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Pollution-Reduction Deadline Looms For Hog Producer

February 24, 2010 4:15 am

PRINCETON, Mo. (AP) — About 1,500 residents of northern Missouri have attended a meeting about an upcoming deadline for Premium Standard Farms to make environmental improvements. Attorney General Chris Koster, who oversees a 1999 court order with Premium Standard Farms, was at the meeting Monday night.

Pediatricians Urge Choking Warning Labels For Food

February 24, 2010 4:13 am

CHICAGO (AP) — Before 4-year-old Eric Stavros Adler choked to death on a piece of hot dog, his anguished mother never dreamed that the popular kids' food could be so dangerous. Some food makers including Oscar Mayer have warning labels about choking, but not nearly enough, says Joan Stavros Adler, Eric's mom.

Kraft To Invest $9 million, 50 Jobs In Missouri

February 24, 2010 4:11 am

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce says Kraft Foods Inc. plans to invest $9 million in two new manufacturing lines in the Springfield area. The company says the investment will bring 50 jobs to the area within the next six to nine months. The jobs will include wages higher than the county average and benefits.

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Brewery Sued Over Drunk Employee's Traffic Accident

February 23, 2010 3:59 am

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — State Farm Insurance has sued Deschutes Brewery, saying it allowed an employee to drink too much free beer before he was involved in a traffic accident. The lawsuit filed Friday in Multnomah County Circuit Court seeks $230,000. It alleges the employee was told by a supervisor that workers were allowed one free beer at the end of a shift, but no one monitored how much the employee drank.

Raw Milk Debate Spills Into Capitols, Courts

February 23, 2010 3:58 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Debate about the health attributes and risks of raw milk is spilling into statehouses and courtrooms across the country as proponents of unpasteurized dairy products push to make them easier for consumers to buy. Supporters of the raw milk cause say pasteurization, the process of heating milk to destroy bacteria and extend shelf life, destroys important nutrients and enzymes.

Imperial Sugar, PureCircle Launch Joint Venture

February 23, 2010 3:55 am

SUGAR LAND, Texas (AP) — Imperial Sugar Co., which processes and markets refined sugar, said Monday it agreed with PureCircle Ltd., to start a joint venture called Natural Sweet Ventures. The joint venture will work on developing new products combining sugar and sugar-substitute Stevia.

China Studies Long-term Impact Of Tainted Milk

February 23, 2010 3:51 am

BEIJING (AP) — More than one in 10 Chinese children sickened by contaminated milk showed signs of kidney damage six months afterward, researchers have found, raising concerns about the long-term effects of the country's massive food safety scandal. At least six children died and nearly 300,000 children fell ill two years ago after consuming infant formula deliberately contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine in order to fool inspectors testing for protein.

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McDonald's Bakery Facility To Open In NC

February 23, 2010 3:47 am

CLAYTON, N.C. (AP) — A company that bakes hamburger buns for McDonald's restaurants and other commercial customers plans to open a new plant in North Carolina, creating about 80 jobs. Gov. Beverly Perdue's office said Monday that taxpayers will contribute $350,000 to lure Northeast Foods Inc.

Man Defaces Tiger Woods' Gatorade Photo, Faces Probation

February 22, 2010 5:10 am

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man who replaced labels on dozens of Gatorade bottles with an image of Tiger Woods and his wife and the word "unfaithful" pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor Friday in an agreement with prosecutors. Jason Kay's attorney said he was trying to provoke thought with the changed labels.

Nestle Makes $9.55B Full-Year Profit

February 22, 2010 5:04 am

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss food and drinks company Nestle SA reported a full-year net profit of 10.4 billion Swiss francs ($9.55 billion) Friday, a significant drop from the 18 billion francs it earned the previous year, when it benefited from the sale of part of its stake in eye care company Alcon.

Refinery Bringing Hope To La. Sugar Growers

February 22, 2010 5:03 am

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After years of fighting storms and flat prices, Louisiana sugar cane growers at the heart of a $2 billion industry are hoping for better financial times as farmers and the food industry unite to get the product from the fields to the consumer in a direct line. Construction is under way on a $190 million sugar refinery near Gramercy, northwest of New Orleans, that will be able to produce 1 million tons of sugar annually.

Residents Fight To Clean Up Calif. Chicken Waste

February 22, 2010 5:02 am

FRENCH CAMP, Calif. (AP) — At the end of a remote road lined by houses, children play in yards just a short distance from a stagnant, 16.5-acre lagoon filled with the waste sludge of a factory egg farm. Flies hover over the pond as chicken urine and feces get pumped daily through white pipes connected from Olivera Egg Ranch's huge laying facilities, which can house more than 700,000 caged chickens.

CA Food Exec Indicted In Tomato Price-Fixing Case

February 19, 2010 6:29 am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The former owner of a California food company was indicted Thursday in an alleged price-fixing plot that involved buyers for some of the nation's biggest food chains. A federal grand jury in Sacramento charged Frederick Scott Salyer with racketeering, wire fraud and obstruction of justice.

CA Food Exec Indicted In Tomato Price-Fixing

February 19, 2010 6:28 am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The former owner of a California food company was indicted Thursday in an alleged price-fixing plot that involved buyers for some of the nation's biggest food chains. A federal grand jury in Sacramento charged Frederick Scott Salyer with racketeering, wire fraud and obstruction of justice.

1-800-Recycling.com Names the Food Manufacturers Wasting Less

February 19, 2010 5:37 am | by Food Manufacturers that are Wasting Less

LOS ANGELES-- (BUSINESS WIRE) - 1-800-Recycling.com, an interactive nationwide website dedicated to enhancing and democratizing the consumer recycling experience while making practical suggestions about green living, has published an article on its blog that singles out and recognizes some of the food manufacturing companies around the country that have been incorporating green practices into their operations.

Agriculture Expert To Dispel Locavore Myth

February 19, 2010 5:18 am

Arlington, Va. (American Trucking Associations) - Roger A. Cady, Ph.D., Senior Technical Consultant at Elanco, will dispel the myth that purchasing locally grown food is better for the environment than buying from grocery retailers, during a presentation to members of the Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference (AFTC) of the American Trucking Associations.

Poultry Companies Turned Watershed Into Mess

February 18, 2010 11:32 am

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Motivated by greed, several Arkansas poultry farms cut corners when getting rid of thousands of tons of waste and allowed it to pollute a sensitive watershed, an attorney for the state argued Thursday. The 11 companies accused of poisoning the Illinois River watershed shared by Oklahoma and Arkansas turned a once-pristine recreational area enjoyed by tens of thousands of visitors each year into a "green, slimy mess," Louis Bullock, an attorney for Oklahoma, said during his closing argument.

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