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Feds Charge Ag Contractor With Human Trafficking

April 21, 2011 4:56 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal agency has filed lawsuits claiming Thai workers were physically abused and forced to live in rat-infested housing after being recruited by a California-based labor contractor to work on farms in Hawaii and Washington. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said it was the largest human trafficking case to date pursued by the agency in the agriculture industry.

Seafood Dips Recalled For Listeria

April 20, 2011 4:57 am

(FDA) — Charcuterie La Tour Eiffel of Montreal, Canada, is voluntarily recalling all Summersweet seafood mousses and dips because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Tyson To Lay Off Up To 80 Workers In Kansas

April 20, 2011 4:54 am

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — The Tyson Foods plant in Emporia has announced plans to reduce its work force by 60 to 80 people. Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson said the layoffs are expected this week. He said the total work force will drop to about 900 people. Mickelson said the primary reason for the cuts is improved efficiency at other Tyson plants, which has meant less work for the Emporia plant.

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Feds Investigating Acai Berry Scam

April 20, 2011 4:52 am

CHICAGO (AP) — Consumers searching for unbiased journalism on the acai berry diet clicked their way into a scam, according to federal regulators who have filed lawsuits in six states in an attempt to shut down the alleged Internet tricksters. The Federal Trade Commission announced Tuesday it has asked federal courts to stop a wave of fake news sites that entice consumers to buy the unproven weight-loss products.

China's Latest Food Scare: Tainted Bean Sprouts

April 20, 2011 4:49 am

BEIJING (AP) — In the latest food scare to hit China, authorities in a northeastern city have found bean sprouts tainted with banned food additives to make the vegetables grow faster and look shinier, state media said Wednesday. The Legal Daily newspaper said in an online report that police in Shenyang had seized 40 tons of bean sprouts treated with the chemical compounds sodium nitrite and urea, as well as antibiotics and a plant hormone called 6-benzyladenine.

Heineken Sales Increase 22 Percent

April 20, 2011 4:46 am

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Heineken NV, the world's third largest brewer, said Wednesday it is going to ramp up its advertising spending this year to lure reluctant consumers in Western Europe and the U.S., as it reported a 22 percent increase in first-quarter sales due to acquisitions and mild growth.

Photo Of The Day: Wines For A Cause

April 20, 2011 4:41 am

(AP) — This undated image courtesy of Selby Winery shows a bottle of Clean Coast Chardonnay. Clean Coast wines is the brainchild of California winemaker Susie Selby. The owner of Selby Winery in Healdsburg, Selby created the wines with the goal of raising awareness for the Gulf Coast recovery effort.

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Bakery Linked To Salmonella Deaths Ordered Closed

April 19, 2011 4:49 am

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island bakery tied to a salmonella outbreak that killed two people has been ordered to remain closed. DeFusco's Bakery voluntarily closed its doors last month as dozens of people tested positive for salmonella after they ate pastries called zeppoles that were made there.

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Tyson Plant Cited For Safety Violations

April 19, 2011 4:47 am

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued eight violations against a Tyson Foods Inc. meatpacking plant in Lexington. The federal agency on Monday cited the plant for one repeat and seven serious violations. They include failing to cover an electrical fitting and deficiencies in the refrigeration systems.

Dean Foods To Sell Milk Plant

April 19, 2011 4:44 am

DALLAS (AP) — Dean Foods Co. will sell its milk processing business in Waukesha, Wis., the food maker said Monday. The plant and its related business are part of a previously announced settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over an antitrust dispute with farmers in the Northeast.

J&J Snack Foods To Buy ConAgra Food Lines

April 19, 2011 4:42 am

PENNSAUKEN, N.J. (AP) — J & J Snack Foods Corp. says it will acquire several frozen food lines from ConAgra Foods for an undisclosed sum. The snack foods company said the deal includes brands such as Patio, Hand Fulls, Holly Ridge Bakery, Villa Taliano, Top Picks and private label brands that sell dough-encased frozen goods.

