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Five Reported Deaths With Monster Drink Link

October 23, 2012 11:24 am | by David Dishneau and Matthew Perrone, Associated Press

The highly caffeinated Monster Energy Drink has been cited in five deaths and one non-fatal heart attack, according to reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating. The reports claim that people had adverse reactions after they consumed Monster Energy Drink, which comes in 24-ounce cans and contains 240 milligrams of caffeine, or seven times the amount of the caffeine in a 12-ounce cola.


Photo Of The Day: Candy Bar Meets Cake

October 23, 2012 9:00 am

This Halloween, Tastykake is joining forces with North America's largest chocolate manufacturer, The Hershey Company, to introduce a new treat that combines the "best of both worlds." New Kandy Bar Kakes are the perfect blend of cake and candy, made with real quality ingredients and featuring HERSHEY'S most popular flavors.


Consumer Trends: The Culture Of Eating Too Much

October 22, 2012 12:00 pm

While the increasing focus on products and nutrition panels has been somewhat helpful, The Hartman Group believes that the obesity issue is really one that is symptomatic of larger cultural shifts occurring in how people in America eat… and eat too much.


SunTrust 3Q Earnings Up Sharply, But Shares Fall

October 22, 2012 11:56 am

SunTrust Banks Inc. on Monday posted sharply higher third-quarter earnings, largely due to the regional bank's sale of shares it owns in The Coca-Cola Co. But SunTrust reported higher expenses amid persistently low interest rates, and its shares slipped in morning trading.


Land Battles Surface In Myanmar As Reforms Unfold

October 22, 2012 11:52 am | by ERIKA KINETZ,AP Business Writer

The landscape of Mingaladon township on the northern outskirts of Myanmar's main city tells a story of economic upheaval. Skeletons of factories for a new industrial zone rise from thick green rice paddies local farmers say were seized by one of Myanmar's most powerful companies.


Ben & Jerry's Joins The Growing B Corporation Movement

October 22, 2012 11:46 am

A quarter-century after pioneering the socially responsible business movement, Ben & Jerry’s is throwing its support behind the growing B Corporation (B Corp) movement, a network of companies that meet what Inc. magazine has called "the highest standard for socially responsible businesses."


Ag Chief Seeking To Get Out Of Sugar Mill Business

October 22, 2012 11:41 am | by MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press

Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain proposed to borrow $7 million to take ownership of a failed sugar cane mill in southwestern Louisiana built with state dollars and now teetering on default of its debt payments. If the mill defaults on its debt, the bank would take over the property.


ADM Bids For Australia's GrainCorp In $2.77B Deal

October 22, 2012 11:37 am

Archer Daniels Midland Co. has offered to buy Australian grain handler GrainCorp for about $2.77 billion. GrainCorp says it is considering the non-binding offer that values it at 11.75 Australian dollars ($12.13) per share, which comes to 2.68 billion Australian dollars.


Report: Most School Kitchens Clean, Safe

October 22, 2012 10:23 am

School cafeteria kitchens in Washington serve about 500,000 lunches a day. Given that volume, you might expect school kitchens to rack up a fair number of health department violations. A review found only 521 citations in three years in Washington's 295 school districts, which includes more than 3,000 schools.

Peanut Butter Recall Due To Salmonella Scare Expanded

October 22, 2012 10:18 am | by The Canadian Press

A recall of peanut butter products in the U.S. due to possible Salmonella contamination has now been expanded into Canada. The affected products by Sunland include PureFit Peanut Butter Crunch bars and PureFit Peanut Butter Crunch Box with a best before date of March 1 2013.


Dairy Farm Safety Net Dies With Farm Bill

October 22, 2012 10:15 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

Small dairy farmers say a tough year has been made worse by Congress' failure to pass a new farm bill before the old one expired. While many farm programs have continued through the harvest season even though the farm bill expired Sept. 30, a program that pays dairy farmers when milk prices plummet has ended.


Truckloads Of XL Foods Beef Arriving At Landfill

October 22, 2012 10:10 am | by The Canadian Press

Truckloads of meat from the XL Foods processing plant in Brooks, Alta have begun arriving at a local landfill site for disposal. Landfill Manager Ray Juska of the Newell Regional Solid Waste Management Authority said the frozen meat stock is being run over by heavy equipment and then covered with soil to keep animals from getting at it.


Scientists Testing Alaska Salmon As Space Food

October 22, 2012 9:59 am | by NICOLE KLAUSS, Kodiak Daily Mirror

Astronauts in space may soon enjoy freeze-dried salmon if a Kodiak researcher's project goes as planned.


Photo Of The Day: Pomegranates Pop Up In Stores

October 22, 2012 9:00 am

POM Wonderful announced today that the wait is finally over; the pomegranate harvest has begun and POM Wonderful pomegranates are now in store. POM Wonderful is the largest grower of fresh pomegranates and producer of pomegranate juice in the United States.


Groups Send Letters Warning Of Lawsuit Over Water

October 19, 2012 12:52 pm | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press

After the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a long-awaited study last month that found several dairies and farms in the valley were the likely sources of nitrates contaminating private wells, public interest groups sent letters Thursday telling five big Yakima Valley farms that a lawsuit would be filed unless they stop contaminating groundwater with runoff from their operations.


Charges Of Cronyism In Hungary Farmland Contracts

October 19, 2012 12:45 pm | by PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press

Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his conservative Fidesz party are being accused of broken campaign promises, cronyism and shady deals in which friends, relatives and political supporters have snapped up valuable long-term agriculture leases on state lands, cutting out many small local farmers.


Starbucks Opens First India Store In Mumbai

October 19, 2012 12:43 pm | by ERIKA KINETZ, AP Business Writer

After over six years of studying the local market, Starbucks is making a rapid-fire entry into Asia's third-largest economy. Coffee houses are still a relatively new trend in India, and the chains already in business sell cappuccinos and lattes well below Starbucks' usual prices.


ADM Now Owns 15 Percent Of Australia's GrainCorp

October 19, 2012 12:42 pm

Agribusiness conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland, seeking to acquire GrainCorp, said Friday that it now owns nearly 15 percent of the Australian grain handler. Archer Daniels Midland Co. purchased a 10 percent stake in GrainCorp Ltd. Thursday night, adding to its existing 4.9 percent holding.


WA Apple Farmers May See Boon From Bad Weather

October 19, 2012 12:40 pm | by MANUEL VALDES, Associated Press

For apple farmers in producing states like New York and Michigan, this has been a forgettable year, with severe declines in production of as much as 90 percent. But it is amounting to a boon for Washington state growers, who are already in the midst of a near record harvest, and now looking forward to higher demand and prices for their produce.


Consumer Trends: Improving Attitudes Toward Modern Food Production

October 19, 2012 12:00 pm

Consumer attitudes toward modern food production technologies can be significantly improved by providing information from credible sources that helps consumers understand the broader social benefits of today’s systems, according to new research from the Center for Food Integrity (CFI).



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