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Indiana Farmers Unload Livestock As Drought Continues

July 24, 2012 12:59 pm | by TOM LoBIANCO,Associated Press

Pig sales are almost double what they were last year in July and have even caused backups in some processing centers trying to handle the flood of farmers unloading their livestock, said Michael Platt, executive director of the Indiana Pork Producers.


Canada Strengthens Food Safety On Chicken Farms

July 24, 2012 12:58 pm | by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The Government of Canada is supporting chicken farmers by strengthening food safety systems on chicken farms across the country. Member of Parliament James Bezan, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced today an investment of up to $72,500 to the Chicken Farmers of Canada as the organization met for its annual summer meeting in Winnipeg.


Public Hearing Set For Proposed Sugary Drink Ban

July 24, 2012 12:55 pm | by SAMANTHA GROSS,Associated Press

Whether they think the mayor is combating obesity or infringing on their rights, New Yorkers are scheduled to have their say on a proposed ban on large sugary drinks served at restaurants, movie theaters and other eateries.


Man Sickened In Ohio E. Coli Outbreak Dies

July 24, 2012 12:52 pm

Health officials investigating an E. coli outbreak in southwest Ohio say a 73-year-old man sickened by the bacteria has died.


Consumer Trends: Wine Industry Growth Trends

July 24, 2012 12:50 pm

Affordable wines with accessible and appealing flavor profiles are driving the wine industry overall, as demonstrated by Technomic's Top 250 Wine Brands and its roster of the 50 Fastest Growing Wine Brands.


Delayed Monsoon May Damage India’s Crops

July 24, 2012 9:53 am | by KATY DAIGLE,Associated Press

As cities swelter and farmers helplessly watch their harvests wilt and profits vanish, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured the nation Monday the government was ready "to address any situation that may arise due to any rainfall anomalies."


Vilsack: House Must Pass Drought Help In Farm Bill

July 24, 2012 9:51 am | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack pushed Monday for Congress to act on a farm bill that would reinstate expired disaster assistance programs for farmers experiencing the worst drought in nearly seven decades.


Economy Hurting McDonald's Profit

July 24, 2012 9:50 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The fast food giant is starting to show signs of wear and tear from global economic pressures, intensifying competition and penny-pinching customers who are eating out less often in some hard-hit regions around the world.


Pepsi To Sponsor Super Bowl Halftime Show

July 24, 2012 9:46 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The soda giant says it struck a multiyear deal with the National Football League to sponsor the big game's musical performance.


Plans Stall For Horse Slaughter Plant

July 24, 2012 9:43 am

The primary backer of a proposed horse slaughtering operation in western Missouri said she isn't giving up, even though plans have stalled because of legal problems surrounding the plant that was to be used for the business.


Photo Of The Day: A Delayed Deluge

July 24, 2012 9:41 am

Indians have grown increasingly desperate waiting for the long-delayed monsoon, the annual rains that replenish rivers and quench crops to keep this agricultural nation of 1.2 billion fed through the year.


Coca-Cola Enterprises Hurt By Lower Volume

July 23, 2012 12:27 pm

Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc., which bottles the soda company's products in Europe, said Monday that its second-quarter net income fell 17 percent as sales volume declined and the dollar strengthened.


Companies Convicted For Illegal Oyster Practices

July 23, 2012 12:26 pm

Department of Justice officials announced Friday the convictions of multiple defendants on felony charges related to fishing operations that took more oysters from the Delaware Bay than allowed.


Peet’s Coffee & Tea Goes Private For $977.6M

July 23, 2012 12:24 pm

Peet's Coffee & Tea is being taken private by a German conglomerate for approximately $977.6 million.


Opposing Sides Face Off Ahead Of Sugary Drink Hearings

July 23, 2012 12:23 pm

Advocates on both sides of the New York City proposal to limit the size of soda and other sugary drinks in eateries are facing off a day before public hearings.


Aflatoxin Found In Chinese Baby Formula

July 23, 2012 12:21 pm | by ALEXA OLESEN,Associated Press

A cancer-causing toxin linked to mildewed cattle feed has been found in baby formula in China, an official said Monday, the latest quality problem to plague the nation's dairy industry since a 2008 tainted formula scandal that caused six babies' deaths.


Consumer Trends: Americans Seek Out Ethnic Foods

July 23, 2012 12:19 pm

Americans increasingly want more ethnic foods and ingredients in their diets, many of which offer unique flavor and texture, and a variety of health benefits.


Flowers Foods Closes Lepage Buyout

July 23, 2012 9:53 am

Flowers Foods Inc., maker of Nature's Own bread, Tastykake treats and other baked goods, has completed its $370 million acquisition of Lepage Bakeries Inc.


FDA: Shellfish From N.Y. Harbor May Be Contaminated

July 23, 2012 9:52 am

The FDA is warning people not to eat raw or partially cooked shellfish harvested from New York's Oyster Bay Harbor because they have been linked to cases of foodborne illness in several states.


Lobstermen Finding More Odd Colors In Their Catch

July 23, 2012 9:49 am | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

In recent years, accounts of bright blue, orange, yellow, calico, white and even split lobsters — one color on one side, another on the other — have jumped, leading scientists to ask why they're getting more reports of rare-colored lobsters showing up in fishermen's traps.



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