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Lawsuits Slam 'Natural' Food Claims

May 31, 2012 10:00 am | by JESSICA GRESKO,Associated Press

Over the past several years, a number of major national brands have been attacked for what consumers have called deceptive labeling. Tostidos, SunChips, Snapple and Ben & Jerry's ice cream have all faced similar attacks.

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Photo Of The Day: FDA Rejects 'Corn Sugar'

May 31, 2012 9:58 am

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 rejected the Corn Refiners Association's bid to rename its sweetening agent "corn sugar." The FDA said that it defines sugar as a solid, dried and crystallized food — not a syrup.

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Sanderson Farms Returns To Profit In 2Q

May 30, 2012 12:56 pm

Sanderson Farms Inc. returned to a profit in its fiscal second quarter on higher revenue, lower feed costs and improved market conditions.

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Wash. Opens Up Liquor Sales; Prices Expected To Rise

May 30, 2012 12:53 pm | by SHANNON DININNY,Associated Press

Washington state residents might want to stock up on tequila and rum if margaritas or mojitos are on their summer menu, because prices are likely going up at many retailers this week — and prices are just one of several big changes in store when Washington state abandons its long-held place in the liquor business.

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Foie Gras Feeding Frenzy Grows As Ban Nears

May 30, 2012 12:51 pm | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

Chefs are loading their high-end menus with duck liver: terrine de foie gras, seared foie gras with mango chutney, foie gras salad and sweet foie gras for dessert. And they are keeping secret the locations of their multi-course dinners to avoid protesters as a July 1 ban looms in California, the only state to outlaw foie gras.

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USDA: Pesticides Pose No Risk To Food Supply

May 30, 2012 12:47 pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has posted data from the 2010 Pesticide Data Program (PDP) Annual Summary. The 2010 PDP report confirms that food does not pose a safety concern based upon pesticide residues.

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Video Draws Animal Cruelty Charges

May 30, 2012 12:43 pm | by GILLIAN FLACCUS,Associated Press

Prosecutors have filed animal cruelty charges against the owner and seven employees at a Southern California livestock auction house after undercover video shot by an animal rights group showed workers kicking, hitting and tossing the animals as they were readied for sale.

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Consumer Trends: A ‘Seductive’ Approach To Dining Healthy

May 30, 2012 12:38 pm

Unilever Food Solutions' latest World Menu Report titled "Seductive Nutrition" finds that U.S. restaurant guests want the choice of eating healthier when dining out, but those good intentions do not always translate into action.

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UK Drops Proposed Tax On Savories

May 30, 2012 10:09 am | by DAVID STRINGER,Associated Press

Britain's government has cooled on its plan to impose a new sales tax on hot savory snacks, such as the humble Cornish pasty and sausage roll, after being criticized for unfairly attacking the poor.

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Maine Lobster Licensing Under Review

May 30, 2012 10:05 am | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

Scott Beede is one of 302 people on the waiting list for a Maine lobster license. By his calculations he'll be nearly 80 years old — or dead — by the time his wait is over. Beede, 50, says the state's 15-year-old licensing system needs an overhaul to give newcomers like him a fair shot at getting a license to fish their own traps in Maine's lobster-rich waters.

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Idaho: Five Wives Vodka Offensive To Mormon Residents

May 30, 2012 10:02 am | by JOHN MILLER and PAUL FOY, Associated Press

The middle-shelf vodka is made by Ogden's Own Distillery in Utah, where the Mormon church is based. Its label carries the name and an image of five women, an apparent reference to polygamy, a practice abandoned by the church more than a century ago.

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Mexican Police Protect Pepsi Subsidiary After Attacks

May 30, 2012 9:58 am

Mexican police are providing stepped-up security for a PepsiCo subsidiary targeted by firebomb attacks over the weekend, official said Tuesday. About one hundred state and federal police are guarding the distribution centers of Sabritas, a Mexican snack firm owned by PepsiCo, said Julio Hernandez, a spokesman for western Michoacan state.

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North Korea Drought Worsens, Aid Unlikely

May 30, 2012 9:54 am

North Korea is mobilizing workers to irrigate farms and repair wells as officials report a serious drought that could worsen already critical food shortages. Help, however, is unlikely to come from the United States and South Korea following Pyongyang's widely criticized rocket launch.

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Photo Of The Day: 'Polygamist' Vodka Leaves Bad Taste In Idaho

May 30, 2012 9:48 am

The Idaho State Liquor Division says the vodka won't be stocked or special ordered at stores operated by the state of Idaho, claiming the brand is offensive to Mormons who make up over a quarter of the state's population.

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Delaware Pickle Plant To Close

May 29, 2012 1:02 pm

A New Jersey food company says it is closing a pickle production in Millsboro, putting about 200 employees out of work.

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Dairies Pamper Cows To Increase Milk Output

May 29, 2012 1:00 pm | by DINESH RAMDE,Associated Press

Cow comfort has become a key concern for the nation's farmers, who have known for generations that contented cows give more milk. The traditional techniques for keeping cows happy aren't complicated — feed them well, keep the temperature comfortable and give them room to move around. But some dairy farmers are turning to a new array of creative options intended to keep cows as mellow — and productive — as possible.

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Mild Winter Means Earlier Peaches For Ill. Growers

May 29, 2012 12:57 pm | by JIM SUHR,Associated Press

Blessed by a mild winter and dodging spring freezes that commonly take their toll on peach blossoms, harvesting of some varieties already is under way at some Illinois orchards.

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Craft Beers Gain Popularity At The Ballpark

May 29, 2012 12:53 pm | by DAVE SKRETTA,AP Sports Writer

During a period of decline in overall beer consumption, the market for craft brews is rapidly expanding, and the trend is evident at ballparks from coast to coast. Many stadiums offer upward of 60 varieties, everything from Budweiser and Coors Light to Henry Weinhard's IPA.

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Radioactive Tuna Traveled 6,000 Miles

May 29, 2012 12:50 pm | by ALICIA CHANG,AP Science Writer

Across the vast Pacific, the mighty bluefin tuna carried radioactive contamination that leaked from Japan's crippled nuclear plant to the shores of the United States 6,000 miles away — the first time a huge migrating fish has been shown to carry radioactivity such a distance.

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Consumer Trends: Top Warm Weather Ordering Trends

May 29, 2012 12:47 pm

Spring is in full swing, and with the climbing temperatures comes the craving for seasonal fare. While traditional staples remain popular, GrubHub, the nation's number one online and mobile food ordering service, has identified the kabob as the new warm weather culinary trend, with the food item growing in order popularity by more than 25 percent since 2011.

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