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Cookies Recalled Due To Allergy Concerns

September 20, 2010 4:37 am

TROY, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area company is recalling cookies sold in Michigan and Ohio because they contain undeclared walnuts. Dough Masters Inc. of Troy said Friday it's recalling all lots of its Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and Chocolate Chunk Cookies. The company says people who have allergies to walnuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they eat the cookies.

FDA Considers Approval Of 'Frankenfish'

September 20, 2010 4:31 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tinker with the genetics of salmon and maybe you create a revolutionary new food source that could help the environment and feed the hungry. Or maybe you're creating what some say is an untested "frankenfish" that could cause unknown allergic reactions and the eventual decimation of the wild salmon population.

7 Arrested In China's Latest Tainted Milk Scandal

September 20, 2010 4:28 am

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese dairy company executive and six other people were arrested after authorities discovered 26 tons of milk powder tainted with a toxic chemical, the latest incident highlighting the country's enduring struggle with food safety, a report said Monday. The Jinfulai Dairy Company in Yangquan city of Shanxi province traded fresh milk for expired milk powder that contained high levels of the industrial chemical melamine, according to JCRB.

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Pepperidge Farm Slashes Sodium In Breads

September 20, 2010 4:23 am

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Pepperidge Farm, Inc. says it will cut the sodium levels in the majority its breads, rolls and bagels by 2011, making it the latest of many food makers to respond to demands for healthier products. The company, owned by Campbell Soup Co., said the reductions will ultimately result in sodium levels 10 to 33 percent lower in 69 of its U.

New Apple Licensing Deal Is Scrutinized

September 17, 2010 4:55 am

Class-Action Lawsuit Filed In Egg Recall Case

September 17, 2010 4:50 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A lawsuit accusing two Iowa farms at the heart of a recall of 550 million eggs linked to salmonella illnesses of safely negligence has been filed and is seeking class-action status. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Chicago on behalf of six people who became ill after eating eggs produced at Wright County Egg near Galt, Iowa, and Hillandale Farms of Iowa, near New Hampton.

GOP Senator Holds Up Food Safety Bill

September 17, 2010 4:47 am

MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press Writer- September 17, 2010 WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator is threatening to hold up food safety legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration more power to prevent outbreaks, saying Democrats must find a way to pay for it.

Ginger Candy From China Recalled Due To Lead

September 17, 2010 4:44 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles company says it is voluntarily recalling ginger candy it imported from China because of an elevated level of lead. Anhing Corp. announced Wednesday it is recalling DaiJyoBu Ginger Candy after it was informed by the California Department of Public Health that the candy contained lead above the state's legal level.

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China Promises Harsher Punishment For Food Safety Crimes

September 17, 2010 4:42 am

BEIJING (AP) — China warned Thursday that the worst offenders of food safety rules would get the death penalty in a new crackdown on an industry that has spawned embarrasing and deadly scandals in products ranging from seafood to baby formula. Chinese authorities already have used capital punishment in some of the most egregious food safety violations, but appeared to be expressing their intention to become even more aggressive in prosecuting such cases.

FDA, USDA Workers: Corporate Influence Is A 'Major Problem'

September 17, 2010 4:31 am

Hundreds of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Department of Agriculture (USDA) employees who work with food safety said public health has been harmed by their agencies deferring to business interests, according to a survey released today, at a telephone press conference, by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

Mars, Inc. Funds Cacao Genome Mapping

September 15, 2010 4:55 am

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Some sweet science news: Researchers have released a nearly complete map of the DNA of the tree that produces chocolate. The project to map the cacao genome was funded by candy maker Mars Inc. It finished the sequence just two years into what was supposed to be a five-year project.

Kraft Sees Growth Over Next 3 Years

September 15, 2010 4:52 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Kraft Foods, Inc. predicted Wednesday that its earnings per share will grow 9 to 11 percent over the next three years and developing markets will become a larger part of its business. The nation's biggest food maker, known for brands including Nabisco, Maxwell House and its namesake, also said that organic revenue — generally a measure involving existing rather than newly-acquired businesses — should climb 5 percent or more by 2013.

NCBA Legislative Conference Begins With Beef Nutrition

September 15, 2010 4:49 am

Cattle producers from across the country are gathering in Washington, D.C., Sept. 14-16, for the 2010 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Legislative Conference. The event kicked off today with Beef 101, an educational program to showcase beef cookery and nutrition. Today’s session is part of a larger educational series focused on all aspects of the beef industry.

Striking Mott's Workers OK New Contract

September 15, 2010 4:44 am

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A nearly four-month-long strike at a Mott's apple juice plant in western New York has been settled by a new labor contract between Texas-based owner Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. and a union representing about 300 workers. Hourly employees at the factory in Williamson, 30 miles east of Rochester, will return to work next Monday after voting 185-62 in favor of a contract that includes a three-year wage freeze, officials with Dr Pepper Snapple and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union said Tuesday.

Pepsi MAX, Doritos Headed To The Super Bowl

September 15, 2010 4:36 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Pepsi is back in the game. The soft drink brand will advertise in next year's Super Bowl after sitting out last year for the first time in more than two decades. Pepsi said Wednesday it will air three ads created by fans for its Pepsi MAX brand. The company has been marketing its no-calorie version of namesake Pepsi to counteract Coca-Cola's fast-growing Coke Zero.

Investigators: Wright County Egg Knew About Salmonella

September 15, 2010 4:29 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Iowa egg farm at the center of a massive salmonella outbreak received hundreds of positive results for salmonella in the two years before its eggs sickened more than 1,500 people, congressional investigators said Tuesday. In a letter to the company's owner, the House Energy and Commerce Committee said its investigators had obtained records showing Wright County Egg received 426 positive results for salmonella between 2008 and 2010.

Green Mountain To Buy Van Houtte For $890 Million

September 14, 2010 4:56 am

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. said Tuesday it will buy competitor Van Houtte for $890 million in an attempt to get a better foothold in the Canadian market. Van Houtte, a Keurig single-cup coffee machine licensee, has coffee brands including Brulerie St.

Corn Refiners Want Sweeter Name: Corn Sugar

September 14, 2010 4:53 am

NEW YORK (AP) — The makers of high fructose corn syrup want to sweeten up its image with a new name: corn sugar. The bid to rename the sweetener by the Corn Refiners Association comes as Americans' concerns about health and obesity have sent consumption of high fructose corn syrup, used in soft drinks but also in bread, cereal and other foods, to a 20-year low.

Monsanto Partners With AgraQuest

September 14, 2010 4:49 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Monsanto Co. said Monday it entered a three-year partnership with pesticide maker AgraQuest Inc. to develop new strains of pesticide-coated seeds. Monsanto, the world's biggest seed company, said its partnership with AgraQuest could yield seeds coated in AgraQuest's microbes that fight off nematodes, disease and insects.

Hershey In Dispute Over Chocolate Milk App

September 14, 2010 4:46 am

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Hershey wants a judge to let it keep on making virtual chocolate milk. How now? The Pennsylvania chocolate maker filed a complaint earlier this summer asking a federal judge to decide whether an application it created for the iPhone and similar devices violates a copyright held by Las Vegas-based software developer Hottrix LLC.

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