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Food Distributor Drops Suit Against USDA

April 12, 2012 1:01 pm

Lakeland Fine Foods filed the complaint after the U.S. Department of Agriculture said the company should not be allowed to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

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Craft Brewers Turn To Barrel Aging

April 12, 2012 12:58 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE,For The Associated Press

Fine wine is said to improve with barrel aging. So why not fine beer? That's the thinking behind the emerging craft beer trend of aging brews in the barrel to give them more complexity.

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Meat Distributor Recalls Ton Of Beef

April 12, 2012 12:55 pm

A Maine meat distributor has announced that it is recalling more than a ton of beef products that may be contaminated with the E. coli bacteria.

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Consumer Trends: Co-Creating Enhances Product Perception

April 12, 2012 12:52 pm

New research published in the American Marketing Association's Journal of Marketing backs this decision, finding that when consumers have to do more to make a product ready for consumption, they give the end-product better reviews and think more highly of the product they use as input.

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Cow Escapes Slaughterhouse, Will Be Spared

April 12, 2012 10:02 am

Animal control officer John De Cando tells The Record newspaper it was like "Dodge City" with police cars trying to corral the 750-pound animal. But the cow managed to break loose.

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Reddy Ice Filing For Bankruptcy

April 12, 2012 10:00 am

Reddy Ice Holdings Inc., which makes packaged ice, said Thursday that it plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it reported a bigger fourth quarter loss than a year ago.

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Study: Global Warming Damaging Oyster Production

April 12, 2012 9:55 am | by JEFF BARNARD,AP Environmental Writer

Scientists are blaming slightly higher levels of carbon dioxide in Pacific Ocean waters linked to global warming for the failure of oyster larvae to survive in an Oregon hatchery. They say higher acidity of the water that comes with more carbon dioxide makes it harder for young oysters to form their shells, dooming them in a matter of days, even if they are moved to more favorable environments.

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Japan's Beer Shipments Increase

April 12, 2012 9:53 am

Total shipments of beer and beer-like drinks in Japan increased 0.8 percent in the January-March quarter from a year earlier to 86.22 million cases, the first rise in five years for the three-month period, an industry group said Wednesday.

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Taste Testers Sample Gas Leak Fish

April 12, 2012 9:52 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER,Associated Press

Scotland has called in taste testers to sample the fish found near the site of Total's North Sea gas leak, an unusual gastronomic exercise intended to provide reassurance to Scottish seafood lovers.

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Photo Of The Day: Global Warming Hurts Oyster Production

April 12, 2012 9:48 am

Scientists blame higher levels of carbon dioxide in Pacific Ocean waters caused by man-made global warming for the failure of oysters to produce young at an Oregon hatchery.

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Austrian Thieves Make Off With 2 Tons Of Coffee

April 11, 2012 1:12 pm

In a heist that could fill the mother of all bottomless cups, thieves in Austria have made off with 2 tons of coffee.

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Hispanic Group Sues Grape Grower Over Wages

April 11, 2012 1:10 pm

A Hispanic advocacy group is suing a grape grower in California's Central Valley to recover wages for Latino employees it claims were forced to work extra hours without pay.

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Vilsack: Agro-Defense Facility Crucial To Ensure Safe Food Supply

April 11, 2012 1:06 pm | by JOHN MILBURN,Associated Press

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday that construction of the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility near Kansas State University should move forward and not be considered a "parochial" issue relevant only to Kansas. After a Landon Lecture Tuesday, Vilsack said having the proposed $650 million research facility was important to ensure the United States would continue to have a safe and adequate supply for its citizens and the world.

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FDA: Drug Companies Should Help Limit Antibiotic Use In Livestock

April 11, 2012 1:03 pm | by MATTHEW PERRONE,AP Health Writer

The Food and Drug Administration called on drug companies Wednesday to help limit the use of antibiotics given to farm animals, a decades-old practice that scientists say has contributed to a surge in dangerous, drug-resistant bacteria.

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Pasta Maker Fined $231K For Plant Explosion

April 11, 2012 1:01 pm

Federal workplace-safety officials are levying a $231,000 fine against a company that operates a southern Illinois pasta plant for violations linked to an explosion that injured two workers last October.

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Consumer Trends: Whole Grain, Fiber Market To Hit $27.6B By 2017

April 11, 2012 12:58 pm

Whole grains emerged as the focus area for food manufacturing companies, with food and beverage companies having adopted whole grains as a major strategy for revitalizing their products and brands. By providing whole grain products that provide long-term health benefits, food companies are allowing consumers to make a transition towards healthy diet.

Export Demand For U.S. Soybeans And Corn May Increase

April 11, 2012 9:47 am | by SANDY SHORE,AP Business Writer

A drought that damaged crops in South America could send more overseas buyers to the U.S. for soybeans, the USDA said Tuesday. The agency also said that an early start to the planting season and softer demand from ranchers and ethanol producers could cause corn supplies to build by summer's end. But for now, it's leaving its forecast unchanged.

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R.I. Beverage Companies Blast Soda Tax Proposal

April 11, 2012 9:43 am

A legislative proposal to tax sugary beverages in Rhode Island is falling flat with the state's beverage industry. Representatives from several beverage companies came to the Statehouse Tuesday to urge lawmakers to reject the proposal, which they say unfairly singles out their industry.

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Alabama Outlaws Commercial Turtle Harvesting

April 11, 2012 9:41 am | by ANDY BROWNFIELD,Associated Press

Alabama has outlawed commercial harvesting of turtles from the state's freshwater bodies, leaving Asia's thriving market to look elsewhere for the highly desirable meat.

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N.D. Food Products Promoted On China Trade Mission

April 11, 2012 9:39 am | by DAVE KOLPACK,Associated Press

Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, who led a recent overseas trade mission, said China's increased purchasing power has expanded its import tastes from raw foods to processed products like flour, which is produced at North Dakota's state-owned mill.

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