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Cheese Plant Fined $241K For OSHA Violations

May 4, 2012 9:47 am

Federal safety inspectors have cited a Buffalo cheese factory for 13 violations of workplace safety standards and proposed $241,000 in fines. The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Sorrento Lactalis Inc.'s plans for managing potentially hazardous ammonia at the facility are inadequate.

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Indiana: Right-To-Work Suit Can't Be Amended

May 4, 2012 9:45 am

State attorneys asked a federal judge Tuesday to bar a union from amending its lawsuit challenging Indiana's new right-to-work law, arguing that most of the new claims are the same as those in the original complaint filed in February.

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Economists: 'Fat Tax' Not Efficient Or Effective

May 4, 2012 9:43 am

A 'sin tax' applied to sweetened goods on store shelves is not the most efficient, effective method of lowering caloric intake from sweet food and would be more disruptive to consumers than necessary, according to Iowa State University research.

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Photo Of The Day: Respect For Chickens

May 4, 2012 9:40 am

May is International Respect for Chickens Month and May 4 is International Respect for Chickens Day. United Poultry Concerns launched International Respect for Chickens Day in 2005 to celebrate chickens and protest the bleakness of their lives in farming operations.

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Foot-And-Mouth Disease May Spread Across Middle East

May 3, 2012 12:48 pm

A U.N. agency says Egypt's outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease has reached neighboring Gaza Strip and could soon spread across the Middle East.

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Miss. Governor Signs Bill For Stronger Beer

May 3, 2012 12:46 pm | by LAURA TILLMAN,Associated Press

Mississippi's sole brewery will soon be able to make stronger beer to sell outside the state. Gov. Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2370 into law Tuesday, which allows breweries to manufacture and sell beer with more than 8 percent alcohol by weight to states that allow sales of stronger beer.

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Hawaii Lawmakers Vote To Remove Kona Certification Requirements

May 3, 2012 12:44 pm | by TREENA SHAPIRO,Associated Press

Kona coffee farmers are asking the governor to veto a bill that removes mandatory certification requirements for Hawaii-grown coffee. The bill was one of dozens that cleared the full House and Senate on Tuesday, two days before the end of the 2012 legislative session.

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Union To Resume Talks With American Crystal

May 3, 2012 12:41 pm

Officials representing American Crystal Sugar Co. and its locked-out union workers plan to meet again on June 8, but a resolution to the 10-month-long contract dispute appears unlikely.

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Pepsi Brings Back Michael Jackson

May 3, 2012 12:40 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The Purchase, N.Y.-based company on Thursday announced its deal with the estate of Michael Jackson to use the late pop star's image for its new global marketing push. The nature of the promotion will vary by country, but will include special edition cans bearing Jackson's image, a TV ad in some markets and chances to download remixes of some of Jackson's most famous songs.

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Consumer Trends: Calif. Consumers Push For GMO Labeling

May 3, 2012 12:34 pm

The California Right to Know campaign filed 971,126 signatures for the state's first-ever ballot initiative to require labeling of genetically engineered foods. The huge signature haul, gathered in a 10-week period, is nearly double the 555,236 signatures the campaign needs to qualify for the November ballot.

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Ohio Food Distribution Center To Close

May 3, 2012 10:30 am

A Michigan food supplier says it's closing a newly acquired distribution center in northwest Ohio that employs about 120 people.

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Cinco De Mayo In The U.S.: Lots Of Beer, Little History

May 3, 2012 10:28 am | by RUSSELL CONTRERAS,Associated Press

Over the years, the holiday has been adopted by beer companies as a way to penetrate the growing Latino market, even as the historical origins of the holiday remain largely forgotten.

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Offspring Of Mad Cow Did Not Have Disease

May 3, 2012 10:24 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

Investigators looking into California's first case of mad cow disease say they have tracked down at least one of her offspring in another state. Since there is no live test for the disease also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, it was euthanized and brain samples were sent to the national laboratory. The test was negative, officials said Wednesday.

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Judge Allows BP Oil Spill Settlement To Proceed

May 3, 2012 10:22 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN,Associated Press

A federal judge on Wednesday preliminarily approved a proposed class-action settlement that would resolve billions of dollars in claims against BP over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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USDA To Speed Tracking Of E. Coli In Meat

May 3, 2012 10:20 am | by SAM HANANEL,Associated Press

The government plans to speed up the process for tracking E. coli in meat, a move that will help authorities more quickly find the source of bacteria outbreaks and hasten recalls of tainted food.

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Photo Of The Day: Cinco De Mayo — From Beans To Beer

May 3, 2012 10:17 am

Cinco de Mayo has become in the U.S.: a celebration of all things Mexican, from mariachi music to sombreros, marked by schools, politicians and companies selling everything from beans to beer.

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Starbucks Names Fmr. Defense Secretary As Board Member

May 2, 2012 10:21 am

Starbucks Corp. has named former Defense Secretary Robert Gates as a board member. The coffee chain said Wednesday that Gates will serve on its nominating and corporate governance committee. 

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'Gluten-Free Pantry Raid' Aims To Ease Transition For Newly Diagnosed

May 2, 2012 10:16 am

The “Gluten-Free Pantry Raid” is designed to help to ease the transition for newly diagnosed families who often struggle to adapt to the gluten-free lifestyle. The goal is to raise money for the  National Foundation for Celiac Awareness' programs and services and to produce an educational video that will assist in the transition to a gluten-free diet. 

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Watchdog: 'Big Alcohol' Uses 'Drink Responsibility' As Marketing Gimmick

May 2, 2012 10:03 am

An alcohol industry watchdog has released a report criticizing the alcohol industry's plea that consumers "drink responsibly," claiming that the public safety request is little more than a marketing gimmick.

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Consumer Trends: Public Doubts Efforts To 'Go Green'

May 2, 2012 9:48 am

Public doubt about a broader corporate commitment to “going green” continues to run high, and only 21 percent of Americans believe the majority of businesses are making efforts toward sustainable development, the amount marks an increase in confidence as compared to the previous two years of research.

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