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Alberta To Nestle: Our Water Is Not For Sale

May 12, 2011 4:42 am

EDMONTON — Alberta's environment minister says he doesn't remember having talks with food conglomerate Nestle about setting up a water exchange. "Alberta's water is not for sale and will not be for sale," Rob Renner told the house during question period Wednesday. "The fact Nestle has talked about being in talks with Alberta — I have no reason to believe is wrong," he added.

A Picture's Worth A Thousand Calories

May 12, 2011 4:39 am

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Smile, schoolchildren. You're on calorie camera. Health officials trying to reduce obesity and improve eating habits at five San Antonio elementary schools unveiled a $2 million research project Wednesday that will photograph students' lunch trays before they sit down to eat and later take a snapshot of the leftovers.

Photo Of The Day: China's Soaring Food Prices

May 12, 2011 4:35 am

(AP) — In this photo taken Wednesday, March 16, 2011, workers load turnips at a wholesale market in Beijing, China. The starkly contrasting fortunes of two Chinese families, one affluent and one low income, offer a glimpse into how soaring food prices are playing out in the developing world.

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Ex-Friend Admits Extorting Campbell Soup Heiress

May 11, 2011 4:58 am

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When the longtime cook, traveling companion and confidante of a billionaire Campbell soup heiress was summarily dismissed, she sent her boss an email titled "When the Soup Boils." Agnes "Aggie" O'Brien threatened to write a tell-all book about Mary Alice Dorrance Malone unless Malone paid her $250,000 a year for life and let her stay on at Malone's rental property.

Dean Foods Income Plummets 41 Percent

May 11, 2011 4:54 am

DALLAS (AP) — The largest U.S. milk producer, Dean Foods Co., said Tuesday that maintaining and raising its prices and expanding to new markets will help it fight falling milk sales and rising costs and meet its brightened earnings forecasts for the rest of the year. Dean Foods, which cut 600 jobs and reduced other costs during the first quarter, said its net income for the period slid 41 percent from a year earlier.

9 Sickened From Contaminated Oysters

May 11, 2011 4:50 am

Fast Facts The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers, restaurant operators, commercial shippers and processors of shellfish not to eat, serve, purchase, sell or ship oysters from Area 1642 in Apalachicola Bay, Fla. because the oysters may be contaminated with toxigenic Vibrio cholerae serogroup O75.

Dept. Of Justice Sues To Undo Tyson Sale

May 11, 2011 4:42 am

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Antitrust regulators have filed a lawsuit to undo the sale of a Tyson Foods Inc. plant in Harrisonburg, Va., saying the deal could hurt competition for farmers in the area. In its civil lawsuit, the U.S. Department of Justice claims the sale would reduce the number of poultry processors around Harrisonburg, giving farmers little choice when it came time to sign contracts to grow chickens.

Mo. Passes Bill To Restrict Hog Farm Lawsuits

May 11, 2011 4:39 am

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Responding to objections from Gov. Jay Nixon, Missouri lawmakers passed a revised bill Tuesday that would restrict the ability of neighboring property owners to bring nuisance lawsuits against large, smelly hog farms. The legislation would limit the amount of money people could win in nuisance lawsuits against livestock and crop producers.

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Photo Of The Day: Tornado Flattens Poultry Operations

May 11, 2011 4:36 am

(AP) — In this photo taken May 9, 2011, Tom Parker ponders his fate as he discusses the loss of his chicken houses in Phil Campbell, Ala.  The tornado, one in a series of storms that killed more than 300 people in seven Southern states, demolished Parker’s six large chicken houses, killed 140,000 two-day old chickens and destroyed the family home.

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Ivory Coast Resumes Cocoa Exports

May 10, 2011 4:46 am

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Port officials said Monday they have loaded Ivory Coast's first shipment of beans in several months as the world's largest cocoa producer resumed exportation now that the democratically elected president finally has taken office. Cocoa exports came to a halt in mid-January when internationally recognized president Alassane Ouattara called for an export ban to starve his rival financially, causing cocoa prices to skyrocket.

