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Green Tea May Muddle Drug Testing Results

April 6, 2012 10:11 am | by MARIA CHENG,AP Medical Writer

Olympic doping officials are considering whether to tweak their tests after a recent British study showed green tea might hide testosterone from the standard test used to spot it.

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Craft Brewing Volume Hops 13 Percent

April 6, 2012 10:09 am

“While the overall beer market experienced a 1.32 percent volume decrease in 2011, craft brewing saw significant growth, surpassing five percent total market volume share for the first time,” said Paul Gatza, director, Brewers Association.

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Odwalla Recalls Chocolate Drinks

April 6, 2012 10:07 am

Odwalla Inc. says it is voluntarily recalling its Odwalla Chocolate Protein Monster beverage because four customers who have peanut allergies experienced severe allergic reactions after drinking it.

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Research Unveils Foods Vulnerable To Fraud

April 6, 2012 10:05 am

In new research published in the April Journal of Food Science, analyses of the first known public database compiling reports on food fraud and economically motivated adulteration in food highlight the most fraud-prone ingredients in the food supply; analytical detection methods; and the type of fraud reported. Based on a review of records from scholarly journals, the top seven adulterated ingredients in the database are olive oil, milk, honey, saffron, orange juice, coffee, and apple juice.

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Photo Of The Day: Craft Suds Surge

April 6, 2012 10:00 am

In 2011, craft brewers represented 5.68 percent of volume of the U.S. beer market, up from 4.97 in 2010, with production reaching 11,468,152 barrels. Additionally, the BA estimates the actual dollar sales figure from craft brewers in 2011 was $8.7 billion, up from $7.6 billion in 2010. Increased retails sales represented 9.1 percent of the $95.5 billion dollar U.S. beer market3.

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Coca-Cola Severs Ties With Conservative Group

April 5, 2012 1:04 pm | by SUZANNE GAMBOA,Associated Press

Coca-Cola Co. has ended its membership in a conservative organization seen as the incubator for a string of new state laws on voting and a marketer of laws like Florida's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense statute.

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Judge: Kids Can Get Toys With Happy Meals

April 5, 2012 1:03 pm

A San Francisco judge has dismissed a proposed class-action lawsuit that sought to stop McDonald's Corp. from using toys to market its meals to children in the Golden State. The suit had been filed in late 2010 by Monet Parham, a California mother of two, and The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.

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Utility Uses Food Waste To Create Power

April 5, 2012 1:01 pm

A Northern California utility is using a new turbine and truckloads of chicken blood, food scraps and other waste to produce more electricity that it uses.

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Man Accused Of Illegal Fish, Game Sales

April 5, 2012 12:59 pm | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY,Associated Press

The 55 misdemeanor counts range from buying or selling game fish to taking, buying, transporting and selling commercial fish without the required licenses.

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Pilgrims: Stove Top Is Only For Thanksgiving

April 5, 2012 12:57 pm

Stove Top Stuffing is strictly for Thanksgiving. At least that's what the Pilgrims would have you believe. In an ad campaign that launches Monday, Kraft Foods Inc. will use humor to try and boost sales of the 40-year-old brand by marketing the holiday dish as a yearlong staple.

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Consumer Trends: MLB Ballparks To Serve 20.5M Hot Dogs This Season

April 5, 2012 12:55 pm

In an election year where nothing seems certain, Americans are frank about their top concession at the ballpark as the hot dog remains the favorite food for fans from Fenway to San Francisco Bay.

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Burger King To Go Public Again

April 5, 2012 9:58 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The world's No. 2 hamburger chain, which is in the midst of overhauling its menu and stores, says it expects to relist its shares on the New York Stock Exchange within the next three months.

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The World Celebrates Easter With Chocolate

April 5, 2012 9:56 am

“There is something to make everyone smile, from a traditional Christian chocolate cross and royalty-themed chocolate ducks to real egg shells filled with praline, decorate your own eggs and a cocktail egg from Brazil,” says Cesar Pereira, Global Director of Product Launch Analytics at Datamonitor.

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More Young Farmers Needed To Provide Adequate Food Supply

April 5, 2012 9:54 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN,Associated Press

 U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan says the country’s farmers are getting older, and there are fewer people standing in line to take their place. 

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Some Processors Label 'Pink Slime'

April 5, 2012 9:49 am | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

Some beef processors plan on labeling beef containing the meat product commonly known as "pink slime" in hope that such a designator will help restore consumer confidence.

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Dog Deaths May Be Linked To Jerky Treats

April 5, 2012 9:46 am

A woman whose 9-year-old fox terrier, Sampson, became fatally ill after consuming chicken jerky treats earlier this year has launched a breaking campaign on Change.org urging Nestle Purina to stop selling treats she links to her dog’s death.

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Photo Of The Day: Easter Candy Goes Global

April 5, 2012 9:39 am

The Easter Bunny has been busy this year with innovative chocolate products taking pride of place on supermarket shelves around the globe this Spring.

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Domino's Says 'No' To Customers In New Ad

April 4, 2012 1:23 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The pizza delivery company on Thursday will launch a TV ad campaign that says "No!" to customers who want to add or remove any toppings from its artisan pizzas.

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FDA Seeks To Stop Processing At Fish Plant

April 4, 2012 1:17 pm

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in a complaint filed by the Department of Justice, is seeking to stop the processing and distribution of fish products at a California company because of a risk of botulism and other food hazards.

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Three Places To Look For Energy Losses

April 4, 2012 1:14 pm

Extensive work with a variety of customers and suppliers has shown that a significant amount of energy loss is actually temperature related.

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