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Exploring Rum’s Caribbean Roots

April 19, 2013 9:37 am | by JENNIFER KAY,Associated Press

When you're talking about rum, how much does the Caribbean really matter? For the rum world, it's a more serious question than it sounds, and the answer exposes a schism in the industry, a divide between massive producers who value uniformity in a global market and smaller players and connoisseurs who prefer nuanced production that reflects the time and place a rum is made.

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Dutch Court Upholds Recall of Suspect Meat

April 19, 2013 9:35 am

A Dutch court on Thursday upheld a decision by the country's Food and Consumer Product Authority to recall 50,000 tons of meat sold across Europe as beef. The agency said it fears the meat, which came from a processing plant named after its owner Willy Selten, may have had horse meat mixed into it. It said an investigation of Selten's records showed more meat leaving his plant than arriving.

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Photo of the Day: The True Cost of Cargo Theft

April 19, 2013 9:32 am

Sixty-seven percent of all freight travels on trucks, and 90 percent of cargo theft occurs during truck transit. Tyco Integrated Security provided this infographic illustrating the risks and costs associated with transporting cargo by truck.

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First Amendment Thwarts Bill Shielding Meat Processors

April 18, 2013 12:36 pm

After a number of concerns were brought to the table questioning potential labor and First Amendment violations, a California bill that would have put restrictions on the activities of those who film animal abuses at meat processing facilities and slaughterhouses has been killed.

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Using Risk Analysis in Food Safety Processes

April 18, 2013 12:31 pm

While "hazard-based decision-making" has been, and often still is, the norm, governments around the world are adopting Risk Analysis (RA) as the framework for risk-based decision-making. Unilever has adopted this governmental model to risk-based decision-making and the science/technologies involved in it into our food safety assurance approach to innovating and marketing food products.

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PepsiCo Struggles with Stagnant Soda Sales

April 18, 2013 12:28 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

PepsiCo is selling more its snacks and drinks around the world, even as the maker of Frito-Lay, Tropicana and Quaker Oats tries to figure out how to sell more soda in the United States. The company on Thursday reported a first-quarter profit that beat Wall Street expectations as it saw strong growth in emerging markets and benefited from a lower tax rate.

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Nestle Projects Another Year of Steady Growth

April 18, 2013 12:25 pm

Swiss food and drinks giant Nestle SA notched a gain of 2.3 percent in first-quarter sales and confirmed Thursday it was on track for another year of steady growth, despite economic problems in a number of its key markets in the developed world.

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Calif. Bill To Thwart Animal Investigations Dies

April 18, 2013 12:22 pm | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

After weeks of opposition from animal welfare advocates, labor groups and First Amendment experts, a California assembly member withdrew a bill that would limit undercover abuse investigations before it could advance past its first step. California now joins Arkansas and Wyoming in declining in recent weeks to advance bills that seek to punish the documenter of farm animal abuse rather than the abuse itself.

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Raw Milk, Poultry Bacteria Up Rate of Food Poisoning

April 18, 2013 12:21 pm | by MIKE STOBBE,AP Medical Writer

Health officials are seeing more food poisonings caused by a bacteria commonly linked to raw milk and poultry. A study released Thursday said campylobacter cases grew by 14 percent over the last five years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report was based on foodborne infections in only 10 states — about 15 percent of the American population.

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Consumer Trends: Battle of the Brew

April 18, 2013 12:01 pm

At a time when Starbucks can be found on practically every corner, have Americans chosen convenience as the deciding factor in where they get their caffeine jolt? Not according to a recent Harris Poll that suggests consumers — particularly millennials — may have become somewhat of coffee connoisseurs.

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Okla. Governor Signs Home Bakery Act into Law

April 18, 2013 9:49 am

Legislation that allows small home bakeries to operate without a food preparation license has been signed into law by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin. Fallin signed the Home Bakery Act on Monday. The Oklahoma House approved the legislation without opposition in March. The state Senate passed the bill last week.

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Sen. Schumer: Immigration Bill Would Help Northeast Farmers

April 18, 2013 9:47 am | by MARY ESCH,Associated Press

"There's going to be a lot of relief for our dairy farmers, our apple growers and our other specialty crop growers," Schumer said. "I think we're going to see our agriculture industry start growing at a much greater pace because of this bill."

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Brazilian Liquor Gets a Name of Its Own

April 18, 2013 9:45 am

Made from sugarcane, cachaca has always been sold in the United States under the label "Brazilian rum," but a recent decision by the U.S. Treasury's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau allows for it to be commercialized under its Portuguese name.

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Coca-Cola’s Independent Bottlers See Shifting Role

April 18, 2013 9:43 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The world's biggest beverage maker, which makes Sprite, Dasani and Powerade, had purchased its biggest North American bottler in 2010 to make it easier to introduce new products and clean up the messy patchwork of factories that had been created over the decades. The idea was that the company would consolidate production and eventually refranchise the business.

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Man Sentenced To Death for Bakery Blast

April 18, 2013 9:40 am

A court has sentenced a man to death for a bomb attack that killed 17 people three years ago at a bakery popular with tourists in western India. Judge N.P. Dhote sentenced Mirza Himayat Baig on Thursday after finding him guilty of murder and conspiracy in the February 2010 blast at the German Bakery in Pune in Maharashtra state. Six other suspects are still at large.

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Photo of the Day: The Spirit of Brazil

April 18, 2013 9:38 am

In this April 11, 2013 photo, waiter Ivanildo Soares serves a bottle of cachaca, Brazil's national spirit, at the "Adega da Cachaca" cellar in Brasilia, Brazil. The vast majority of cachaca is consumed domestically, much of it sipped in Brazil's famed caipirinha cocktails with lime, sugar and crushed ice.

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Tesco Prepares U.S. Exit with Sale of Fresh & Easy

April 17, 2013 1:23 pm | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press

Tesco, Britain's largest retailer by sales, is to pull out of the U.S., selling off its lossmaking Fresh & Easy supermarket chain after it failed to transfer its winning formula from the U.K. to the western states. The supermarket group booked a loss of $1.8 billion for the U.S. misadventure.

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Daily Sound Bite: Food Seized at Infested Warehouse

April 17, 2013 12:30 pm

The FDA initiated a seizure by U.S. Marshals of food manufacured in a rodent-infested warehouse that processes and distributes kosher food products. Evidence of rodent activity, including rodent droppings and at least one dead rodent, were found in the facility.

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Idaho Rancher Urges Appropriators to Provide Ranchers Stability

April 17, 2013 12:21 pm

The Public Lands Council Vice President Brenda Richards urged the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies to improve business stability for ranchers through well-placed appropriation of funding to federal agencies.

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FDA: U.S. Marshals Seize Food at Rodent-Infested Facility

April 17, 2013 12:17 pm

U.S. Marshals have seized food products at a Ridgewood, N.Y. warehouse that manufactures and distributes kosher food products, after investigators from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found widespread rodent infestation in the facility.

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