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Chipotle Using Products From Pasture-Raised Cows

June 19, 2012 12:32 pm

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. says that starting this month, all of the sour cream it serves will be made with dairy products from cows that have daily access to outdoor pastures, haven't been given hormones, and have a vegetarian diet.

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USDA Fines National Beef $32,500

June 19, 2012 12:31 pm

Federal regulators have fined National Beef Packing Co. $32,500 as part of a consent agreement stemming from its practices with livestock sellers.

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Consumer Trends: Health Benefits Of Concord Grapes

June 19, 2012 12:29 pm

Two new scientific papers recently published in Nutrition Today and the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry suggest that Concord grapes may support healthy circulation to promote cardiovascular and cognitive health in certain populations.

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Danone Warns Economy Will Hit 2012 Profits

June 19, 2012 9:53 am

The Paris-based maker of Activia yogurt and Evian bottled water blamed the "swift deterioration" in sales across southern Europe for what it expects to be a half-percentage-point drop in its core operating margin this year.

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GOP Wants Food Stamps Cut In Farm Bill

June 19, 2012 9:51 am | by JIM ABRAMS,Associated Press

Four of every five dollars in the "farm bill" — roughly $80 billion a year — go for grocery bills for one of every seven Americans through food stamps. Republicans say Congress could cut the cost $2 billion a year by just closing a pair of loopholes that some states use to award benefits to people who otherwise might not qualify.

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Crop Theft Spreads Throughout Spain

June 19, 2012 9:48 am | by DANIEL WOOLLS,Associated Press

In villages near farming areas, several thousand paramilitary Civil Guards, regional and local police are even setting up checkpoints to sniff out not drugs or drunken drivers but stolen fruit or farming equipment, like copper wire used in irrigation systems.

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Senator Calls For Greek Yogurt In Schools

June 19, 2012 9:45 am

Sen. Charles Schumer asked federal officials Monday to make it more affordable for public schools to serve Greek yogurt, saying it would expose more students to the high-protein food and boost an already-booming business in New York.

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Hummus Plant Cited After Worker’s Death

June 19, 2012 9:42 am

A spokeswoman for Tribe Mediterranean Foods, Inc. said Monday that the company "deeply regrets" the December accident where 28-year-old plant worker Daniel Callazo was killed after he was pulled into a machine he was cleaning.

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Photo Of The Day: Crops And Cops

June 19, 2012 9:39 am

People enduring hardship are increasingly stealing the earth’s bounty from farmers to get by from day to day. Farmers in some areas are teaming up to carry out nighttime patrols to protect their crops and animals.

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Okla. Grocery Wine Proposal Draws Opposition

June 18, 2012 12:52 pm | by TIM TALLEY,Associated Press

A movement to allow Oklahomans to purchase their favorite wine in grocery stores is being opposed by retail liquor merchants and anti-addiction groups that believe making wine more accessible will lead to higher rates of alcohol abuse in the state.

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GMO Labeling Activist To Bike From White House To Calif.

June 18, 2012 12:51 pm

Kevin Keefe, a 60-year-old retired bicycle messenger, will pedal more than 3,000 miles from the White House to California beginning June 20, 2012 to raise awareness about the genetically engineered foods that Americans unknowingly consume.

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European Food Allergy Sufferers Double In Last Decade

June 18, 2012 12:48 pm

More than 17 million people in Europe suffer from food allergies, with 3.5 million younger than 25 years. The sharpest increase is seen in children and young people, especially in the number of life-threatening allergic reactions in children.

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Pork Producers: Stop Subsidizing Hog Production, Canada

June 18, 2012 12:46 pm

In discussions with Canadian federal and provincial government officials, the National Pork Producers Council asked that Canada stop its hog subsidy programs before entering the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks.

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MyPlate Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary

June 18, 2012 12:44 pm

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan today joined local officials, parents, children and partners to celebrate the first anniversary of the MyPlate food icon and to highlight MiPlato, USDA's Spanish-language food icon for MyPlate.

Consumer Trends: Personalized Emails Don’t Impress Customers

June 18, 2012 12:41 pm

Personalized email advertisements are far more likely to repel customers than to endear them, according to a study led by a Temple University Fox School of Business professor.

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Company Recalls Navy Beans

June 18, 2012 10:01 am

Truitt Bros. of Salem, Ore., is voluntary recalling 15-ounce cans of Premium Navy Beans because they may contain undeclared soy.

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Tiny Missouri Town Embraces Horse Slaughterhouse

June 18, 2012 10:00 am

A horse slaughtering plant rejected by one Missouri community has been embraced by another whose economy was devastated when a beef packing plant closed more than a year ago.

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Unpaid Bills Piling Up At New Beef-Processing Plant

June 18, 2012 9:55 am

Unpaid bills and contractor complaints are piling up at a $110 million beef-processing plant in northeastern South Dakota that is scheduled to open this year.

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Molson Coors Closes $3.54B Buyout of StarBev

June 18, 2012 9:54 am

Molson Coors, whose products include Coors Light and Molson Canadian, said Monday that the company will become one of its divisions and be renamed Molson Coors Central Europe.

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FDA Warns Food Industry To Stop Selling Korean Shellfish

June 18, 2012 9:52 am | by MICHELE SALCEDO,Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration is urging food distributors, retailers and food service vendors to remove from the market all shellfish imported from South Korea because of possible contamination with human waste and norovirus.

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