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Thought of the Day: FDA Proposes Stricter Food Safety Rules

January 4, 2013 12:58 pm

In the wake of several high-profile and deadly foodborne illness outbreaks, the FDA is proposing stricter rules in an effort to prevent the kinds of contaminations that have led to large-scale threats to public health in recent years.   

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Midwest Dairy Farmers Have Strong November

January 4, 2013 12:38 pm

Dairy farmers in Wisconsin and Minnesota had an especially strong month in November. Milk production in both states increased 5 percent compared to their output in November 2012. No other state showed as large an increase, and the increase nationwide was just 1 percent.

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Company Recalls Brownie Mix in Three States

January 4, 2013 12:37 pm

An Illinois-based company says it is recalling one lot of Food Club Chocolate Chunk Brownies Mix distributed to stores in three states from a warehouse in southwestern Virginia. Gilster-Mary Lee Corp. said Thursday that packaging does not list walnuts among the ingredients.

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Farm Bill Extension Evidence of Lost Clout

January 4, 2013 12:35 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

A patchwork extension of federal farm programs passed as part of a larger "fiscal cliff" bill keeps the price of milk from rising but doesn't include many of the goodies that farm-state lawmakers are used to getting for their rural districts.

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Horse Advocates Fear Slaughter of Nevada Mustangs

January 4, 2013 12:32 pm | by SCOTT SONNER,Associated Press

State agriculture officials have discussed ways to muster support for the slaughter of stray horses in Nevada, and the discussions stirred protests among advocates for the free-roaming animals. Wild horse supporters plan a rally at the state Capitol on Friday to urge Gov. Brian Sandoval to call off next week's scheduled auction of 41 wild mustangs they fear will end up at a slaughterhouse.

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FDA Proposes Sweeping New Food Safety Rules

January 4, 2013 12:30 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed the most sweeping food safety rules in decades, requiring farmers and food companies to be more vigilant in the wake of deadly outbreaks in peanuts, cantaloupe and leafy greens. The long-overdue regulations are aimed at reducing the estimated 3,000 deaths a year from foodborne illness.

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Consumer Trends: R&D Spending Expected to Grow in 2013

January 4, 2013 12:27 pm

Innovation leaders from a broad cross-section of industries are anticipating a period of managed growth in 2013, according to the 29th Annual R&D Trends Forecast conducted by the Industrial Research Institute (IRI). Specifically, new business R&D projects are expected to remain a significant driver of investment.

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Starbucks Opening First Vietnam Café

January 4, 2013 9:45 am | by MIKE IVES,Associated Press

Starbucks Corp. will open its first Vietnam cafe early next month in Ho Chi Minh City as part of its strategy to expand across Asia, the company said Thursday. The Seattle-based chain will be entering a country of coffee lovers that already has an established market.

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Ralcorp Closing Two NY Manufacturing Plants

January 4, 2013 9:43 am

Food company Ralcorp Holdings Inc. says it will close two upstate New York manufacturing facilities in a move that will leave 375 workers without jobs. The St. Louis-based company says it will close its Silver Creek and Dunkirk facilities in western New York as it shifts manufacturing to improve efficiency.

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Poll: Obesity Is a Crisis but We Want Junk Food

January 4, 2013 9:41 am | by JENNIFER AGIESTA and LAURAN NEERGAARD,Associated Press

We know obesity is a health crisis, or every new year wouldn't start with resolutions to eat better and get off the couch. But don't try taking away our junk food. Americans blame too much screen time and cheap fast food for fueling the nation's fat epidemic, a poll finds, but they're split on how much the government should do to help.

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Patrick Dempsey Buys Tully's Coffee for $9.15M

January 4, 2013 9:38 am

Actor Patrick Dempsey said it appears his bid to buy a small coffee chain has prevailed in a bankruptcy auction that included Starbucks Corp. Late Thursday night, Dempsey announced that his company, Global Baristas LLC, made the winning bid for Tully's Coffee.

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Wash. Proposal Would Require GMO Label

January 4, 2013 9:35 am | by SHANNON DININNY,Associated Press

Any food sold in Washington state and made with genetically engineered crops would have to be labeled under a ballot initiative submitted Thursday. The move came two months after California voters rejected a similar measure that pitted food safety advocates against agricultural and biotechnology giants in a roughly $55 million advertising battle.

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Photo of the Day: Hold the Veggies

January 4, 2013 9:33 am

This photo shows vegetables left over by students on their cafeteria trays at the Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles. Americans blame too much screen time and cheap fast-food for fueling the nation's obesity epidemic, but a poll finds that they’re split on how the government should help.

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Thought of the Day: Who Gets to Sell Wine?

January 3, 2013 12:56 pm

Despite the protests of some liquor store owners, a new bill will be taken up in the Tennessee legislature next week. The bill aims to remove the ban on the sale of wine in state grocery stores, where beer sales are already allowed.  

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Kansas Chamber Supports Loosening Liquor Laws

January 3, 2013 12:38 pm

The Kansas Chamber of Commerce wants to allow the state's groceries and convenience stores to sell wine, liquor and full-strength beer. Chamber vice president Kent Eckles says the chamber will be part of a coalition urging legislators to rewrite laws on alcohol sales in the upcoming session.

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USDA Issues Final Animal Traceability Rule

January 3, 2013 12:36 pm

The USDA announced a final rule establishing general regulations for improving the traceability of U.S. livestock moving interstate. "With the final rule announced today, the United States now has a flexible, effective animal disease traceability system for livestock moving interstate, without undue burdens for ranchers and U.S. livestock businesses," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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Starbucks Rolling out Reusable Cups

January 3, 2013 12:33 pm

Starbucks Corp. is rolling out a $1 reusable plastic cup at its cafes starting Thursday. The Seattle-based coffee chain already gives customers a dime discount each time they bring in reusable cups for refills. Now it's hoping the new cups — which bear its logo and resemble its white paper cups — will increase the habit.

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Liquor Stores Rebuff Proposal for Wine in Tenn. Groceries

January 3, 2013 12:28 pm | by ERIK SCHELZIG,Associated Press

An effort to reduce opposition to supermarket wine sales in Tennessee has so far failed to change the minds of the liquor store owners who stand to lose the most out of the proposal. Under the bill taking shape before the Legislature convenes next week, local referendums would determine if wine could be sold alongside beer in grocery and convenience stores.

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Smithfield Continues Phasing out Gestation Crates

January 3, 2013 12:26 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM,AP Business Writer

Smithfield Foods Inc., the world's largest pork producer, said Thursday it is on track to end the practice of keeping female hogs in small metal crates while pregnant at its U.S. facilities by 2017 and plans to phase out the practice at its international hog production operations and its joint ventures by 2022.

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Consumer Trends: Perceptions of Healthy Evolve

January 3, 2013 12:23 pm

Consumers are becoming increasingly health-conscious, but their perceptions of what is considered healthy eating at restaurants are also changing. Contemporary definitions of health are strongly associated with local, natural, organic and sustainable food and drink.

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