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United Natural Foods Cuts Profit Outlook

February 27, 2013 9:45 am

Shares of United Natural Foods Inc. fell Tuesday after the distributor of organic and "natural" foods to grocery stores and other customers cut its outlook for the year. The company's net income in the fiscal second quarter rose 3 percent as revenue increased 12 percent.

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First Lady's 'Let's Move' Campaign Gets Reults

February 27, 2013 9:44 am | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE and MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

Millions of schoolchildren are helping themselves to vegetables from salad bars in their lunchrooms, while kids' meals at Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants automatically come with a side of fruit or vegetables and a glass of low-fat milk. The changes put in place by the food industry are in response to the campaign against childhood obesity that Michelle Obama began waging three years ago.

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Phila. School Lunches Lose the Fries in ‘Eatiquette’ Program

February 27, 2013 9:39 am | by KATHY MATHESON,Associated Press

People For People Charter School in Philadelphia is one of four schools participating in the "Eatiquette" program, which was designed by local chef Marc Vetri to provide nutritious, low-cost lunches in a setting that reinforces social niceties and communication skills.

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Suits Accuse Anheuser-Busch of Watering Down Beer

February 27, 2013 9:37 am | by MARYCLAIRE DALE,Associated Press

Beer lovers across the U.S. have accused Anheuser-Busch of watering down its Budweiser, Michelob and other brands, in class-action suits seeking millions in damages. The suits, filed in Pennsylvania, California and other states, claim consumers have been cheated out of the alcohol content stated on labels. Budweiser and Michelob each boast of being 5 percent alcohol, while some "light" versions are said to be just over 4 percent.

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Regulators Crack Down on Cantaloupe Farmers

February 27, 2013 9:33 am | by STEVEN K. PAULSON,Associated Press

Federal regulators and state inspectors have issued warnings to cantaloupe farmers and packers that they will be testing melons for pathogens this year after two years of illness and recalls in the industry. A 2011 listeria outbreak traced to Colorado's Jensen Farms killed 33 people. Another outbreak last year was traced to salmonella at an Indiana cantaloupe packer.

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Photo of the Day: Showing Some 'Eatiquette'

February 27, 2013 9:31 am

Teacher Marisa Szynal passes lunch to a student during lunch at the People for People Charter School, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Philadelphia. A new lunch program called "Eatiquette" aims to provide nutritious, low-cost lunches in a setting that reinforces social niceties and communication skills.

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Horse a Hidden Ingredient in Many European Foods

February 26, 2013 12:09 pm | by SHAWN POGATCHNIK,Associated Press

So hungry you could eat a horse? Chances are, if you've regularly consumed processed-meat products in Europe, you already have. Since Ireland published surprise DNA results on Jan. 15 showing that a third of frozen "beef" burgers in Ireland contained at least a trace of horse, food scientists in more than a dozen countries have found the animal trotting into products where it was never meant to roam.

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Bloomberg: State Should Follow NYC on Soda Size Rule

February 26, 2013 12:07 pm

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has spearheaded a first-of-its-kind crackdown on supersized, sugary drinks — and now he'd like the state to follow the city's example. Starting next month, the city plans to bar restaurants, delis and many other eateries from selling some sugar-laden beverages in more than 16-ounce portions.

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Baby Formula Rule Could Hurt Mead Johnson Sales

February 26, 2013 12:06 pm

Shares of Mead Johnson fell after the maker of infant formula disclosed on Monday that a new regulation in Hong Kong could affect the company's sales there as well as in mainland China. The Glenview, Ill. company said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that Hong Kong's government will begin restricting the flow of formula milk products out of the territory.

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Germany Probes Egg Fraud

February 26, 2013 12:04 pm

Authorities are investigating whether some 150 farms in northern Germany made false claims about the quality of their eggs. Prosecutors in the city of Oldenburg suspect the farms sold the eggs as organic or free-range when in fact they didn't meet strict labeling requirements.

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7 Sickened by E. Coli-Tainted Burgers

February 26, 2013 12:03 pm

A total of seven people have been made ill from E. coli bacteria after eating beef that has been linked to a recall of frozen burgers sold by Canada Safeway Inc. The Public Health Agency of Canada says the confirmed cases include four people in Ontario, two in Alberta and one in Manitoba.

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Consumer Trends: Shoppers Deal with Rising Meat Prices

February 26, 2013 12:00 pm

TheGroceryGame.com has offered insights into the national food crisis and how consumers can combat rising meat costs. While the USDA currently projects a 3-4 percent increase in meat prices for this year; The Grocery Game, which closely monitors prices on a daily basis, has tracked even higher percent changes in the first six weeks of the New Year alone.

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Daily Sound Bite: KFC Vows Improvement in Chinese Operations

February 26, 2013 10:21 am

Amid public outcry over the unsanctioned use of drugs by the fast food giant's Chinese poultry suppliers, KFC has vowed to get serious about supply chain control and food safety in its restaurants in China. Promising better testing and supplier oversight, the company hopes to repair its damaged brand.

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KFC Promises Tighter Quality Control in China

February 26, 2013 9:37 am | by JOE McDONALD,AP Business Writer

KFC launched a campaign Monday to rebuild its battered brand in China, promising tighter quality control after a scandal over misuse of drugs by its poultry suppliers. The company, a unit of Yum Brands Inc., promised to test meat for banned drugs, strengthen oversight of farmers and encourage them to improve their technology.

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Va. Pasta Maker Celebrates 20th Anniversary

February 26, 2013 9:34 am | by REBECCA LAYNE,The Winchester Star

A local pasta manufacturing plant is celebrating its 20th year in Winchester. Every day, the New World Pasta facility, located at 300 Park Center Drive in Frederick County, produces more than 625,000 pounds of spaghetti, macaroni, ziti and lasagna. Annually, the volume reaches 200 million pounds.

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Meatpackers Close with Fewer U.S. Cows

February 26, 2013 9:32 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN,Associated Press

Years of drought are reshaping the U.S. beef industry with feedlots and a major meatpacking plant closing because there are too few cattle left in the United States to support them. Some feedlots in the nation's major cattle-producing states have already been dismantled, and others are sitting empty.

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CEO of Tabasco Sauce Company Dies

February 26, 2013 9:30 am

Paul C.P. McIlhenny, chief executive and chairman of the board of the McIlhenny Co. that makes the trademarked line of Tabasco hot pepper sauces sold the world over, has died. He was 68. The company, based on south Louisiana's Avery Island, said in a statement that McIlhenny had died Saturday.

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South Africa: Donkey and Buffalo Found in ‘Beef’ Products

February 26, 2013 9:28 am

South African food scientists say there is water buffalo, donkey and goat meat in mislabeled South African foods including beef burgers and sausages. A study published by three professors at Stellenbosch University found that 99 of 139 samples contained species not declared in the product label, with the highest incidence in sausages, burger patties and deli meats.

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Photo of the Day: Cattle Dwindling amid Drought

February 26, 2013 9:27 am

In this Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 photograph, cattle feed on a farm near Big Springs, Kan. Years of drought are reshaping the U.S. beef industry with feedlots and a major meatpacking plant closing because there are too few cattle left in the United States to support them.

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Daily Sound Bite: BP Trial Begins

February 25, 2013 12:20 pm

A trial began today in New Orleans to determine how much BP will have to compensate Gulf State residents, fishermen and other business owners devastated by the explosion of the company's Deepwater Horizon oil rig in 2010.   

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