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Hershey Official Drops Charity Corruption Claims

April 5, 2011 4:51 am

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former official with the multibillion-dollar charity that controls the Hershey candy company is withdrawing a court filing that claimed widespread financial irregularities at the charity. Robert Reese said Monday he withdrew the petition in Dauphin County Orphans Court.

Diamond Foods To Buy Pringles For $1.5 Billion

April 5, 2011 4:48 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Diamond Foods Inc. is buying Procter & Gamble Co.'s Pringles chips business in a deal valued at $1.5 billion. Analysts have been speculating for years that Procter & Gamble might shed Pringles, as the world's biggest consumer products maker had indicated in the past that the food business didn't fit in with the rest of its portfolio.

Photo Of The Day: The Meaning Of 'Local'

April 5, 2011 4:44 am

(AP) — In this Dec. 9, 2010 file photo, Joani Gwilliam, of Plymouth, Mass., holds bags full of herbs and produce while making a stop at one of the many indoor farm stands inside the visitor center at Plimouth Plantation in Plymouth, Mass. A heightened consumer interest in produce grown nearby, which many assume to mean fresher food, fewer chemicals, and grown smaller farms, has led to popular use of the word local on displays and menus.

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China Shuts Down Nearly Half Its Dairies

April 4, 2011 4:55 am

BEIJING (AP) — Nearly half of all dairies in China are being shut down after having their licenses revoked, the government's quality inspection agency said Saturday, in the latest attempt to clean up the scandal-plagued dairy industry. The agency said 533 of the country's 1,176 dairy producers have been ordered to cease operations.

FDA Proposes Calorie Counts On Menus

April 4, 2011 4:51 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — It could get harder to indulge in a double cheeseburger and fries without feeling guilty. Menu labeling requirements proposed Friday by the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more locations, along with bakeries, grocery stores, convenience stores and coffee chains, to clearly post the calorie count for each item on their menus.

Distillery Explosion Kills 3

April 4, 2011 4:48 am

VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) — An explosion and fire has hit a Mexican factory that distills raw alcohol, killing three people and injuring three others. The civil defense agency in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz says the dead from Saturday's blast have not been identified and it is unclear whether they were plant workers or neighbors of the facility near the city of Orizaba.

Recall: Turkey Burgers Test Positive For Salmonella

April 4, 2011 4:46 am

WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) — Jennie-O Turkey Store in Willmar has recalled nearly 55,000 pounds of frozen, raw turkey burgers because the meat may have been contaminated with Salmonella, federal officials said. Jennie-O said the product was distributed nationwide but sold only at Sam's Club Stores.

Ukrainian Food Still Plagued By Chernobyl Radiation

April 4, 2011 4:41 am

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Greenpeace said Monday that hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians are still eating food contaminated by radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion a quarter-century after the blast. In a report, the environmental group said samples of milk, berries, potatoes and root vegetables in two Ukrainian regions show unacceptably high levels of the radioactive isotope cesium-137 from the 1986 blast.

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Photo Of The Day: Counting Calories

April 4, 2011 4:20 am

(AP) — In this July 18, 2008 file photo, calories of each food item appear on a McDonalds drive-thru menu in New York. Like it or not, many restaurant diners will soon know more about what they are eating under menu labeling requirements proposed Friday by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Avian Flu Found At Poultry Farm

April 1, 2011 4:52 am

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — State agriculture officials have quarantined a poultry farm in southwest Missouri after a case of Avian flu was found. The state agriculture department says in a news release Wednesday that the farm in Polk County was quarantined after the viral disease was found during routine testing.

Japan Orders Tests After Beef Shows Signs Of Radiation

April 1, 2011 4:50 am

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's health ministry says it has ordered more tests after a cow slaughtered for beef near the tsunami-stricken nuclear plant was found to have radioactive contamination slightly higher than the legal limit. Officials stressed that the meat was not ever put on the market.

FDA Votes To Study Food Dyes, Hyperactivity

April 1, 2011 4:47 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended Thursday that the agency further study the link between food coloring and childhood hyperactivity but said products that contain the dyes do not need package warnings. The committee, made up of doctors, scientists and consumer representatives, narrowly voted 8-6 that food packages don't need warnings flagging food colorings that could affect attention deficit disorder in children.

Anheuser-Busch Heir Sued Over Girlfriend's Death

April 1, 2011 4:43 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The family of a 27-year-old model who died last year of what authorities say was a drug overdose at the mansion of August Busch IV is suing the Anheuser-Busch heir, accusing her former boyfriend of carelessness and negligence in the death that produced no criminal charges.

Photo Of The Day: Effects Of Chernobyl Linger In Food Supply

April 1, 2011 4:37 am

(AP) — In this Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010 file photo forester Andreas Thiermeyer takes a sample of wild boar meat in Eglharting near Munich, southern Germany. While at the moment many Germans are worried about Sushi imported from Japan, some of the country's wild game and mushrooms pose a far greater radiation risk, showing the long-lasting effects of a nuclear catastrophe a quarter century after the Soviet Union's Chernobyl reactor spewed radiation across Europe.

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131,000 Pounds Of Pizza Recalled

March 31, 2011 4:52 am

MONTEBELLO, Calif. (AP) — A California company is recalling 131,000 pounds of frozen pizza products found at Trader Joe's stores because they contain an allergen not declared on the label. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the Trader Joe's Pizza Al Pollo Asado contains wheat, but it's not listed on the labels.

Low Levels Of Radiation Found In West Coast Milk

March 31, 2011 4:50 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Low levels of radiation have turned up in milk samples from two West Coast states. Traces of radioactive Iodine-131 were found in milk in California and Washington, according to federal and state authorities who are monitoring for contamination as the nuclear crisis unfolds in Japan.

Campbell Sued For Deceptive 'Low Sodium' Soups

March 30, 2011 4:52 am

NEW YORK (PRNewswire)-- Four New Jersey housewives sued Campbell Soup in a national class action charging that the labels on Campbell's low sodium tomato soup products were misleading in that the "low sodium" soups actually contained approximately as much sodium as Campbell's regular tomato soup.

Man Dies From Salmonella Traced To Bakery

March 30, 2011 4:49 am

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A man who tested positive for salmonella in an outbreak that may be linked to a Rhode Island bakery has died. State health department spokeswoman Annemarie Beardsworth said Tuesday the man died March 23. The man was in his 80s and lived in Providence County.

Dean Foods To Sell Milk Plant In Antitrust Deal

March 30, 2011 4:46 am

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The nation's largest dairy company agreed Tuesday to sell a Wisconsin milk processing plant to settle an antitrust lawsuit filed by the Justice Department and three states. The lawsuit filed last year objected to Dean Foods Co.'s 2009 purchase of two plants in Waukesha and De Pere from Foremost Farms USA.

FDA Examining Effect Of Food Dyes On Hyperactivity

March 30, 2011 4:43 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FDA is examining the link between dyes found in everyday foods and hyperactivity in children. At a two-day meeting starting Wednesday, an FDA advisory committee will decide whether available data links the dyes and the disorder. The panel will recommend whether the agency should further study the issue or require better labeling.

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