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NM Slaughterhouse Worker Films Himself Fatally Shooting a Horse

March 22, 2013 9:31 am

An employee of a southeastern New Mexico slaughterhouse has posted a video online showing him fatally shooting a horse in the head. That has sparked outrage among animal activists and led to death-threat calls to the Roswell meat company, which is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to get a horse slaughter plant in the area.

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Photo of the Day: Pepsi's New Shape

March 22, 2013 9:30 am

Pepsi's new 20-ounce bottle has a contoured bottom half that appears easier for holding, and the wraparound label is shorter so that more of the drink is exposed. The change follows a number of splashy moves in the past year by PepsiCo to improve results for its namesake soda, including a multiyear deal to sponsor the Super Bowl halftime show and a wide-ranging deal with the pop star Beyonce.

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Daily Sound Bite: Meat Inspection Spared in Budget Cuts

March 21, 2013 12:33 pm

USDA meat inspectors were saved from furloughs as after across-the-board budget cuts are being set in motion in the wake of the sequester debacle. Continued meat inspection was one of a few adjustments made before the cuts go into full effect.

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‘Marmageddon’ Over as Sandwich Spread Returns

March 21, 2013 12:24 pm

New Zealand's sticky black sandwich spread is finally back on breakfast tables after fans suffered through a year of what they called Marmageddon. Supermarkets began selling Marmite again Wednesday for the first time since March 2012, when supplies ran out. A series of earthquakes in the city of Christchurch forced manufacturer Sanitarium to close the only factory that made New Zealand's version of the yeast-extract product.

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Activists Seek Charges Against Japanese Whalers

March 21, 2013 12:23 pm | by MIKE CORDER,Associated Press

Sea Shepherd wants Dutch authorities to prosecute Japanese whalers for piracy for allegedly attacking the radical conservationist group's ships in Antarctic waters, a lawyer said Thursday. Lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld filed a criminal complaint with Dutch environmental prosecutors accusing the crew of the Nisshin Maru whaling ship of deliberately ramming Sea Shepherd's ships in February.

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Starbucks Expands Loyalty Program to Supermarkets

March 21, 2013 12:21 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Starbucks is offering a novel perk to get more people to sign up for its loyalty program: letting members earn points when they buy bags of its coffee at supermarkets. The Seattle-based company said at its annual meeting Wednesday that the new perk will roll out in May.

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U.S. Unemployment Average Hits 5-Year Low

March 21, 2013 12:20 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid barely changed last week, while the average over the past month fell to a fresh five-year low. The decline in layoffs is helping strengthen the job market. Weekly unemployment benefit applications rose just 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 336,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.

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Montana Considers Allowing Roadkill for Dinner

March 21, 2013 12:17 pm | by KATHRYN HAAKE,Associated Press

Elk, deer, antelope and moose: If Montana residents can scrape it up, they can eat it. State lawmakers are poised to say just that after the Senate gave its initial backing Wednesday to a bill that would allow people to salvage roadkill for food. The measure is now a final vote from heading to Gov. Steve Bullock.

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Consumer Trends: Young Americans Key in Ethnic Foods Market

March 21, 2013 12:00 pm

Young Americans and those with children like to spice things up in the kitchen, according to new research from Mintel on the ethnic foods market. Some nine in 10 adults aged 25-to-34-years-old say they prepared ethnic food at home in the past month versus only 68% of those 65+. In addition, 91% of Americans with children under the age of 18 in the home cooked ethnic food compared to 78% of those without children.

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Fla. Craft Distillers Bill Moves Forward

March 21, 2013 9:44 am

A bill that would allow Florida's craft distillers to sell their products on site is finally moving after a bottle limit was significantly reduced. The House Business and Professional Regulation Subcommittee approved the bill (HB 347) Wednesday after its sponsor amended it to reduce the number of bottles each customer can buy from 24 to 2.

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6 U.S. School Districts Form Food Alliance

March 21, 2013 9:42 am | by KAREN MATTHEWS,Associated Press

Urban school districts in California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas announced Wednesday they are joining forces to coordinate school lunch planning in an attempt to keep costs down while providing healthful food choices. The districts also will work together to purchase items like biodegradable trays in bulk, New York City Department of Education spokeswoman Margie Feinberg said.

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McDonald’s Adds Chicken McWrap to Core Menu

March 21, 2013 9:41 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's is adding a permanent new offering to its menu: chicken McWraps. The world's biggest hamburger chain says the new sandwich wrap will come in three varieties — Chicken & Bacon, Sweet Chili Chicken and Chicken & Ranch. The company already offers similar wraps in other parts of the world, including Europe.

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St. Louis Company Plans To Build 5 Breweries

March 21, 2013 9:39 am

A St. Louis-based company is planning to build five breweries over the next five years for craft beer production. Brew Hub LLC said Tuesday that its first brewery is planned in Lakeland, Fla. The company is also evaluating locations in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Texas and the West Coast for what it calls "partner brewing."

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Senate OKs $85 Billion Cuts; Meat Inspectors Spared Furloughs

March 21, 2013 9:37 am | by DAVID ESPO,AP Special Correspondent

The Senate approved legislation Wednesday to lock in $85 billion in broad federal spending cuts and simultaneously avoid a government shutdown next week. Some adjustments will be made. Federal meat inspectors were spared furloughs, for example, as lawmakers in both parties alternately clashed and cooperated over proposals to take the edge off the deficit-fighting cuts that took effect on March 1.

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Photo of the Day: That's a Wrap

March 21, 2013 9:32 am

The world's biggest hamburger chain says the new sandwich wrap will come in three varieties — Chicken & Bacon, Sweet Chili Chicken and Chicken & Ranch. The company already offers similar wraps in other parts of the world, including Europe.

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General Mills 3Q Tops Expectations

March 20, 2013 12:41 pm

General Mills' fiscal third-quarter net income rose 2 percent, as the food company continued to benefit from acquisitions. General Mills Inc., whose brands include Cheerios and Betty Crocker, also lifted its full-year adjusted earnings forecast on Wednesday, but cautioned that its fourth-quarter performance would be hurt by higher costs and increased spending for in-store merchandising.

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Influential Calif. Vintner Dies

March 20, 2013 12:40 pm

James Barrett, a vintner whose chardonnay beat the French in a 1976 tasting that propelled California wines to international prominence, has died. He was 86. Barrett died on Thursday, according to a statement from the Chateau Montelena Winery he refurbished in 1972. A cause of death was not given.

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Asian Carp Spawning Areas Wider Than Expected

March 20, 2013 12:37 pm | by JOHN FLESHER,AP Environmental Writer

Asian carp are reproducing in more places and under more varied conditions than experts had believed they could, yet another reason to worry about the greedy invader's potential to infest waterways and crowd out native species, scientists said Tuesday.

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Pa. Committee OKs Overhaul of Governor’s Liquor Bill

March 20, 2013 12:35 pm | by PETER JACKSON,Associated Press

A legislative panel on Monday endorsed a revamped version of Gov. Tom Corbett's liquor privatization bill that would give existing beer distributors first crack at liquor and wine licenses and expand the sale of wine in grocery stores. In a 14-10 party-line vote, the House Liquor Committee backed a bill that would potentially phase out the existing state-controlled stores as the number of private operators grows.

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Miss. Law Bans Restrictions on Food Portions

March 20, 2013 12:33 pm | by EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS,Associated Press

A new law in the most obese state in the nation says Mississippi cities and counties can't ban the Big Gulp or put other local regulations on food and drink. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2687 Monday, and it became law immediately.

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