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Kansas Open To Lab Funding Alternatives

February 21, 2012 10:06 am | by JOHN MILBURN,Associated Press

 Sen. Steve Morris says the need for a research facility of this magnitude is important for the nation's food safety and to protect public health. 

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Dry Midwestern Winter Could Mean Summer Drought

February 21, 2012 10:02 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI,Associated Press

A relatively snow-free winter in the Upper Midwest has some officials worried about damage to agriculture if the dry weather persists into spring planting. Minnesota's agriculture and commerce commissioners, Dave Frederickson and Mike Rothman, signaled their concern when they advised farmers Thursday to buy crop insurance before next month's deadline. Most of Minnesota is in the earliest stage of drought, and parts of Iowa and the Dakotas also are abnormally dry or worse. 

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Photo Of The Day: Inhalable Caffeine

February 21, 2012 9:59 am

The Food and Drug Administration will investigate the safety and legality of inhalable caffeine, created by Harvard biomedical engineering professor David Edwards

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Campbell Soup Income Falls

February 20, 2012 9:00 am | by MAE ANDERSON,AP Retail Writer

Campbell Soup Co.'s second-quarter net income fell 14 percent as it spent more on marketing and a cutback in discounting hurt sales volume.

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General Mills Lowers Outlook

February 20, 2012 9:00 am

General Mills Inc. is lowering is fiscal 2012 adjusted earnings forecast, saying it experienced softer volumes in the U.S. during December and January.

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Research Says Climate Warming Puts Food Security At Risk

February 20, 2012 9:00 am

Climate warming caused by greenhouse gases is very likely to increase the variability of summertime temperatures around the world by the end of this century, a University of Washington climate scientist said Friday. The findings have major implications for food production.

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California Winemakers Try To Crack Chinese Market

February 20, 2012 9:00 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

California winemakers think the days of rice wine in China are waning as vintners find success marketing high-end cabernets to a new generation of upscale consumers. Wine exports crushed international sales records in 2011, due in large part to growing demand for California wines in China and Hong Kong.

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Study: Nanoparticles In Food Could Harm Health

February 20, 2012 9:00 am

Billions of engineered nanoparticles in foods and pharmaceuticals are ingested by humans daily, and new Cornell research warns they may be more harmful to health than previously thought.

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Photo Of The Day: Ben & Jerry’s Wants To ‘Get The Dough Out Of Politics’

February 20, 2012 9:00 am

Ben & Jerry's unveils Stephen Colbert's SuperPack as a kickoff to its GetTheDoughOut.org campaign to raise awareness about corporate money in politics.

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Warm Winter Could Ruin Indiana's Fruit Crop

February 17, 2012 12:54 pm

Purdue University Extension fruit specialists say ongoing mild temperatures may make some plants blossom the next time the state sees a stretch of temperatures above 50 degrees. The warm weather tricks the plant into thinking it's spring. If there's a frost afterwards that kills flower buds, the plants can't recover. Farmers can't do anything to protect the plants if this happens.

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Emerging Markets Boost Heinz Revenue

February 17, 2012 12:52 pm

H.J. Heinz Co.'s fiscal third-quarter net income rose 4 percent as the company sold more ketchup and sales in emerging markets shot up 40 percent.

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Judge Won't Halt Anti-Whaling Group's Activities

February 17, 2012 12:47 pm

Judge Richard Jones said he would issue a written ruling later, but that he's inclined to deny a request for a preliminary injunction made by Japanese whalers against the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

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European-Moroccan Pact Loosens Food Trade

February 17, 2012 12:45 pm

The European Parliament approved on Thursday a new fishing and farming accord with Morocco designed to reduce customs costs and boost trade across the Mediterranean.

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3,800 Pounds Of Chili Products Recalled

February 17, 2012 12:41 pm

The Chili Station, a Ludlow, Mass. establishment, is recalling approximately 3,800 pounds of chili products because they may have been produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

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Consumer Trends: Using Technology To Improve Food Shopping Experience

February 17, 2012 12:37 pm

The Department of Food Marketing at Saint Joseph’s University will host the sixth annual Food Industry Summit on Thursday, March 8 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. A venue for food industry CEOs, presidents and executives to present their insights on major issues and trends, this year’s event will focus on how companies can best use technology to improve their customers' shopping experience.

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Molson Coors Income Rises 58 Percent

February 17, 2012 10:15 am

Molson Coors Brewing Co. said Thursday that its net income rose 58 percent because it maintained and raised prices and cut costs and because the period had one more week this year than last.

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Nestle Beats Expectations But Expects Tough Year

February 17, 2012 10:10 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN,Associated Press

Nestle SA, the world's biggest food and drinks maker, managed to brush aside the impact of a soaring domestic currency to post a solid increase in profits in 2011 as sales rose strongly, particularly in developing countries. However, the maker of Nescafe, Perrier, Jenny Craig and Haagen Dazs accompanied its full-year statement on Thursday with a warning that tough times lie ahead.

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Butterball Employees Arrested For Animal Cruelty

February 17, 2012 10:07 am

Hidden-camera video secretly shot at a North Carolina Butterball factory farm by an undercover investigator with the animal protection organization Mercy For Animals (MFA) has led to felony and misdemeanor animal cruelty charges of five Butterball employees by state authorities.

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Steer Attacks Meat Processing Instructor

February 17, 2012 9:58 am

Officials at a northern Ohio vocational school say a steer attacked a veteran instructor during a meat processing class, and students reacted quickly by closing a gate to block the animal and calling 911.

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Mars To Make All Candy Bars Fewer Than 250 Calories

February 17, 2012 9:56 am

Mars Inc., the makers of popular candy brands including M&M's and Twix, will stop making chocolate products that exceed 250 calories by the end of next year.

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