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Students Sickened By Relaxation Drink

December 4, 2012 9:37 am

Officials have removed a relaxation drink named after reggae icon Bob Marley after several students at a New Jersey school were sickened. Marley's Mellow Mood is promoted to reduce stress. The drink's nutrition facts say it may cause drowsiness and is not intended for children.

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New England Shrimpers Face Low Quota

December 4, 2012 9:35 am | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

Shrimp-fishing regulators on Monday set a short winter shrimp season with a low quota following a warning from scientists that the Gulf of Maine shrimp population is in poor shape due to environmental conditions. An Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission panel set the allowable catch for the upcoming season at about 1.4 million pounds.

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Photo Of The Day: Gingerbread Sphinx

December 4, 2012 9:29 am

"The Sphinx," a gingerbread creation from North End Grill, is on display in the lobby area of Le Parker Meridien hotel in New York. The landmark-inspired creation is being exhibited with other over-the-top gingerbread houses from city restaurants in the annual display to benefit City Harvest, a food rescue organization for feeding the needy.

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Parts Of Texas Slip Back Into Severe Drought

December 3, 2012 12:48 pm | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI,Associated Press

A dry fall that is on track to making the record books has sent portions of Texas, including Houston and Fort Worth, back into severe drought, raising concerns about wildfires and the health of wheat crops and tree farms, climatologists said.

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Maine Scallop Season Starts With New Regulations

December 3, 2012 12:46 pm | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

Maine's scallop fishermen are operating under new regulations that divide the state into three zones and establish a rotational management system similar to crop rotation on land. The rules aim to give fishermen flexibility while rebuilding the scallop population, regulators say.

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Program Trains Farmworkers To Be Organic Farmers

December 3, 2012 12:43 pm | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA,Associated Press

The Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association, known as ALBA, helps bring minority, low-income farmworkers into a profession long dominated by Anglos. Since the program started in 2001, it has created more than 80 small farm businesses.

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ADM Raises Offer For GrainCorp

December 3, 2012 12:41 pm

Agribusiness conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland Co. is increasing its buyout offer for GrainCorp by almost 4 percent and disclosed it has already added to its stake in the Australian grain handler. Under the revised bid disclosed Monday, it would cost ADM about $2.33 billion to buy the rest of the Australian company.

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Feds Consider Poultry Inspection Changes

December 3, 2012 12:39 pm | by MARY SELL,The Decatur Daily

The average American eats about 80 pounds of chicken per year, and Alabama produces more than a billion chickens each year, making it the third-largest producer in the country. But federal poultry inspectors are raising concerns that chicken could become more dangerous if the USDA approves slaughter inspection changes now under consideration.

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Consumer Trends: Holidays On A Special Diet

December 3, 2012 12:17 pm

Guess who’s coming for the holidays? Guests with lactose intolerance, food allergies and celiac disease and maybe a vegan, a diabetic or someone who eats Paleo. Holiday celebrations — cocktail parties, dinners, informal get-togethers — can be safe and festive with a positive attitude, careful planning, and the right ingredients.

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Boneyard Beer Plans New Production Plant

December 3, 2012 9:44 am

Boneyard Beer plans to open a new production plant in northeast Bend by May. The Bulletin newspaper reports that a canning line at the new facility will allow the brewery to expand beyond kegs to cans. Boneyard began selling beer in April 2010 and has steadily increased its volume.

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American Crystal Sugar Workers Reject Contract For Fourth Time

December 3, 2012 9:41 am

American Crystal Sugar Co. workers, their ranks thinned by a 16-month lockout, rejected on Saturday a contract for the fourth time. Contract opponents say the sugar beet processor's five-year contract offer would cut health care benefits and weaken job security and seniority protections.

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Pacific Nations Alarmed By Tuna Overfishing

December 3, 2012 9:40 am | by JIM GOMEZ,Associated Press

Pacific island nations and environmentalists raised an alarm Sunday over destructive fishing methods and overfishing that they say are threatening bigeye tuna — the fish popular among sushi lovers worldwide. Palau fisheries official Nanette Malsolsaid that large countries should cut back on fishing, curb the use of destructive fishing methods and respect fishing bans.

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Meat Prices May Rise Up To 8 Percent In 2013

December 3, 2012 9:37 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN,Associated Press

Consumers can expect to pay 5 percent to 8 percent more at the meat counter next year regardless of whether they put beef, pork or chicken into their grocery carts, a market analyst said Friday. Randy Blach, vice president for CattleFax, said that consumer meat prices will rise to record highs because livestock production has fallen dramatically after ranchers culled animals during this year's drought.

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Saputo Buys Morningstar Foods For $1.45 Billion

December 3, 2012 9:34 am

Saputo is buying Dean Foods' Morningstar Foods unit for $1.45 billion. Morningstar makes dairy and non-dairy products including creams and creamers, ice cream mixes, whipping cream, aerosol whipped toppings, iced coffee, half and half, value-added milks, sour cream and cottage cheese.

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Photo Of The Day: Tuna Troubles

December 3, 2012 9:31 am

Several governments and environmentalists have raised an alarm over destructive fishing methods and overfishing that were threatening the Pacific Ocean's bigeye tuna, the fish popular among sushi lovers the world over.

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United Natural Foods 1Q Profit Jumps

November 30, 2012 12:47 pm

United Natural Foods posted a 42 percent spike in first-quarter net income as strong sales offset shortages of some products. The company matched Wall Street profit expectations, but slimmer margins may have spooked some investors and shares dipped in a broader market sell-off.

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Whitewave Foods 3Q Tops Street’s View

November 30, 2012 12:45 pm

Organic dairy company Whitewave Foods said Friday that its net income fell 12 percent in the third quarter as expenses climbed. Its adjusted earnings beat Wall Street's view, however, and the stock rose in premarket trading. The maker of Silk brand food and beverages earned $26.3 million, or 18 cents per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30.

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Growth Rings Show Lobster Age

November 30, 2012 12:43 pm | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

For the first time, scientists have figured out how to determine the age of a lobster — by counting its rings, like a tree. Knowing their age and that of other shellfish could help scientists better understand the population and assist regulators of the lucrative industry.

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Analyst: ConAgra Acquisition Is A Good Fit

November 30, 2012 12:39 pm

KeyBanc Capital Markets analyst Akshay Jagdale expects that ConAgra's plans to acquire Ralcorp are a good fit, despite the private food label's poor quarterly performance. ConAgra Foods Inc. announced Tuesday that it is buying private-label foods maker Ralcorp Holdings Inc. for $5 billion.

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NY Caviar Distributor Pleads Guilty In Fraud Scam

November 30, 2012 12:37 pm | by LARRY NEUMEISTER,Associated Press

A New York caviar distributor who evaded arrest for nearly a quarter century pleaded guilty Thursday to unlawfully importing more than 100,000 pounds of Russian and Iranian caviar in the 1980s. Isidoro "Mario" Garbarino faces up to four years in prison at a Jan. 7 sentencing after admitting that he used schemes to avoid high taxes while importing caviar worth more than $10 million.

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