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Jimmy John's Sued For Latest Outbreak

February 22, 2012 1:03 pm

An Iowa woman sickened by eating tainted sprouts filed a lawsuit Tuesday against sandwich chain Jimmy John's, the first stemming from a recent outbreak of a foodborne illness linked to the restaurant.

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$100K Reward Offered In Beef Plant Arson Attack

February 22, 2012 1:00 pm

Fresno County authorities are offering $100,000 for information leading to an arrest in last month's arson attack on California's biggest beef processor.

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Consumer Trends: Almonds Receive Heart-Healthy Label

February 22, 2012 12:54 pm

The American Heart Association (AHA) has certified almonds with its signature Heart-Check mark to signify that they are a heart-healthy food.(1) This symbol is the most consumer-trusted nutrition icon appearing on packaged foods — in fact, one study found that more than half of shoppers use the mark as a deciding factor when choosing to purchase a new product.(2) Consumers can now easily identify almonds as smart choice for their heart health.

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Cargill Launches Cocoa Farmer Training Program

February 22, 2012 9:59 am

Cargill's cocoa & chocolate business - in close cooperation with the Ghana Cocoa Board - is expanding its Cargill Sustainable Cocoa Program with the launch of an extensive four year commitment to farmer training in Ghana.

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Malt-O-Meal Changes Name To MOM Brands

February 22, 2012 9:55 am

Malt-O-Meal said Tuesday that it's changing its corporate name to MOM Brands to reflect a more expansive product lineup. The 93-year-old cereal company sells numerous cold cereals and instant oatmeal. The names of the individual cereals, including its original farina hot cereal, will remain the same.

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Mild Winter Endangers Maple Syrup Season

February 22, 2012 9:53 am | by HOLLY RAMER,The Associated Press

A mild winter across the Northeast is injecting extra uncertainty into maple syrup season, but many producers say they'll just go with the flow, whenever it starts. Temperatures have been up and snowfall totals have been down throughout the region this winter, raising some concern for the maple syrup crop. But syrup producers say the weather during the six-week season when sap flows matters more than the weather leading up to it.

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Texas May Cut Water To Rice Farms

February 22, 2012 9:49 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI,Associated Press

Thousands of farmers in Texas' rice-producing region are likely to be affected by action taken in response to one of the most severe droughts in state history. With water management agencies implementing emergency plans never used before, the Lower Colorado River Authority is widely expected to announce March 1 that it will not release water to rice farmers in three counties.

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Hershey Cited For Labor Violations

February 22, 2012 9:45 am | by MARK SCOLFORO,Associated Press

Federal labor officials announced Tuesday they found nine workplace violations at a candy repackaging and distribution facility owned by The Hershey Co. and operated by Exel Inc., the site of protests last summer by foreign student workers.

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Photo Of The Day: A Sticky Situation For Maple Syrup

February 22, 2012 9:40 am

An unusually mild winter across much of the Northeast has raised some concerns about whether the maple syrup crop is in danger.

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Rainfall Gives La. Farmers Hope

February 21, 2012 1:10 pm | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY and MARY FOSTER,Associated Press

A winter of well-spaced rains has provided a measure of drought relief for Louisiana farmers who wondered last fall whether their parched fields would fail during the planting season.

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More Schools Serve Three Meals A Day

February 21, 2012 1:08 pm | by HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH,Associated Press

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama in December 2010, provides federal funds for the after-school dinner program in areas where at least half the students qualify for free or reduced price lunches. Before the change, the program was limited to 13 states and the District of Columbia. Most states had provided money for only after-school snacks.

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Indiana City Looks To Use Food Waste To Get Methane

February 21, 2012 1:06 pm

Valparaiso is looking at using food waste to increase the amount of methane now generated at its sewage treatment facility, a move that would cut the plant's utility bills.

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Kraft Income Up On Higher Prices

February 21, 2012 1:02 pm

The company, whose brands include Nabisco, Maxwell House and Trident, and the rest of the food and beverage industry are coping with higher costs at a time when consumers in developed markets like the U.S. are limiting spending.

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High-Arsenic Baby Food Linked To Brown Rice Syrup

February 21, 2012 12:54 pm

A recent study linked organic brown rice to high-arsenic baby food, but the USA Rice Federation says organic brown rice syrup is not widely used in U.S. food products. 

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Consumer Trends: More Employees Lunching At Home

February 21, 2012 12:45 pm

Spurred by the lingering effects of the recession, consumers are cutting back on away-from-home lunch purchases.  More than a third of respondents (37 percent) say they've cut back on foodservice spending at lunch over the past year, and 31 percent say they are eating lunch at home more often.

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N.Y. Bans Shellfishing In Long Island Area

February 21, 2012 10:15 am

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation is closing a shellfishing harvesting area on Long Island for seven months. The closure, beginning Saturday, affects about 7,100 acres of Hempstead Bay, west of the Wantagh.

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Pilgrim's Pride Posts 4Q Loss

February 21, 2012 10:13 am

Like other poultry producers, Pilgrim's Pride has been squeezed between rising costs and flat demand for poultry. The company has cut costs, and on Friday said that 2011 was a "transformational" year in its efforts to build a leaner operation.

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FDA To Review Inhalable Caffeine

February 21, 2012 10:09 am | by RODRIQUE NGOWI,Associated Press

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials plan to investigate whether inhalable caffeine sold in lipstick-sized canisters is safe for consumers and if its manufacturer was right to brand it as a dietary supplement.

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Kansas Open To Lab Funding Alternatives

February 21, 2012 10:06 am | by JOHN MILBURN,Associated Press

 Sen. Steve Morris says the need for a research facility of this magnitude is important for the nation's food safety and to protect public health. 

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Dry Midwestern Winter Could Mean Summer Drought

February 21, 2012 10:02 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI,Associated Press

A relatively snow-free winter in the Upper Midwest has some officials worried about damage to agriculture if the dry weather persists into spring planting. Minnesota's agriculture and commerce commissioners, Dave Frederickson and Mike Rothman, signaled their concern when they advised farmers Thursday to buy crop insurance before next month's deadline. Most of Minnesota is in the earliest stage of drought, and parts of Iowa and the Dakotas also are abnormally dry or worse. 

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