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Czech PM Wants Liquor History On New Bottles

September 19, 2012 12:56 pm

The Czech prime minister says any new hard liquor produced in the country needs to have a detailed certificate of origin — a move that comes after at least 23 people who drank bootleg booze tainted with methanol died. In response to the deaths, the government banned the sale of spirits with more than 20 percent alcohol content. But that ban has been criticized by many, including President Vaclav Klaus.

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Turkey Service To Pay $1.4M To Disabled Workers

September 19, 2012 12:55 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press

A Texas company that profited for decades by supplying mentally disabled workers to an Iowa turkey plant at wages of 41 cents per hour must pay the men $1.37 million in back wages, a federal judge ruled late Tuesday. The 32 employees had been paid $65 per month to work the processing line at a huge turkey plant in West Liberty, Iowa.

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Consumer Trends: Snacking Habits And Impulse Trends

September 19, 2012 12:51 pm

With all snacking and impulse food markets set to grow faster in the future, it is paramount to understand the key consumer groups and consumer trends driving these markets in order for products to realize their full potential. A new report offers a completely fresh look at consumer's Snacking and Impulse food habits, allowing marketers to understand people's consumption patterns like never before.

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Budweiser Promo Features Small-Batch Brews

September 19, 2012 9:57 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM,AP Business Writer

A beer created by the brewmaster at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Williamsburg is part of a Budweiser limited-edition sampler pack this fall, the company announced Tuesday. The beer named for the 23185 ZIP code was part of a promotion called "Project 12," in which brewmasters at 12 of its breweries created small-batch beers using yeast that is directly descended from the original Budweiser recipe from 1876.

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Protesters Call For Greener EU Food Policy

September 19, 2012 9:55 am | by RAF CASERT,Associated Press

From the culinary Slow Food movement to the Friends of the Earth environmental group, eight major groups set up the march to push demands to drastically revamp policy away from industrial farming. The coalition united under the slogan "EU farm policy must be fundamentally changed" regarding a new seven-year program kicks in after 2013.

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Chemistry Countil Responds To BPA Study

September 19, 2012 9:53 am

"Due to inherent, fundamental limitations in this study, it is incapable of establishing any meaningful connection between BPA and obesity," said Steven G. Hentges, Ph. D., of the Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group of the American Chemistry Council.

FDA Urged To Set Standards For Arsenic In Rice

September 19, 2012 9:48 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

Consumer groups are pressuring the Food and Drug Administration to set federal guidance on allowable levels of arsenic in rice, prompting the agency to study the issue and consider possible new standards. So far, FDA officials say they have found no evidence that suggests rice is unsafe to eat.

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Failed Sweetener CEO Charged With Theft, Fraud

September 19, 2012 9:45 am | by DAVID A. LIEB,Associated Press

The CEO of a failed artificial sweetener company was charged Tuesday with theft and securities fraud in Missouri for allegedly using bond revenues to avoid foreclosure on his Beverly Hills, Calif., home and misleading financiers about the company's troubled operations.

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Photo Of The Day: Europeans Protest Food Policy

September 19, 2012 9:41 am

Farmers and activists from all over the continent converged on European Union headquarters Wednesday to push for a food policy that is fairer to family farmers and kinder to the environment and developing nations.

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Redesigned Fair Trade Label Hits Canadian Shelves

September 18, 2012 12:09 pm

Fair Trade USA, the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States, is offering Fair Trade certification services for products sold in Canada under a globally-registered label.  This cross-border expansion is designed to deliver more impact to more farmers and workers by offering a simple labeling solution to companies working with Fair Trade USA in multiple countries.

Omega Protein Faces $79K In Fines For Worker's Death

September 18, 2012 12:02 pm

A federal safety agency has proposed fines of $79,200 for Omega Protein Inc. for 25 safety and health violations found after the death of a worker who got caught in a rotating screw conveyor. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration released its findings Monday from an inspection in April after 24-year-old Christopher Hebert died from blood loss at the Moss Point plant.

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Pizza Museum Serves Up Slices, Memorabilia

September 18, 2012 11:57 am | by KATHY MATHESON,Associated Press

How much does Brian Dwyer love pizza? Let us count the ways: He holds the Guinness World Record for largest collection of pizza memorabilia; he has a caricature of himself, eating pizza, tattooed on his back with the phrase "Totally saucesome!"; and he is the driving force behind Pizza Brain, which he describes as the nation's first pizza museum.

Manufacturers Pitch Anti-Regulation To Voters

September 18, 2012 11:55 am | by LARRY MARGASAK,Associated Press

The National Association of Manufacturers, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Federation of Independent Business are working to make the anti-regulatory fervor their members share an issue in the last weeks of the campaign. The chamber and the manufacturers group have taken out issue ads saying the expense to business in complying with federal regulations is killing job creation.

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Study Hints At Tie Between BPA And Obesity

September 18, 2012 11:48 am | by MIKE STOBBE,AP Medical Writer

A provocative new study suggests a connection between the BPA chemical used in food packaging and childhood obesity, but the researchers say their findings don't prove it's the cause. While most people have traces of the plastics chemical in their bodies, the study found that children with the highest levels in their urine were twice as likely to be obese as those with the lowest.

Consumer Trends: Canadians Increasingly Positive Toward Food, Farmers

September 18, 2012 11:44 am

Canadians continue to have an increasingly positive impression of Canadian agriculture, with 88% of those polled ranking it positive or neutral, up from 81% in 2009 and 75% in 2006. That's one of the key findings from the new 2012 Farm and Food Care "Canadian Attitudes Study towards Food and Farming" study.

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Protecting Against Hantavirus

September 18, 2012 9:51 am

With the recent outbreak and deaths due to the Hantavirus at Yosemite National Park, it is important for food service plants to take extra precautions against deer mice, the main carrier of the virus. Deer mice are fairly common around facilities in Illinois and across the Midwest and, if infected, can release the Hantavirus in their droppings and urine.

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Panera Franchisee Settles Discrimination Suit

September 18, 2012 9:45 am | by JOE MANDAK,Associated Press

An Ohio franchisee who runs several western Pennsylvania Panera Bread stores has agreed to pay more than $76,000 to settle discrimination claims by current and former black employees. Chief U.S. District Judge Gary Lancaster told attorneys for Guy Vines, the black worker, and the company he sued, Warren, Ohio-based Covelli Enterprises, to advertise the settlement in newspapers in the states where Covelli operates Panera stores.

McNoodles To Be Launched In Austria

September 18, 2012 9:42 am

McDonald's is introducing noodle dishes this week at its restaurants in Austria. The "McNoodles" comes with vegetables and salad, chicken pieces and either sweet and sour or curry sauce. They'll be available for a limited time starting Thursday.

Itocho Buys Dole Businesses For $1.7B

September 18, 2012 9:41 am

Japanese trading company Itochu Corp. said Tuesday it has agreed to buy Dole Food Co.'s worldwide packaged foods and Asia fresh produce businesses for $1.7 billion. Dole's packaged foods business includes products ranging from canned and frozen fruit to bagged salads — product lines that fit with Itochu's ambitions to become the biggest food distributor in the increasingly affluent Asian market.

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Judge Grants $33M Default Against Spice Company

September 18, 2012 9:39 am | by MICHELLE R. SMITH,Associated Press

A federal judge on Monday granted a $33 million default judgment against a New York-based spice company involved in a nationwide salami recall in 2010 after it failed to respond to a lawsuit brought by a Rhode Island-based meat company.

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