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U.S. And Canadian Food Recalls Spike Over 3-Year Period

May 23, 2012 9:02 am

 A growing trend is affecting virtually all sectors of the food supply chain. From common ingredients to ready-to-eat items, food recalls are up over 250 percent  since 2008. 

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Corn Planting Almost Complete, Ahead Of Schedule

May 22, 2012 12:14 pm

Corn is high, healthy and way ahead of schedule, the government says in its weekly assessment of the growing season.

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General Mills To Eliminate About 850 Jobs

May 22, 2012 12:11 pm

Food maker General Mills Inc. said Tuesday it will cut about 850 jobs as part of a plan to lower costs and boost efficiency.

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Poll: Americans Support Doubling Food Stamp Value At Farmers Markets

May 22, 2012 12:08 pm | by SOURCE W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Three-quarters of Americans support a nationwide program to double the value of SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps) when used at farmers markets, according to a recent survey commissioned by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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North European Dairy Cooperatives In Merger Talks

May 22, 2012 12:00 pm

Scandinavian dairy group Arla Foods says it plans to merge with milk cooperatives in Germany and Britain. Arla Foods Chief Executive Peder Tuborgh says a merger would "strengthen Arla Foods' position as one of Europe's leading dairy companies."

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Consumer Trends: Consumers Become ‘Cook Aware’

May 22, 2012 12:00 pm

A growing number of U.S. consumers are taking to their kitchens to cook more frequently, and trying new and more nutritious foods, in an effort to reduce food bills and perhaps their waistlines.

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Salt Lake Health Department Wins Food Safety Award

May 22, 2012 11:57 am

The Salt Lake Valley Health Department is getting praise from its peers for its programs to keep food safe. The department announced this week it won the 2012 Samuel J. Crumbine Consumer Protection Award for Excellence in Food Protection.

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GMA Praises U.S. Trade Agreement With Columbia

May 22, 2012 8:55 am

The Grocery Manufacturers Association praised last week's implementation of the U.S. – Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA).  CTPA will drastically eliminate tariffs and other barriers to U.S. exports and significantly expand trade between the U.S. and Colombia.

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Farmers Test-Cutting Wheat In Southern Kansas

May 22, 2012 8:53 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press

Farmers are beginning to test-cut some winter wheat fields in southern Kansas, with the harvest likely to start within days, but deteriorating crop conditions have dashed hopes for what could have been a bountiful crop elsewhere in the state.

Judge: POM Deceptively Marketed Pomegranate Juice

May 22, 2012 8:50 am

A federal administrative judge ruled Monday that POM Wonderful used deceptive advertising when claiming that its pomegranate juice could treat or prevent heart disease, prostate cancer and other illnesses.

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Too Much Caffeine? Fair Trade Coffees Fighting

May 22, 2012 8:47 am

Two stalwarts in the fair-trade coffee movement are debating a move by a national certifying organization to expand beyond small, farmer-owned cooperatives and allow larger growers to sell their product with a fair trade label.

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Domino's Under Fire For 'Pig Prisons'

May 22, 2012 8:45 am

A Domino’s Pizza customer’s petition on Change.org asking the chain to stop purchasing pork from suppliers who place pregnant pigs in cramped gestation crates has gone viral, collecting more than 115,000 signatures from people in all 50 states in under a week.

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Photo Of The Day: Subway Plans Big Expansion

May 22, 2012 8:41 am

With more than 2,000 franchisees actively searching for locations, the SUBWAY(R) sandwich chain has plans to open 1,200 North American locations in 2012.

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6.0 Quake Damages World Renown Cheese Producers

May 21, 2012 1:54 pm | by ALBERTO ARSIE, COLLEEN BARRY

Cheese producer Oriano Caretti woke up to the shaking earth, and then to the roar of some 30,000 39-kilogram (86-pound) wheels of Parmesan cheese crashing to the ground in the warehouse next to his home.

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Say What? Kraft's Name Becomes A Punchline

May 21, 2012 1:52 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Soon after Kraft announced the new name of its global snack business, Mondelez, Crain's Business Chicago reported that the new moniker bears close resemblance to a Russian term for a sexual act.

Annual Mo. Extension Wheat Tour On Tap

May 21, 2012 1:48 pm

University of Missouri Extension is conducting its annual wheat tour near Lamar, where experts will talk about bugs, diseases and the performance of different varieties of wheat.

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Sunday Alcohol Sales Law Takes Effect In Conn.

May 21, 2012 1:46 pm

Perhaps out of curiosity or simply to be first, customers began lining up at a couple of Connecticut businesses selling alcohol on Sunday, the first time that Sunday alcohol sales in the state are legal.

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The Making Of The Term 'Pink Slime'

May 21, 2012 1:42 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The microbiologist who coined the term for lean finely textured beef ran through a few iterations in his head before pressing send on an email to a coworker at the U.S. Department of Agriculture a decade ago. Then, the name hit him like heartburn after a juicy burger.

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Consumer Trends: Fast-Casual Restaurants Strengthen Gains

May 21, 2012 12:00 pm

Fast-casual chains strengthened their gains on the overall restaurant industry, with the top 150 fast-casual chains growing 8.4 percent to $21.5 billion in 2011, a faster rate than in 2010 (6.6 percent).

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EPA: Mining Could Affect Quality Of Water, Fish

May 21, 2012 8:16 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press

The possible failure of a dam holding waste from a large-scale mine near the headwaters of one of the world's premier salmon fisheries in Alaska could wipe out or degrade rivers and streams in the region for decades, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a draft watershed assessment released Friday.

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