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USDA Says No To Potatoes

September 26, 2011 5:09 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Sen. Susan Collins, who hails from Maine's potato country and picked potatoes as a girl, is working to restore some respect for the humble spud, which is on the verge of being virtually banished from the nation's school lunch programs. New guidelines from the U.

Pepperidge Farm Recalls Sesame Sticks For Embedded Wire

September 26, 2011 5:06 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — Pepperidge Farm Inc. is recalling 261,000 packages of its Baked Naturals Sesame Sticks due to the possible presence of small, thin pieces of wire, the snack maker said Friday. Four consumers reported minor scrapes in and around the mouth from trying to eat the product.

Photo Of The Day: Potatoes Get Chopped

September 26, 2011 4:33 am

(AP) — In this Sept. 14, 2011 photo, Peter McDaniel eats some fries during lunch at Gardiner High School in Gardiner, Maine. New guidelines proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture would eliminate potatoes altogether from school breakfasts and drastically reduce the amount of potatoes served in lunches.

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EU Court: Two Bud Beers Can Coexist

September 23, 2011 4:58 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — "There's only one Budweiser beer," according to the Anheuser-Busch advertising jingle. But that's not the case in Britain, as an EU court ruled Thursday that Anheuser-Busch and the Czech brewer Budvar can both continue to use the Budweiser trademark. British beer drinkers are well used to there being two Buds.

Coca-Cola To Lower Mini Can Prices

September 23, 2011 4:55 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola Co. said Thursday that it will lower the recommended price for a pack of mini soda cans, touting the move as a way to help customers with portion control. But the company is also trying to lure budget-conscious customers wary of spending on non-necessities like soda.

NM School District Food Storage Infested With Rodents

September 23, 2011 4:53 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico school district's food warehouse is infested with rodent droppings, food hazards and improperly placed rat poison, and district officials refused to discard the food in question, according to a memo from a state inspector. In the document written after a Sept.

Tyson Plant Temporarily Suspended By USDA

September 23, 2011 4:50 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

September 23, 2011 WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Slaughtering operations have resumed at a Tyson Foods plant in Waterloo after being temporarily suspended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The suspension was reported by KWWL-TV in Waterloo on Thursday. Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson says production in the slaughter part of the plant was temporarily suspended for a few hours due to "USDA concerns over a procedural matter.

Yum Sells Long John Silver's And A&W

September 23, 2011 4:46 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The operator of the Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut fast-food chains said Thursday that it has found buyers for its Long John Silver's and A&W Restaurant chains. Yum Brands Inc., based in Louisville, put the brands up for sale in January, saying the move will help it focus on international business, where it has seen dramatic growth.

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Photo Of The Day: Paraguay Cattle Devastated By Hoof-And-Mouth

September 23, 2011 4:26 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(AP) — In this photo released by Paraguay's National Animal Health Office, SENASCA, workers and soldiers bury cattle that were killed after some tested positive for foot and mouth disease on the Santa Helena farm some of 350 kilometers north of Asuncion, Paraguay, Thursday Sept. 22, 2011.

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General Mills 1Q Income Falls

September 22, 2011 4:58 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

NEW YORK (AP) — General Mills Inc.'s fiscal first-quarter net income fell 14 percent as one of the nation's biggest food companies continued to deal with high ingredient and energy costs. But adjusted results beat Wall Street's expectations as revenue climbed on increased prices, solid consumer demand and new products.

Chinese Reporter Killed Over Gutter Oil?

September 22, 2011 4:55 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese police have rejected speculation that a journalist was murdered because of his reporting, saying Wednesday that he was killed while being robbed. Internet users and some news reports had suggested that Sunday night's attack in which television reporter Li Xiang was stabbed at least 10 times was linked to an ongoing scandal involving recycled food oil.

Pa. Wine Vending Machine Experiment Ends

September 22, 2011 4:48 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board's one-year experiment with wine vending machines at grocery stores is over, at least for now, because of a financial dispute with the contractor, agency officials said Tuesday. Monday was the last day to resolve the dispute with contractor Simple Brands LLC and keep the machines operating, and liquor board CEO Joe Conti said he could not foresee the program being revived.

Death Toll In Cantaloupe Outbreak Rises To 8

September 22, 2011 4:45 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The death toll has risen to eight in an outbreak of listeria traced to Colorado-grown cantaloupes, officials said Wednesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that a person in Maryland died from eating the tainted produce. Four deaths have been reported in New Mexico and two in Colorado, and one person has died in Oklahoma.

Foster's Backs $10.1 Billion Takeover Bid

September 22, 2011 4:43 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

SYDNEY (AP) — London-based SABMiller's $10.1 billion takeover of brewer Foster's Group creates an opportunity for Australian beers to gain greater global acceptance, Foster's chief executive John Pollaers said Thursday. SABMiller said Wednesday that it had won the support of the Foster's board for the takeover after increasing its offer.

Photo Of The Day: From Menace To Meal

September 22, 2011 4:24 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(AP) — In this Jan. 12, 2010 file photo, Asian bighead carp swim in an exhibit at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. Illinois officials say the solution to two major problems — the Asian carp's threatening of the Great Lakes and record numbers of people facing hunger — could be simple.

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Wis. Ban On Margarine Targeted For Repeal

September 21, 2011 4:55 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A quirky Wisconsin law intended to protect the state's dairy industry by making it illegal for restaurants to serve margarine as a replacement for butter is being targeted for repeal. The 44-year-old law that's little known to most diners is celebrated by some as a colorful part of the Dairy State's past, even inspiring the state Historical Society to sell T-shirts reprinting the language of the law on a yellowish, buttered-colored background.

OSHA Cites Wis. Brewer For Safety Violations

September 21, 2011 4:53 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A federal workplace-safety agency has cited City Brewing Co. for 16 serious safety violations at its La Crosse brewery. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the violations include failure to comply with certain safety standards, resulting in workers being exposed to ammonia during the maintenance of pipe lines.

Tyson To Pay $2.25M In Sex Discrimination Settlement

September 21, 2011 4:50 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor announced that Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. has agreed to pay more than $2 million to settle sex discrimination cases at four Midwest plants. The Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based company has agreed to enter into two consent decrees to pay $2.

Bachmann Says Food Industry Overregulated

September 21, 2011 4:48 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A week after the Agriculture Department announced wider testing for potentially deadly E. coli in meat, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said Tuesday that regulations were overburdening food producers. Bachmann visited a 140-year-old, family-run meatpacking plant in Des Moines and took a turn at cutting ribeye steaks in a chilly meat locker as she pushed back against regulations for food makers and other businesses.

China Defends Chicken Tariffs After U.S. Complaint

September 21, 2011 4:45 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

BEIJING (AP) — China said Wednesday that tariffs it imposed on imports of U.S. chicken last year are legal, after the United States filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization saying Beijing violated international trade rules. The Commerce Ministry said on its website that China "believes the anti-dumping and countervailing measures it has taken on chicken products originating in the United States are in accordance with the law and conform to WTO rules.

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