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Inmates Become Bakers For NYC Jail System

March 25, 2011 4:08 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Each morning, and again in the afternoon, the blades of three bread-slicing machines are counted carefully. Only then does the bakery let workers go home — to their jail cells on Rikers Island. Twenty inmates of one of the nation's largest jail complexes are part of a team that bakes 36,000 loaves of bread a week to feed the city's entire population behind bars — about 13,000 people.

Feds: Scientists Erred In Oyster Farm Study

March 25, 2011 4:07 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Errors were made but there was no criminal conduct by National Park Service scientists assessing the environmental impact of a disputed oyster farm in Northern California, a federal investigation has found. The Interior Department's Solicitor's Office said the scientists made mistakes that eroded public confidence when studying whether the operation of Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

Vt. AG Seeks To Evaluate Dairy Antitrust Settlement

March 25, 2011 4:06 am

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont attorney general wants to evaluate a proposed settlement between some Northeast dairy farmers and a major national milk processor in a class-action antitrust lawsuit. Dallas-based Dean Foods has agreed to pay $30 million to the dairy farmers and change its milk-buying practices in the region for 30 months to settle the lawsuit.

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ConAgra's 3Q Income Falls On Rising Costs

March 24, 2011 4:52 am

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — ConAgra Foods Inc.'s fiscal third-quarter net income fell 6 percent as the maker of Healthy Choice and Chef Boyardee dealt with rising costs. In December ConAgra said it was raising prices. The company, based in Omaha, Neb., initially benefited from the economic downturn because people ate at home more.

Ammonia Leak Forces Evacuation At Meat Plant

March 24, 2011 4:49 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An anhydrous ammonia leak at a meat-packing plant forced 1,000 employees to evacuate and nearby residents to stay indoors for hours on Wednesday. A faint ammonia odor was detectable a few blocks away from the JBS Swift plant east of downtown Louisville for more than an hour after the leak.

Supreme Court Makes It Easier To Sue Businesses

March 23, 2011 4:38 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court made it easier to haul businesses into court on Tuesday, ruling that investors can sue them for purposefully withholding damaging information about a product and that employees can sue them for retaliation without having to make a written complaint. The court ruled unanimously to let a lawsuit by a group of investors against Matrixx Initiatives Inc.

Catfish Farmers Feud Over Inspections

March 23, 2011 4:35 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. catfish farmers thought they had pulled off a coup when they persuaded Congress a few years ago to require tougher federal inspections for the whiskered fish. It's not that they were clamoring for more oversight; the idea was that the new inspection system would be a roadblock to rival imports from Asia, which U.

General Mills 3Q Income Rises 18 Percent

March 23, 2011 4:31 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — General Mills Inc.'s fiscal third-quarter net income rose 18 percent as it sold more snacks and benefited from strength overseas. The maker of Nature Valley snack bars and Cheerios cereal also maintained its 2011 adjusted earnings and revenue outlooks Wednesday. General Mills earned $392.

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23,000 Pounds Of Bologna Recalled

March 23, 2011 4:29 am

WASHINGTON (USDA)-- Palmyra Bologna Company, Inc., a Palmyra, Penn., establishment, is recalling approximately 23,000 pounds of Lebanon bologna products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

FDA Bans Food Imports From Japan

March 23, 2011 4:25 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it will halt imports of dairy products and produce from the area of Japan where a nuclear reactor is leaking radiation. The FDA said those foods will be detained at entry and will not be sold to the public. The agency previously said it would just step up screening of those foods.

Photo Of The Day: Fish Fight

March 23, 2011 4:06 am

In this Aug. 24, 2009, file a catfish feeds near the surface of a pond at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff's Aquaculture-Fisheries Center in Pine Bluff, Ark. U.S. catfish farmers thought they had pulled off a coup when they persuaded Congress a few years ago to require tougher federal inspections for the whiskered fish.

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Organic Food Plant's Grease Troubles Indiana Town

March 22, 2011 4:40 am

CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind. (AP) — Officials at an eastern Indiana sewer district want an organic food company to stop releasing grease into its wastewater that has been blamed for ruining equipment. Grease used in production at Really Cool Foods' facility has been clogging pumps and ruining sewage equipment at the sewage plant near Cambridge City for two years, said officials of Western Wayne Sewer District Board.

Man Sues Four Loko For Heart Damage

March 22, 2011 4:34 am

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who says he suffered permanent heart damage after drinking the alcohol- and caffeine-laced Four Loko beverage is suing its manufacturer. Tire salesman Michael Mustica of Knowlton Township filed the lawsuit last week against Phusion Projects.

Salmonella Forces Recall Of Serrano Peppers

March 22, 2011 4:30 am

(FDA)-- WorldVariety Produce, Inc. of Los Angeles, Calif. is recalling Serrano Peppers, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella , an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

WHO: Japan Should Ban Food Sales From Nuclear Area

March 22, 2011 4:25 am

GENEVA (AP) — Japan needs to act quickly and ban food sales from areas around the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant if food there has excessive levels of radiation, the World Health Organization said Monday. The International Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed that radiation in some Japanese milk and vegetables was "significantly higher" than levels Japan allows for consumption, and Japanese authorities are expected to decide by Tuesday on a comprehensive plan to limit food shipments from affected areas.

Photo Of The Day: A Loko Lawsuit

March 22, 2011 4:19 am
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Karl Rove To Headline 2011 Dairy Show

March 21, 2011 4:52 am

Washington, D.C. (IDFA)-- The International Dairy Foods Association today announced that Karl Rove, who served as senior advisor and deputy chief of staff to former President George W. Bush, will lead off the International Dairy Show in Atlanta. Known as "the architect" of President Bush's 2000 and 2004 campaigns, Rove has been called a master political strategist.

U.S. Wine Sales Top France

March 21, 2011 4:49 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For the first time ever, overall U.S. wine sales have topped the wine-loving French. It's big news for vintners — on both sides of the Atlantic — but don't break out the "We're No. 1!" foam fingers just yet. In terms of per capita consumption, the French still are well ahead at an average 12.

Food Industry To Eliminate 4B Pounds Of Packaging

March 21, 2011 4:46 am

WASHINGTON (PRNewswire)-- The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today announced the results of survey research indicating that food, beverage and consumer products manufacturers anticipate that they will eliminate four billion pounds of packaging waste nationwide from 2005-2020. More than 1.

Starbucks To Raise Packaged Coffee Prices

March 21, 2011 4:43 am

Starbucks Corp. is raising prices it charges retailers for packaged coffee by up to 12 percent to cope with higher costs for beans. The world's largest coffee chain said that it informed grocery customers Friday of the increase for Starbucks and Seattle's Best Coffee brands. It's up to the grocers and other retailers to decide if they want to pass along that increase to consumers.

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