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AFA Foods Files For Bankruptcy, Blames 'Pink Slime' Scare

April 2, 2012 1:50 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Ground beef processor AFA Foods said Monday that it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and selling its assets after the public outcry over the beef filler known as "pink slime" derailed its efforts to save its already struggling business.

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Burger King Crowns New Menu

April 2, 2012 1:04 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

After years of lackluster sales of its Whoppers and fries, the struggling fast-food giant on Monday launched 10 food items in its biggest menu expansion since the chain was started in 1954.

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Citrus Disease Detected In California

April 2, 2012 1:00 pm | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

A citrus disease that has killed millions of citrus trees and cost growers billions of dollars across Florida and Brazil has been detected in California, despite the industry's best efforts to keep it at bay.

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New England Herring May Be At Risk From Trawlers

April 2, 2012 12:55 pm | by JAY LINDSAY,Associated Press

New England's historic fishing industry doesn't spare much of its romance for the herring. The tiny fish is, at most, a foot long. The price per pound often won't even buy 12 minutes at a Boston parking meter. Some people eat it pickled, but herring is mainly caught to become bait for more popular seafood, such as lobster.

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Locals Thrown Support Behind BPI

April 2, 2012 12:52 pm

Several thousand people attended a picnic in Sioux City on Saturday to support Beef Products Inc. and dine on hamburgers made with its beef. In addition to that gathering — which was near the company's headquarters in Dakota Dunes, S.D. — several hundred people gathered near BPI's Kansas plant, which suspended production last week.

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Workers Sickened By Carbon Dioxide Leak At Food Plant

April 2, 2012 12:49 pm

One worker was in serious condition Friday while 90 others exposed to a carbon dioxide leak at a Northern California food processing plant have recovered, hospital officials said. Workers at Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods in Vallejo began having difficulty breathing and some started vomiting due to what firefighters described as a gas leak in a kitchen fed by an external carbon dioxide tank.

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Consumer Trends: Restaurants Show Growth In Soup And Salad Options

April 2, 2012 12:42 pm

Away-from-home soup and salad purchases are on the rise, as consumers seek light, healthy and affordable fare.  A variety of portion sizes featuring soup/salad options on different areas of the menu allows consumers to tailor their meal specifically to their needs.

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S.D. Residents Worried About Proposed Hog Facility

April 2, 2012 10:07 am

Some residents of southwest Davison County are worried about a large hog production facility that has been proposed in the area.

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Wendy's Runs Anti-'Pink Slime' Ads

April 2, 2012 10:04 am

The Wendy's Co. ran full-page advertisements in eight major newspapers across the country Friday, reassuring customers that it has never used the beef filler known as "pink slime" and never will.

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Spinach Could Be Weapon Against Citrus Disease

April 2, 2012 10:02 am | by CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN,Associated Press

In a lab not far from the Mexican border, the fight against a disease ravaging the worldwide citrus industry has found an unexpected weapon: spinach.

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Corn Supplies Fall, Prices To Remain High

April 2, 2012 9:59 am

New government data released Friday showed a drop in the amount of corn in storage and raised concerns that supplies will remain tight and prices high in the near term. Corn futures surged about 6.6 percent. The report — and the possible impact on food prices — overshadowed a projection by the government that corn growers will plant the largest crop in 75 years.

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FDA Rejects Call To Ban BPA

April 2, 2012 9:56 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE,AP Health Writer

The Food and Drug Administration has rejected a petition from environmentalists that would have banned the plastic-hardening chemical bisphenol-A from all food and drink packaging, including plastic bottles and canned food.

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Photo Of The Day: Spinach Genes May Save Citrus Trees

April 2, 2012 9:53 am

Plant pathologist Erik Mirkov holds an early citrus rootstock called C22 that is enhanced with the genes from spinach. Testing has shown the genetically enhanced citrus trees are immune to citrus greening, a disease that has ravaged the industry.

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Recalled Salsa May Be Tainted With Salmonella

March 30, 2012 1:11 pm

State agricultural officials are warning consumers about a salsa recall in West Virginia and 10 other states due to possible salmonella contamination.

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Farmers Check For Damage From Cold Snap

March 30, 2012 1:09 pm | by GEORGE M. WALSH,Associated Press

Fruit plants budding and blooming weeks earlier than usual were damaged by frigid temperatures this week, but farmers in the Great Lakes and Northeast say they're still assessing the toll and some crop loss won't be apparent until mid-summer.

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Idaho Lawmakers Pass Felony Animal Cruelty Law

March 30, 2012 1:05 pm | by ALEX MORRELL,Associated Press

The bill comes partly in response to instances where some animal owners facing financial difficulties failed to feed or properly care for livestock, including a high-profile case in 2011 involving dozens of starved and neglected sheep, goats, pigs, llamas and horses.

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New Wine Fermenters Have Vintners Thinking Sunny Side Up

March 30, 2012 1:02 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE,For The Associated Press

Do you like eggs with wine? How about wine IN eggs? Sounds a bit dicey, but it's been happening more lately as winemakers embrace concrete egg-shaped fermenters as a way to add unique flavors to their wines.

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Whole Foods To Drop Unsustainable Seafood

March 30, 2012 12:53 pm | by MICHAEL HILL,Associated Press

Whole Foods Market said Friday that it will stop selling fish caught from depleted waters or through ecologically damaging methods, a move that comes as supermarkets nationwide try to make their seafood selections more sustainable.

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Consumer Trends: Chinese Consumers Embrace Healthier Drinks

March 30, 2012 12:41 pm

Mintel finds that while consumers in China are ready to switch to healthier alternatives of carbonated soft drinks, brands have yet to offer the product options to fulfill this demand. This is despite seven out of ten consumers (72%) trying to avoid drinks with artificial ingredients and 75% wanting to buy drinks with natural ingredients, highlighting an unmet need which could be satisfied by manufacturers.

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Raw Milk Quarantine Lifted At Calif. Dairy

March 30, 2012 10:09 am

A statewide quarantine on raw milk products from a Northern California dairy is over, though state health officials are still investigating. The California Department of Food and Agriculture on Thursday lifted the ban on products from Claravale Farm of San Benito County, one of two raw milk dairies in the state.

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