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Photo Of The Day: France Recalls Tainted Hamburgers

June 17, 2011 4:31 am

(AP) — People walk into a Lidl supermarket in Chambourcy, 30 kms (29 mls) west of Paris, Thursday, June 16, 2011. French health authorities have ordered a recall of hamburger patties sold by a German supermarket chain after five children were infected by the E. coli bacteria. The regional health agency said there was no immediate sign of a link with the deadly E.

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Cheese Recalled For Staph

June 16, 2011 4:57 am

(FDA) — New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine today warned consumers not to consume certain Queso Fresco “Fresh Cheese” made by Quesos CentroAmericano Corp. at 35 Hansen Avenue, Freeport, New York (formerly located at 900 S. Second Street, Ronkonkoma, New York) due to possible Staphylococcus aureus contamination.

Hershey Promotes Interim CEO To Top Job

June 16, 2011 4:52 am

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) — The Hershey Co. said Wednesday that it is removing "interim" from the title of its president and CEO, John P. Bilbrey, who will take the reins of the candy maker after an enormously successful run under David J. West. The chocolate-making icon said its board unanimously agreed to appoint Bilbrey on a permanent basis.

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Pilgrim's Price Manipulation Suit Heads To Court

June 16, 2011 4:50 am

MARSHALL, Texas (AP) — A federal trial is starting in East Texas over claims that Pilgrim's Pride closed two plants where it had a monopoly in order to boost chicken prices. The trial scheduled to open in Marshall on Thursday centers on a lawsuit filed by chicken farmers in four states.

Smithfield Posts First Profitable Year Since 2008

June 16, 2011 4:46 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Smithfield Foods posted its first profitable year since 2008, when recession gripped the country, and announced record fourth-quarter profits as the world's largest hog producer was able to command higher prices. The company announced a $150 million stock buyback as well Thursday and shares edged up 2 percent before the market opened.

House Votes To Bar Genetically Modified Salmon

June 16, 2011 4:43 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Wednesday to prohibit the Food and Drug Administration from approving genetically modified salmon for human consumption. The FDA is set to decide this year whether to approve the modified fish, which grows twice as fast as the natural variety. The FDA said last year that the fish appears to be safe to eat but an agency advisory panel said more studies may be needed before it is served on the nation's dinner tables.

Photo Of The Day: Philly Protests Proposed Soda Tax

June 16, 2011 4:41 am

(AP) — Joseph Caucci protest in support of proposed tax on soda and other sugary beverages outside City Hall on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, in Philadelphia. Mayor Michael Nutter is pushing a 2-cents-per-ounce tax on soda and other sugary beverages to help prevent cuts in the city's cash-strapped school system.

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Japan Finds Radioactive Green Tea

June 15, 2011 5:02 am

SHIZUOKA, Japan, June 14 (Kyodo) — The Shizuoka prefectural government said Tuesday it has asked five tea manufacturing plants in the city of Shizuoka to voluntarily stop shipping green tea leaves and recall those already shipped as they were found to contain radioactive cesium in excess of the legal limit.

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FDA: Listeria Found At Ga. Kellogg Plant

June 15, 2011 5:00 am

ATLANTA (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration found traces of listeria at a Kellogg Co. bakery in Augusta, Ga., during an inspection earlier this year. In a letter released Tuesday, regulators say that the pathogen was found in several spots along the production line that comes in direct contact with food.

New E. Coli Illnesses Declining

June 15, 2011 4:58 am

BERLIN (AP) — The number of people falling sick as a result of E. coli contamination has slowed to a trickle, Germany's national disease control center said Tuesday, even as the death toll from the outbreak rose by one to 37. The Robert Koch Institute said a total of 3,235 people in Germany have been reported ill, only seven more than the previous day.

ConAgra Buys Marie Callender's Trademark

June 15, 2011 4:56 am

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — ConAgra Foods Inc. has purchased the Marie Callender's trademark for $57.5 million, the food maker announced Tuesday. ConAgra said deal was effective last week, before the bankruptcy protection filing by Marie Callender's parent company Monday. The packaged food maker has licensed the Marie Callender's name since 1994 for the frozen meals and pot pies it sells in stores.

LA Schools Ban Flavored Milk

June 15, 2011 4:54 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Unified School District is taking a stand against child obesity, becoming the nation's largest school system to stop serving sugar-laden flavored milk. The school board on Tuesday voted to eliminate chocolate and strawberry milk from schools as of July 1.

Photo Of The Day: Floodwaters Cut Crops, Raise Food Prices

June 15, 2011 4:52 am

(AP) — In this June 13, 2011, file photo the Missouri River floods farmland north of Hamburg, Iowa. While flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers is cutting into this year’s corn crop, raising concerns about decreased supplies and increasing food prices in the coming year, experts said good weather this summer could help turn things around.

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Photo Of The Day: Redwoods vs. Vineyards

June 13, 2011 8:24 pm

(AP) ― In this photo taken Tuesday May 31, 2011, Peter Baye, left, and Joel Chabon walk down a road past vineyards planted in the 1970s in Annapolis, Calif. The ocean fog and cool climate of California’s rugged northern coast allow redwood trees to thrive and help give wine grapes a distinctive flavor.

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Greenhouse To Combat Wheat Diseases

June 13, 2011 8:21 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Federal agencies have broken ground in St. Paul, Minn. for a state-of-the-art greenhouse that will help combat a growing threat to the world's wheat and barley supplies. The 2,880-square-foot greenhouse will be operated by the Agricultural Research Service of the U.

United Natural Foods To Cut 350 Jobs

June 13, 2011 8:01 pm

HARRISON, Ark. (AP) — A food distribution company says it will lay off 225 workers after closing a plant in Harrison as part of an acquisition by another company. Rhode Island-based United Natural Foods said last week it would sell its non-food and general merchandise lines to L&R Distributors in New York.

Utah Loosens Liquor Laws

June 13, 2011 7:59 pm

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — In a converted mechanic's garage in the resort town of Park City, visitors to Utah can sample some of the state's new more liberal liquor laws. Policies now permit High West whiskey, bourbon, vodka and rye to be distilled, bottled and dispensed from one location, something that five years ago was prohibited.

Efforts Stall To Restrict Animal Abuse Taping

June 13, 2011 7:57 pm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Efforts to outlaw the undercover recording of animal abuse in livestock operations appear to have stalled in Iowa and other states in the face of complaints that the proposals were intended primarily to protect the industry with little concern for animals' welfare.

Germany Learns Hard Lessons After Outbreak

June 13, 2011 7:55 pm

GEIR MOULSON, MARIA CHENG Associated Press - June14, 2011 BERLIN (AP) — The battle against Europe's deadly E. coli outbreak descended into cacophony and confusion. Now that the crisis is stabilizing, German officials acknowledge lessons to be learned. Among the problems: a tangle of federal and regional authorities, chaotic communication and a system for reporting cases that many say is antiquated.

Scientists Probe E. Coli DNA For Outbreak Clues

June 12, 2011 8:34 pm

LONDON (AP) — Scientists are quickly combing the DNA of the killer bacteria behind the world's worst E. coli outbreak to find clues about how to treat patients and prevent future epidemics. So far, one strain from a German patient has been sequenced by Chinese and German scientists.

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