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Supreme Court To Hear Monsanto Seed Dispute

October 8, 2012 10:11 am | by MARK SHERMAN,Associated Press

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a dispute between a soybean farmer and Monsanto Co. over the company's efforts to limit farmers' use of its patented, genetically engineered Roundup Ready seeds. The justices said they will hear an appeal from Indiana farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman, who is trying to fend off Monsanto's lawsuit claiming Bowman made unauthorized use of the seeds.

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Problems Found At Peanut Butter Plant In 2010

October 8, 2012 10:09 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration found what it called "objectionable conditions" at a New Mexico peanut butter plant in 2010, two years before the current outbreak of salmonella poisoning linked to Trader Joe's peanut butter produced there.

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Photo Of The Day: Making The Grade

October 8, 2012 10:04 am

Vermonters have grown accustomed to their “fancy” “amber” and “grade B” types of maple syrup but new consumers may not be so sweet on the terms. So Vermont is thinking of doing away with those terms and adopting new international names with flavor descriptions to help consumers delineate between four different colored and flavored syrups and to match new worldwide terms.

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October Is Fair Trade Month

October 5, 2012 1:02 pm

Fair Trade USA kicked off the ninth-annual Fair Trade Month with the launch of a campaign that underscores the power consumers have to make every purchase matter. In 2012 alone, more than 120 new Fair Trade Certified™ products were launched, making it possible for shoppers to find the label in nearly every aisle of the grocery store, in restaurants and cafes, and online. 

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Poultry Industry Contributes $265.6B To U.S. Economy

October 5, 2012 12:56 pm

A dynamic and integral part of the national economy, the poultry industry collectively provides 1,337,030 jobs, $63 billion in wages, $265.6 billion in total economic activity, and $23.4 billion in government revenue. The study breaks down poultry into three subcategories: chicken, turkey and eggs.

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Constellation Brands 2Q Tops Wall Street’s View

October 5, 2012 12:51 pm

Constellation Brands' net income fell 23 percent in its fiscal second quarter, stung by higher expenses. But the wine and liquor company's earnings beat Wall Street's view, and it raised its full-year adjusted earnings forecast. The stock gained almost 4 percent in morning trading on Friday, briefly touching a new all-time high.

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Alberta Premier Looks For Answers On Beef Testing

October 5, 2012 12:49 pm | by The Canadian Press

Premier Alison Redford wants answers over some aspects of testing as concerns over E. coli in beef from a southern Alberta meat-packing plant continue to grow. Redford says there may be ways to improve the timing of tests to prevent situations such as the recall of meat from XL Foods which now includes more than 1,500 products.

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Salmonella Confirmed At Peanut Butter Plant

October 5, 2012 12:47 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration says it has found salmonella in a New Mexico plant that produces nut butters for national retailer Trader Joe's and several other grocery chains. The Trader Joe's peanut butter is now linked to 35 salmonella illnesses in 19 states.

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Consumer Trends: Canadian Food Innovations

October 5, 2012 12:42 pm | by Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Press

Ice cream and frozen yogurt may soothe cravings for a frosty, sweet treat, but those craving something warm and savory might soon be munching on cheese and pepperoni in a cone. Vince Pettinicchio, CEO and managing director Quebec-based Aliments MSU Foods Canada Inc., said the pizza cone was a European fad which started four years ago.

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Triumph Foods Expanding Missouri Plant

October 5, 2012 9:48 am

Triumph Foods in St. Joseph says it's expanding its plant with a 30,000-square-foot addition. The pork processing company announced the $9.5 million investment Thursday and says construction will begin within the next 30 days. KQTV reports Triumph plans to add about 30 jobs as part of the expansion.

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Starbucks Testing New Baked Goods

October 5, 2012 9:46 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Starbucks Corp. is testing a variety of toasty croissants and baked goods in nine San Francisco stores, with plans to eventually expand distribution nationally. Among the items being tested: a whole wheat spinach croissant, a ham and cheese croissant, and a tomato, cheese and herb croissant.

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Judge Halts Order Allowing Some Ky. Liquor Sales

October 5, 2012 9:44 am

A federal judge has stopped enforcement of a ruling that would allow Kentucky grocery stores and other outlets to sell booze. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II on Wednesday ruled that an appeal by state officials and package liquor stores is unlikely to succeed.

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McDonald’s Files Trademark For Ground Coffee

October 5, 2012 9:42 am

McDonald's Corp. has filed trademarks for ground and whole bean coffee, suggesting that the world's biggest hamburger chain may start selling its brew in stores or in supermarkets. The Oak Brook, Ill.-based company filed the trademarks for "McCafe" ground and whole bean coffee last month.

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Canadian Senate Overhauls Food Safety Bill

October 5, 2012 9:40 am | by The Canadian Press

Senators have amended a bill on food safety to include a mandatory review every five years of the resources and inspectors available to enforce the system. The review will be conducted by the federal agriculture minister. But the senators stopped short of adopting a Liberal amendment that would have had the auditor general do the job.

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Photo Of The Day: Pepsi's X Factor

October 5, 2012 9:36 am

This spring, Pepsi joined THE X FACTOR and embarked on "The Pepsi Flavor Audition Tour," giving contestants and fans at more than 20 locations in 15 cities the exclusive opportunity to sample four new Pepsi flavors and be the judge of which one earned the right to be called Pepsi X.

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Drought Worsens In Key Midwest States

October 4, 2012 12:56 pm | by JIM SUHR,AP Business Writer

The nation's worst drought in decades is showing no sign of letting up in several key Midwest farming states, worrying farmers harvesting the summer's withered corn crop in record time that their winter crops may also be at risk. Overall drought conditions in the lower 48 states held steady over the seven-day period ending Tuesday, with about one-fifth of the total land area in extreme or exceptional drought.

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E. Coli Vaccine For Cattle Not Widely Used

October 4, 2012 12:54 pm | by The Canadian Press

A breakthrough vaccine that prevents cattle from shedding E. coli before the animals are sent to slaughter has been on the market for several years but isn't widely used. Bioniche, the Ontario company that produces the vaccine, says less than five per cent of Canadian cattle are getting the shots.

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Tenn. Yogurt Plant To Expand

October 4, 2012 12:52 pm

A food processing plant in Middle Tennessee is expanding and will hire 64 more workers. State officials announced Wednesday that AGRANA Fruit US will put about $10 million into construction at its plant in Centerville. Company president Bob Prendes said the demand for yogurt has seen explosive growth in recent years and the Centerville plant has played a key role in AGRANA Fruit US' success.

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Political Fallout Builds As Beef Recall Continues To Expand

October 4, 2012 12:49 pm | by The Canadian Press

The list of beef products being recalled from Alberta's XL Foods due to possible E. coli contamination grew again early today. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency updated its alert to add dozens of additional products sold across the country to an already lengthy list of recalled beef.

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Police Seize More Than 600 Barrels Of Maple Syrup

October 4, 2012 12:47 pm

Police in Canada have seized more than 600 barrels of maple syrup in New Brunswick as part of an investigation into the theft of millions worth of syrup in Quebec and are transporting it back to Quebec under police protection, officials said Wednesday.

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