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NYC Announces Progress in Effort to Reduce Salt

February 12, 2013 9:41 am | by JENNIFER PELTZ,Associated Press

Salt has quietly been slipping out of dozens of the most familiar foods in brand-name America, from Butterball turkeys to Uncle Ben's flavored rice dishes to Goya canned beans. A Kraft American cheese single has 18 percent less salt than it did three years ago. The salt in a dollop of Ragu Old World Style pasta sauce is down by 20 percent. A handful of honey Teddy Grahams has 33 percent less salt.


Chocolatier Designs Chocolate High Heels

February 12, 2013 9:39 am

Florists and chocolate-makers are working around the clock in the run-up to Valentine's Day. In Dallas, chocolatier Andrea Pedraza, who loves designer high heels, molded her pedestrian passion into chocolate form. Her most well-known creations are chocolate pumps done in the style of Christian Louboutin shoes.


White House Warns of Food Safety Cuts

February 12, 2013 9:37 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

Impending across-the-board budget cuts could mean fewer government food safety inspections and higher prices for meat at the grocery store. A White House memo released late last week said that one of the consequences of the federal budget cuts, known as sequestration, would be 2,100 fewer food facility inspections by the Food and Drug Administration, "putting families at risk and costing billions in lost food production."


Tomato Exec Bribed Food Giants

February 12, 2013 9:35 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

On Tuesday, former SK Foods owner Frederick Scott Salyer, 57, will leave house arrest in Pebble Beach and be sentenced in U.S. District Court in Sacramento after pleading guilty last year to charges he bribed purchasing managers at food giants including Kraft Foods Inc. and Frito-Lay.


Photo of the Day: Pumping out Chocolate

February 12, 2013 9:31 am

In this Feb. 7, 2013 photo, chocolate high heals made by master chocolatier Andrea Pedraza are lined up at her shop in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. Florists and chocolate makers are working around the clock for the busy season - Valentine's Day. Pedraza's most well known creations are chocolate pumps done in the style of Christian Louboutin shoes.


Daily Soundbite: Romania Says Country Victim of Fraud Amid Horsemeat Outrage

February 11, 2013 1:09 pm

Romanian officials say that two slaughterhouses thought to be the source of horsemeat found in products labeled as beef across Europe properly labeled their meat as horsemeat and any fraud happened elsewhere in the supply chain. Prime Minister Victor Ponta declared the country a victim of fraud.


South Dakota Looking to Add More Dairy Cows

February 11, 2013 12:32 pm | by DIRK LAMMERS,Associated Press

South Dakota is on the lookout for dairy cows. Gov. Dennis Daugaard and state agriculture officials are traveling this week to the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif., with the goal of doubling the state's current herd of about 92,000 dairy cows.


McDonald’s Sales Fall with Tough Year Ahead

February 11, 2013 12:30 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's says a key sales figure dropped again in January as the world's biggest hamburger chain struggled to grow in the U.S. and saw a severe decline in Asia. The Oak Brook, Ill.-based company said global sales at restaurants open at least 13 months dropped 1.9 percent for the month. The figure is a key metric because it strips out the volatility of newly opened and closed locations.


Mountain Dew Introduces Breakfast Drink

February 11, 2013 12:29 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

If you don't like coffee or tea, Mountain Dew has a new breakfast drink that might perk you up. PepsiCo Inc. is rolling out a new drink called Kickstart this month that has Mountain Dew flavor but is made with 5 percent juice and Vitamins B and C, along with an extra jolt of caffeine.


Officials Launch Review of XL Foods Beef Recall

February 11, 2013 12:25 pm

The federal government has launched a review of the E. coli outbreak last fall that sickened 18 people and led to the largest beef recall in Canadian history. The review is to focus on what contributed to the outbreak of the potentially deadly bacteria at the XL Foods Inc. plant in Brooks, Alta.


Romania Denies Slaughterhouses Committed Fraud

February 11, 2013 12:23 pm | by ALISON MUTLER,Associated Press

Two Romanian plants believed to be the source of horsemeat mislabeled as beef in supermarkets across Europe declared it properly and any fraud was committed somewhere else down the line, officials said Monday. Romania is scrambling to contain the damage from the fast-growing horsemeat scandal — where the cheaper meat was substituted for beef in everything from burgers to frozen lasagna.


Consumer Trends: Healthy Beverage Trends

February 11, 2013 12:00 pm

What's the future of the beverage industry? According to Healthy Beverage Expo, the future is nutritious and functional beverages made from high quality ingredients and pure water, marked by an undeniable accountability for the effects of processing, packaging and distribution.


Hawaii Lawmakers Move Forward with Anti-GMO Bill

February 11, 2013 9:53 am | by ANITA HOFSCHNEIDER,Associated Press

Advocates of all-natural food in Hawaii scored a partial victory when the House Committee on Agriculture passed a measure to require labeling on genetically modified food. The committee approved the bill Thursday but amended it so it only applies to produce imported from outside Hawaii.


Lay’s Taste-Tests Fan-Nominated Flavors

February 11, 2013 9:51 am | by JOSEPH PISANI,AP Business Writer

The next Lay's potato chip will taste like chicken and waffles. Or cheesy garlic bread. Or Sriracha, a hot sauce often used in Thai dishes. Lay's is letting potato chip lovers decide which one of the three will be its newest flavor. All of them will be sold at retailers nationwide starting next week. After trying them, fans have until May to vote for their favorites. The flavor with the most votes will stay on store shelves.


Guatemala Declares National Coffee Emergency

February 11, 2013 9:47 am | by SONIA PEREZ,Associated Press

Guatemala's president declared a national emergency Friday over the spread of coffee rust, saying the fungus that has hit other Central American countries is affecting 70 percent of this nation's crop. President Otto Molina Perez ordered the release of more than $14 million to aid coffee growers.


France Hunting Fraudsters in Horsemeat Scandal

February 11, 2013 9:45 am | by ANGELA CHARLTON,Associated Press

Europe's horsemeat scandal is spreading and threatening cross-border tensions, as France says Romanian butchers and Dutch and Cypriot traders were part of a supply chain that resulted in horsemeat disguised as beef being sold in frozen lasagna around the continent.


Constellation and Crown File Motion in InBev Case

February 11, 2013 9:41 am

Constellation Brands Inc. and Crown Imports filed a motion Friday to ensure that their interests are represented in the government's case against beer maker Anheuser-Busch InBev's proposed acquisition of Grupo Modelo. The Justice Department says the AB InBev and Modelo deal would reduce competition by bringing two of the most popular beer brands — Budweiser and Corona — under one owner.


Photo of the Day: Coffee Crisis

February 11, 2013 9:39 am

Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina has declared a national emergency over the spread of coffee rust, a fungus that is affecting 70 percent of the country's crop. Molina said Friday that the pesticides will start being applied to coffee plants in April and that two more applications will be needed during the year.


Consumer Trends: Hispanic-Americans Drink More Coffee

February 8, 2013 12:00 pm

The National Coffee Association finds that Hispanic-Americans drink significantly more coffee than their non-Hispanic neighbors. The report, Ethnicity and Coffee, reveals that 74% of Hispanic-Americans drink coffee daily, twelve percentage points ahead of other Americans.


Daily Sound Bite: Southern Diet Linked to Stroke Risk

February 8, 2013 9:57 am

A new study reports that those who eat a "southern diet" may be at increased risk of stroke. The study defined a southern diet as one containing foods such as, "fried foods, processed meats (lunchmeat, jerky), red meat, eggs, sweet drinks and whole milk."



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