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4 In U.S. Linked To E. Coli Outbreak

June 6, 2011 5:11 am

ATLANTA (AP) — Four people in the U.S. were apparently sickened by the food poisoning outbreak in Europe, health officials said Friday. Three are hospitalized with a serious complication. All four were in northern Germany in May. Though they didn't stay at the same hotel or eat at the same restaurants, officials are confident that they were infected with E.

Feds Seize Elderberry Juice From Winery

June 6, 2011 5:09 am

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Federal authorities have seized bottles and drums of elderberry juice concentrate from a Kansas winery, contending that the company's claims of its benefits for treating various diseases make the product a drug. The civil forfeiture complaint, which only names the juice as the sole defendant, was filed last week and unsealed Friday in U.

Dean Foods To Close Ky. Dairy

June 6, 2011 5:06 am

NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) — Trauth Dairy has made products for more than 90 years at its plant in Newport, but that will come to an end in August. Trauth's owner, Dallas-based Dean Foods, announced Thursday that 80 people will lose their jobs when the plant ceases production Aug. 26. It will remain a distribution and administration center with 190 employees.


Chiquita Torture, War Crimes Lawsuits To Continue

June 6, 2011 5:03 am

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge refused Friday to dismiss lawsuits filed by thousands of Colombians against produce seller Chiquita Brands International over its payments to a right-wing paramilitary group responsible for killing and terrorizing civilians during Colombia's lengthy civil conflict.

Astronauts Plan To Grow Space Veggies

June 6, 2011 4:53 am

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — Cucumbers may be out of favor on earth, but a Japanese astronaut said Monday that he plans to harvest the vegetable on board the International Space Station. Satoshi Furukawa is set to blast off early Wednesday for a half-year stint in orbit along with Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov and NASA astronaut Michael Fossum.

A M King To Build 840K Sq. Ft. Cold Storage Distribution Center

June 3, 2011 8:06 am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (A M King Construction Company, LLC) — Located on a 46-acre brownfield site, in Black Mountain North Carolina, A M King has been selected to provide general contracting services for a new 840,000 square foot climate controlled food distribution facility. The facility consists of 770,000 square feet of cooler and freezing space with temperatures ranging from 55 to negative 20 degrees, a 20,000 square foot ice facility and 45,000 square feet of three-story, class A office space.

Natural & Organic Product Sales Hit $81 Billion

June 3, 2011 5:18 am

(PRNewswire) -- Natural Foods Merchandiser magazine's 2010 Market Overview reports healthy growth for the natural and organic products industry. With more than $81 billion in total revenue last year, the industry grew 7 percent over 2009, showing that consumers are spending again and that the natural products industry is healthy and growing.

Cargill Acquires German Chocolate Business

June 3, 2011 5:12 am

(PRNewswire) -- Cargill has today completed the acquisition of the assets and business of Schwartauer Werke GmbH & Co. KG Kakao Verarbeitung Berlin, ("KVB"), the integrated cocoa and chocolate company. Already the world's leading processor of cocoa, this acquisition means that Cargill now becomes the leading provider of industrial chocolate in Germany, Europe's largest chocolate market.


23,000 Pounds Of Chicken & Ham Recalled

June 3, 2011 5:10 am

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma-based food company is recalling nearly 23,000 pounds of chicken and ham products due to mislabeling. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Allison's Gourmet Kitchens, Inc. is recalling the food because the packaging does not list the ingredients potassium sorbate and/or sodium benzoate.

New England Hopes To Expand Local Beef Industry

June 3, 2011 5:08 am

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — With few slaughterhouses in New England equipped to process beef on a large scale, Paul Miller ships cattle from his dairy farm in eastern Connecticut about 300 miles to a meatpacker in Pennsylvania. Miller said he'd prefer to send the cattle — about 150 to 250 head a year — to a local slaughterhouse so he could sell locally produced beef, save on transportation costs and avoid long rides for calves that lose weight during shipping.

E. Coli Outbreak Highlights Gaps In U.S. Food System

June 3, 2011 5:05 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nasty form of E. coli hitting Europe points out gaps in the U.S. food safety system that raise concern that similar outbreaks might happen here. It's impossible to test for every illness-causing form of E. coli, even the kinds we already know about. Today, the food industry and health authorities focus mostly on a single strain of the bacteria that until now was considered the most dangerous.

Photo Of The Day: From Pyramid To Plate

June 3, 2011 4:39 am

(AP) — First lady Michelle Obama speaks at the Agriculture Department in Washington, Thursday, June 2, 2011, to introduce the department's "My Plate" — a simple circle divided into quadrants that contain fruits, vegetables, protein and grains — which will replace USDA's food pyramid, which has been around in various forms since 1992.


FDA Seeks Injunction Against Seafood Plant

June 2, 2011 5:13 am

(FDA) —The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in a complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking a permanent injunction against BCS African Wholesale Food Supply LLC (BCS African Wholesale) of Brooklyn Park, Minn. and its principal officers.  If granted, the injunction would force the defendants to stop importing, processing, and selling seafood products that can put consumers at risk for botulism or that may present other food safety hazards.

AdvancePierre Acquires Barber Foods

June 2, 2011 5:10 am

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine food-processing company known for its frozen stuffed chicken products has been bought by an Ohio-based business, the companies announced Wednesday. AdvancePierre Foods, of Cincinnati, acquired Portland-based Barber Foods for an undisclosed price in a deal that was completed late Tuesday.

McCormick Forms Venture With Indian Food Company

June 2, 2011 5:08 am

SPARKS, Md. (AP) — Food and seasonings maker McCormick & Co. Inc. said Wednesday that it is forming a joint venture with Kohinoor Foods Ltd. of India to market and sell its basmati rice and food products in that country. McCormick said it will invest $115 million for an 85 percent stake in Kohinoor Speciality Foods India Private Ltd.

Manufacturing Cools To 20-Month Low

June 2, 2011 5:06 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing activity expanded in May at the slowest pace in 20 months, the latest sign that a sharp rise in energy prices is hampering economic growth. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing executives, said Wednesday that its index of manufacturing activity fell to 53.

E. Coli Outbreak Caused By New Strain

June 2, 2011 4:56 am

LONDON (AP) — The E. coli bacteria responsible for a deadly outbreak that has left 18 dead and sickened hundreds in Europe is a new strain that has never been seen before, the World Health Organization said Thursday. Preliminary genetic sequencing suggests the strain is a mutant form of two different E.

Photo Of The Day: Beefing Up Meat Machinery

June 2, 2011 4:52 am

(AP) — Visitors inspect meat processing machines on display at the China International Meat Industry Exhibition in Beijing Wednesday, June 1, 2011. China's manufacturers suffered sluggish growth in orders in May as widespread power shortages and inflation-fighting curbs on credit dampened demand, surveys showed Wednesday.


GOP Questions Cost Of Healthier Eating

June 1, 2011 3:23 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are pushing back against Obama administration efforts to promote healthier lunches, saying the Agriculture Department should rewrite rules it issued in January meant to make school meals healthier. They say the new rules are too costly. The bill, approved by the House Appropriations Committee late Tuesday, also questions a government proposal to curb marketing of unhealthy foods to children and urges the Food and Drug Administration to limit rules requiring calorie counts be posted on menus.

Michigan Company Recalls 900 Pounds Of Ground Beef

June 1, 2011 3:22 am

TIPTON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan company is recalling about 900 pounds of ground beef over concerns of E. coli bacteria contamination. U.S. Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Services said Tuesday that the recall by Tipton, Mich.-based Irish Hills Meat Co. includes 10-pound clear polybags packaged in boxes of three to five bags each.


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