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Tyson Plant Cited For Safety Violations

April 19, 2011 4:47 am

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued eight violations against a Tyson Foods Inc. meatpacking plant in Lexington. The federal agency on Monday cited the plant for one repeat and seven serious violations. They include failing to cover an electrical fitting and deficiencies in the refrigeration systems.

Dean Foods To Sell Milk Plant

April 19, 2011 4:44 am

DALLAS (AP) — Dean Foods Co. will sell its milk processing business in Waukesha, Wis., the food maker said Monday. The plant and its related business are part of a previously announced settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over an antitrust dispute with farmers in the Northeast.

J&J Snack Foods To Buy ConAgra Food Lines

April 19, 2011 4:42 am

PENNSAUKEN, N.J. (AP) — J & J Snack Foods Corp. says it will acquire several frozen food lines from ConAgra Foods for an undisclosed sum. The snack foods company said the deal includes brands such as Patio, Hand Fulls, Holly Ridge Bakery, Villa Taliano, Top Picks and private label brands that sell dough-encased frozen goods.


Taco Bell Beef Lawsuit Dropped

April 19, 2011 4:39 am

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — A law firm said Monday it has withdrawn its class-action lawsuit that sought to force Taco Bell to stop calling the meat it serves "beef." The lawsuit, filed in January in federal court in California, alleged that what Taco Bell calls "seasoned beef" is a meat mixture that has binders and extenders and does not meet federal requirements to be labeled beef.

Photo Of The Day: Dogs Rescued From China's Food Supply

April 19, 2011 4:34 am

(AP) — In this photo taken Saturday, April 16, 2011 and released by Capital Animals Welfare Association, dogs rescued by animal lovers are released from their truck at a shelter in Beijing, China. Chinese animal lovers mobilized by online calls for help blockaded a truck of hundreds of dogs being shipped off for food in a rare, permitted display of social action amid a broad crackdown on most kinds of activism.


Archer Farms Turmeric Recalled For Lead

April 18, 2011 4:56 am

(FDA) — B&M, Inc. of Mount Vernon, Missouri is voluntarily recalling Archer Farms Ground Turmeric sold at Target stores in glass bottles with a net weight of 2.6 oz. (74g), due to elevated levels of lead. Lead can accumulate in the body over time. Too much can cause health problems, including delayed mental and physical development and learning deficiencies.

La. Oyster Industry: BP Owes $15M In Recovery Funds

April 18, 2011 4:54 am

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana oyster industry leaders say BP PLC has yet to honor a $15 million commitment to help oyster farmers, processors and dealers recover from last year's oil spill. Members of a state oyster task force joined state officials in New Orleans Friday to discuss the spill, which began after the BP leased rig Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20, 2011, killing 11 workers.

Half Of Supermarket Meat May Be Tainted With Staph

April 18, 2011 4:49 am

ATLANTA (AP) — Half the meat and poultry sold in the supermarket may be tainted with the staph germ, a new report suggests. The new estimate is based on just 136 samples of beef, chicken, pork and turkey purchased from grocery stores in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Flagstaff, Ariz.


Judge Considers $30M Dairy Antitrust Settlement

April 18, 2011 4:46 am

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A federal judge in Vermont is considering moving forward with a partial settlement of an anti-trust lawsuit in which national dairy processor Dean Foods would pay some northeast dairy farmers $30 million. But U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss said Friday she may defer a decision on part of the settlement that would require Dean Foods of Dallas to change its milk-buying practices in the region for 30 months by buying milk from independent farmers, a controversial provision that the plaintiffs say would jump start competition but a national dairy cooperative says would harm some farmers.

Nestle Expands In China

April 18, 2011 4:43 am

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss food and beverage giant Nestle SA is expanding its reach in China by acquiring a controlling stake in Yinlu Foods Group for an undisclosed amount. The Vevey, Switzerland-based company said Monday it is taking a 60-percent stake in the well-known Chinese brand that already is a co-manufacturer for Nescafe instant coffee in China.

