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Smucker Buys Stake In Chinese Oatmeal Maker

March 26, 2012 12:55 pm

J.M. Smucker Co. bought a minority stake in the Chinese oatmeal company Guilin Seamild Biologic Technology Development Co. for about $35 million, the company said Monday, marking an initial entry into the Chinese market.

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Alaska Lawmaker Looks To End Food Safety Rules

March 26, 2012 12:51 pm

A North Pole legislator wants to get rid of state safety regulations for food sold by Alaska producers directly to consumers.

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Consumer Trends: California Wine Shipments Reach All-Time High

March 26, 2012 12:47 pm

Sales of California wine within the U.S. in 2011 grew to a record 211.9 million cases, up 5.6 percent in volume compared to the previous year.  The estimated retail value of these shipments was $19.9 billion, according to wine industry consultant Jon Fredrikson of Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates in Woodside.  Global 2011 California wine sales to all markets in the U.S. and worldwide also increased 5.6 percent to 256.6 million cases.

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Group Yields To Ag Companies On Humane Society-Backed Effort

March 26, 2012 10:08 am

A group largely funded by the Humane Society of the United States says its giving up on a Missouri ballot initiative strongly opposed by farmers.

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Warm Weather Cuts Short Maple Sugaring Season

March 26, 2012 10:05 am | by DINESH RAMDE,Associated Press

Maple syrup producers across the North have had their season cut short by unusually warm weather. While those with expensive, modern vacuum systems say they've been able to suck a decent amount of sap from their trees, producers like Grape, who still rely on traditional taps and buckets, have seen their year ruined.

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Airport Beagle Serves As Food Border Patrol

March 26, 2012 10:01 am | by MEGHAN BARR,Associated Press

The 6-year-old beagle, who works for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, can't be faulted for taking a break. She spends most of her time trotting briskly around the baggage carousels with Caffery in tow, searching for illegal food stowed in luggage arriving from international flights.

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Wendy's Supplier Improves Treatment Of Chickens

March 26, 2012 9:56 am | by SARAH SKIDMORE,AP Business Writer

The company's animal welfare council said Friday that one of its chicken suppliers, O.K. Foods Inc. of Ft. Smith, Ark., has started using a low-atmospheric pressure system that renders the chickens unconscious before the birds are handled by plant workers.

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Food Exec Pleads Guilty To Tomato Price-Fixing

March 26, 2012 9:53 am | by DON THOMPSON,Associated Press

Frederick Scott Salyer, 56, was charged with bribing purchasing managers at food giants including Kraft Foods Inc. and Frito-Lay to buy tomato products from his company, Monterey-based SK Foods. Prosecutors said he and his co-conspirators fixed prices and rigged bids for the sale of tomato products to McCain Foods USA Inc., ConAgra Foods Inc. and Kraft.

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Photo Of The Day: Sniffing Out Illegal Food

March 26, 2012 9:48 am

Izzy, an agricultural detector beagle whose nose is highly sensitive to food odors, works to find foods and plants brought in by visitors that are considered invasive species or banned products, some containing insects or larvae know to be harmful to U.S. agriculture.

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Historic Drought To Have Lasting Effects

March 23, 2012 1:04 pm | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI,Associated Press

The economic impact of a historic drought that has parched Texas and other parts of the Southwest will be felt for years, with ripple effects spreading nationwide as agriculture damage adds to increases in food prices.

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Court Says Sea Lions Can Be Killed To Save Salmon

March 23, 2012 1:02 pm | by JEFF BARNARD,AP Environmental Writer

Oregon state authorities can resume killing California sea lions that feast on endangered salmon bottled up at a dam on the Columbia River, but fewer than one-third as many as federal biologists previously had authorized, a judge ruled Thursday.

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Maine Egg Farm Workers May Lose Union Rights

March 23, 2012 12:59 pm

A bill to eliminate the right of workers at the former DeCoster egg farms in western Maine to unionize is working its way through the Legislature.

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Texas Plant Recalls Ton Of Sausage For Listeria

March 23, 2012 12:57 pm

Southside Market & Barbeque in Texas has recalled more than a ton of ready-to-eat sausage products due to possible listeria contamination.

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Judge: FDA Must Act Against Antibiotic Use In Livestock

March 23, 2012 12:54 pm

A federal court judge has ordered the Food and Drug Administration to take action on its own 35-year-old rule that would stop farmers from mixing antibiotics into animal feed, a practice which has led to dangerous, drug-resistant bacteria.

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Consumer Trends: Local More Important Than Organic, Shoppers Say

March 23, 2012 12:47 pm

It seems like just yesterday natural/organic was the hot ticket, but local is quickly becoming a consumer favorite, as locally-sourced products are becoming more popular at grocery stores and restaurants alike.

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U.S. Intel Warns Of Water Wars

March 23, 2012 10:02 am | by MATTHEW LEE,Associated Press

Drought, floods and a lack of fresh water may cause significant global instability and conflict in the coming decades, as developing countries scramble to meet demand from exploding populations while dealing with the effects of climate change, U.S. intelligence agencies said in a report Thursday.

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Beekeepers Want Pesticide Banned

March 23, 2012 9:59 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA,Associated Press

Commercial beekeepers and environmental organizations filed a petition Wednesday, asking federal regulators to suspend use of a pesticide they say harms honeybees.

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Home Brewers Look To Change Prohibition-Era Laws

March 23, 2012 9:56 am | by BARBARA RODRIGUEZ,Associated Press

Although the old rules have rarely been enforced, beer enthusiasts fear they could criminalize the rapidly growing hobby and kill scores of annual tasting events that bring tourists to small towns and cities.

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Starbucks Plans Growth Through Other Stores

March 23, 2012 9:54 am | by MAE ANDERSON,AP Retail Writer

At its annual meeting in Seattle, Wash., on Wednesday, the coffee giant outlined growth plans that include selling more consumer products — including its Via instant coffee, single-serve coffee packets, coffee machines, new energy drinks and juices — through other stores.

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Kroger, Stop & Shop The Latest To Drop 'Pink Slime'

March 23, 2012 9:51 am | by MAE ANDERSON,AP Retail Writer

Supermarket chains Kroger Co. and Stop & Shop said Thursday they will join the growing list of store chains that will no longer sell beef that includes an additive with the unappetizing moniker "pink slime."

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