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Photo of the Day: Study Shakes Up Salt Recommendations

May 17, 2013 8:00 am

The Institute of Medicine said Tuesday there's no evidence that cutting well below established guidelines offers any benefit — even though that's recommended for certain people at high risk of heart disease. There are some suggestions that going way too low might harm certain patients.

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Kosher & Halal Industries Under Siege in Poland

May 16, 2013 12:15 pm

After Polish animal rights activists succeeded in banning "barbaric" religious slaughter methods used in kosher and halal production — the process involves slashing the throats of conscious animals and letting them bleed out — religious and industry supporters are coming together to fight the changes.

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NC House OKs Blocking Obesity Lawsuits

May 16, 2013 12:07 pm

Legislation that attempts to prevent people from suing North Carolina food manufacturers, sellers and advertisers by claiming their products made them overweight has passed one General Assembly chamber. A majority in the House voted Wednesday night for legislation that would bar civil actions against food producers and marketers on claims long-term consumption led to weight gain and obesity-related health problems.

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Flowers Foods 1Q Net Income More Than Doubles

May 16, 2013 12:05 pm

Flowers Foods' first-quarter net income more than doubled thanks to a large gain related to its acquisition of the Sara Lee business in California. The baked goods company, which is best known for its Tastykake products and is pursuing some of Hostess' major bread brands, earned $113.3 million, or 81 cents per share, for the period ended April 20. That's up sharply from $37.9 million, or 28 cents per share, a year ago.

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Montana Judge Hears Arguments over Milk Freshness

May 16, 2013 12:04 pm

A Helena judge heard arguments Tuesday over a California-based food distributor's challenge of a rule that says milk sold in Montana must be stamped with a "sell-by" date of 12 days after it is pasteurized. Core-Mark International argues consumers would be better informed with a "use-by" date set by the processor, while Montana's milk-producing industry supports the current rule.

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AB InBev Abandons Plan To Buy Budvar

May 16, 2013 12:02 pm

Brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev says it no longer has plans to acquire Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar, with whom it has been fighting a long legal battle over the use of the "Budweiser" brand. Frank Hellwig, legal director for AB InBev, says "we don't have any plans, or intention, or desire to buy Budvar" as a way of solving the dispute.

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Rendering Plant To Clean Up 2,500 Animal Carcasses

May 16, 2013 12:01 pm

State officials say up to 2,500 animal carcasses are buried in a trench near a closed cattle rendering plant in southwest Missouri. The owner of the former Halfway Packing Company in Polk County has signed an agreement to clean up environmental hazards on the property.

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Consumer Trends: British Familes Take a Fresh Approach

May 16, 2013 12:00 pm

New research shows that recent food scandals and much publicized research into the health risks associated with processed meat have had a positive effect on Britons' eating habits. Nearly a quarter of Britons say they have cut down on the amount of processed food they eat.

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Va. Egg Production Equals 1B Deviled Eggs Each Year

May 16, 2013 9:46 am

Virginia farmers produce enough eggs to make more than 1 billion deviled eggs annually. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Wednesday that the state's farmers produce 696 million eggs a year. That's also enough to make 232 million three-egg omelets or 87 million pound cakes.

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Group Files Suit over Cold Beer Sales Law in Ind.

May 16, 2013 9:44 am | by TOM COYNE,Associated Press

Indiana convenience stores and gas stations seeking the right to sell cold beer to customers filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday aimed at lifting a ban on the practice. The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association argued Indiana's law is arbitrary and discriminates against grocery and convenience stores.

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Poland’s Kosher and Halal Industry in Limbo

May 16, 2013 9:42 am | by VANESSA GERA,Associated Press

In a victory for a growing animal rights movement, activists succeeded in getting a ban on religious slaughter. But with economic decline deepening and exports seen as a possible salvation, the government faces pressure to get the practice reinstated legally — and is scrambling to do so.

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SD Beef Plant Courts Laid-Off Workers

May 16, 2013 9:40 am

A beef processing plant in the South Dakota city of Yankton is recruiting dozens of workers laid off from their jobs at the Northern Beef Packers plant. Representatives from the Cimpl's beef plant in Yankton conducted job interviews in Aberdeen on Tuesday and had more scheduled Wednesday, the American News reported.

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Chef Plans To Feast on Cicadas During Invasion

May 16, 2013 9:38 am

Connecticut chef Bun Lai is already known for his Mexican grasshopper dish and his fried rice with meal worms and crickets. But he might soon also be recognized as the cicada chef. Lai, owner of Miya's Sushi, tells the New Haven Register that he plans to fill a big freezer full of Brood II cicadas, once the red-eyed bugs' 17-year life cycle brings them above ground for about five weeks.

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Photo of the Day: Bosnia Looks To Expand Halal Industry

May 16, 2013 9:34 am

In this photo taken Monday May 13, 2013, Bosnian workers package chicken in the "Ovako" chicken factory that produces halal food products, near Bosnian town of Visoko, 35 kms north of Sarajevo. Bosnia is working hard to position itself as an exporter of halal products. The country opened its first halal fair Wednesday May 15 in Sarajevo, welcoming representatives of the Islamic world to take a look at Bosnian products.

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Daily Sound Bite: Hellmann's Celebrates a Century

May 15, 2013 12:43 pm

To celebrate Hellmann's centennial birthday, owner Unilever is launching a marketing campaign to drum up attention for the country's top-selling mayonnaise, whose formula remains almost the same as it was a century ago. Media spending is undisclosed, but it's the largest ever campaign for the brand.

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ND Pasta Plant To Restart Production

May 15, 2013 12:39 pm

The former Noodles by Leonardo plant in Cando will start producing pasta again next week after six months of closed doors. The facility is now owned by Cando Pasta LLC, a partnership of local businessmen Jim and Bruce Gibbens and two other investors. The plant should have as many as 20 employees later this month and as many as 40 by next year.

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U.S. Wholesale Prices Fall Most in 3 Years

May 15, 2013 12:36 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

Sharp drops in fuel and food costs reduced a measure of U.S. wholesale prices in April by the most in three years. Outside those volatile categories, inflation stayed tame. The producer price index, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer, fell a seasonally adjusted 0.7 percent in April from March, the Labor Department said Wednesday. It was the second straight monthly decline and the steepest since February 2010.

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Pinnacle Foods’ 1Q Net Jumps on Lower Costs

May 15, 2013 12:35 pm

Pinnacle Foods Inc., which went public in March, said Wednesday that its first-quarter net income more than doubled. The company paid less interest as its debt decreased and curbed some costs, offsetting a dip in sales. The maker of Birds Eye frozen foods, Duncan Hines frosting and cake mixes and Vlasic pickles earned $24.8 million, or 29 cents per share, up from $9.5 million, or 11 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2012.

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Bellisio Foods Buys Overhill Farms for $80M

May 15, 2013 12:33 pm

Frozen foods supplier Overhill Farms has agreed to be purchased for approximately $80 million by Bellisio Foods, allowing the company to expand its position in the frozen entree and snack markets. Overhill announced in August that it was considering strategic options. Often this includes a potential sale of a company.

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House Panel Set To Approve Food Stamp Cuts

May 15, 2013 12:32 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

The House Agriculture Committee is considering a five-year farm bill that would make small cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. The cuts are part of massive legislation that costs almost $100 billion annually and would set policy for farm subsidies, rural programs and the food aid. The House panel started work on the legislation Wednesday, one day after the Senate Agriculture Committee approved its version.

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