Taco Bell Beef Lawsuit Dropped

April 19, 2011 4:39 am

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — A law firm said Monday it has withdrawn its class-action lawsuit that sought to force Taco Bell to stop calling the meat it serves "beef." The lawsuit, filed in January in federal court in California, alleged that what Taco Bell calls "seasoned beef" is a meat mixture that has binders and extenders and does not meet federal requirements to be labeled beef.

Photo Of The Day: Dogs Rescued From China's Food Supply

April 19, 2011 4:34 am

(AP) — In this photo taken Saturday, April 16, 2011 and released by Capital Animals Welfare Association, dogs rescued by animal lovers are released from their truck at a shelter in Beijing, China. Chinese animal lovers mobilized by online calls for help blockaded a truck of hundreds of dogs being shipped off for food in a rare, permitted display of social action amid a broad crackdown on most kinds of activism.

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Archer Farms Turmeric Recalled For Lead

April 18, 2011 4:56 am

(FDA) — B&M, Inc. of Mount Vernon, Missouri is voluntarily recalling Archer Farms Ground Turmeric sold at Target stores in glass bottles with a net weight of 2.6 oz. (74g), due to elevated levels of lead. Lead can accumulate in the body over time. Too much can cause health problems, including delayed mental and physical development and learning deficiencies.

La. Oyster Industry: BP Owes $15M In Recovery Funds

April 18, 2011 4:54 am

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana oyster industry leaders say BP PLC has yet to honor a $15 million commitment to help oyster farmers, processors and dealers recover from last year's oil spill. Members of a state oyster task force joined state officials in New Orleans Friday to discuss the spill, which began after the BP leased rig Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20, 2011, killing 11 workers.

Half Of Supermarket Meat May Be Tainted With Staph

April 18, 2011 4:49 am

ATLANTA (AP) — Half the meat and poultry sold in the supermarket may be tainted with the staph germ, a new report suggests. The new estimate is based on just 136 samples of beef, chicken, pork and turkey purchased from grocery stores in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Flagstaff, Ariz.

Judge Considers $30M Dairy Antitrust Settlement

April 18, 2011 4:46 am

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A federal judge in Vermont is considering moving forward with a partial settlement of an anti-trust lawsuit in which national dairy processor Dean Foods would pay some northeast dairy farmers $30 million. But U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss said Friday she may defer a decision on part of the settlement that would require Dean Foods of Dallas to change its milk-buying practices in the region for 30 months by buying milk from independent farmers, a controversial provision that the plaintiffs say would jump start competition but a national dairy cooperative says would harm some farmers.

Nestle Expands In China

April 18, 2011 4:43 am

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss food and beverage giant Nestle SA is expanding its reach in China by acquiring a controlling stake in Yinlu Foods Group for an undisclosed amount. The Vevey, Switzerland-based company said Monday it is taking a 60-percent stake in the well-known Chinese brand that already is a co-manufacturer for Nescafe instant coffee in China.

Photo Of The Day: An Oily Grave

April 18, 2011 4:38 am

(AP) — In this March 29, 2011 photo, Melvin Barnes, owner of Cuz's Seafood Restaurant and Market in Bay St. Louis, Miss., walks into his seafood market downstairs from the closed restaurant. The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill closed waters that supplied much of the catch sold in the market.

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Kansas State To Have Food Safety Research Center

April 15, 2011 4:51 am

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Even preschoolers at Plaza Del Ninos, a Head Start program at Penn Valley Community College, have learned that eating more fruits and vegetables is good for them. But are the apples the food service director buys from a local farmer grown with approved fertilizers and herbicides? Or properly cooled after picking? Or chopped on a cutting board used for fruits and vegetables only, and not raw chicken? A push to get fresh, locally grown foods into school lunch programs is progress for a nation in desperate need of better nutrition, but federal officials insist that when you're feeding 31 million children a day through the National School Lunch Program, you really can't be too careful.

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