Bottled Water Recalled For Contamination

May 10, 2011 4:44 am

(FDA) — Officials at the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) announced today that test results on a sample taken from certain lots of Mountain Pure bottled drinking water show the presence of biological contamination. The company has announced a voluntary recall of lots marked with a four-digit time code.

LA Food Plant Fire Causes $5M In Damage

May 10, 2011 4:41 am

HUNTINGTON PARK, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters knocked down a fire Monday that caused $5 million in damage to a frozen Chinese food plant in Southern California and blackened the sky with a plume of smoke. Five-thousand gallons of soybean cooking oil fed the flames that took 100 firefighters six hours to extinguish at the Windsor Quality Food Co.

Police Investigate Japan Raw-Beef E. Coli Outbreak

May 10, 2011 4:37 am

TOKYO, May 10 (Kyodo) — Police have questioned the president of Tokyo-based meat supplier Yamatoya Shoten as part of their investigation into a recent spate of raw-beef poisoning deaths linked to a "yakiniku" barbecue restaurant chain, investigative sources said Tuesday. Meanwhile, the health ministry said the same day it plans to begin imposing new penalties for food safety violations as early as October in light of the E.

USDA To Open Interstate Shipping For Small Meat Processors

May 10, 2011 4:33 am

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Rick Reams is allowed to sell his popular bratwurst and sausages to customers who live 100 miles to the east of his Hudson store, but not to buyers across the Mississippi River a few miles to the west in Minnesota. That could soon change. Federal regulations currently prevent most small meat processors from shipping their products across state borders.

Photo Of The Day: LA Food Plant Bursts Into Flames

May 10, 2011 4:28 am

(AP) — Los Angeles firefighters fight to extinguish a fire feeding on soybean oil at a frozen food plant that sent flames through the roof and created a cloud of smoke over the Windsor Quality Food, Co. in Huntington Park, Calif Monday May 9, 2011. About 150 firefighters are battling the blaze.

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EPA Ratchets Down Radiation Testing

May 9, 2011 5:25 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has ratcheted down the nation's radiation monitoring program for rain, drinking water and milk in response to a consistent drop in the levels of fallout detected in the wake of the Japanese nuclear crisis. Extremely low amounts of radioactive iodine showed up in milk sampled in California, Colorado, Connecticut and Massachusetts over the last two weeks, but agency officials said Friday the levels were so miniscule they were not harmful to public health.

Mexican Microbrewers Fight For Beer Revolution

May 9, 2011 5:18 am

BY CRISTIAN SALAZAR,Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — The craft brewers plotted their revolution in a bar evoking the era of Prohibition speakeasies. Their goal felt equally subversive: nothing less than the transformation of Mexico's beer-loving culture into one that thirsts not for the mild flavors of Corona or Dos Equis, but for the richness of stouts, the dark body of double malts and the bitterness of India pale ales.

Nutritionists, Parents Split Over Chocolate Milk Ban

May 9, 2011 5:14 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chocolate milk has long been seen as the spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down, but the nation's childhood obesity epidemic has a growing number of people wondering whether that's wise. With schools under increasing pressure to offer healthier food, the staple on children's cafeteria trays has come under attack over the very ingredient that made it so popular — sugar.

Tyson Foods 2Q Earnings Fall Flat

May 9, 2011 5:10 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tyson Foods reported flat second-quarter earnings because higher feed costs offset improving demand and higher meat prices. The company raised prices for chicken, beef and pork, indicating that higher global grain costs are finally working their way to the grocery store meat counter.

Lobster Outlook Affected By High Fuel Costs

May 9, 2011 5:07 am

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — On the heels of last year's record-shattering catch, another bountiful lobster harvest is expected this year in Maine. But the outlook for the upcoming season is being tempered by high fuel costs, high bait costs and a still-fragile economy. Maine fishermen last year caught more than 90 million pounds of lobster, breaking the previous record of 81.

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