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New Zealand Backs Anti-Whaling Suit Against Japan

November 27, 2012 9:43 am

New Zealand is supporting Australia's attempt in an international court to stop Japan from whaling in the Southern Ocean. New Zealand wants to intervene in a lawsuit Australia brought against Japan two years ago in the International Court of Justice.

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Analyst Downgrades McDonald’s, Citing Competition

November 27, 2012 9:41 am

McDonald's Corp. was downgraded Monday by a Lazard Capital Markets analyst, who said that tough competition may hinder sales growth. Analyst Matthew DiFrisco, cutting McDonald's to "Neutral" from "Buy," said he expects that a key sales figure will shrink 1.8 percent in the last three months of 2012, with a slow start in 2013.

Apple Cidering A Tradition For S.D. Community

November 27, 2012 9:37 am

A taste for apples, a September 1978 issue of Popular Mechanics and a bumper crop of fruit combined to create what has become a tradition for two Brookings, S.D., families and their friends. Gregg Carlson, a professor in plant science at South Dakota State University, and his neighbor David Francis bought acreages next to one another northeast of Brookings more than 20 years ago.

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ConAgra Buying Ralcorp For About $5 Billion

November 27, 2012 9:35 am

U.S.-based ConAgra Foods has agreed to buy private-label food producer Ralcorp for about $5 billion, which will make it North America's biggest manufacturer of cereals, crackers and other packaged foods sold under store labels. ConAgra Foods Inc. said the acquisition will strengthen its overall position in the North American packaged food business.

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FDA Halts Reopening Of Sunland Plant

November 27, 2012 9:32 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on a New Mexico peanut butter plant that had repeated food safety violations over several years, using new authority to halt operations at facilities that may be producing unsafe food. The agency on Monday suspended the registration of Sunland Inc., which is the country's largest organic peanut butter processor.

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Photo Of The Day: A Juicy Tradition

November 27, 2012 9:30 am

Slicing through the center of each apple is important, because worms sometimes enter the blossom end, leaving no telltale signs on the outside of the apple. The worm tracks and blemishes must be cut out of the apples before they can be turned into cider.

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Cherry Tomatoes Recalled For Salmonella

November 26, 2012 12:37 pm

A central Iowa fruit and vegetable distributor is recalling several lots of cherry tomatoes after the grower notified the distributor that Salmonella was found in random sample testing by the Food and Drug Administration. Capital City Fruit Inc., of Norwalk says the recalled cherry tomatoes from Rio Queen Citrus are packaged in one-pint containers as Capital Brand Clamshell Cherry Tomatoes.

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Alaska Workshop Explores Smoking And Salting Fish

November 26, 2012 12:35 pm | by NICOLE KLAUSS,Kodiak Daily Mirror

Eagle River resident Zach Shlosar loves smoking fish for fun and is considering turning it into a business. To find out whether or not it is something he wants to pursue commercially, he spent three days this month at a fish smoking and salting workshop hosted by the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center.

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Arkansas Plant To Produce Edamame

November 26, 2012 12:33 pm | by JOHN MAGSAM,Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A processing plant is moving Arkansas one step closer to becoming the first state in the nation to commercially produce edamame, a popular food in Asia that's seeing increasing U.S. demand. Edamame — green soybean pods or seeds — are usually steamed or served cold as a side dish or in salads and soups.

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Coca-Cola To Invest $30M In Tajikistan

November 26, 2012 12:31 pm

Tajikistan says a Coca-Cola bottling company plans to invest $30 million on beginning production in this Central Asian nation. The country's investment committee said Friday an agreement was reached on a memorandum of understanding at a meeting this week.

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Peanut Butter Plant To Reopen

November 26, 2012 12:29 pm

The New Mexico peanut butter company that was shuttered after a salmonella outbreak is scheduled to resume peanut processing on Tuesday. Sunland Inc. spokeswoman Katalin Coburn says officials are eager to begin shelling and processing this year's crop, which is about 98 percent harvested.

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Consumer Trends: Hot For The Holidays

November 26, 2012 12:27 pm

The Betty 10: Red Hot Holiday Trends spotlight the year’s hottest food trends, each with a delicious new recipe that adds a fresh twist to the holiday festivities. Whether food lovers are entertaining guests at home or bringing must-have treats to a party, Betty Crocker is helping them this holiday season with ideas and recipes inspired by today’s hottest trends.

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Black Friday Ale Lives Up To Its Name

November 26, 2012 9:52 am

One Milwaukee brewery is getting in on the Black Friday action. Lakefront Brewery created Black Friday Imperial India Style Black Ale and even trademarked the name. Brewery President Russ Klisch says there were 150 people lined up by 8 a.m., with one guy claiming he arrived just after bar time.

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Canadian Meat Plant Suspended Over Food Safety Concerns

November 26, 2012 9:50 am | by The Canadian Press

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has suspended the license of an Edmonton meat-processing plant over concerns for food safety. The decision involving Capital Packers Inc. came Thursday. The CFIA says adequate controls for food safety "are not being reliably implemented in the facility on a consistent basis."

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Drought Worsens After Weeks Of Improvement

November 26, 2012 9:48 am | by JIM SUHR,AP Business Writer

The worst U.S. drought in decades has deepened again after more than a month of encouraging reports of slowly improving conditions, a drought-tracking consortium said Wednesday, as scientists struggled for an explanation other than a simple lack of rain.

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Hostess Begins Liquidation Process, Fires 18,500 Workers

November 26, 2012 9:47 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Twinkies, Ho Hos and Wonder Bread are up for sale now that a bankruptcy judge cleared the way for Hostess Brands Inc. to fire its 18,500 workers and wind down its operations. A last-ditch effort to end a strike with Hostess' bakers union failed and Judge Robert Drain on Wednesday approved the company's request to shut down its business and sell the pieces to the highest bidder.

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Three Dead From Poisonous Mushrooms In Calif.

November 26, 2012 9:44 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

A third person has died from eating poisonous mushrooms at a California senior care facility where a caretaker found the fungus in the backyard and used it to make soup, authorities said Wednesday. The 90-year-old man died on Saturday. The Placer County Sheriff's Office identified him as Frank Warren Blodgett.

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Photo Of The Day: Winter Warmers

November 26, 2012 9:42 am

Santa’s not the only one making a list this year. Displaying the spirit, passion and imagination of America’s small and independent brewers, CraftBeer.com — the beer lover-oriented site of the Brewers Association (BA) — released its own list of winter seasonal craft beers, produced by BA members.

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Heinz Rolls Out Jalapeno Ketchup

November 21, 2012 10:20 am

This Cyber Monday, Heinz® Ketchup is giving its more than 1 million Facebook fans in the U.S. a hot holiday offer with the chance to purchase its newest limited edition flavor, Heinz Tomato Ketchup Blended with Real Jalapeño, before it hits retail store shelves. To celebrate “12 Days of Jalapeño Ketchup,” fans can purchase the product exclusively through Facebook from November 26 to December 7.

USDA Releases Tips For Safe Thanksgiving

November 21, 2012 10:17 am

The holiday season is famous for its hustle and bustle, and all of that merriment would not be possible without the hard work of party hosts. This Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is sharing tips that can take one worry off your plate: foodborne illness.

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