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Calif. Recalls, Quarantines Raw Milk Linked To E. Coli

November 16, 2011 3:57 am

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California officials are recalling and putting under quarantine raw organic milk from a Fresno County company after it was linked to E. coli that sent three California children to the hospital. California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Whiteford ordered all milk, butter, cream, colostrum and "Qephor" by Organic Pastures Dairy Company pulled from the shelves.

Congress Set To Strip Meat Reform Funding

November 16, 2011 3:52 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday it will abandon portions of a sweeping antitrust rule proposed for meat companies if Congress does not provide money for enforcement. A Congressional committee voted late Monday to strip funding for the measures in a spending bill the full Congress is expected to approve by the end of this week.

Kellogg Donates $100K To Mayan Group

November 16, 2011 3:49 am

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Kellogg Co. has donated $100,000 to support a Mayan cultural organization months after a logo dispute with the group. In August, Kellogg attorneys asked the Maya Archaeology Initiative to reconsider its logo or limit its use, saying the bird it featured could be confused with Toucan Sam, the mascot of Kellogg's Froot Loops cereal.

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Starbucks Relocates Tazo Tea

November 16, 2011 3:46 am

Starbucks Corp. is relocating its Tazo Tea business to Kent, Wash., as it consolidates and upgrades its manufacturing facilities there. The coffee company acquired the Portland, Ore.-based tea company in 1999 and has kept its tea manufacturing and distribution services there since that time Starbucks said Wednesday that it is making a multi-million investment in its manufacturing facilities to improve efficiency and expand its business.

Photo Of The Day: FPSA Sponsors 'SAVE FOOD'

November 16, 2011 3:40 am

(FPSA) — The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) has become the first United States-based trade association to join with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Messe Düsseldorf  (producers of the interpack trade show) to fight global food loss through the internationally recognized “SAVE FOOD” initiative.

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Coca-Cola To Invest $2 Billion In India

November 15, 2011 4:02 am

ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola Co.'s subsidiary in India says it plans to invest $2 billion in the country over the next five years as the beverage maker tries to make a bigger push in the key emerging market. Coca-Cola India said Monday that it plans to use the money to build up its infrastructure, develop its manufacturing abilities, invest in consumer marketing and expand distribution.

Rules Lag As Factory Dust Explosions Kill Workers

November 15, 2011 4:00 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When an accumulation of sugar dust ignited and blew up the Imperial Sugar plant in Port Wentworth, Ga., in 2008, killing 14 and injuring dozens, the state responded by issuing emergency regulations on combustible dust. No Georgia workers have been killed by exploding dust since.

Starbucks Fined For Bean Surcharge

November 15, 2011 3:57 am

BOSTON (AP) — Starbucks has stopped tacking on a fee for bags of coffee beans that weigh less than a pound. The Seattle coffee company eliminated the fee at its stores nationwide this month after a Massachusetts consumer-protection agency fined the company over the practice. The Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation found in August that the coffee chain failed to notify customers either in the store or on their receipts that it was adding a surcharge of about $1.

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Wearing Milk: It Does A Body Good

November 15, 2011 3:53 am

HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Wear Milk? Anke Domaske says why not. The 28-year-old German is the designer of an award-winning new textile made entirely from milk that's environmentally friendly as well as soothing to people with skin allergies. Called "Qmilch," it drapes and folds like silk, but can be washed and dried like cotton.

Congress Fights Healthy School Lunches

November 15, 2011 3:48 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is fighting to keep pizza and french fries on school lunch lines, picking apart an Obama administration proposal to make school lunches healthier. A spending bill released late Monday would unravel school lunch standards proposed by the Agriculture Department earlier this year, forcing USDA to pull back an attempt to limit potatoes on the lunch line, delaying limits on sodium and delaying a requirement to boost whole grains.

Photo Of The Day: Milking The Latest Fashions

November 15, 2011 3:44 am

(AP) — In this photo taken Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, model Britta presents a dress designed by German fashion designer Anke Domaske in Hannover, Germany. Domaske, 28, is the designer of an award-winning new textile made entirely from milk that's environmentally friendly as well as soothing to people with skin allergies.

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Recall: Plastic Found In Wegmans Sweet Potatoes

November 14, 2011 3:56 am

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Wegmans Food Markets says 4,000 pounds of its mashed sweet potatoes are being recalled because of possible contamination with pieces of white plastic. The Rochester, N.Y.-based grocery chain says the sweet potatoes packaged in 24 oz. plastic trays were sold between Sept.

Tyson Fire Damages Boiler Building

November 14, 2011 3:52 am

WHITE HALL, Ark. (AP) — A fire at a Tyson Foods Inc. chicken processing plant at White Hall has damaged a boiler building. Little Rock television station KLRT reports the blaze began at 4 a.m. Saturday when the plant was idle. No one was injured. The company says the main building was not involved in the fire and workers are to report as scheduled on Monday.

Gas Explosion Kills 9 At Restaurant In NW China

November 14, 2011 3:48 am

BEIJING (AP) — An explosion in a restaurant in a tourist city in northwestern China on Monday killed at least nine people and injured another 34, state media said. The explosion happened at the start of the morning rush hour in a fast-food restaurant in Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi province and home to China's ancient terracotta warriors, according to a report on the website of the Xi'an Daily, which is run by the Communist Party's local propaganda department.

Pepperidge Farm Expanding Utah Plant

November 14, 2011 3:46 am

RICHMOND, Utah (AP) — Pepperidge Farm has decided to expand its Richmond plant that makes Goldfish crackers, a move expected to create 54 new jobs. Plant manager Vic Mahoney told The Herald Journal of Logan that the company is at capacity for making the crackers. The expansion is scheduled for completion in 2014.

USDA: Local Food A $4.8 Billion Industry

November 14, 2011 3:43 am

JIM SUHR AP Business Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — Carolyn Anderson likes to chat up the growers at her local farmers market in Missouri, at times hanging out behind the beds of pickup trucks brimming with ears of corn. For Anderson, 29, it's all about keeping it "local." And there's fresh evidence of just how big of a deal that word can mean for farmers' finances.

Photo Of The Day: 9 Dead In Restaurant Explosion

November 14, 2011 3:37 am

(AP) — Rescuer workers go through the aftermath of an explosion at a ground floor restaurant in Xi'an in northwest China's Shaanxi province Monday Nov. 14, 2011. Official Xinhua News Agency quoted a witness as saying the explosion was caused by a natural gas explosion in a restaurant, killing at least nine people and injuring another 34.

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Court Set To Block Calif. Livestock Law

November 11, 2011 3:52 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed ready Wednesday to block a California law that would require euthanizing downed livestock at federally inspected slaughterhouses to keep the meat out of the nation's food system. The court heard an appeal from the National Meat Association, which wants a 2009 state law blocked from going into effect.

Grand Canyon Bottle Ban Scrapped After Talks With Coke

November 11, 2011 3:48 am

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — A plan to ban the sale of plastic water bottles at the Grand Canyon was scrapped after talks with Coca-Cola, which is a donor to the national parks system and a bottled water distributor, a former park superintendent who worked on the plan said.

'Rock Snot' Fear Means Salmon For Native Tribes

November 11, 2011 3:42 am

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Fear that an invasive algae species known as "rock snot" might have contaminated a Vermont fish hatchery has prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to donate thousands of Atlantic salmon to native American tribes in the Northeast to prevent a possible spread of the specimen.

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