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Chinese Police Detain Suspect In Tainted Milk Case

April 11, 2011 4:22 am

BEIJING (AP) — Investigators have found that a tainted milk incident in northwest China that killed three children appears to be a case of intentional poisoning and have detained a suspect, state media said Monday. Investigators found that nitrite, an industrial salt that can be deadly, was added to fresh milk from two dairies last week in northwest China's Gansu province in order to harm people, the China Daily newspaper reported.

2nd Salmonella Death Linked To RI Bakery

April 11, 2011 4:21 am

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A second man has died after a salmonella outbreak that has sickened dozens of people and may be linked to a Rhode Island bakery. The Rhode Island Department of Health says the unidentified man died Thursday after being hospitalized and testing positive for salmonella.

Farm Subsidies Face $30B Hit Under GOP Budget Plan

April 11, 2011 4:21 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Republican head of the House Budget Committee has proposed cutting agriculture subsidies by $30 billion over the next 10 years as part of a broad effort to slash federal spending, but it remains to be seen whether his ideas will be incorporated in legislation that sets funding for agriculture programs.

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EU Cuts Allowable Radioactivity In Japanese Food

April 11, 2011 4:20 am

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is lowering the maximum acceptable levels of certain radioactive elements in food and animal feed imported from some areas of Japan to conform with temporary levels imposed in that country. The European Commission said all checks so far by member countries "demonstrate negligible levels of radioactivity," significantly below existing standards.

Photo Of The Day: Cuba Is Open For (Pizza) Business

April 11, 2011 4:19 am

(AP) — In this photo taken April 1, 2011, Julio Cesar Hidalgo takes a break after preparing pizza at his newly opened Baldoquin's Cafeteria, run out of his home, in Havana, Cuba. Hidalgo, a former state employee, and his girlfriend Giselle de la Noval opened Baldoquin's Cafeteria on March 8, 2011.

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Smithfield Foods May Buy European Meat Company

April 8, 2011 4:51 am

SMITHFIELD, Va. (AP) — Smithfield Foods Inc. is in talks to buy a controlling interest of the European packaged meats company Campofrio Food Group SA for 9.5 euros ($13.62) per share. Smithfield, a pork processor and hog producer, and Campofrio Chairman Pedro Ballve are considering takeover bid for an approximately 50 percent stake of Campofrio.

Texas Company Sued For Abuse Of Iowa Poultry Workers

April 8, 2011 4:49 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Texas company is accused of severely abusing and discriminating against 31 mentally disabled men who worked at an Iowa turkey processor, in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC field the lawsuit against Hill Country Farms, a Goldthwaite, Texas-based company that also did business as Henry's Turkey Service.

Slaughterhouse Workers Sue For Unpaid Wages

April 8, 2011 4:46 am

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Workers at a Kansas slaughterhouse are seeking unpaid wages and overtime from Creekstone Farms Premium Beef in a federal lawsuit that seeks class-action status on behalf of the 700 employees at the firm's Arkansas City plant. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S.

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Egg Producer To Pay $625,000 In Pollution Settlement

April 8, 2011 4:43 am

MARSEILLES, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's biggest egg producer has agreed to pay a $625,000 fine to settle dozens of pollution and permit complaints dating back to 2003. Ohio Fresh Eggs also will make environmental improvements over the next two years at its farms in central Ohio. The settlement announced Thursday by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine still needs final approval by the state.

Nitrite-Laced Milk Suspected Of Killing 3 Chinese Children

April 8, 2011 4:41 am

BEIJING (AP) — Official media say three children have died from nitrite poisoning after drinking milk from two dairies in northwestern China. Thirty-five others, mostly children, were sickened and are being treated. The website of Pingliang News, a city government newspaper in Gansu province, said Friday one of the patients is in critical condition.

Photo Of The Day: Smuggling Lizard Meat

April 8, 2011 4:36 am

(AP) — A Thai customs official displays one of 1,800 seized Bengal monitor lizards smuggled on pickup trucks to the capital from south of Thailand during a press conference at the customs headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, April 8, 2011. Customs Department chief suspects the lizards were destined to be eaten.

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Worker Amputation Leads To Safety Citations At Meat Plant

April 7, 2011 4:55 am

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — Federal authorities are citing a Fremont meat processor, saying its violations of safety procedures led to a worker's injury. A news release Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the department is proposing a $45,500 fine against Fremont Beef Co.

Baker Busted For Nazi Cakes

April 7, 2011 4:52 am

VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian pastry shop owner says he's sorry about baking cakes with Nazi themes. Manfred Klaschka came under fire Tuesday when a Holocaust awareness group, the Mauthausen Committee, urged authorities to prosecute him for producing tortes adorned with swastikas and other Nazi-era symbols.

Colin Powell To Keynote PACK EXPO Leadership Lecture

April 6, 2011 4:51 am

ARLINGTON, Va. — PMMI, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO family of trade shows, announces today that former Secretary of State and retired General Colin L. Powell will be the keynote speaker at the PACK EXPO Leadership Lecture during PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011.  The event will take place on Tuesday, Sept.

USDA: Holding Meat For Testing Could Prevent Recalls

April 6, 2011 4:49 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is aiming to prevent meat recalls by withholding meat and poultry products from grocery store shelves until government testing is complete. The Agriculture Department proposed rules Tuesday that would force companies to delay shipments to consumers until government inspectors have released tests on the meat.

Brewers Duel Over 'Elf' Beers

April 6, 2011 4:43 am

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania brewery is hopping mad over the name given to another brewer's elfish ale. Harrisburg's Troegs Brewing Company wants Fegley's Brew Works in Bethlehem to stop selling a beer with a name similar to Troegs' Mad Elf Ale. The brewer wants the U.

Radiation Scare Hits Japan's Fish Industry

April 6, 2011 4:40 am

TOKYO (AP) — Fishermen who lost their homes and boats in Japan's tsunami now fear radioactive water that had been gushing into the Pacific Ocean from a crippled nuclear plant could cost them their livelihoods. The contaminated water raised concerns about the safety of seafood in the country that gave the world sushi, prompting the government to set limits for the first time on the amount of radiation permitted in fish.

Indiana Approves $10M Pet Food Plant

April 6, 2011 4:35 am

UNION CITY, Ind. (AP) — An eastern Indiana county has approved the construction of a dog food additive plant after a similar facility passed their smell test. Randolph County commissioners voted unanimously Monday to rezone 20 acres near Union City so Nebraska-based Naturally Recycled Proteins can move forward with plans to build a $10 million plant at the site about 75 miles east of Indianapolis.

Photo Of The Day: Pringles Cashes In Its Chips

April 6, 2011 4:31 am

(AP) — Pringles chips are displayed in a posed photo at a West Bath grocery store on Tuesday, April 5, 2011. Diamond Foods Inc. is buying Procter & Gamble Co.'s Pringles chips business in a $1.5 billion deal, the biggest in a string that have given the maker of Pop Secret popcorn and Kettle chips a steadily growing share of the snack aisle.

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Popcorn Worker Survives Rebar Impaling

April 5, 2011 4:57 am

FOREST CITY, Ill. (AP) — A 25-year-old male employee of a central Illinois popcorn plant is in fair condition after being impaled on some rebar. Douglas Herrman of the Forman Fire Protection District says the man "fell from a height" and was impaled at about 9 a.m. Friday.

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