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Dole Recalls Bagged Salad

August 23, 2012 1:07 pm

Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling 1,039 cases of bagged salad. The product being recalled due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes. Dole Fresh Vegetables is coordinating closely with regulatory officials. No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.

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Drought Worsens In Plains

August 23, 2012 1:04 pm | by JIM SUHR,AP Business Writer

The nation's most withering drought in decades only got worse in several key farming states last week, despite cooler temperatures that at least gave those living there a break from this summer's stifling heat, according to a new drought report released Thursday.

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Judge Delays Decision In Monsanto Case

August 23, 2012 1:02 pm

U.S. District Judge Michael Mills in Mississippi has heard arguments from the Monsanto Co., which is seeking $27 million in damages from a Tupelo farm supply business and its owners in an ongoing dispute over saving and selling its patented seeds.

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Spam Sales Lift Hormel’s 3Q

August 23, 2012 12:59 pm

Strong sales of Spam and Jennie-O products helped Hormel Foods' net income rise in its fiscal third quarter. The meat producer's revenue came in just above Wall Street expectations. Hormel Foods Corp. said Thursday that it earned $111.2 million, or 41 cents per share, for the quarter.

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USDA, McDonald’s Stop Buying From Slaughterhouse

August 23, 2012 12:57 pm | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

Federal officials say nothing they have seen so far in covert video shot in a California slaughterhouse shows meat from cows that may have been sick made it into the food supply.But the federal government and McDonald's Corp. have suspended purchases of meat from the facility.

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Consumer Trends: U.S. Wine Consumption Climbing

August 23, 2012 12:54 pm

A still-fragile U.S. economy continued its recovery as the wine industry maintained its upswing to mark the 18th year of growth.  Consumer confidence and innovation by producers contributed to these gains, and new varietals such as sweet reds and higher end blends have engaged consumers.

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Smoked Salmon Pulled For Listeria

August 23, 2012 9:55 am

A Massachusetts seafood company is recalling some of its smoked salmon products because of possible contamination by the bacterium listeria monocytogenes.Spence & Co. Ltd. of Brockton said Wednesday that the bacterium was discovered during routine sampling. No illnesses have been reported.

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USDA Bought 21M Pounds Of Beef From Slaughterhouse

August 23, 2012 9:53 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

A California slaughterhouse under federal investigation for animal cruelty and possible health issues sold 21 million pounds of beef to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2011 for use in school and other nutritional programs, records show.

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Drought Could Produce Good Wine In The Midwest

August 23, 2012 9:48 am | by JIM SUHR,Associated Press

Most of the grapes in Glenn Warnebold's vineyard in Missouri's picturesque wine country are about two-thirds of their usual size. Others have been reduced to raisins by the drought that burned up many crops across the Midwest this summer.Yet Warnebold figures it could be a good year with the drought concentrating the fruit's flavors and sugar, which will turn to alcohol during fermentation.

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FDA Names Farm Tied To Tainted Melons

August 23, 2012 9:45 am

The Food and Drug Administration has identified a southern Indiana farm that produces cantaloupes linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak and says the operation has recalled its melons. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that of 178 people infected in 21 states, two have died and 62 have been hospitalized.

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Worker Dies After Falling At Cargill Plant

August 23, 2012 9:43 am

Authorities in central Illinois are working to determine what led to the death of a 48-year-old Heyworth man after a fall last week at a Cargill Inc. soybean-processing plant. McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling says Michael Burleson died Monday at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center.

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Photo Of The Day: Drought Is A Boon For Grapes

August 23, 2012 9:41 am

While the lingering dryness and heat throughout much of the U.S. proved ruinous for many other crops, vintners say grapes held their own, producing sweeter fruit with more concentrated flavor that could give wine enthusiasts something to cheer.

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Rice Seasoning Recalled For Undeclared Allergens

August 22, 2012 1:17 pm

JFC INTERNATIONAL INC. of Los Angeles, California is recalling JFC FURIKAKE-SETO FUMI 1.7 OZ, because it contains undeclared egg yolk, soybeans and wheat. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs, soybeans and wheat, run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

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NFPA Rejects Appeal For Sprinklers In Animal Housing

August 22, 2012 1:12 pm

On August 17, 2012, the National Fire Protection Association announced its decision regarding an appeal heard during the August 7-9, 2012 NFPA Standards Council meeting concerning possible changes to NFPA 150, Animal Housing Facilities. NFPA 150 currently requires sprinkler protection for Category A animals, comprised of mostly dangerous animals, such as zoo animals and reptiles.

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USDA Takes Action Against Potato Distributor

August 22, 2012 1:07 pm

The USDA has filed an administrative action under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act against United Potato Distributors Inc. for failure to make full payment promptly to 39 sellers in the total amount of $759,820.22. The company, operating from Los Angeles, Calif., purchased the produce during the period of November 2010 through January 2012.

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Cruise Line To Buy Maine Lobsters

August 22, 2012 1:01 pm | by Clarke Canfield, The Associated Press

A second cruise ship line has agreed to buy lobsters from local suppliers when one of its ships visits Maine in September and October, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree said Wednesday.Celebrity Cruises has agreed to purchase about 3,800 pounds of lobster when the Celebrity Summit visits Bar Harbor and Portland, Pingree said. The 965-foot ship carries more than 2,000 passengers.

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Poultry Processor Guilty Of Polluting Water

August 22, 2012 12:59 pm

A federal jury convicted poultry processor House of Raeford Farms on 10 counts of polluting the local sewer system, but the plant manager was acquitted on all charges.The U.S. Department of Justice said that the poultry producer allowed employees for 16 months to send untreated wastewater contaminated with blood, grease and body parts from slaughtered turkeys directly to the city of Raeford's wastewater treatment plant.

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Consumer Trends: Late Night Dining

August 22, 2012 12:58 pm

As hot summer days stretch into cool summer nights, OpenTable has announced the 2012 Diners' Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Late Night Dining Restaurants in the United States. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Ex-Owner Wants ‘M-A-S-H’ Diner Back

August 22, 2012 9:56 am | by JOHN SEEWER,Associated Press

A former owner of an Ohio hot dog eatery made famous on the TV series "M-A-S-H" is serving up another attempt at regaining control of the company.Robin Horvath is one of two cousins who have fought for more than a year over the ownership of Tony Packo's after a bank foreclosed on its loans and a court-appointed third party was put in charge.

Wisconsin Still Reigns As King Of Cheese

August 22, 2012 9:54 am

There's a reason Wisconsin is called the cheese capital of America.The Badger State produced 227 million pounds of cheese in June. That was one-fourth of the nation's cheese production that month, and a 2 percent increase over the state's production in June of last year.

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