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GOP Questions Cost Of Healthier Eating

June 1, 2011 3:23 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are pushing back against Obama administration efforts to promote healthier lunches, saying the Agriculture Department should rewrite rules it issued in January meant to make school meals healthier. They say the new rules are too costly. The bill, approved by the House Appropriations Committee late Tuesday, also questions a government proposal to curb marketing of unhealthy foods to children and urges the Food and Drug Administration to limit rules requiring calorie counts be posted on menus.

Michigan Company Recalls 900 Pounds Of Ground Beef

June 1, 2011 3:22 am

TIPTON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan company is recalling about 900 pounds of ground beef over concerns of E. coli bacteria contamination. U.S. Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Services said Tuesday that the recall by Tipton, Mich.-based Irish Hills Meat Co. includes 10-pound clear polybags packaged in boxes of three to five bags each.

Pet Food Recalled For Salmonella

May 31, 2011 12:32 pm

Primal Pet Foods has initiated a voluntary recall of their Feline Chicken & Salmon Formula with a "Best By" date code of 043112-17 because this product may be contaminated with Salmonella.  The only product affected is limited to Feline Chicken & Salmon Formula with a "Best By" date code of 043112-17.

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Spain Cries Foul In Europe's Bacteria Outbreak

May 31, 2011 12:23 pm

MADRID (AP) — Spanish farmers are angry that their produce has been singled out as the possible source of a deadly bacterial outbreak in Europe and are already suffering the fallout, as they throw tons of vegetables away daily due to a slump in foreign demand. The farmers depend on their reputation as providers of quality produce for much of Europe.

Ill. Senate Proposes End To Workers' Compensation

May 31, 2011 12:17 pm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A proposal to end workers' compensation in Illinois moved a step closer to reality when it was approved by a state Senate committee. The legislation now goes to the Senate floor. Approval there would put abolition on the governor's desk. The Senate Executive Committee split along party lines in the 9-6 vote.

Photo Of The Day: Spain, Germany Feud Over Suspect Veggies

May 31, 2011 12:08 pm

(AP) — A farm worker stands behind a pile of cucumbers outside of a greenhouse in Algarrobo, near Malaga, southern Spain, on Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Angry Spanish farmers whose produce has been cited as a possible source of the deadly bacterial infection in Europe are watching in despair as machines grind their suddenly unwanted fruit and vegetables into compost and are particularly livid with Germany.

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Sara Lee Acquires Sausage Company

May 31, 2011 5:21 am

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Sara Lee Corp. said Friday that it has completed its $87 million acquisition of Aidells Sausage Co. Aidells, based in San Francisco, is known for premium sausages such as artichoke and garlic chicken sausage. Sara Lee, which makes frozen desserts, Senseo coffee and other products, had announced the buyout earlier this month.

BP Agrees To $9M Grant For Testing, Marketing Gulf Seafood

May 31, 2011 5:18 am

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — BP has agreed to support a $9 million grant to pay for quality testing and marketing of seafood coming out of Alabama's gulf with hopes of reassuring consumers that the state's products are safe to eat. The grant will allocate $4 million toward testing seafood to ensure there are no harmful chemicals or substances in the seafood as an effect of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill last year.

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China Orders Death Penalty In Food Safety Scandals

May 31, 2011 5:15 am

BEIJING (AP) — China's supreme court has ordered judges across the country to issue harsher sentences, including the death penalty, to people convicted of food safety violations as the government struggles to clean up the nation's food supply after repeated scandals. The Supreme People's Court said courts should impose longer jail terms and larger fines on people found guilty of violating food safety regulations and that death sentences should be given in cases where people died.

Chiquita Accused Of Supporting Colombian Terrorists

May 31, 2011 5:12 am

MIAMI (AP) — Each name is next to a number, in black type on a thick legal document. They are the mothers and fathers, spouses, sisters and brothers of thousands of Colombians who were killed or vanished during a bloody civil conflict between leftist guerrillas and right-wing paramilitary groups whose victims have largely been civilians.

