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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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FDA Shuts Down Seafood Plant

April 11, 2012 9:37 am

Federal regulators have shut down a Maine seafood processing plant for what were described as "numerous violations" of federal laws and health regulations. The Food and Drug Administration also ordered Portland Shellfish Co., which processes lobster and shrimp, to recall and destroy seafood the company's president says is worth about $25,000.

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Photo Of The Day: Dairy Sustainability Awards

April 11, 2012 9:31 am

The first U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards from the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® honors those who practice sustainable dairy processes, improving businesses, communities and the environment.

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Cheese Technology Expo Opens In Milwaukee

April 10, 2012 1:07 pm

Dairy manufacturers and suppliers from around the world are gathering in Milwaukee this week for the International Cheese Technology Exposition. The event starts Tuesday and ends Thursday in downtown Milwaukee.

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Sara Lee Buys Brazilian Espresso Company

April 10, 2012 1:05 pm

Sara Lee Corp. today announced the acquisition of Expresso.Coffee, a business specialized in selling espresso coffee in the out-of-home small business, vending and bakeries (padarias) segments in Brazil, for an undisclosed amount.

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FDA Chief: More Inspectors Needed At Savannah Port

April 10, 2012 1:02 pm | by RUSS BYNUM,Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration's top official said Monday she wants more inspectors at the booming Port of Savannah, where the agency keeps a lookout for safety hazards ranging from spoiled fish to counterfeit drugs.

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Ark. Poultry Plant To Expand, Add 182 Workers

April 10, 2012 1:00 pm

A Fort Smith-based poultry company plans to hire 182 people as part of a $7 million expansion of its processing facilities.

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Fresh Del Monte Produce Prevails In Suit Against Del Monte Foods

April 10, 2012 12:57 pm

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. today announced that it secured a sweeping jury verdict in a lawsuit against Del Monte Foods Company and Del Monte Corporation in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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Consumer Trends: Yeast Market To Be Worth $5 Billion By 2016

April 10, 2012 12:53 pm

The report "Global Yeast Market by Types, Applications, & Geography - Trends & Forecasts (2011 - 2016)"  identifies the driving and restraining factors for the global yeast markets with analysis of trends, opportunities and challenges.

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Miss. Governor Signs Bill Allowing Stronger Beer

April 10, 2012 10:02 am | by JEFF AMY,Associated Press

Mississippians will soon be able to buy stronger beer, which supporters say will allow beer lovers to sample more kinds of suds and increase business opportunities for breweries.

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Imperial Sugar Sells Stake In Wholesome Sweeteners For $60.4M

April 10, 2012 10:00 am

Refined sugar processor Imperial Sugar Co. is receiving $60.4 million in net proceeds from the sale of its 50 percent stake in Wholesome Sweeteners Inc. to an affiliate of private investment group Arlon Group.

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Small Dairies Create Opportunities For Entrepreneurs

April 10, 2012 9:55 am | by LISA RATHKE,Associated Press

Frank Kipe thought he had everything he needed to launch a business selling what he described as the world's most expensive ice cream: two Jersey cows, a 10-acre farm and an old barn. Then he found out that he would have to pasteurize his milk before making his ice cream. Equipment for commercial farms was bulky and cost tens of thousands of dollars, so he built his own pasteurizer. Then he built more to sell. His pasteurizer business boomed, and the ice cream was forgotten.

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