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Chicken Nuggets, Patties Recalled In Alaska

December 10, 2012 9:57 am

Chicken nuggets and patties distributed in Alaska by Suzanna's Kitchen are being recalled. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says consumers have found pieces of plastic in the products that may have come from bags that held the chicken before production.

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Hershey Building Peanut Plant To Fight Malnutrition

December 10, 2012 9:56 am

The Hershey Co. plans to build and operate a peanut processing plant aimed at fighting malnutrition in the African nation where it obtains much of the cocoa it uses to make chocolate. The plant will partner with Project Peanut Butter, a pediatrician's program to distribute a peanut-based, nutrient-enriched food to malnourished children in rural Ghana.

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USDA Allowing More Meats, Grains In School Lunches

December 10, 2012 9:54 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of Congress in a letter Friday that the department will do away with daily and weekly limits of meats and grains. Several lawmakers wrote the department after the new rules went into effect in September saying kids aren't getting enough to eat.

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XL Foods Cleared To Ship To U.S.

December 10, 2012 9:52 am

A Canadian meatpacking plant involved in a large recall of contaminated beef products over E. coli bacteria concerns is again being allowed to ship products to the U.S. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Friday that the U.S Department of Agriculture has relisted the XL Foods plant in Brooks, Alberta, effective immediately.

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Diamond Foods Posts 4Q Loss, But Beats Expectations

December 10, 2012 9:50 am | by SARAH SKIDMORE,AP Business Writer

Diamond Foods Inc. on Friday reported a loss for its fiscal fourth quarter, but after adjusting for costs tied to an accounting probe the snack company beat market expectations. Shares of the struggling San Francisco company fell in after-hours trading.

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Photo Of The Day: More Meat, Grains In School Lunches

December 10, 2012 9:48 am

The Agriculture Department is responding to criticism over new school lunch rules by allowing kids to eat more grains and meat in the lunchroom. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a letter to members of Congress Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, that the department will do away with daily and weekly maximums of meats and grains.

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Yum Brands Expanding To China’s Smaller Cities

December 7, 2012 12:52 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The owner of KFC and Pizza Hut is taking its fast-food menus to the lesser-known regions of China, with plans to set up shop in smaller cities throughout the key market. After expanding in China's biggest cities in recent years, Yum Brands Inc. is focusing on populating the country's less urbanized areas.

U.S. Adds 146K Jobs, But Manufacturing Loses 7K

December 7, 2012 12:49 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

U.S. hiring gains held steady in November despite disruptions from Superstorm Sandy and employers' concerns about impending tax increases from the year-end "fiscal cliff." Overall manufacturing jobs fell 7,000. That was pushed down by a loss of 12,000 jobs in food manufacturing that likely reflects the layoff of workers at Hostess.

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Groups Back EPA, Try To Join Poultry Suit

December 7, 2012 12:46 pm | by VICKI SMITH,Associated Press

Several environmental groups want a federal judge to let them join a lawsuit by a West Virginia chicken grower who is challenging new water-pollution rules aimed at cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay watershed. U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey has already allowed the American and West Virginia Farm Bureaus to intervene in Lois Alt's complaint against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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SD Slaughterhouse Accused Of Wastewater Violations

December 7, 2012 12:44 pm

A beef processing plant in northern South Dakota that is trying to get up to speed after years of delays caused by everything from financial problems to lawsuits to flooding is now accused of violating its wastewater permit. The city of Aberdeen says the Northern Beef Packers plant is failing to monitor pollutants and properly operate its treatment lagoons.

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Exotic Elephant Dung Coffee Costs $50 A Pop

December 7, 2012 12:40 pm | by JOCELYN GECKER,Associated Press

Trumpeted as earthy in flavor and smooth on the palate, the exotic new brew is made from beans eaten by Thai elephants and plucked a day later from their dung. A gut reaction inside the elephant creates what its founder calls the coffee's unique taste. At $1,100 per kilogram ($500 per pound), it's among the world's priciest coffee.

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Consumer Trends: Flavor Forecast For 2013

December 7, 2012 12:28 pm

McCormick & Company, Incorporated has unveiled its McCormick® Flavor Forecast® 2013. Now in its thirteenth year, the report is an annual spotlight on the emerging trends that the company expects to drive in terms of flavor innovation over the next several years.

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Ga. Food Processor Recalls 35K Pounds Of Chicken

December 7, 2012 9:55 am

A Georgia food processing company has issued a recall for about 35,800 pounds of breaded chicken products that may contain pieces of plastic. USDA officials Thursday announced the chicken was processed at Suzanna's Kitchen, based in Duluth.

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Produce Worker Pleads Guilty To Fraud

December 7, 2012 9:54 am

An employee of a defunct Alabama produce company is pleading guilty to a charge of defrauding the government through dozens of deals involving hundreds of thousands of dollars. Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Christopher Alan Pfahl of Birmingham reached the plea bargain in an agreement filed Thursday.

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CDC: Language Barrier Caused Gas Leak At Tyson Plant

December 7, 2012 9:47 am | by KELLY P. KISSEL,Associated Press

Tyson Foods disputed the report, saying federal investigators misidentified the worker who caused the accident. Company spokesman Gary Mickelson told The Associated Press the worker who mixed the chemicals speaks English as his primary language and was able to read the label, but didn't.

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SodaStream To Take On Big Drink Makers

December 7, 2012 9:44 am | by LAUREN E. BOHN,Associated Press

An Israeli maker of home soda machines hopes to make a splash in the U.S. soft drink market through a global advertising campaign it will launch during Super Bowl XLVII. For SodaStream, the advertising push marks a bold — and risky — bet on tapping into the tastes of the world's largest soft drink market.

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American Crystal Still Willing To Negotiate

December 7, 2012 9:43 am | by DAVE KOLPACK,Associated Press

The head of American Crystal Sugar Co. said Thursday that the company is still willing to negotiate with locked-out factory workers, but he didn't think it was a good idea to let them parade around at the company's annual shareholders meeting.

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Photo Of The Day: Language Barrier Caused Gas Leak

December 7, 2012 9:37 am

The chlorine gas leak at a Tyson plant that sickened nearly 200 people happened because a worker who couldn't read the English-language label on a barrel of chemicals inadvertently poured bleach into it, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report released Thursday.

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Starbucks Shares Boosted By Expansion Plans

December 6, 2012 1:00 pm

Starbucks Corp. shares rose Thursday after the world's biggest coffee company announced a venti-sized expansion program that will add at least 1,500 new cafes in the U.S. over the next five years.  Starbucks said Wednesday that it plans to boost the number of locations in its biggest market by about 13 percent by 2017.

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USDA Announces New Efforts To Improve Poultry Safety

December 6, 2012 12:57 pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced new steps to protect consumers by improving the food safety plans required for companies that produce poultry products. Companies producing raw ground chicken and turkey and similar products will be required to reassess their Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plans.

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