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Groups Criticize Pa. Liquor Bills

May 2, 2013 9:48 am | by MARC LEVY,Associated Press

Gov. Tom Corbett's push to liberalize Pennsylvania's beer, wine and liquor laws drew broad criticism from anti-addiction groups during a Senate committee hearing Tuesday, and a key state senator suggested that any sale of private alcohol licenses won't deliver the kind of windfall Corbett has touted.


Wis. Panel Approves Junk Food Stamp Bill

May 2, 2013 9:47 am | by KEVIN WANG,Associated Press

A Wisconsin Assembly committee approved a bill on Tuesday that would limit the amount of food stamp benefits that could be spent on junk food. Republican Rep. Dean Kaufert, of Neenah, amended his original bill to require people enrolled in the state nutrition assistance program, known as FoodShare or food stamps, to spend at least two-thirds of their monthly benefits on items such as milk, bread and vegetables.


Abused Disabled Iowa Plant Workers Awarded $240M

May 2, 2013 9:45 am | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press

For decades, the lives of 32 mentally disabled Iowa turkey processing plant workers were controlled by their Texas-based employer, which profited handsomely by hiring them out. Regardless of sickness or injury, they were driven from the dilapidated, bug-infested bunkhouse where they were housed to their 41-cents-an-hour jobs removing the slaughtered birds' innards.


Calif. Lawsuit Claims Lead in Ginger, Plum Candies

May 2, 2013 9:43 am | by JASON DEAREN,Associated Press

California has filed a lawsuit against Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and other food retailers, manufacturers and distributors, alleging the companies are selling lead-tainted ginger and plum candies without warning labels, as required by state law.


Photo of the Day: Spreading the Word About Wine

May 2, 2013 9:42 am

The Traverse City Wine & Art Festival is a production of the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association (LPVA). The LPVA was formed in 1998 with a goal to help spread the word about all the wonderful things the Leelanau Peninsula has to offer including a growing number of award-winning wineries, excellent restaurants and a rich agricultural history.


Daily Sound Bite: Monster Sues San Francisco City Attorney

May 1, 2013 12:51 pm

Monster Beverage is suing San Francisco’s city attorney, arguing that City Attorney Dennis Herrera unfairly singled the company out by asking that it produce evidence that its drinks are safe.  Since then, Monster says Herrera has asked it to reformulate its drinks and change its labels and marketing materials.


U.S. Manufacturing Grows at Slower Pace in April

May 1, 2013 12:45 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

U.S. factory activity expanded at a slower pace in April, held back by weaker hiring and less company stockpiling. The report is the latest sign that economic growth may be slowing this spring. The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its index of manufacturing activity slipped to 50.7 last month.


Cargill Looks To Improve Nutrition of Kids’ Food

May 1, 2013 12:43 pm

Cargill today announced a new initiative to help food and beverage manufacturers and foodservice operators find formulation solutions to address the complex challenges associated with improving childhood nutrition. In support of this initiative, Cargill is launching to provide ideas for solving formulation challenges associated with creating kids' products that are healthier and taste great.


PepsiCo Pulls Controversial Mountain Dew Ad

May 1, 2013 12:41 pm

PepsiCo pulled an online ad for Mountain Dew that was criticized for portraying racial stereotypes and making light of violence toward women. In the 60-second spot developed by African-American rapper Tyler, The Creator, a battered white woman on crutches is urged by an officer to identify a suspect out of a lineup of black men. A goat character known as Felicia is included in the lineup.


Jury Deliberates in Iowa Worker Abuse Case

May 1, 2013 12:39 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press

A government attorney asked jurors Tuesday to award damages to 32 mentally disabled workers, saying they were subjected to around-the-clock discrimination by a Texas company that profited from their work at an Iowa turkey plant. An attorney said the former workers for Henry's Turkey Services suffered "broken lives" because of the conditions they endured while living at a run-down bunkhouse in rural Iowa and working at West Liberty Foods.


Monster Beverage Suing San Francisco City Attorney

May 1, 2013 12:37 pm | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press

Monster Beverage is suing San Francisco's city attorney over demands that the company reduce the amount of caffeine in its energy drinks and stop marketing to minors. The company, based in Corona, Calif., says it's being unfairly singled out by City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who late last year had asked Monster to produce documentation showing that its drinks are safe.


Consumer Trends: Same-Store Sales Improve at Restaurants

May 1, 2013 12:00 pm

Buoyed by positive sales results and a more optimistic outlook among restaurant operators, the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) rose above 100 in March.  The RPI — a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry — stood at 100.6 in March, up 0.7 percent from February's level of 99.9.


NYC Elementary School Adopts Vegetarian Menu

May 1, 2013 9:31 am

A New York City elementary school has adopted an all-vegetarian menu, serving kids tofu wraps and veggie chili. Public School 244 is the first public school in the city to go all-veggie. The animal-welfare group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it might be the first all-veggie public elementary school in the nation.


U.S. Horse Slaughter Plant To Open Soon

May 1, 2013 9:30 am

The first U.S.-based horse slaughter plant in six years will open soon unless Congress reinstates a ban on the practice, the country's agriculture secretary said Tuesday. Valley Meat Co. has been fighting for more than a year for permission to slaughter horses.


Wining with the Stars

May 1, 2013 9:28 am | by MICHELLE LOCKE,Associated Press

The MacMurray Ranch is now owned by the Gallo wine family and open to the public only during the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend in August, but it's one of several California wineries with celebrity connections, including wineries owned by "Godfather" director Francis Ford Coppola, the late "Davy Crockett" star Fess Parker, and the late "Perry Mason" star Raymond Burr.


Egypt Investigating New Student Food Poisoning Case

May 1, 2013 9:25 am

A security official says that Egyptian authorities are investigating a new case of food poisoning at Al-Azhar, Cairo's centuries-old seat of Sunni Muslim learning. The official says the investigation opened Tuesday. Some 160 university students fell sick after a tuna meal on Monday, sparking protests by colleagues angry over the quality of basic services in the university hostel, the official said.


Worker Dies in Blender at Ore. Meat Plant

May 1, 2013 9:24 am

An Oregon cleaning worker was killed when he fell into a running blender at a meat-processing plant, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said. Deputy Nate Thompson identified the worker as Hugo Avalos-Chanon, 41, of Portland. He worked for DCS Sanitation Management, a cleaning company that has a contract with Interstate Meat Distributors.


Photo of the Day: Hollywood and Vine

May 1, 2013 9:22 am

In this photo taken March 15, 2013 Kate MacMurray, daughter of the late actor Fred MacMurray poses with a glass of Pinot Noir by a photograph of her father in a tasting area and gallery of old photographs at the MacMurray Ranch in Healdsburg, Calif. The former cattle ranch, which was purchased in 1941 by the actor in the popular TV series "My Three Sons," now produces wine and is owned by the Gallo wine family.


Resources Improve Sustainability of U.S. Dairy

April 30, 2013 12:37 pm

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy today announced new science-based resources available for dairy producers, processors, industry partners and stakeholders. The resources help the industry act on the unprecedented scientific research commissioned as part of the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Commitment — a collective effort of the dairy value chain to measure and improve the sustainability of U.S. dairy from farm to table.


General Mills Reports Global Responsibility Efforts

April 30, 2013 12:33 pm

Today, General Mills released its 2013 Global Responsibility Report, which outlines the company's progress and commitments in the areas of health, environment, sourcing, workplace and community engagement. The full report can be accessed at



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