Photo Of The Day: An Oily Grave

April 18, 2011 4:38 am

(AP) — In this March 29, 2011 photo, Melvin Barnes, owner of Cuz's Seafood Restaurant and Market in Bay St. Louis, Miss., walks into his seafood market downstairs from the closed restaurant. The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill closed waters that supplied much of the catch sold in the market.


Kansas State To Have Food Safety Research Center

April 15, 2011 4:51 am

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Even preschoolers at Plaza Del Ninos, a Head Start program at Penn Valley Community College, have learned that eating more fruits and vegetables is good for them. But are the apples the food service director buys from a local farmer grown with approved fertilizers and herbicides? Or properly cooled after picking? Or chopped on a cutting board used for fruits and vegetables only, and not raw chicken? A push to get fresh, locally grown foods into school lunch programs is progress for a nation in desperate need of better nutrition, but federal officials insist that when you're feeding 31 million children a day through the National School Lunch Program, you really can't be too careful.

Kraft To Sell Gevalia Coffee In Stores

April 15, 2011 4:48 am

TARRYTOWN, New York (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc. plans to start selling its Gevalia coffee brand in grocery stores in August, raising its stake in the increasingly competitive coffee industry and going up against former partner Starbucks. Gevalia, now sold only online or through mail order in the U.

City Sells Naming Rights To Product Placement Documetary

April 15, 2011 4:43 am

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Come April 27, there will still be a city with roughly 31,000 residents tucked into the Allegheny Mountains. What there won't be is a city named Altoona. That's because the city has sold its name to make some money — and to help documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock make a point.

FBI: KFC Founder Received Death Threat

April 15, 2011 4:39 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — As it turns out, Colonel Harland Sanders wasn't the only one keeping secrets. Newly released documents from the 1970s show the FBI investigated a death threat against the iconic KFC founder and pitchman, creator of the secret recipe for the chain's fried chicken.

Ex-UNICEF Head Joins Nestle Board Despite Protests

April 15, 2011 4:36 am

GENEVA (AP) — Former UNICEF head Ann Veneman took a seat on the board of Swiss food and drinks company Nestle SA on Thursday despite pleas from nutrition advocates who oppose the company's marketing of breast milk substitutes. Shareholders in the Vevey, Switzerland-based maker of Nespresso, Nescafe, Gerber, Perrier, Jenny Craig and Haagen Daz approved Veneman as the newest member of Nestle's 14-member board.

Photo Of The Day: Crafting Indian Mozzarella

April 15, 2011 4:29 am

(AP) — In this photo taken Oct. 17, 2010, Indian workers make mozzarella cheese at a factory in Golpura village in Haryana state, India. Italian Giuseppe Mozzillo, 28, hooked up with an Indian business partner, raised 500,000 euro ($712,000) and took out a 400,000 euro loan to make mozzarella from the milk of the original buffalo, in a nation with scanty refrigeration and little taste for European-style cheese.


Cargill Earnings Rise 23 Percent

April 14, 2011 4:59 am

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — Privately held Cargill Inc. reported net earnings of $1.1 billion for the latest quarter, up 23 percent from a year ago even as the company faces rising commodity prices. The agriculture company has been trimming expenses but also is on a buying spree, purchasing Unilever's condiments business in Brazil this year, along with other acquisitions.

Sioux City Gets $2M To Demolish Morrell Plant

April 14, 2011 4:57 am

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City is getting a $2 million federal grant to help cover the cost of demolishing a former meatpacking plant and redeveloping the site. KCAU-TV says Wednesday that the city's application for an Economic Development Administration grant was approved. The John Morrell & Co.

Police: China Milk Poisoning Caused By Grudges

April 13, 2011 5:02 am

BEIJING (AP) — State media say police suspect a couple in northwest China poisoned milk from a local farmer, causing three deaths, because of anger over business disputes. Xinhua News Agency quotes police as saying they found nitrite was added to milk from Ma Wenxuan's farm near the city of Pingliang in Gansu province.


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