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Worker Confidence Nearly Unchanged in March

April 2, 2013 12:25 pm

The Randstad Employee Confidence Index edged up for the second consecutive time, reaching 53.9 in March, despite confidence in the job market declining slightly. Although workers are feeling more apprehensive in the availability of jobs, confidence in their personal ability to find a new job and in the future of their current employers remains intact.

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Report: More Than 10K Pesticides Approved Without Proper Testing

April 2, 2013 12:21 pm

A two-year investigation by the Natural Resources Defense Council has found that the federal government has potentially threatened the public’s health by improperly using a regulatory loophole to approve many untested or under-tested toxic pesticides. NRDC has found that the Environmental Protection Agency used this loophole to approve 65 percent of 16,000 pesticides for use in consumer products and agricultural processes.

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Pizza Hut Launching Pie with ‘Cheese Pockets’

April 2, 2013 12:17 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Pizza Hut has found a way to get more cheese into American diets — a pizza crust made of little cheese-stuffed bread bowls. The chain on Wednesday will introduce a new pizza that comes surrounded by 16 semi-circles of cheese that can be pulled off and eaten separately.

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NYC Subway Ads: Pass on the Salt

April 2, 2013 12:13 pm | by JENNIFER PELTZ,Associated Press

New York City subway riders, after being cautioned about smoking, sugar and teen pregnancy, are getting a new message: Pass on the salt. The city's Department of Health launched an ad campaign Monday urging passengers to scrutinize the salt in packaged foods and choose those with less.

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Dole Closes $1.7 Billion Itochu Deal

April 2, 2013 12:12 pm

Dole Food has completed its approximately $1.7 billion sale of its worldwide packaged foods and Asia fresh produce businesses to Japanese trading company Itochu Corp. The sale was announced in September and approved by stockholders in December. Dole's packaged foods business includes products such as canned and frozen fruit.

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Consumer Trends: Frozen Food Habits

April 2, 2013 12:00 pm

When it comes to frozen, ready-made meals, some of us are keeping secrets! According to a new survey by Nestle USA, 25 percent of Americans confess to having passed off frozen meals as their own culinary creation. Another 14 percent admit to having "accidentally" taken a co-worker's frozen meal in the workplace.

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Daily Sound Bite: Pork Producers Assert Right to Choice of Sow Housing

April 2, 2013 11:29 am

Pork producers voted on and approved a resolution at the National Pork Industry forum to affirm the right of producers to choose the sow housing system used in their operations. Housing systems have received increasing consumer attention, beginning in poultry operations, as the public's attention turns toward animal welfare issues.

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McCormick 1Q Profit Rises

April 2, 2013 9:33 am

McCormick & Co.'s first-quarter net income edged up 2 percent, bolstered in part by increased prices and strength in emerging markets. The spice and flavoring maker reaffirmed its full-year earnings forecast on Tuesday. McCormick makes an array of spices and other cooking products for consumers, restaurants and food manufacturers.

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Initiative Promotes Animal Well-Being

April 2, 2013 9:31 am

Reaffirming its strong commitment to animal care and well-being, the National Pork Producers Council this week joined with the National Pork Board, the dairy industry and the Center for Food Integrity — a not-for-profit corporation that builds consumer trust and confidence in today’s food system — to launch an initiative to encourage the immediate reporting of animal abuse, neglect, mishandling or harm.

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Iran Company Aims for Record Tub of Ice Cream

April 2, 2013 9:29 am

An Iranian confectioner has made five tons of ice cream in hopes of setting a new world record for the largest tub of the dessert. The production drew hundreds of eager spectators to a ceremony north of the capital to taste the chocolate ice cream, which measured 1.6-meters (five feet) by two meters (seven feet) and which producers say cost over $30,000 to make.

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Molson Coors Shares Skyrocket

April 2, 2013 9:27 am

Shares of Molson Coors Brewing Co. hit their highest level in more than four years on Monday after a Goldman Sachs analyst boosted her rating and price target as North American beer volumes begin to improve. Judy Hong of Goldman Sachs raised Molson Coors' rating to "Buy" from "Neutral" and raised her price target to $63 from $47.

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Egyptian Students Protest Mass Food Poisoning Case

April 2, 2013 9:25 am

Hundreds of Egyptian students angered by a mass outbreak of food poisoning at a Cairo university stormed on Tuesday the offices of the country's top Muslim cleric, who presides over the institution. The Monday outbreak at al-Azhar University forced the hospitalization of 479 students, health ministry official Khaled el-Khateib said. It occurred after a meal served at the university dormitories in Cairo's Nasr City district.

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Photo of the Day: Dreaming Big with Ice Cream

April 2, 2013 9:24 am

Five tons of ice cream made by Iranian Choopan dairy is displayed during a ceremony at the Tochal mountainous area of northern Tehran, Iran, Monday, April 1, 2013. Choopan dairy unveiled five tons of chocolate ice cream, the largest in the world, according to the factory officials.

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Poultry Processor To Add Del. Facility

April 1, 2013 12:24 pm

Allen Harim Foods says it is negotiating the purchase of the former Pinnacle Foods facility near Millsboro where Vlasic pickles were produced until November. The News Journal reports the firm plans to expand its operations with a $100 million investment. It would employ about 700 people at the facility.

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U.S. Manufacturing Grew More Slowly in March

April 1, 2013 12:22 pm | by PAUL WISEMAN,AP Economics Writer

A survey shows U.S. manufacturing activity expanded more slowly in March than February, held back by weaker growth in production and new orders. But factories hired at the fastest pace in nine months, an encouraging sign ahead of Friday's report on March employment.

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Pork Industry Supports Producer Choice of Sow Housing

April 1, 2013 12:20 pm

At the National Pork Industry Forum, pork producers approved a resolution reaffirming the industry's position that producers should be able to select a sow housing system, including gestation stalls or individual maternity pens, which best promotes employee safety and animal care while ensuring a reliable supply of pork for consumers.

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Cal-Maine Foods 3Q Profit Climbs

April 1, 2013 12:18 pm

Cal-Maine Foods Inc. said Monday that its fiscal third-quarter net income climbed 17 percent, bolstered by increased selling prices and improved sales of specialty eggs. For the period ended March 2, the egg producer earned $30.6 million, or $1.27 per share. That compares with earnings of $26.1 million, or $1.09 per share, a year earlier.

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24 Sickened by Contaminated Snacks

April 1, 2013 12:16 pm

Rhode Island health officials say some of the frozen snack foods linked to an outbreak of E. coli that has sickened at least 24 people around the country may have been shipped to stores in the state as well as neighboring Massachusetts and Connecticut.

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Consumer Trends: The Impact of Healthy Food Rebates

April 1, 2013 12:00 pm

A new study found that rebates on healthy food purchases cause people to put healthier food in their grocery carts. Led by the nonprofit research organization the RAND Corporation, the analysis examined the purchases of more than 170,000 South African households, of which 60 percent participated in Discovery Vitality' s HealthyFood program and were eligible for a cash-back rebate of up to 25 percent for healthy food purchases.

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Boston Market Rolls Out Ribs

April 1, 2013 9:56 am

Boston Market is expanding beyond its well-known rotisserie chicken offering for a new meat: ribs. The Golden, Colo.-based chain hopes the ribs, its biggest new food launch in six years, will help bring new customers into its restaurants. It's kicking off the launch with a tax-themed ad campaign starting Monday with the slogan, "The Big Rib-ate."

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