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NY Probes Energy Drink Industry

August 29, 2012 9:50 am | by MICHAEL GORMLEY,Associated Press

High-octane energy drinks including 5-Hour Energy and Monster that promise healthy bursts of energy are getting pulled over in New York. New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued subpoenas this summer to the drinks' makers, according to a person familiar with the inquiry, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the investigation hasn't yet been made public.

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73 Sickened By Salmonella-Tainted Mangoes

August 29, 2012 9:49 am

California public health officials are investigating a foodborne illness outbreak that has sickened 73 people and has been linked to salmonella-tainted mangoes. Authorities say they are still probing what prompted the outbreak of salmonella Braenderup cases in California. They are trying to identify which specific mango brands or sources might be tied to the illnesses.

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Photo Of The Day: Campbell Channels Andy Warhol

August 29, 2012 9:47 am

In this photograph taken Aug. 24, 2012, new limited edition Campbell's tomato soup cans with art and sayings by artist Andy Warhol are seen at Campbell Soup Company in Camden, N.J. Campbell plans to introduce the special-edition cans of its condensed tomato soup bearing labels reminiscent of the pop artist's paintings at Target stores starting Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012.

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Butterball Worker Pleads Guilty To Animal Cruelty

August 28, 2012 12:57 pm

Earlier today, Brian Douglas pled guilty to felonious cruelty to animals—a class H felony in North Carolina. Douglas, along with several other Butterball employees, was documented violently kicking and stomping on birds, dragging them by their wings and necks, forcefully throwing turkeys, and bashing in the heads of live birds with metal bars.

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Isaac Threatens Record Corn Harvest In Louisiana

August 28, 2012 12:53 pm

Tropical Storm Isaac could wreck what was looking like an excellent year for Louisiana agriculture, LSU AgCenter experts say. Cotton, soybeans, and corn all are likely to suffer from the storm expected to make landfall Tuesday as a hurricane packing torrential rains and punishing winds.

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Heinz Expects Emerging Markets To Boost 1Q

August 28, 2012 12:50 pm

Food maker H.J. Heinz Co. on Tuesday said strength in emerging markets and a better tax rate will help push its first-quarter earnings above analyst expectations. The world's biggest ketchup maker expects net income of 87 cents per share. Analysts had expected 80 cents per share, according to FactSet. A year ago, net income totaled 78 cents per share, excluding one-time items.

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Georgia Town To Demolish Historic Coca-Cola Building

August 28, 2012 12:46 pm | by CHRISTINA M. WRIGHT,The Telegraph

A vacant Coca-Cola bottling plant some Fort Valley residents consider historic will be demolished, and a Wendy's restaurant will be built in its place, according to a Monday City Council vote."It's an abomination," said Jo Anne Dankel, a strong opposer to the demolition. "They (council) sold out."

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Former Energy-Drink CEO Sentenced For Tax Evasion

August 28, 2012 12:43 pm

A federal judge has sentenced the former chief executive officer of a Nevada energy drink company to more than four years in prison for tax evasion.Fifty-year-old Russell Pike used to run Xyience Inc., a sports energy drink company.

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Consumer Trends: Small Bites And Food On A Stick

August 28, 2012 12:40 pm | by Lois Abraham, The Canadian Press

For a perfect sweet ending to a dinner party consider a shared experience that also represents the convergence of several trends: fondue.Christine Couvelier, a food trend watcher, says fondue dovetails with three trends she has been tracking: food on a stick, small bites with big taste, and food memories.

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Mangoes Pulled For Salmonella

August 28, 2012 9:48 am | by The Canadian Press

Federal health officials have expanded a recall of Daniella brand mangoes sold in western Canada due to possible Salmonella contamination.The Mexican-grown mangoes were distributed by a Vancouver-based importer at retail outlets across the country west of Ontario.

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Sanderson Farms Posts 3Q Profit

August 28, 2012 9:47 am

Sanderson Farms Inc. reported net income of $28.7 million for its fiscal third quarter, a turnaround from a loss a year ago, as improved market conditions boosted revenue 22 percent.The results announced Tuesday beat Wall Street expectations, and its shares jumped almost 6 percent in premarket trading.

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Drought-Stricken States Welcome Rain From Isaac

August 28, 2012 9:45 am | by JOSH FUNK,Associated Press

The remnants of Tropical Storm Isaac could bring welcome rain to some states in the Mississippi River valley this week, but experts say it's unlikely to break the drought gripping the Midwest. Along with the deluge of rain expected along the Gulf Coast when Isaac makes landfall, the National Weather Service predicts 2 to 6 inches of rain will fall in eastern Arkansas, southeast Missouri and southern Illinois.

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Fresno Co. Pension Program Sues Liquor Producer

August 28, 2012 9:41 am

Fresno County's employee pension program has filed a lawsuit against a leading international liquor producer whose plunging stock price hurt the program's investments.The Employees' Retirement Association is suing the Central European Distribution Corporation alleging that misstatements artificially inflated the company's stock price.

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OSHA Cites Tyson For Worker’s Death

August 28, 2012 9:39 am

Regulators have proposed more than $104,000 in penalties for Tyson Foods Inc. because of safety violations the regulators say were found at a Nebraska beef plant where a worker was fatally injured.The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson was cited for seven violations at its Dakota City plant.

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Photo Of The Day: Baghdad's Burger Boom

August 28, 2012 9:37 am

The burger fad is a sign that Iraqis, saddled with violence for years and still experiencing almost daily bombings and shootings, are prepared to move on and embrace ordinary pleasures — like stuffing their faces with pizza.

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Poultry Expo Celebrates 65 Years

August 27, 2012 1:04 pm

The International Poultry Expo is celebrating 65 years of tradeshow service to the poultry and egg industry. Sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, the first“poultry convention” was attended by 200 poultry men in Atlanta in 1948. Suppliers in the early years exhibited in the halls of the convention hotel.

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Top Reasons Processors Use Food Coloring

August 27, 2012 12:58 pm

For centuries, food and beverage manufacturers have utilized food coloring for visual appeal. Color remains a key factor in a consumer’s food choice. To further understand why today’s industry employs coloring, D.D. Williamson conducted a poll at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo in June.

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Fresh Express Recalls Expired Salad

August 27, 2012 12:55 pm

Fresh Express Incorporated is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of expired 10 oz. Hearts of Romaine salad with the expired Use-by Date of August 23, 2012 and a Product Code beginning with "G222" as a precaution due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes.

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Fisheries Official To Hear From Maine Fishermen

August 27, 2012 12:52 pm

The top federal fisheries official in the Northeast is coming to Maine to hear from fishermen and others about issues facing the commercial fishing industry.John Bullard this month became the NOAA Fisheries Service's new regional administrator for the Northeast region, based in Gloucester, Mass.

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Burger Boom Hits Baghdad

August 27, 2012 12:50 pm | by ADAM SCHRECK,AP Business Writer

Baghdad's embattled residents can finally get their milkshakes, chili-cheese dogs and buckets of crispy fried chicken. Original recipe or extra spicy, of course.A wave of new American-style restaurants is spreading across the Iraqi capital, enticing customers hungry for alternatives to traditional offerings like lamb kebabs and fire-roasted carp.

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