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CDC: 19 Sickened By Tainted Ground Beef

January 6, 2012 6:55 am

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A total of 19 people from seven states have become sick from salmonella linked to ground beef sold by Hannaford supermarket. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday most of the victims indicated they bought the beef between Oct. 12 and Dec. 10.

Consumer Trends: The Dining Habits Of Teens

January 6, 2012 6:32 am

CHICAGO, Ill. (PRNewswire) — Tweens and teens influence the decision making of their friends and families, playing a large role in their dining choices. Fifty-eight percent of teens and 54 percent of tweens report that their family decides together which full-service restaurant to visit.

Consumer Trends: Best Diets For 2012

January 6, 2012 6:29 am

WASHINGTON (PRNewswire) — It's a new year, and many Americans are dieting with new resolve. To help them, U.S. News & World Report has released its second annual Best Diets rankings. The centerpiece of Best Diets 2012 is U.S. News's first-ever ranking of Easiest Diets to Follow .

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Sara Lee Taps Campbell's Exec For Key Role

January 6, 2012 4:07 am

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Sara Lee Corp. is naming a Campbell Soup Co. executive to head up its North American retail and food service business, which is being split from the food maker's international coffee and tea business. Sara Lee announced on Friday that Sean Connolly will serve as CEO of MeatCo, which is what the North American business will be called once it's separated from the beverages business.

Kona Farmers Want More Labeling Details

January 6, 2012 4:04 am

HONOLULU (AP) — Kona coffee growers want Hawaii's labeling law modified to provide more details on packages of coffee blends that contain Hawaii-grown beans. Currently, coffee blends sold in the state that contain Hawaii-grown coffee must disclose what percentage is grown in the islands, and it must be at least 10 percent.

Cargill To Upgrade One Plant, Close Another In Iowa

January 6, 2012 4:02 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Cargill Inc. says it will invest $20 million to modernize its soybean crushing plant in Cedar Rapids and close a similar plant in Des Moines to optimize its operations in Iowa amid an overcapacity in soymeal production. The Minneapolis-based company says Thursday that 22 jobs will be eliminated when its Des Moines plant closes Feb.

Constellation Brands 3Q Profit Falls On Weak Sales

January 6, 2012 3:57 am

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Constellation Brands Inc. said Thursday its third-quarter profit slumped 25 percent on weaker wine and beer sales in North America, price hikes that hurt sales of two popular wine brands and stepped-up promotional costs. The results narrowly missed Wall Street estimates.

Two Dead In Beef Plant Murder-Suicide

January 6, 2012 3:54 am

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — An employee opened fire outside a northeastern Georgia food processing plant Thursday, fatally shooting his wife before killing himself, authorities said. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office did not immediately say what prompted the slaying and suicide at FPL Food in Augusta, Ga.

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Photo Of The Day: Parasitic Fly Plagues Bees

January 6, 2012 3:48 am

(AP) — In this photo provided by San Francisco State University, the larvae of an Apocephalus borealis fly emerges from the dead body of a host honey bee. The A. borealis fly is suspected of contributing to the decrease in the honey bee population. Researchers say the fly deposits its eggs in the abdomen of honey bees and as the larvae grow within the body of the bee, the bee begins to lose control of its ability to think and walk, flying blindly toward light.

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Tyson Expands Tortilla Plant, Adds 60 Jobs

January 5, 2012 7:17 am

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Tyson Foods Inc. is nearing completion of a $7 million expansion of its Mexican Original tortilla plant in Fayetteville and plans to hire an additional 60 workers. The Springdale-based company said Thursday that the hiring is to begin in January. The plant already has 500 workers.

Kraft, SodaStream Partner To Create Diet Drinks

January 5, 2012 7:14 am

NORTHFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Kraft and SodaStream are teaming up to deliver carbonated summer and diet drinks, the companies said Thursday. The food company will produce a version of its Country Time lemonade, as well as Crystal Light, the powdered-diet drink, for the for the soda system maker.

Mo. Company Ordered To Stop Processing Meat

January 5, 2012 7:11 am

JEFFESON CITY, Mo. (AP) — State agriculture officials have ordered a western Missouri meat company to stop processing meat. The Agriculture Department says inspectors found records indicating Alma Meats sold meat that was improperly handled and not inspected. State officials say 320 pounds of meat has been recalled, including summer sausage, snack sticks, beef jerky and roast pork.

Sale Of 'M.A.S.H.' Diner Falls Through

January 5, 2012 7:09 am

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The sale of an Ohio hot dog diner made famous on TV's "M-A-S-H" has fallen through, with the potential buyer saying he will not complete the $5.5 million deal because of bank-required changes. The news surfaced on Tuesday, the same day that two officials with Tony Packo's Inc.

Scientists Say Parasitic Fly Could Explain Bee Die-Off

January 5, 2012 7:06 am

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Northern California scientists say they have found a possible explanation for a honey bee die-off that has decimated hives around the world: A parasitic fly that hijacks the bees' bodies and causes them to abandon hives. Scientists say the fly deposits its eggs into the bee's abdomen, causing the infected bee to exhibit zombie-like behavior by walking around in circles with no apparent sense of direction.

Budvar Beer Exports Reach Record High In 2011

January 5, 2012 4:07 am

PRAGUE (AP) — State-owned Czech brewery Budvar, which has been fighting a long legal battle with American brewer Anheuser-Busch over the use of the "Budweiser" brand, says its 2011 exports rose by 7.8 percent to reach a record high. Budejovicky Budvar NP says it exported more than 650,000 hectoliters (17.

Record-Setting Tuna Sells For $736K

January 5, 2012 4:04 am

TOKYO (AP) — This tuna is worth savoring: It cost nearly three-quarters of a million dollars. A bluefin tuna caught off northeastern Japan fetched a record 56.49 million yen, or about $736,000, Thursday in the first auction of the year at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market. The price for the 593-pound (269-kilogram) tuna beat last year's record of 32.

Le-Nature's Executive Gets 15 Years In Prison

January 5, 2012 3:59 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) — An accounting-director-turned-government witness was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for faking the financial records of the defunct Pennsylvania soft drink maker Le-Nature's, and the only executive to maintain her innocence in the $800 million fraud scheme was given a 15-year term.

Equipment Leasing To Grow In 2012

January 5, 2012 3:53 am | by Key findings include:

Washington, D.C. (Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation) —The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation (the Foundation) has launched its 2012 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook.  The new report, which is focused on the $628 billion equipment finance sector, forecasts equipment investment and capital spending in the United States, and evaluates the effects on various related and exogenous factors in play currently and into the foreseeable future.

FDA Limits Some Antibiotics In Livestock

January 5, 2012 3:44 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday ordered farmers to limit the use of a type of antibiotics they give livestock because it could make people more resistant to a key antibiotic that can save lives, encouraging news for public health advocates who say such animal antibiotics are overused.

Photo Of The Day: $736K Tuna

January 5, 2012 3:41 am

(AP) — Kiyoshi Kimura, president of Kiyomura Co., left, cuts a bluefin tuna in front of his Sushi Zanmai restaurant near Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. The bluefin tuna caught off northeastern Japan fetched a record 56.49 million yen, or about $736,000, in the first auction of the year at the fish market.

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