16 Dead, Hundreds Sick In European E. Coli Outbreak

May 31, 2011 5:08 am

BERLIN (AP) — Two new deaths linked to a mysterious bacterial outbreak in Europe blamed on tainted vegetables were reported Tuesday, including the first outside Germany, as the number of reported cases continued to rise. The deaths brought to 16 the total number of fatalities linked to the E.

Photo Of The Day: A More Lucrative Cheese

May 31, 2011 5:00 am

(AP) —Lauren Slayton pours goats milk into cheese molds at Blue Ledge Farm on Thursday, April 14, 2011 in Salisbury, Vt. Some U.S. dairy farmers are rethinking their business plan after watching milk prices crash repeatedly and a small number are turning to dairy goats. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot) 2 Plead Guilty In $800M Soft Drink Fraud Heinz Slashes Jobs Amid Soaring Profits Tate & Lyle To Reopen U.

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Tate & Lyle To Reopen U.S. Plant

May 27, 2011 5:31 am

LONDON (AP) — Sugar and sweeteners company Tate & Lyle PLC says it plans to reopen a mothballed U.S. plant to meet surging demand for sweeteners after reporting a strong rise in full-year earnings. The London-based company on Friday reported net earnings of 163 million pounds ($268 million), up from 15 million pounds a year ago.

Fish Become Latest Victim In Waterlogged West

May 27, 2011 5:29 am

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A large melting snowpack and a cold, wet spring have led to huge water releases on the bloated Columbia River that a company says are responsible for a massive fish kill at its farm south of the Grand Coulee Dam. The operators of Pacific Aquaculture Inc. have sent a letter to the Northwest congressional delegation asking the government to reduce the releases, saying the large amount water is pumping toxic gases into the river that kill 100,000 fish a day.

Heinz Slashes Jobs Amid Soaring Profits

May 27, 2011 5:27 am

H.J. Heinz Co.'s global expansion efforts are paying off, driving its fourth-quarter net income up 16 percent. But the world's biggest ketchup maker said it needs to raise prices and cut jobs to continue its profitable path. The company, based in Pittburgh, announced Thursday that it will shed up to 1,000 jobs globally in fiscal 2012 as it closes five factories.

FDA Seeks Comment On Preventive Controls Against Foodborne Illness

May 27, 2011 5:25 am

SILVER SPRING, Md. (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — The Food and Drug Administration is seeking public comment on preventive control measures for food facilities through a public docket opened this week as part of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law by President Obama in January.

2 Plead Guilty In $800M Soft Drink Fraud

May 27, 2011 5:23 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The brother of the alleged mastermind of an $800 million fraud scheme pleaded guilty Thursday to taking part in the scam to bilk investors in now-defunct soft-drink company Le-Nature's Inc. Jonathan E. Podlucky pleaded guilty before a federal judge along with Donald K.

Photo Of The Day: Wine Finds A New Market

May 27, 2011 5:22 am

(AP) — Jose Placencia pours wine on Wednesday, May 26, 2011 at his home in Squaw Valley, Calif. Placencia, a first generation Mexican-American, was turned on to wine when he attended college. He says many Latinos of his generation now make the alcoholic drink a part of their meals and celebrations — a trend the wine industry is trying to tap into.

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Oregon Senate Votes To Expand Bottle Redemption

May 26, 2011 5:13 am

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — At least nine U.S. states and more than a dozen countries have imitated Oregon's bottle deposit system credited with significantly boosting recycling — and some of them made it better. Now Oregon's trying to catch back up and retain its image as a leader in environmental programs.

Worker Dies After Injury At Topeka Del Monte Plant

May 26, 2011 5:11 am

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A long-time employee of Del Monte Foods in Topeka, who was an accomplished dirt track racer, died after being injured at the plant. Del Monte spokeswoman Chrissy Stengel announced Tuesday that 64-year-old Tom Wunder died Saturday at a Topeka hospital. Stengel says Wunder was injured at the plant Friday.

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