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FDA: U.S. Marshals Seize Food at Rodent-Infested Facility

April 17, 2013 12:17 pm

U.S. Marshals have seized food products at a Ridgewood, N.Y. warehouse that manufactures and distributes kosher food products, after investigators from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found widespread rodent infestation in the facility.

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Budweiser Introducing Bowtie-Shaped Can

April 17, 2013 12:12 pm

Anheuser-Busch is introducing a new, bowtie-shaped beer can that mirrors its iconic Budweiser logo. The St. Louis-based subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev NV said Wednesday that the new cans will be available in a special 8-pack nationwide beginning May 6.

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Brewers: Minn. Alcohol Tax Hike Will Hit Consumers

April 17, 2013 12:11 pm | by KYLE POTTER, Associated Press

Lawmakers' plan to boost alcohol taxes in Minnesota, proposed to help the state raise revenue and pay for the social costs of alcoholism, could add as much as $2 to the cost of a standard 12-pack of beer, local brewers and liquor lobbyists said Tuesday as they tried to rally opposition to the proposed tax spike.

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Consumer Trends: Shoppers' Belts Remain Tight

April 17, 2013 12:00 pm

Even as the economy improves, 94 percent of Americans indicate they will remain cautious and keep their spending for food, beverage and household goods at its current level, according to Deloitte's 2013 American Pantry Study. More than nine in 10 (92 percent) consumers surveyed indicate they have become more resourceful, and 86 percent say they are getting more precise in what they buy.

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Vt. Co-Ops Push for GMO Labeling

April 17, 2013 9:53 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

One of the most common questions these days among customers at Vermont's food cooperatives is whether the food they're buying contains genetically modified ingredients — but the member-owned cooperatives say they can't tell their customers for sure.

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American Crystal Union Members Return to Work

April 17, 2013 9:51 am

Union members will soon head back to work at American Crystal Sugar plants in Minnesota, Iowa and North Dakota, but they say the sting of a 20-month lockout will make their return difficult both for them and the company. A slight majority of union members voted to accept the company's contract offer over the weekend after rejecting the same terms four times before.

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Brazilian Meat Packers Face Fines Over Illegal Cattle

April 17, 2013 9:49 am

A statement from the office of federal prosecutors in Brazil says prosecutors in Amazon jungle states want Brasil Foods and other companies to pay 557 million reals ($278.5 million) for producing beef products from cattle raised in environmentally sensitive regions

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Conn. Bill Requires Labeling of BPA

April 17, 2013 9:46 am

Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban food packaging containing the plastics chemical, bisphenol A, unless the packaging has a clear warning label. The proposed ban would take effect on Jan. 1, requiring the warning label to be in a clear, legible, uniform, boldface font.

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Deal Expected in Muslims' Suit Against McDonald's

April 17, 2013 9:43 am | by JEFF KAROUB, Associated Press

A judge is expected to finalize Wednesday a $700,000 settlement between McDonald's Corp. and members of Michigan's Muslim community over claims a suburban Detroit restaurant falsely advertised its food as prepared according to Islamic law.

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Photo of the Day: Snacking for 100 Years

April 17, 2013 8:00 am

Lance is launching new cracker and cookie products this month as part of its 100th anniversary celebration. "Our 100th anniversary is all about giving our fans more of what they love and delivering on the many consumers requests we've heard over the years," said Tom Ingram, Senior Brand Director, Bakery at Snyder's-Lance, Inc.

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U.S Consumer Prices Fall 0.2 Percent

April 16, 2013 12:13 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

U.S. consumer prices declined last month as the cost of gas fell sharply and food prices were unchanged. The tame reading is the latest evidence that the sluggish economy is keeping inflation in check. The consumer price index declined a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent in March, after jumping 0.7 percent in February, the Labor Department said Tuesday.

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Optimism Prevails Among U.S. Manufacturers

April 16, 2013 12:11 pm

U.S. industrial manufacturers remain positive regarding the outlook for the U.S. economy in the year ahead, while sentiment pertaining to the world economy remains guarded, according to the Q1 2013 Manufacturing Barometer, released today by PwC US.

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Daily Sound Bite: Horse Meat Scandal Did Not Impact Food Safety

April 16, 2013 12:10 pm

After an exhaustive round of tests covering over nearly 7,000 samples of meat products in Europe, the EU has released a statement announcing that the horsemeat scandal that recently swept through Europe is a prime example of fraud but did not create a public safety risk.

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Danone Sales Up in 1Q

April 16, 2013 12:08 pm

French food and drink company Danone says its sales rose 4.3 percent in the first quarter of the year, driven by growth in new markets that offset struggles in Europe. The company behind Activia yogurt said Tuesday it brought in 5.3 billion euros ($6.9 billion) in revenue in the January-to-March period.

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Hershey Launching New Chocolate and Fruit Product

April 16, 2013 12:07 pm

An analyst is raising his price target for Hershey, saying the launch of its chocolate and fruit berries product has the potential to expand the chocolate segment. David Driscoll of Citi Investment Research said in a client note that most of the products in the chocolate category right now consist of chocolate, peanut butter, peanuts, caramel, nougat, mint and coconut.

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EU Horse Meat Scandal a Matter of Fraud, Not Safety

April 16, 2013 12:05 pm

More than 7,000 tests across the European Union have shown that nearly 5 percent of the food products labeled as beef contained horse meat, but there is no danger to public health, officials said Tuesday. The tests showed that the veterinary anti-inflammatory drug phenylbutazone, or bute, was present in about .5 percent of the horse meat, the EU said in a statement.

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Consumer Trends: Americans Not Willing To Pay Extra for Organic

April 16, 2013 12:00 pm

As Americans start to feel better about reaching into their pockets, they still may not be ready to dish out the extra green on organic items. Turns out that more than half (59%) agree that labeling food or other products as organic is just an excuse to charge more.

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April Is Pest Management Month

April 16, 2013 9:39 am

McCloud Services, a leading pest management company headquartered in South Elgin, Ill, is proud to celebrate National Pest Management Month, which is formally recognized each year by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). The observance acknowledges the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health and property from common household pests.

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The Future of India’s Food Industry

April 16, 2013 9:35 am

India is the 2nd largest population in the world, has the 3rd largest economy and ranks 2nd in the world in terms of agricultural production. It is no wonder that India is fast becoming an essential player in the global food ingredients market.

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Recall: Bottled Seafood May Cause Botulism

April 16, 2013 9:32 am

A health warning concerning certain St. Thomas brand bottled seafood products has been expanded. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning the public not to consume St. Thomas Bottled Lobster, Bar Clams and Bar Clam Stew because they may be contaminated with the bacteria that can cause botulism, a life-threatening illness.

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