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Starbucks Profit Up 20 Percent

April 29, 2011 4:51 am

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Starbucks Corp. brewed up a strong second quarter but warned investors that rising costs for fuel and dairy are a bigger problem than it anticipated for the year. The coffee giant's shares fell in after-hours trading Wednesday on the news. Starbucks said its net income jumped 20 percent to $261.

Smithfield Foods Sells Hog Facility

April 29, 2011 4:45 am

SMITHFIELD, Va. (AP) — Smithfield Foods Inc. has sold a Texas hog production facility to Wayzata-Minn.-based Cargill Inc. for about $33 million. Smithfield Foods President and CEO C. Larry Pope says the transaction announced Wednesday is part of the international food company's strategy to shed non-core assets.

Salesman Indicted For Distributing Spoiled Meat

April 29, 2011 4:43 am

(USDA) —USDA´s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), in conjunction with the United States Attorney´s Office for the District of Puerto Rico, announce the indictment of a Puerto Rican businessman for violations of the Federal Meat and Poultry Inspection Acts. On April 6, a grand jury convened by the United States Attorney´s Office for the District of Puerto Rico handed down an indictment against Filiberto Berrios, 52, of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, on four counts of adulteration, transport, distribution and sale of adulterated meat and poultry products and issued a warrant for his arrest.

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Senator Warns Of Food Terrorism

April 29, 2011 4:38 am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A biological terror attack on the U.S. food supply could come soon, but many Washington lawmakers aren't taking the threat seriously, a U.S. senator from Kansas said Thursday. A successful attack would disrupt the food supply of not just the nation, but the entire world, Republican Sen.

Sugar Farmers Sue Over 'Corn Sugar' Campaign

April 29, 2011 4:34 am

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The sugar industry is seeking some sweet revenge. A group of sugar farmers and refiners have filed a lawsuit against several corn processors and their lobbying group for their effort to rebrand high-fructose corn syrup as "corn sugar". The Western Sugar Cooperative, Michigan Sugar Co.

Photo Of The Day: Putting Commercials On A Diet

April 29, 2011 4:28 am

(AP) — Nathaniel Donaker, 4, eats Kellogg's Frosted Flakes cereal at his home in Palo Alto, Calif., Thursday, April 28, 2011. Commercials promoting sugary breakfast cereals could be put on a strict diet under government guidelines urging food companies to limit marketing of unhealthy products to children.

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China Seizes More Melamine-Tainted Milk Powder

April 28, 2011 5:07 am

BEIJING (AP) -- Authorities seized 26 tons of melamine-tainted milk powder from an ice cream maker in southern China three years after widespread use of the chemical in infant formula killed six babies, state media said Wednesday. The discovery underscores China's stubborn problem with illegal food additives used to turn a quick profit regardless of the health risks.

Meatpacker Wage Trial Begins In Nebraska

April 28, 2011 5:03 am

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The first in a series of lawsuits brought against Nebraska meatpackers over employee pay will go to trial next week. In separate lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court, Nebraska Beef Ltd. in Omaha, Greater Omaha Packing Co. and Tyson Foods Inc. are accused of violating state and federal wage and labor laws for years.

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Texas Company To Pay $1.7M To Abused Poultry Workers

April 28, 2011 4:59 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge ordered a Texas-based company accused of abusing and underpaying several mentally disabled men at a turkey plant in Iowa to pay $1.76 million to the former workers, the U.S. Labor Department said Wednesday. The partial summary judgment was issued in the department's lawsuit against Hill Country Farms, of Goldthwaite, Texas, doing business as Henry's Turkey Service.

Gov't Urges Food Companies To Limit Ads For Kids

April 28, 2011 4:57 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Commercials promoting sugary breakfast cereals could be put on a strict diet under government guidelines urging food companies to limit marketing of unhealthy products to children. Under guidelines obtained by The Associated Press, companies would be urged to only market foods to children ages 2 through 17 if they are low in fats, sugars and sodium and contain specified healthy ingredients.

