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Congressmen Propose Dairy Worker Plan

April 10, 2013 12:25 pm | by LISA RATHKE,Associated Press

With immigration reform heating up in Congress, one congressman from Vermont and two from New York plan to introduce legislation in the U.S. House to expand a guest worker program to thousands of immigrants working illegally on the states' dairy farms.

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Dutch Pull 50K Tons of Meat Across Europe

April 10, 2013 12:23 pm | by MIKE CORDER,Associated Press

Dutch authorities are recalling 50,000 tons of meat sold as beef across Europe because its exact source cannot be established and it may contain horse meat, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. The announcement was the latest development in a far-reaching scandal that saw horse meat mixed in with other meats and sold as beef across the continent without informing consumers.

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Consumer Trends: Americans Cut Back on Dining Out

April 10, 2013 12:00 pm

Americans appear to be cutting back in how often they eat out; when asked whether they have eaten out more or less frequently at the same list of restaurant types over the past six months, "less frequently" responses consistently outpace "more frequently" ones.

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Small Business Optimism Falls in March

April 10, 2013 9:41 am

Optimism among small business owners took a dive last month as expectations for their companies' sales and the economy fell, according to a survey released Tuesday. The National Federation of Independent Business said its index of small business optimism, compiled from a survey of its members, fell 1.3 points to 89.5 after three months of modest gains.

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USDA Commits To Improving School Meals

April 10, 2013 9:39 am

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack discussed USDA efforts to improve school meals and outlined the need for a renewed commitment to improve childhood nutrition, which will lead to a healthier generation of Americans. Vilsack noted that America's students now have healthier and more nutritious school meals due to improved nutrition standards implemented as a result of the historic Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

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Food Security a Key Issue in Venezuela

April 10, 2013 9:37 am | by JAMES ANDERSON,Associated Press

Venezuelans complain that what goes into their Sunday dinner plate comes from abroad. It's a complaint heard often these days as Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, seeks election against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. Under the socialist government, shoppers cannot count on finding sugar, cornmeal for Venezuela's beloved arepas and other goods when they go to market.

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Cargill 3Q Falls on Higher Costs

April 10, 2013 9:34 am

Cargill said Tuesday that its fiscal third-quarter net income fell 42 percent, hurt by higher costs at its meat processing businesses. For the quarter ended Feb. 28, the privately held agribusiness company earned $445 million, down from $766 million in the same period a year ago. Revenue edged up 1 percent to $32.2 billion.

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Court Approves Sale of Hostess’ Last Core Assets

April 10, 2013 9:33 am

Hostess Brands Inc. won approval Tuesday to sell off the last of its major cake and bread brands, bringing the total proceeds from its liquidation to about $860 million. A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in New York approved the two deals, said Hostess spokeswoman Anita-Marie Laurie.

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Photo of the Day: Venezuela's Foreign Food

April 10, 2013 9:31 am

Venezuelans complain that what goes into their Sunday dinner plate comes from abroad: Steak, from Brazil; plantains, the Dominican Republic; rice, South Africa; Parmesan cheese, Uruguay; oats, Chile. Even coffee, in a country famed for it, often is Colombian.

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The Challenges of Food Safety Training

April 9, 2013 12:24 pm

A new survey questioned 649 food and drink manufacturers and processors worldwide to identify the needs, effectiveness and challenges of food safety training in the industry. While companies recognized improved product quality and higher employee morale as the greatest benefits of effective food safety training, over 70 percent of those surveyed said finding the time for training was the greatest challenge.

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West Coast Fisheries To See Ecosystem Approach

April 9, 2013 12:21 pm | by JEFF BARNARD,AP Environmental Writer

Federal fisheries managers for the West Coast are poised for a major change in the way they make sure that plenty of fish remain in the sea. The Pacific Fishery Management Council is meeting in Portland this week. On Tuesday, it's expected to adopt a new ecosystem management approach to managing the catch off Oregon, Washington and California.

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USDA Partners with FDA on Egg Export Program

April 9, 2013 12:19 pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has developed a program to certify processed eggs and egg products for export, providing new opportunities for U.S. food exporters. "This is one more step the Obama Administration has taken to expand exports of high quality U.S. agricultural products," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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FDA Shuts Down Food Plant for Filthy Conditions

April 9, 2013 12:18 pm

Federal authorities have ordered a Houston-based producer of egg rolls and other foods to cease operations until it improves products possibly contaminated by "filth." Authorities announced Monday that Chung's Products LP has violated the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Company products are sold in grocery stores and large retail stores nationwide.

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China Jails 6 for Selling Dirty Cooking Oil as New

April 9, 2013 12:16 pm

A Chinese court says six people have been sentenced to up to five years in prison for collecting used cooking oil and reselling it as new. The recycled oil is known as "gutter oil" and can contain carcinogens. It's typically bought from restaurants, and the black-market trade of it has been a chronic problem in China.

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Consumer Trends: Weight Management Market Expands

April 9, 2013 12:00 pm

U.S. retail sales of the weight management products and services — including foods and beverages, meal replacements and diet aids, and commercial weight management programs — will reach $38.0 billion in 2013 and $40.9 billion in 2016, according to "Weight Management Trends in the U.S.," a just-released report from Packaged Facts. Foods and beverages represent the largest share of sales, at almost 80%.

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Daily Sound Bite: Craft Brewing Finds Foothold in Minnesota

April 9, 2013 11:58 am

Craft Beer is growing rapidly in popularity across the country, but perhaps nowhere more quickly than in Minnesota. Two thirds of the breweries in the state have opened in the past three years. Ryan Petz, the president of Fulton Beer, attributes some of the growth to supportive state and city governments.

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Vodka Producer Files for Bankruptcy

April 9, 2013 9:41 am

Vodka producer Central European Distribution Corp. is seeking bankruptcy protection to cut more than $665 million of its debt. The company is asking a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware to approve a reorganization plan, which would give ownership of the company to Roust Trading. Roust is owned by CEDC Chairman Roustam Tariko.

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Bird Flu Spreads Through Poultry in China

April 9, 2013 9:39 am | by GILLIAN WONG,Associated Press

The H7N9 strain previously was known only to infect birds, and officials say they do not know why the virus is infecting humans now. The virus has been detected in live poultry in several food markets where human cases have been found, leading officials to think people are most likely contracting the virus through direct contact with infected fowl.

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Craft Brewing Explodes in Minnesota

April 9, 2013 9:36 am | by KYLE POTTER,Associated Press

The craft brewing scene is exploding in Minnesota as it is across the country: Two-thirds of the breweries in the state have opened just since 2010, according to licensing records. Twenty of those started in the last year alone. Much of that growth has been driven on the local level by city officials, who see a new craft brewery in their town as a cultural and tourism magnet, a job creator and a growing economic engine.

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DOJ Closer to Settlement on AB InBev-Modelo Deal

April 9, 2013 9:35 am

Anheuser-Busch InBev has reached a tentative agreement with the Department of Justice over its disputed $20.1 billion acquisition of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo. The world's largest brewer has been trying since June to buy the half of Grupo Modelo that it doesn't already own. The Justice Department sued to block the deal on concerns that it would stifle competition in the U.S.

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