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Taco Bell Denies Salmonella Claims

April 6, 2012 12:47 pm

A lawsuit filed by an Oklahoma woman who claimed she contracted salmonella after eating at Taco Bell has been transferred to federal court. In a court filing, Taco Bell denied it was liable for Smith's illness.

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Israeli Chefs Prepare For Passover

April 6, 2012 12:45 pm | by DANIELLA CHESLOW,Associated Press

Passover rules are so elaborate that chefs who want to observe the ritual law must prepare weeks before, removing every last crumb, buying up new sets of kitchen utensils and planning menus without bread or wheat flour.

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Mississippi Near Deal In Suit Over Failed Beef Plant

April 6, 2012 12:41 pm | by JEFF AMY,Associated Press

Mississippi could soon settle its 2007 civil lawsuit against the firms that built the financially disastrous beef plant in the Yalobusha County town of Oakland.

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Researchers: Banned Antibiotics Still In Poultry Feed

April 6, 2012 12:40 pm

In a joint study, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Arizona State University found evidence suggesting that a class of antibiotics previously banned by the U.S. government for poultry production is still in use.

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Consumer Trends: Top 10 Functional Food Trends

April 6, 2012 12:37 pm

The Top 10 Functional Food Trends of 2012 point to more consumers favor getting their vitamins and minerals from the foods they eat and beverages they drink instead of supplements, according to research presented Wednesday at the Institute of Food Technologists' Wellness 12 meeting.

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Md. Senate Approves Bill Banning Arsenic In Chicken Feed

April 6, 2012 10:13 am | by SARAH BREITENBACH,Associated Press

Maryland's Senate signed off on a bill to ban a chicken feed additive containing arsenic.

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Green Tea May Muddle Drug Testing Results

April 6, 2012 10:11 am | by MARIA CHENG,AP Medical Writer

Olympic doping officials are considering whether to tweak their tests after a recent British study showed green tea might hide testosterone from the standard test used to spot it.

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Craft Brewing Volume Hops 13 Percent

April 6, 2012 10:09 am

“While the overall beer market experienced a 1.32 percent volume decrease in 2011, craft brewing saw significant growth, surpassing five percent total market volume share for the first time,” said Paul Gatza, director, Brewers Association.

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Odwalla Recalls Chocolate Drinks

April 6, 2012 10:07 am

Odwalla Inc. says it is voluntarily recalling its Odwalla Chocolate Protein Monster beverage because four customers who have peanut allergies experienced severe allergic reactions after drinking it.

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Research Unveils Foods Vulnerable To Fraud

April 6, 2012 10:05 am

In new research published in the April Journal of Food Science, analyses of the first known public database compiling reports on food fraud and economically motivated adulteration in food highlight the most fraud-prone ingredients in the food supply; analytical detection methods; and the type of fraud reported. Based on a review of records from scholarly journals, the top seven adulterated ingredients in the database are olive oil, milk, honey, saffron, orange juice, coffee, and apple juice.

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Photo Of The Day: Craft Suds Surge

April 6, 2012 10:00 am

In 2011, craft brewers represented 5.68 percent of volume of the U.S. beer market, up from 4.97 in 2010, with production reaching 11,468,152 barrels. Additionally, the BA estimates the actual dollar sales figure from craft brewers in 2011 was $8.7 billion, up from $7.6 billion in 2010. Increased retails sales represented 9.1 percent of the $95.5 billion dollar U.S. beer market3.

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Coca-Cola Severs Ties With Conservative Group

April 5, 2012 1:04 pm | by SUZANNE GAMBOA,Associated Press

Coca-Cola Co. has ended its membership in a conservative organization seen as the incubator for a string of new state laws on voting and a marketer of laws like Florida's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense statute.

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Judge: Kids Can Get Toys With Happy Meals

April 5, 2012 1:03 pm

A San Francisco judge has dismissed a proposed class-action lawsuit that sought to stop McDonald's Corp. from using toys to market its meals to children in the Golden State. The suit had been filed in late 2010 by Monet Parham, a California mother of two, and The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.

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Utility Uses Food Waste To Create Power

April 5, 2012 1:01 pm

A Northern California utility is using a new turbine and truckloads of chicken blood, food scraps and other waste to produce more electricity that it uses.

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Man Accused Of Illegal Fish, Game Sales

April 5, 2012 12:59 pm | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY,Associated Press

The 55 misdemeanor counts range from buying or selling game fish to taking, buying, transporting and selling commercial fish without the required licenses.

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Pilgrims: Stove Top Is Only For Thanksgiving

April 5, 2012 12:57 pm

Stove Top Stuffing is strictly for Thanksgiving. At least that's what the Pilgrims would have you believe. In an ad campaign that launches Monday, Kraft Foods Inc. will use humor to try and boost sales of the 40-year-old brand by marketing the holiday dish as a yearlong staple.

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Consumer Trends: MLB Ballparks To Serve 20.5M Hot Dogs This Season

April 5, 2012 12:55 pm

In an election year where nothing seems certain, Americans are frank about their top concession at the ballpark as the hot dog remains the favorite food for fans from Fenway to San Francisco Bay.

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Burger King To Go Public Again

April 5, 2012 9:58 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The world's No. 2 hamburger chain, which is in the midst of overhauling its menu and stores, says it expects to relist its shares on the New York Stock Exchange within the next three months.

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The World Celebrates Easter With Chocolate

April 5, 2012 9:56 am

“There is something to make everyone smile, from a traditional Christian chocolate cross and royalty-themed chocolate ducks to real egg shells filled with praline, decorate your own eggs and a cocktail egg from Brazil,” says Cesar Pereira, Global Director of Product Launch Analytics at Datamonitor.

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More Young Farmers Needed To Provide Adequate Food Supply

April 5, 2012 9:54 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN,Associated Press

 U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan says the country’s farmers are getting older, and there are fewer people standing in line to take their place. 

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