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Consumer Trends: ‘Made In The USA.’ Matters

September 14, 2012 12:37 pm

In the latest shopper research survey conducted by Perception Research Services International (PRS), results indicate that 4 out of 5 shoppers notice "Made in the USA" claims on packaging — similar to 2011 levels (83% vs. 80%). And most of those shoppers (76%) claim that they are more likely to purchase a product after noticing the "Made in the USA" claim.

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Monster’s Shares Fall Against Regulatory Pressure

September 14, 2012 9:50 am

Monster Beverage Corp.'s shares fell sharply Wednesday after two U.S. senators urged the Food and Drug Administration to take a further look into the safety of energy drinks. The company is the nation's biggest energy drink maker by volume.

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Dole In Talks To Sell Packaged Food, Asia Companies

September 14, 2012 9:48 am

Dole Foods said Wednesday that it's in "advanced negotiations" to sell its packaged foods and Asia fresh businesses to Japanese trading company Itochu Corp. The news sent the Westlake Village, Calif.-based fruit and vegetable company's shares up nearly 10 percent, hitting an all-time high in afternoon trading.

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Louisville Asks Bourbon Warehouse To Stop Fungus

September 14, 2012 9:45 am | by DYLAN LOVAN,Associated Press

A worldwide liquor conglomerate has been ordered by Louisville officials to cut down on vapors coming from warehouses where it stores bourbon because residents are complaining about odors and a black fungus accumulating on houses. Several bourbon makers are facing lawsuits blaming their storage warehouses for emitting ethanol vapors that promote the growth of a sooty black fungus on nearby properties.

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Breaking Down The NYC Sugary Drink Ban

September 14, 2012 9:41 am

The New York City Board of Health passed a rule Thursday banning sales of large sodas and other sugary drinks in restaurants, delis and movie theaters in the hopes of combating obesity. Here are the rules and the exceptions. They take effect in March.

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Lawyers: ‘Pink Slime’ Lawsuit An Uphill Climb

September 14, 2012 9:39 am | by CHET BROKAW and GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press

Beef Products Inc. will face a steep climb in its "pink slime" defamation lawsuit against ABC News as the South Dakota-based meat processor works to rebuild its public image, legal experts say. BPI sued ABC News, Inc. for defamation Thursday over its coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime."

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Photo Of The Day: Bourbon Warehouse Blamed For Black Fungus

September 14, 2012 9:34 am

A worldwide liquor conglomerate has been ordered by Louisville officials to cut down on vapors coming from warehouses where it stores bourbon because residents are complaining about odors and a black fungus accumulating on houses. The black fungus does not present any health problems, said Thomas Nord, an air district spokesman.

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Thai Brewer Challenges Heineken With $7.2B Offer

September 13, 2012 1:01 pm

Thai Beverage said Thursday it is offering $7.2 billion for control of Asian drinks conglomerate Fraser & Neave Ltd., stepping up a battle with Heineken NV for ownership of Tiger Beer and other popular regional brews. The Thai company, controlled by billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, is offering to pay Singapore dollars 8.88 a share for the 70 percent of Singapore-listed Fraser & Neave it doesn't already own.

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Hershey School Settles AIDS Bias Case

September 13, 2012 12:58 pm

A 14-year-old boy and his mother will receive $700,000 from the settlement of an AIDS discrimination lawsuit against a private boarding school that refused to enroll him because he's HIV-positive. The settlement was announced Wednesday by the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania and the Milton Hershey School, which is financed by a trust that holds the controlling interest in The Hershey Co. candy manufacturer.

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Chamberlain Farms Pulls Watermelons

September 13, 2012 12:57 pm | by KEN KUSMER,Associated Press

An Indiana farm linked to a deadly outbreak of salmonella in cantaloupes said Wednesday it had voluntarily withdrawn its watermelons from the market and was working with state and federal officials to find the source of the foodborne illness in the larger fruits.

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NYC Board Passes Big Sugary Drink Ban

September 13, 2012 12:55 pm | by DAVID B. CARUSO and JENNIFER PELTZ,Associated Press

New York City's Board of Health opened up a new, experimental front in the war on obesity Thursday, passing a rule banning sales of big sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, concession stands and other eateries. The regulation puts a 16-ounce size limit on cups and bottles of non-diet soda, sweetened teas, and other calorie-packed beverages.

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ABC News Named As Defendant In 'Pink Slime' Suit

September 13, 2012 12:52 pm | by GRANT SCHULTE and KRISTI EATON,Associated Press

Beef Products Inc. sued ABC News, Inc. for defamation Thursday over its coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime," claiming the network misled consumers into believing it is unhealthy and unsafe. The Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based meat processor is seeking $1.2 billion in damages for roughly 200 "false and misleading and defamatory" statements about the product.

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Consumer Trends: Women's Health Names 125 Best Packaged Foods

September 13, 2012 12:48 pm

Women's Health has compiled its annual list of the "125 Best Packaged Foods for Women," the ultimate guide to the best-tasting and healthiest packaged foods available on the shelves today. These supermarket finds are not only convenient and time-saving, they also won't compromise your abs or taste buds.

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Photo Of The Day: Big Vote Against Big Soda

September 13, 2012 12:35 pm

One of New York City's most ambitious efforts to prod residents to live healthier appears poised to pass as a health panel takes up a plan to cut down sales of big sodas and other sugary soft drinks. The Board of Health was set to vote Thursday on the proposal, which would bar sales of sugar-heavy drinks in more than 16-ounce cups or bottles in restaurants, movie theaters and some other settings. 

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Aurora Organic Dairy Settles Marketing Claims

September 13, 2012 9:53 am

While the courts confirmed Aurora’s organic certifications have always been valid and the company is confident it would prevail in trial on the remaining marketing claims, Aurora Organic Dairy says it reached the settlement to avoid the cost and distraction of protracted litigation.

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NYC Health Board To Vote On Big Soda Ban

September 13, 2012 9:48 am | by DAVID B. CARUSO and JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press

One of New York City's most ambitious efforts to prod residents to live healthier appears poised to pass as a health panel takes up a plan to cut down sales of big sodas and other sugary soft drinks. The Board of Health was set to vote Thursday on the proposal, which would bar sales of sugar-heavy drinks in more than 16-ounce cups or bottles in restaurants, movie theaters and some other settings.

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7 Killed By Bootleg Liquor

September 13, 2012 9:46 am

At least four more people have died in the Czech Republic after drinking bootleg alcohol tainted with toxic methanol, bringing the death toll to seven in the worst such poisoning in three decades, officials said on Tuesday. Police spokeswoman Miluse Zajicova said a 45-year-old man died in a hospital in the eastern town of Prerov, and a 21-year-old woman was found dead in nearby Osek nad Becvou.

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BPI Plans ‘Pink Slime’ Defamation Suit

September 13, 2012 9:44 am | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press

Beef Products Inc. plans to file a defamation lawsuit in the wake of a publicity storm over a meat product that critics have dubbed "pink slime." The Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based company said Wednesday that it will announce a lawsuit Thursday. A company executive and lawyer refused to name the defendant.

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UPDATE: At Least 1 Dead In Tainted Cheese Outbreak

September 13, 2012 9:42 am

U.S. health officials say imported Italian ricotta cheese tainted with listeria bacteria is linked to 14 illnesses including at least one death.The ricotta salata cheese distributed by Forever Cheese Inc. of New York is linked to illnesses in 11 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Dog Food Recalled For Salmonella Risk

September 12, 2012 12:47 pm

 Breeder’s Choice Pet Food is recalling a single manufacturing batch of Breeder's Choice AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula due to possible contamination with salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. 

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