PepsiCo 1Q Income Plummets 20 Percent

April 28, 2011 4:53 am

PURCHASE, New York (AP) — PepsiCo Inc.'s first-quarter net income dropped 20 percent, partly on higher costs. But strong sales of its snacks and beverages and acquisitions helped push revenue higher. The maker of Sierra Mist, Quaker oatmeal and Cheetos also reiterated a full-year earnings outlook below Wall Street expectations Thursday.

Photo Of The Day: A Mountain Of Mangoes

April 28, 2011 4:52 am

(AP) — Indian laborers sort out mangoes at a fruit market in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday, April 27, 2011. India recognizes the mango as its national fruit and is the world's largest mango producer with about 13 million tons each year, far exceeding all other countries. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.

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California Moves To Ban Beer-Boosted Energy Drinks

April 27, 2011 4:02 am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would follow the lead of other states in banning energy drinks containing beer under a bill advancing through the Legislature. State Sen. Alex Padilla says caffeinated beer beverages have sent young people to the hospital because of what he calls a dangerous combination that masks the effects of alcohol.

FDA Seeks Permanent Injunction Against Pa. Dairy

April 27, 2011 4:00 am

WASHINGTON DC (FDA) — The Justice Department, at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has filed a complaint for permanent injunction against Daniel L. Allgyer, owner of the Rainbow Acres Farm, in Kinzers, Pa., for distributing unpasteurized (or “raw”) milk for human consumption in interstate commerce.

CDC Report Highlights Lack of Healthy Food Environments for Children

April 27, 2011 3:58 am

WASHINGTON DC (CDC) — States can do more to improve food access, regulations and policies to promote healthy eating and fight childhood obesity, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 2011 Children's Food Environment State Indicator Report also notes that the communities, child care facilities and schools all have roles to play.

Nebraska Lawmakers Advance Healthy Foods Bill

April 27, 2011 3:57 am

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have granted second-round approval to a bill that would help offer grants and loans to improve access to healthy food. Omaha Sen. Brenda Council introduced legislation that would offer tax credits and encourage private funding for grocery stores, farmers markets and community gardens that serve low-access areas.

TB Detected In Calif. Cow Headed To Slaughter

April 27, 2011 3:56 am

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — State and federal officials said Tuesday they have detected bovine tuberculosis in a dairy cow from a San Bernardino County herd during a routine examination at a slaughterhouse. A suspicious mass on the cow tested positive for the disease on March 25, and three other animals in the same herd were later identified as also being infected, said Steve Lyle, a spokesman with the California Department of Food and Agriculture Lyle declined to release the name of the dairy.

Photo Of The Day: The Smithsonian Of Coca-Cola

April 26, 2011 12:26 pm

(AP) — In this April 22, 2011 photo, Larry Schmidt looks over some of the dozens of vending machines in his Coca-Cola museum in Elizabethtown, Ky. The largest collection of Coke memorabilia, some 80,000 items, is set to be auctioned off beginning in September. The Schmidts plan to start a family foundation with the money they raise and will give to charities.

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USDA Announces Food Safety Guide For Meat Processors

April 26, 2011 5:04 am

(USDA) —The U.S. Department of Agriculture´s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is providing a set of draft guidelines to help small and very small meat and poultry manufacturers reduce harmful bacteria in ready-to-eat foods. This guide sets out standard regulatory procedures and will help establishments understand how best to operate to ensure a safer quality product.

Lactalis Offers To Buy Parmalat For $4.92 Billion

April 26, 2011 5:00 am

PARIS (AP) — French dairy company Lactalis announced Tuesday a euro3.38 billion ($4.92 billion) offer to buy full control of Italy's Parmalat, a move the Italian government had sought to avoid to protect one of the country's corporate titans. The unsolicited offer, at euro2.6 per share, sent shares of the Italian company soaring 11 percent — to euro2.

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