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Photo Of The Day: Banning Trans Fats In Schools

February 2, 2012 9:32 am

Junk food in school cafeterias has been under attack for years. Now Colorado is considering the nation's toughest ban on unhealthy fats in school foods, a ban that could endanger pizza, french fries and other childhood faves.

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Soybean Plant To Be Built In Ark.

February 1, 2012 12:56 pm

Government and business leaders announced Tuesday that American Vegetable Soybean and Edamame Inc. planned to open its facility in Mulberry. The company sells edamame — an immature soybean that's touted as a snack food and is often served as an appetizer in Asian restaurants.

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Coca-Cola To Be Official Soft Drink Of Maryland Town

February 1, 2012 12:54 pm

Officials in the Maryland resort town have approved a five-year agreement with Coca-Cola that will make the soft drink the exclusive beverage franchise holder in the town. That means Coca-Cola will be served at all town-owned properties and town-operated events.

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First Lady To Promote Eating Healthy In Calif.

February 1, 2012 12:51 pm | by CHRISTINA HOAG,Associated Press

Northgate Gonzalez Markets may be the biggest Southern California supermarket chain you've never heard of. That's set to change after first lady Michelle Obama visits the site of the grocer's future store in Inglewood on Wednesday to showcase efforts being made to draw grocers to low-income neighborhoods. 

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Maine Lobster Catch Tops 100M Pounds

February 1, 2012 12:47 pm | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

Maine lobster fishermen last year caught more than 100 million pounds of lobster for the first time, indicating the state's signature seafood is robust as other fishery resources continue to struggle, the state's top fisheries official said Tuesday.

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Consumer Trends: Sprouted Ingredients In Snack Foods

February 1, 2012 12:44 pm

Grain, vegetable and bean seeds are packed with nutrition but in order to fully take advantage of those nutrients they have to be made available for our bodies to process first.  Seeds are designed to survive the rigors of nature before they embed themselves and take root and are covered with a protective layer of phytic acid - a substance present in the bran of all grains and seeds that can inhibit some absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, and zinc - and enzyme inhibitors to help protect them and ensure they are able to fulfill their destiny to sprout.

FDA Requests Shutdown Of Cheese Processor

February 1, 2012 12:37 pm

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is asking a federal court to prevent a New York cheese manufacturer from operating because of a history of unsanitary conditions and producing cheese in a facility contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

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Maryland Fishermen Reel In Profits

February 1, 2012 10:06 am | by SCOTT MUSKA

It's unlikely you'll just stumble upon the Maryland coastline's only commercial fishing harbor. But it's there, and it's moving millions of pounds of seafood. In 2010, more than 8 million pounds of catch, valued at more than $8 million, was harvested by commercial vessels that dock there. 

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Japanese Dairies Check For Milk Radiation

February 1, 2012 10:03 am

Major dairy companies will inspect their milk products made in 17 prefectures in northeastern to central Japan for radioactive contamination and disclose their findings to the public at the end of February, the Japan Dairy Industry Association said Wednesday.

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Obamas Embrace Seasonal Eating

February 1, 2012 9:58 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

The White House has fully embraced one of eating's hottest trends — seasonal cooking with ingredients grown at home. Presidential chef Cristeta Comerford credits the change in the food coming from the White House's kitchen to Michelle Obama's decision in 2009 to start a garden on the South Lawn as part of her Let's Move campaign to encourage kids to eat healthier. 

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China's Manufacturing Boosted By Food Industry

February 1, 2012 9:55 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH,AP Business Writer

China's manufacturing sector was boosted by strong holiday season demand for food, beverages and other consumer products in January, though export demand and other indicators remained weak, according to surveys released Wednesday.

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Humane Society: Okla. Pork Processors Mistreat Pigs

February 1, 2012 9:50 am | by KEN MILLER,Associated Press

The Humane Society of the United States alleged Tuesday that pork producers Seaboard Foods and Prestage Farms Inc. are mistreating pregnant pigs by keeping them in so-called "gestation cages." Paul Shapiro, the Humane Society's senior director of farm animal protection, said at an Oklahoma City news conference that investigators worked for both companies and videotaped the conditions in late 2011 at production facilities in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

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Photo Of The Day: Eating Seasonal At The White House

February 1, 2012 9:40 am

The White House has fully embraced one of eating's hottest trends, seasonal cooking based on home gardening. Comerford credits the change in the food coming from the White House’s kitchen to first lady Michelle Obama’s decision in 2009 to start a garden on the South Lawn.

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Warm, Dry Conditions Good For N.D. Livestock

January 31, 2012 12:54 pm

Below normal precipitation and above normal temperatures in January have provided good news for North Dakota livestock ranchers, but some farmers are expressing concern about snow protection for alfalfa and winter wheat.

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Wis. Ingredients Company Plans $10M Expansion

January 31, 2012 12:50 pm

Kerry Ingredients & Flavours said Tuesday it will invest $10 million to expand its Beloit plant, a move that will add nearly 50 new jobs. The company plans to add 30,000 square feet to its existing plant, which is currently 260,000 square feet.

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Archer Daniels Midland Profit Slides On Charges

January 31, 2012 12:46 pm

Archer Daniels Midland's second-quarter net income tumbled 89 percent, the company said Tuesday, weighed down by hefty impairment charges and weakness in its three major segments, oilseeds, corn processing and agricultural services.

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Food Groups: FDA Should Be Funded Without New Taxes

January 31, 2012 12:43 pm

The American Frozen Food Institute and a coalition of more than 30 food groups today urged senior administration leaders to develop a fiscal year 2013 budget request that fully funds U.S. Food and Drug Administration food safety programs without saddling consumers and food makers with burdensome new taxes or fees.

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Salami Plant To Pay $700K For Ammonia Leak

January 31, 2012 12:32 pm

The owners of a South San Francisco salami plant will pay nearly $700,000 and overhaul its refrigeration system as part of a federal judgment stemming from an ammonia leak that sickened almost four dozen people.

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Consumer Trends: Americans Spend Thousands On Food At Work

January 31, 2012 12:28 pm

American workers spend an alarmingly high amount of their hard earned cash on daily food expenses, according to a new Workonomix survey by Accounting Principals. The survey found that 50 percent of the American workforce spends approximately $1000 a year on coffee, and two-thirds of working Americans buy their lunch instead of packing it.

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Deli Salad Recalled For Listeria

January 31, 2012 10:14 am

18th Street Deli Inc., a Hamtramck, Mich., establishment, is recalling approximately 118 pounds of julienne salad products with turkey, ham and hard-boiled eggs. The salads contain eggs that are the subject of an FDA recall due to contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

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