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Tyson Income Jumps As Chicken Improves

August 9, 2010 4:44 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Meat producer Tyson Foods Inc. posted an 89 percent jump in third-quarter net income, helped by higher beef and pork prices and a chicken business that's recovering. The company has been working through an industrywide downturn brought on by a combination of higher production costs and slumping demand as shoppers cut back on trips out to eat.

One Million Pounds Of Ground Beef Recalled

August 9, 2010 4:40 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A meat processor recalled about 1 million pounds of ground beef products Friday after seven people were sickened by E. coli contamination. Valley Meat Co., of Modesto, sold the potentially contaminated beef patties and ground beef in California, Texas, Oregon, Arizona and internationally, the U.

Report Shows Food Industry Is Thriving

August 9, 2010 4:37 am | by Survey Research Methodology

Minneapolis – Recent analysis of responses to McGladrey’s fifth annual Manufacturing and Wholesale Distribution Survey show that the Food and Beverage industry leads all other industry segments when it comes to weathering the economic downturn, with 49 percent indicating their companies are “thriving and growing.


Conn. Shooter's 911 Call Released

August 6, 2010 4:58 am

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — For two days, employees at a beer distribution company puzzled over why an easy-going co-worker with no history of violence would go on a rampage, fatally shooting eight men and wounding two others before killing himself. Then, the shooter himself told them why.

U.S. Farmers May Soon Sell More Corn To China

August 6, 2010 4:54 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — China could be about to increase its corn imports, offering American farmers a chance for greater profits but making it likely U.S. meat producers who use the grain for feed would have to raise their prices. U.S. farmers said they're cautious but hopeful about doing more business with China, which needs more corn to feed the expanding livestock herds that supply meat to its growing middle class.

Wheat Rots In India As World Prices Skyrocket

August 6, 2010 4:49 am

MUMBAI, India (AP) — A wheat stockpile in India that could feed 210 million people for a year is starting to spoil because the government lacks enough warehouses to store it — a lightning rod for local discontent that could send ripples through the world market for the grain.

Senate Passes School Lunch Nutrition Bill

August 6, 2010 4:39 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pizzas and hamburgers in the school lunch line would be healthier under child nutrition legislation passed by the Senate Thursday, a key part of first lady Michelle Obama's campaign to end childhood obesity. The $4.5 billion legislation passed by voice vote would create new standards for all foods in schools, including vending machine items, to give students healthier meal options.

CDC Investigates Multistate Salmonella Outbreak

August 6, 2010 4:34 am

CDC is collaborating with public health officials in multiple states, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA/FSIS) to investigate two multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections, each involving a different Salmonella serotype: Hartford and Baildon.


2 Die In Egg Farm Barn Collapses

August 6, 2010 4:26 am

CROTON, Ohio (AP) — Winds reaching 70 mph knocked over three barns being renovated Wednesday at the state's largest egg farm, killing two workers, authorities said. Two construction workers who were laying concrete blocks at Ohio Fresh Eggs were killed in one of the barns, said Bill Schwaderer, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Troubled Waters In Fishing Industry

August 4, 2010 4:43 am

JAY LINDSAY Associated Press Writer- August 4, 2010 BOSTON (AP) — The nation's top fishery managers met Tuesday with industry leaders from California to Maine to discuss ways to improve the troubled fishery law enforcement system amid findings of mismanagement, misspending and questionable fines.

Meat From Cloned Cow Offspring In UK Food Chain

August 4, 2010 4:40 am

LONDON (AP) — Meat from the offspring of a cloned cow in the United States entered the British food chain without official authorization, the UK's Food Standards Agency said Tuesday. The agency carried out its investigation after media reports said milk from a cow produced from a cloned parent was sold in Britain.

More American Adults Report Being Obese

August 4, 2010 4:37 am

Atlanta, GA (CDC) — The number of states with an obesity prevalence of 30 percent or more has tripled in two years to nine states in 2009, according to a CDC Vital Signs report. In 2000, no state had an obesity prevalence of 30 percent or more. The report, "State-Specific Obesity Prevalence Among Adults – United States, 2009," also finds no state met the nation's Healthy People 2010 goal to lower obesity prevalence to 15 percent.

Dean's Net Income Falls 30 Percent

August 4, 2010 4:35 am

DALLAS (AP) — Dean Foods Co.'s second-quarter net income fell 30 percent and the nation's largest milk maker offered third-quarter guidance that could fall below estimates because it expects the competition eating into its sales to continue. Shares slumped on the news, falling $1.

Cheez Doodle Creator Dies At Age 90

August 4, 2010 4:27 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Morrie R. Yohai, the creator of the crunchy, finger-staining orange Cheez Doodles snack, has died. He was 90. Yohai died of cancer on July 27 at his Long Island home in Kings Point, his son, Robbie, said Tuesday. His father was always amused that people thought the cheddar cheese snack he produced at his Bronx factory was the highlight of his life, Robbie Yohai said.

9 Killed In Beer Distributor Shooting

August 4, 2010 4:24 am

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — A warehouse driver about to lose his job after getting caught on video stealing beer from the distributorship where he worked went on a shooting rampage there Tuesday, killing eight people before committing suicide, authorities said. At least two people were wounded, one critically, Manchester police said.

E. Coli Traceability And Eradication Act Introduced

August 3, 2010 4:59 am

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-3) introduced the E. coli Traceability and Eradication Act today, which will require stricter testing procedures for meat and processing facilities with the goal of completely eradicating the dangerous Shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria, and establishing a tracking procedure that will enable the USDA to implement faster recalls should any be found to be contaminated.

Probiotic Claims May Not Meet Expectations

August 3, 2010 4:54 am


AMI Says Nitrate, Processed Meats Are Safe

August 3, 2010 4:47 am

Washington, D.C., August 2, 2010 – The American Meat Institute Foundation (AMIF) said a study published today in the journal Cancer that links nitrite and nitrate intake from processed meats to a potential increased risk of bladder cancer is the latest example of “nutrition whiplash” facing consumers.

Rare Yellow Lobster Caught

August 3, 2010 4:44 am

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — It's not made of gold, but a yellow lobster pulled from Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay is very rare. Lobsterman Denny Ingram says he found the lobster in one of his pots the bay's East Passage last week. It is golden on the top and bright yellow on both sides.

Bad Russian Wheat Harvest Boosts U.S. Farmers

August 3, 2010 4:40 am

MOSCOW (AP) — A severe drought destroyed one-fifth of the wheat crop in Russia, the world's third-largest exporter, and now wildfires are sweeping in to finish off some of the fields that remained. Expectations that Russia will slash exports by at least 30 percent have sent wheat prices soaring and this is good news for farmers in the world's largest wheat exporter — the United States.


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