and regional authorities, chaotic communication and a system for reporting cases that many say is antiquated.

Scientists Probe E. Coli DNA For Outbreak Clues

June 12, 2011 8:34 pm

LONDON (AP) — Scientists are quickly combing the DNA of the killer bacteria behind the world's worst E. coli outbreak to find clues about how to treat patients and prevent future epidemics. So far, one strain from a German patient has been sequenced by Chinese and German scientists.

Tyson Fined $70K For Fatal Silo Collapse

June 12, 2011 8:32 pm

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Tyson Foods Inc. $70,000 in the wake of a fatal collapse at the company's Nashville, Ark., feed mill. The Texarkana Gazette reports OSHA cited Tyson earlier this month, saying a collapsed grain silo was "structurally unsound.

DeCoster, Land O' Lakes Negotiate Egg Sale

June 12, 2011 8:29 pm

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — New England's largest egg producer is in negotiations to sell its operations to Minnesota-based Land O' Lakes, a Maine lawmaker said during a legislative debate. The possible sale of Jack DeCoster's egg operations in Turner, Maine, came to light while lawmakers debated a bill that would remove the right of DeCoster's workers to unionize.

Nitrate-Tainted Meat Blamed For Chinese Man's Death

June 12, 2011 8:27 pm

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese butcher was sentenced to life in prison on Saturday for adding industrial-grade nitrates to meat that were blamed in a man's poisoning death. The harsh sentence handed down to Gao Yanjun reflects authorities' efforts to crack down on widespread chemical contamination of food and other products that has caused repeated health scares in China and blackened the reputation of the country's exports.

Taiwan Destroys 2.3 Tons Of Chemically Tainted Drinks

June 12, 2011 8:24 pm

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's leader has overseen the destruction of 2.3 tons of beverages believed to be tainted with a dangerous chemical. President Ma Ying-jeou called on makers to improve food safety after the products were dumped into a waste treatment plant Saturday. Authorities have inspected 16,000 stores over the past month and removed drinks, teas and health supplements containing DEHP, a plasticizer added to improve color and texture.

'Super' Wheat Could Ease World Food Crisis

June 10, 2011 5:01 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Scientists say they're close to producing new "super varieties" of wheat that will resist a virulent fungus while boosting yields up to 15 percent, potentially easing a deadly threat to the world's food supply. The research is part of a global drive to protect wheat crops from the Ug99 strain of stem rust.

Brown-Forman 4Q Earnings Jump After Vineyard Sale

June 10, 2011 4:58 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Brown-Forman Corp.'s fourth-quarter profit spiked from the sale of its California-based Fetzer Vineyards, capping a year that showed strong growth for its flagship Jack Daniel's brand and el Jimador tequila. The company, whose brands include Southern Comfort and Finlandia vodka, on Thursday reported a 26-cent-per-share gain from the sale of Fetzer to Chilean wine producer Vina Concha y Toro S.

13 Children Hospitalized From Lead Balls In Chips

June 10, 2011 4:55 am

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rican health officials say 13 children had to be hospitalized after swallowing a lead ball that was part of a toy that a food company included inside bags of corn chips. The children thought it was candy. Authorities say only one of the children remains in the hospital from eating a lead ball.

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