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Photo Of The Day: Europeans Protest Food Policy

September 19, 2012 9:41 am

Farmers and activists from all over the continent converged on European Union headquarters Wednesday to push for a food policy that is fairer to family farmers and kinder to the environment and developing nations.

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Redesigned Fair Trade Label Hits Canadian Shelves

September 18, 2012 12:09 pm

Fair Trade USA, the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States, is offering Fair Trade certification services for products sold in Canada under a globally-registered label.  This cross-border expansion is designed to deliver more impact to more farmers and workers by offering a simple labeling solution to companies working with Fair Trade USA in multiple countries.

Omega Protein Faces $79K In Fines For Worker's Death

September 18, 2012 12:02 pm

A federal safety agency has proposed fines of $79,200 for Omega Protein Inc. for 25 safety and health violations found after the death of a worker who got caught in a rotating screw conveyor. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration released its findings Monday from an inspection in April after 24-year-old Christopher Hebert died from blood loss at the Moss Point plant.

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Pizza Museum Serves Up Slices, Memorabilia

September 18, 2012 11:57 am | by KATHY MATHESON,Associated Press

How much does Brian Dwyer love pizza? Let us count the ways: He holds the Guinness World Record for largest collection of pizza memorabilia; he has a caricature of himself, eating pizza, tattooed on his back with the phrase "Totally saucesome!"; and he is the driving force behind Pizza Brain, which he describes as the nation's first pizza museum.

Manufacturers Pitch Anti-Regulation To Voters

September 18, 2012 11:55 am | by LARRY MARGASAK,Associated Press

The National Association of Manufacturers, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Federation of Independent Business are working to make the anti-regulatory fervor their members share an issue in the last weeks of the campaign. The chamber and the manufacturers group have taken out issue ads saying the expense to business in complying with federal regulations is killing job creation.

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Study Hints At Tie Between BPA And Obesity

September 18, 2012 11:48 am | by MIKE STOBBE,AP Medical Writer

A provocative new study suggests a connection between the BPA chemical used in food packaging and childhood obesity, but the researchers say their findings don't prove it's the cause. While most people have traces of the plastics chemical in their bodies, the study found that children with the highest levels in their urine were twice as likely to be obese as those with the lowest.

Consumer Trends: Canadians Increasingly Positive Toward Food, Farmers

September 18, 2012 11:44 am

Canadians continue to have an increasingly positive impression of Canadian agriculture, with 88% of those polled ranking it positive or neutral, up from 81% in 2009 and 75% in 2006. That's one of the key findings from the new 2012 Farm and Food Care "Canadian Attitudes Study towards Food and Farming" study.

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Protecting Against Hantavirus

September 18, 2012 9:51 am

With the recent outbreak and deaths due to the Hantavirus at Yosemite National Park, it is important for food service plants to take extra precautions against deer mice, the main carrier of the virus. Deer mice are fairly common around facilities in Illinois and across the Midwest and, if infected, can release the Hantavirus in their droppings and urine.

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Panera Franchisee Settles Discrimination Suit

September 18, 2012 9:45 am | by JOE MANDAK,Associated Press

An Ohio franchisee who runs several western Pennsylvania Panera Bread stores has agreed to pay more than $76,000 to settle discrimination claims by current and former black employees. Chief U.S. District Judge Gary Lancaster told attorneys for Guy Vines, the black worker, and the company he sued, Warren, Ohio-based Covelli Enterprises, to advertise the settlement in newspapers in the states where Covelli operates Panera stores.

McNoodles To Be Launched In Austria

September 18, 2012 9:42 am

McDonald's is introducing noodle dishes this week at its restaurants in Austria. The "McNoodles" comes with vegetables and salad, chicken pieces and either sweet and sour or curry sauce. They'll be available for a limited time starting Thursday.

Itocho Buys Dole Businesses For $1.7B

September 18, 2012 9:41 am

Japanese trading company Itochu Corp. said Tuesday it has agreed to buy Dole Food Co.'s worldwide packaged foods and Asia fresh produce businesses for $1.7 billion. Dole's packaged foods business includes products ranging from canned and frozen fruit to bagged salads — product lines that fit with Itochu's ambitions to become the biggest food distributor in the increasingly affluent Asian market.

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Judge Grants $33M Default Against Spice Company

September 18, 2012 9:39 am | by MICHELLE R. SMITH,Associated Press

A federal judge on Monday granted a $33 million default judgment against a New York-based spice company involved in a nationwide salami recall in 2010 after it failed to respond to a lawsuit brought by a Rhode Island-based meat company.

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Photo Of The Day: McNoodles

September 18, 2012 9:37 am

McDonald’s Corp. plans to introduce its “McNoodles” in Austria for a limited time, starting Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. The company offers regional options in various parts of the world and says Asian noodles are popular in the country.

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Recalled Chicken May Contain Plastic Pieces

September 17, 2012 12:35 pm

Serenade Foods, Inc., a Milford, Ind., establishment, is recalling approximately 2,250 pounds of crunchy chicken strip products that may contain foreign materials, fragments of plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

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Canadian Ground Beef Recalled In E. Coli Scare

September 17, 2012 12:31 pm | by The Canadian Press

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning against the consumption of several brands of ground beef from XL Foods of Alberta because of possible E.coli contamination. The beef was sold under the Kirkland Signature, Safeway and Calahoo Meats brands in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C.

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Expert Warns Of Ear Rot In Corn

September 17, 2012 12:29 pm

A Purdue Extension plant pathologist says the drought and extreme heat this summer have created conditions prime for a condition known as Aspergillus ear rot to develop in corn. Kiersten Wise says there is no cornfield without some potential for developing the fungus.

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California Cantaloupes Could Be Tainted

September 17, 2012 12:27 pm

A California company is voluntarily recalling cantaloupes in several states, including Colorado, because of possible salmonella contamination. Fresno-based DFI Marketing Inc. issued the recall as a precaution after salmonella was found on a single sample of cantaloupe during routine testing.

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CDC: Kids Eat Too Much Salt

September 17, 2012 12:26 pm | by LINDSEY TANNER,AP Medical Writer

American children eat as much salt as adults — about 1,000 milligrams too much, or the same amount as in just one Big Mac. Extra salt is linked with higher blood pressure, even in kids, but government research says those who are overweight and obese may be most vulnerable to its effects.

Consumer Trends: Organic Continues To Grow

September 17, 2012 12:24 pm

The recent Stanford University study that concluded organic foods were no more nutritious than their conventionally-produced equivalents is unlikely to deter consumers from purchasing organics, according to findings from a soon-to-be-released new report by The Hartman Group.

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Minn. Ag Dept. Wins Food Safety Grant

September 17, 2012 9:45 am

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is getting federal help to more quickly trace contaminated food to grocery stores and other distribution points. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration grants of $600,000 over three years will help the agriculture department quickly remove any contaminated food or recalled products from the marketplace.

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