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Post Expects Sales Rose in 3Q

July 12, 2013 12:27 pm

Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc. on Thursday said it expects sales in its fiscal third quarter rose 4 to 7 percent from a year ago, helped by a recent acquisition. The St. Louis company predicts revenue of $252 million to $258 million for the quarter that ran through June, up from $241.9 million in the same months a year ago.


Republicans to Tackle Cuts in Food Stamp Program

July 12, 2013 12:25 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

It remains unclear what a food stamp bill will look like, how it will move through the House or how quickly lawmakers can craft a bill. While Democrats have opposed any cuts to the $80 billion-a-year program, designed to give people temporary food assistance when their income falls beneath a certain level, Republicans have proposed many different approaches to trimming it.


Feds to Spend $1M to Fight Coffee Pest

July 12, 2013 12:19 pm | by AUDREY McAVOY,Associated Press

The USDA will spend $1 million to fight the coffee berry borer, a pest plaguing coffee farms in the Big Island's Kona district, U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono announced Thursday. The pest has affected up to 80 percent of coffee farms, Hirono said, leaving some coffee fields in such bad shape that they've been abandoned, creating havens for the beetle.


Twinkies Make Early Return at Wal-Mart

July 12, 2013 12:17 pm

Twinkies are making an early comeback at Wal-Mart stores, and they won't be frozen beforehand. The world's largest retailer says it is selling the snack cakes at about 1,600 stores starting Friday and that about 3,000 of its 4,000 U.S. stores should have them by Sunday morning, a day before Hostess had said the spongy yellow cakes would start hitting shelves nationwide.


Daily Sound Bite: FDA Sets Arsenic Cap for Apple Juice

July 12, 2013 12:00 pm

After lobbying efforts by environmental groups and alarms raised by physician and television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz, the FDA is taking steps to limit the amount of arsenic allowed in apple juice. The "level of concern" has been lowered from 23 parts per billion to 10 parts per billion.


South Korea to Resume Buying Northwest Wheat

July 12, 2013 9:42 am

An Oregon Wheat Commission spokesman says South Korean flour mills will resume buying soft white wheat from the Pacific Northwest and will not restrict purchases of wheat grown in Oregon. Japan, Korea and Taiwan suspended imports of western white wheat from the Pacific Northwest after genetically modified wheat was discovered growing in an eastern Oregon field in May.


Melon Producers Face New Rules After Outbreak

July 12, 2013 9:41 am

Southwestern Indiana's melon growers are facing new federal food-safety regulations following last year's salmonella outbreak that killed three people who ate Indiana-grown cantaloupes. The FDA will be inspecting packing sheds and possibly field conditions as part of that effort.


House Approves Scaled-Down Farm Bill

July 12, 2013 9:38 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

Republicans pushed a scaled-down farm bill through the House on Thursday, putting off a fight over food stamp spending and giving GOP leaders a victory after a decisive defeat on the larger bill last month. Republicans faced significant opposition to the plan from Democrats, farm groups and conservative groups that threatened to use the vote against GOP members in future campaigns.


FDA Sets New Limits on Arsenic in Apple Juice

July 12, 2013 9:36 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE,AP Health Writer

The FDA is setting a new limit on the level of arsenic allowed in apple juice, after more than a year of public pressure from consumer groups worried about the contaminant's effects on children. Nationwide, apple juice is second only to orange juice in popularity, according to industry groups.


Corn Harvest Estimates Downgraded Slightly

July 12, 2013 9:31 am | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

The USDA slightly lowered its estimate of the corn crop on Thursday, a reflection of late planting in the Corn Belt due to the wet spring. Farmers are now expected to harvest about 13.95 billion bushels, 55 million fewer bushels than predicted in June.


Photo of the Day: Dry Weather Improves Crops

July 12, 2013 9:28 am

Warmer, drier weather recently has helped improve crops after a soggy spring in the corn belt. For many farmers in Iowa and surrounding states, the rainy spring left fields soggy for weeks, causing them to delay planting weeks later than normal and, in some cases, re-plant because seeds had rotted.


Consumer Trends: Summer Fancy Food Award Winners

July 11, 2013 1:00 pm

The winners of the 41st sofi Awards for the outstanding specialty foods and beverages of the year were announced at the Summer Fancy Food Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. A sofi is the highest honor in the $86 billion specialty food industry.


U.S. Activists Praise Europe's Food Standards in Trade Talks

July 11, 2013 12:28 pm | by MARJORIE OLSTER,Associated Press

American activists urged European trade negotiators on Wednesday not to weaken environmental and food standards as they begin talks in Washington on a trans-Atlantic free trade agreement. About 50 activist groups were allowed to make 10-minute presentations each to trade negotiators and the media, expressing their views on aspects of the agreement.


Mexico Surpasses U.S. in Obesity

July 11, 2013 12:26 pm | by MARK STEVENSON,Associated Press

Mexico has surpassed the United States in levels of adult obesity, a dubious distinction that experts attribute to Mexicans abandoning their traditional diet for processed snack foods and drinks. Almost one-third of adult Mexicans, 32.8 percent, are obese compared to 31.8 percent of Americans, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.


Mead Johnson Lowers Baby Formula Prices in China

July 11, 2013 12:24 pm

Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. said Wednesday it is cutting its infant formula prices in China, as several of its competitors have done, amid a government price-fixing investigation. Mead Johnson said it will cut the prices of its main products by 7 to 15 percent starting Tuesday.


Vt. Dairy Farm Settles Drug Residue Case

July 11, 2013 12:22 pm

A Vermont dairy farm and the FDA have reached an agreement prohibiting the farm from selling cattle for human consumption that contain drugs not allowed in the human food chain. Court documents say that between 2002 and 2012, tests by the USDA found illegal drug residue from six animal drugs in tissue samples collected from 10 Lawson Farm animals.


USDA Checks Abuse Complaint about Miss. Slaughterhouse

July 11, 2013 12:20 pm

The USDA says it sent employees to a north Mississippi slaughterhouse Wednesday to check a complaint that pigs were abused before being killed. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a two-minute video that allegedly shows a worker at the plant repeatedly stunning pigs with an electric wand and apparently causing them to suffer.


Daily Sound Bite: Smithfield Works to Ease Concerns

July 11, 2013 11:23 am

Smithfield CEO Larry Pope testified in front of the Senate Agriculture Committee about a pending deal, which would see Chinese meat producer Shuanghui International purchase the U.S. meat company. Pope attempted to waylay concerns as Senators raised questions about the impact the deal could have on the U.S. economy and food supply chain.


Canned Sweet Corn Big Business in Wisconsin

July 11, 2013 9:52 am

A new report from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater says growing and processing sweet corn contributes $130 million to the Wisconsin economy each year. The report was put together by the university's Fiscal and Economic Research Center. Director Russ Kashian said in a statement that in Wisconsin, sweet corn equals jobs because processing vegetables is a big business there.


Smithfield CEO Addresses Concerns over Deal

July 11, 2013 9:50 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM,AP Business Writer

The head of Smithfield Foods Inc. is trying to ease concerns that the proposed takeover of the world's largest pork producer by a Chinese company would pose risks to the U.S. food supply. CEO Larry Pope testified Wednesday at a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on the pending deal struck in May with Shuanghui International, China's largest meat producer.



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