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Subway 'Scandal': Is Footlong Sub Really 11 Inches?

January 18, 2013 12:44 pm | by MAE ANDERSON,The Associated Press

What's in an inch? Apparently, enough missing meat, cheese and tomatoes to cause an uproar. Subway, the world's largest fast food chain with 38,000 locations, is facing widespread criticism after a man who appears to be from Australia posted a photo on the company's Facebook page of one of its footlong sandwiches next to a tape measure that shows the sub is just 11 inches.

Obesity in Young Kids Dropped in NYC, Grew in LA

January 18, 2013 12:42 pm | by MIKE STOBBE,AP Medical Writer

In the battle against childhood obesity, New York City appears to be doing better than Los Angeles, at least for low-income preschoolers. A study released Thursday compared obesity rates for young poor children in the nation's two largest cities over nine years.

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While Horsemeat Horrifies UK, Others Call It a Delicacy

January 18, 2013 12:39 pm | by JILL LAWLESS,Associated Press

In Britain, a horse is a horse — not a main course. Tesco, the country's biggest supermarket chain, took out full-page newspaper ads Thursday to apologize for an unwanted ingredient in some of its hamburgers: horsemeat. Horsemeat is eaten in European countries such as France, Belgium and Italy, as well as by many in China, among the traditionally nomadic people of Central Asia and in parts of Latin America.

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Monster Shares Fall Under Mounting Pressure

January 18, 2013 12:38 pm

Shares of Monster Beverage Corp. fell Friday after three lawmakers again called on energy drink makers to provide greater disclosures about the ingredients they use and evidence to support their marketing claims. The letter was sent to companies including Red Bull; Monster; PepsiCo Inc., which makes AMP energy drinks; and Coca-Cola Co., which makes Full Throttle and Nos.

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Bovine TB Suspected in Wash. Cow Sent to Slaughter

January 18, 2013 12:35 pm

A Grant County dairy cow sent to slaughter earlier this month is suspected of having had bovine tuberculosis, Washington state agriculture officials said Thursday. That ailment has not been seen in Washington cattle since 1988. There is no immediate human health concern, state health officials said.

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Consumer Trends: U.S. Has Appetite for High-Protein Products

January 18, 2013 12:13 pm

Today, it seems high protein foods are one of the most sought after nutritional choices among American consumers to meet a variety of needs, from balancing diet, building muscle and weight loss. Indeed, according to new research from Mintel, introductions of foods and drinks making a high protein claim are almost three times higher in the US than anywhere else in the world.

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Federal Reserve: Farm Income May Drop in 2013

January 18, 2013 9:50 am

The Federal Reserve predicts U.S. farm income could decline in 2013, but it depends upon how long the drought continues. Roughly two-thirds of the nation has been in a severe drought since last summer. The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Mo., said Thursday that if it continues, prices of corn and other crops would remain volatile because of tight supplies.

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Maine to Limit BPA in Baby Food, Formula

January 18, 2013 9:48 am

The Maine Board of Environmental Protection says the toxic chemical bisphenol-A should be banned from baby food, as well as from infant formula. The board agreed Thursday with Department of Environmental Protection staff recommendations pertaining to infant formula but also went further by applying it to baby food, as well.

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Disabilities Law Makes Food Servers Vulnerable to Lawsuits

January 18, 2013 9:46 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

A settlement stemming from a lack of gluten-free foods available to students at a Massachusetts university could serve as a precedent for people with other allergies or conditions, including peanut sensitivities or diabetes. Institutions and businesses subject to the Americans With Disabilities Act could be open to lawsuits if they fail to honor requests for accommodations by people with food allergies.

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Cargill Plant Cuts 2,000 Jobs in Texas

January 18, 2013 9:44 am | by BETSY BLANEY,Associated Press

Cargill Beef announced Thursday that it will idle one of its two West Texas meatpacking plants and lay off all 2,000 workers because of a tight cattle supply following years of drought. The number of cattle in the U.S. has been dropping for years, but the pace accelerated during the past two years as drought dried up pastures and sent the prices of hay and other feed skyrocketing.

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Irish Plant In Horsemeat Scandal Suspends Operations

January 18, 2013 9:42 am | by SHAWN POGATCHNIK,Associated Press

Food quality officials said Thursday they have identified more horsemeat traces in beef burgers produced in Ireland and pinpointed the problem in an imported ingredient. Ireland's second-largest manufacturer of supermarket beef patties shut down its production line in response.

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Photo of the Day: Food Allergies Recognized as Disabilities

January 18, 2013 9:40 am

Schools, restaurants and anyone else serving food are more vulnerable to legal threats over food sensitivities after the Justice Department determined that severe food allergies can be classified as disabilities under federal law. People who suffer from celiac disease don't absorb nutrients well and can get sick from the gluten found in wheat, rye and barley.

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America's Beer Distributors Tout Creation of 130,000 Direct Jobs

January 17, 2013 12:37 pm

A new report provides the first-ever comprehensive report on beer distribution companies' total impact on national and state economies and gives an in-depth view of beer distributors' economic contributions by taking into account how beer distributor activities are intertwined with many parts of the economy, especially the personal services sector.

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Mars Named One of FORTUNE's 100 Best Companies to Work For

January 17, 2013 12:32 pm

Mars, Inc. has been ranked 95 on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For list. the annual ranking compiled by Great Place to Work® Institute includes the most admired businesses as recognized by employees. The list, announced by FORTUNE and featured in the February edition of its magazine, honored the top 100 companies to work for in the U.S.

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Campaign Will Highlight Illinois Fruit, Vegetables

January 17, 2013 12:25 pm

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is launching a campaign to encourage consumers to buy locally grown fruits and vegetables. Agency director Bob Flider says the state could see economic activity grow by $20 billion a year if consumers increased spending on locally grown food by 10 percent.

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Thought of the Day: Analyst Says Kellogg "Underperforming"

January 17, 2013 11:57 am

Kellogg stock is up, but at least one analyst isn't buying the hype. Robert Moskow cut his rating of the food company from "Neutral" to "Underperform," claiming little justification for the 10 percent increase in the stock's price since the report of its third-quarter results last year.

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Kottkamp Leaves as CEO of Health Drink Company

January 17, 2013 11:39 am | by BRENDAN FARRINGTON, Associated Press

In a letter to the Associated Press, former Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp announced that he is no longer the CEO of a health drink company that so far isn't fulfilling commitments to create jobs after taking a $5 million grant from Lee County. 

FTC Upholds Decision Against POM Wonderful

January 17, 2013 11:36 am

Federal Trade Commission has upheld a judge's earlier decision that POM Wonderful made deceptive claims about the health benefits of its products. A federal administrative judged ruled in May that the company used deceptive advertising when claiming that its pomegranate juice could treat or prevent heart disease, prostate cancer and other illnesses.

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National Fisheries Institute Calls Recent Mercury Study "Fraudulent"

January 17, 2013 9:34 am

The National Fisheries Institute is hitting back at a Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI), which recently released a report stoking concerns about supposedly high levels of mercury in people and fish. NFIA says BRI "misled the public on the safety of commercial seafood."

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Bolthouse Farms Unveils Innovation Center

January 17, 2013 9:17 am

Bolthouse Farms unveiled its state-of-the-art Innovation Center Wednesday at the company’s headquarters in Bakersfield, CA. The facility is designed to accelerate new product development and enhance current Bolthouse Farms offerings across the company’s portfolio of beverages, salad dressings and fresh carrots.

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