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CDC, FDA Say Formula Not Related To Infant Deaths

January 3, 2012 6:43 am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Four cases of infants sickened by a rare bacteria sometimes linked to powdered formula, including two who died, are not related and parents can continue using the products to feed their babies, two federal agencies announced Friday. Scientists with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration tested various types of powdered infant formula and distilled water, known as nursing water, and found no cases of contamination by Cronobacter sakazakii.

Consumer Trends: 2012 Natural And Organic Market Trends

January 3, 2012 6:00 am

COLLINGSWOOD, N.J. (PRNewswire) — The haves and have-nots—that's what's driving health and eco consumer purchasing this year—gluten free, non-GMO, and no antibiotics.  According to a recent MamboTrack™ survey by Mambo Sprouts Marketing , consumers are as concerned about what's not in their products as what is.

Consumer Trends: Restaurants Ready For New Year's Resolutions

January 3, 2012 5:53 am

CHICAGO, Ill. (PRNewswire) — Many Americans have made New Year's resolutions, often involving diets and healthy eating. Technomic has found that an increasing number of restaurants are able to meet these consumers' needs by creating dishes that are low in fat, calories and sugar and proudly describing these healthful properties.

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Consumer Trends: Top Five Diet Trends For 2012

January 3, 2012 5:47 am | by 1. Go Green & Add Some Spice! 

NEW YORK, N.Y. (PRNewswire) — Looking for the hot new diet trends to follow in 2012? Who better to ask for help than the nation's top nutrition experts?  In a survey by Pollock Communications, a full-service public relations agency with long-standing relationships in the food and wellness industry, responses from more than 200 RDs in their network were tallied to identify the top 2012 nutrition trends for consumers and food companies.

UN: Food Prices To Stay Volatile

January 3, 2012 4:10 am

ROME (AP) — The new head of the U.N. food agency says he expects food prices to stay volatile in 2012 — and more people to go hungry. Jose Graziano da Silva, Brazil's former food security minister, took over as director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization Jan.

Gulf Of Maine Shrimpers Face Short Season

January 3, 2012 4:08 am

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Gulf of Maine shrimp fishing season could be a short one with the 2012 catch limited to a third of the 2011 harvest. Shrimp fishermen have been given a catch limit of 4.4 million pounds for the upcoming season, down from the 13 million pounds they caught last season.

Scientists Develop Drought-Tolerant Alfalfa

January 3, 2012 4:04 am

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With much of the Southwest struggling with drought, many ranchers and dairy farmers are having difficulty finding enough hay for their livestock and making tough choices: pay up to twice as much as last year and ship it in from hundreds of miles away or do without and sell off some of their herd.

PETA Seeks Memorials For Cows Killed In Truck Wrecks

January 3, 2012 4:01 am

CHICAGO (AP) — An animal rights group wants Illinois to install highway signs in memory of cattle killed when trucks hauling them flipped in two separate wrecks. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has asked for permission to buy the markers, one in suburban Chicago and one northwest of Peoria.

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Groceries Pull Lettuce After Salmonella Scare

January 3, 2012 3:57 am

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Heads of iceberg lettuce are being removed from grocery store shelves in at least seven states after salmonella was found in an Arizona field adjacent to the grower's property. None of the lettuce in the markets has tested positive for salmonella but the grower alerted retailers of the test results and sought a withdrawal of the product "out of an abundance of caution.

Photo Of The Day: Drought-Tolerant Alfalfa

January 3, 2012 3:53 am

(AP) — This undated photo provided by New Mexico State University shows research technician Christopher Pierce logging alfalfa harvest data while operating a forage plot harvester at an NMSU science center near Las Cruces, N.M. NMSU researchers are using genetic analysis with traditional plant breeding to develop alfalfa varieties that are more drought tolerant.

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Feeding America: Top 10 Facts About Hunger In U.S.

December 22, 2011 9:04 am

CHICAGO (PRNewswire-USNewswire) —  As the holidays quickly approach, Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, urges everyone to help the millions of Americans who are currently struggling to feed their families. "We ask everyone to pause at this time of celebration and reflection to consider these facts about hunger in our nation," said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America: 1 in 10 families enrolled in the Food Stamp Program is Latino.

Economists Expect Stronger Growth This Quarter

December 22, 2011 8:44 am

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy grew more slowly in the summer than previously thought because consumers spent less than the government had first estimated. But economists expect growth in the current October-December quarter to be stronger. The Commerce Department says the economy grew at an annual rate of 1.

Popcorn Company Issues Allergen Alert

December 22, 2011 8:40 am

SILVER SPRING, Md. (FDA) — Popcorn Palace of Schiller Park, IL, is issuing this statement to alert people with allergies to Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Milk, Soy, and Wheat that some of our 1-Gallon Value Bags contain the undeclared ingredients.  Bags were shipped with the ingredient and allergen information not applied directly to the immediate container and important allergen information may not have reached the end consumer.

A Look Back At 2011 Food News

December 22, 2011 8:35 am

2011: The year I officially became the last American to still eat gluten. Or did it just feel that way? Because though only a tiny fraction of Americans suffer sensitivities to this wheat protein, the multibillion dollar industry of foods, cookbooks and magazines touting their gluten-free cred this year would suggest an epidemic.

$50,000 In Margarine Stolen

December 22, 2011 8:31 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a thief who slipped away with $50,000 worth of margarine remains at large even though the truck that carried the payload has been recovered. The trailer was parked awaiting delivery to a Target Corp. warehouse in Cedar Falls when it was stolen Dec.

New World Pasta Buys No Yolks, Wacky Mac Brands

December 22, 2011 4:02 am

HARRISBURG, Pa. (PRNewswire) — New World Pasta Company announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the No Yolks® and Wacky Mac® dry pasta brands and certain assets from Strom Products Ltd. for $50 million. The transaction is expected to close by December 31, 2011.

Scientist Gets 7-Plus Years For Selling Food Trade Secrets

December 22, 2011 4:00 am

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Chinese national scientist to more than seven years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to illegally sending trade secrets on a pesticide and a new food product to China and Germany. Judge William Lawrence announced the sentence Wednesday for 46-year-old Kexue Huang, formerly of Carmel.

Hormel's Earnings Rise 20 Percent In 2011

December 22, 2011 3:55 am

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The CEO of Hormel Foods Corp. received a compensation package worth nearly $9 million for the 2011 fiscal year, equal to his 2010 pay package. Hormel, based in Austin, Minn., makes packaged foods such as Spam and Dinty Moore stew. An analysis by The Associated Press shows that Jeffrey M.

Turkey Processor Plans 600-Worker Plant

December 22, 2011 3:52 am

VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) — A turkey processing company says it will build a new plant in southwestern Indiana that could have up to 600 workers in the next few years. Huntingburg-based Farbest Foods Inc. announced Thursday it planned on spending $69 million to build a 220,000-square-foot processing plant on 100 acres near Vincennes.

Wal-Mart Pulls Formula After Baby's Death

December 22, 2011 3:49 am

LEBANON, Mo. (AP) — Wal-Mart has pulled a batch of powdered infant formula from more than 3,000 of its stores nationwide after a newborn Missouri boy who was fed the formula died from what preliminary tests indicate was a rare bacterial infection, the retailer said. The government has not ordered a recall of the 12.

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