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Cucumbers Draw New Interest As Possible E. Coli Source

June 9, 2011 5:21 am

BERLIN (AP) — Cucumbers were back on the radar of German health authorities as the possible cause of an E. coli outbreak in Europe that has killed at least 26 people and sickened over 2,700 others. Two weeks ago, investigators blamed cucumbers from Spain for the deadly outbreak and then later ruled them out as the source.

Smucker 4Q Profit Drops After Coffee Deal

June 9, 2011 5:18 am

ORRVILLE, Ohio (AP) — J.M. Smucker Co.'s fourth-quarter profit fell 21 percent as it bought Rowland Coffee Roasters and took additional restructuring costs. The maker of Folger's coffee, Jif peanut butter and its namesake jams said Thursday that its net income fell to $94.9 million, or 82 cents per share, for the quarter ended April 30 from $120.

Dutch Find Different E. Coli, Recall Beet Sprouts

June 9, 2011 5:16 am

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch authorities recalled red beet sprouts from three countries Thursday after samples were found to be contaminated with a strain of E. coli bacteria that was apparently less dangerous than the one causing Europe's deadly E. coli crisis. The Dutch Food Safety Authority said laboratories were still trying to identify the Dutch strain, but there have been no immediate reports of serious illness from it.

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Photo Of The Day: Decoding E. Coli

June 9, 2011 5:12 am

(AP) — Scientist Geoff Lowman poses with a chip that reads DNA and is being used to help decode genomes in the outbreaks of E. coli affecting Europe at the Life Technologies laboratory Wednesday, June 8, 2011, in Carlsbad, Calif. The new technology gave way to the development of a rapid test which can be used to determine whether a food source contains the pathogen within 10 to 24 hours.

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Irradiation Underused To Kill Harmful Bacteria

June 8, 2011 5:00 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Microwaving salad fixings with just a bit of radiation can kill dangerous E. coli and other bacteria — and U.S. food safety experts say Europe's massive outbreak shows wary consumers should give the long-approved step a chance. The U.S. government has OK'd irradiation for a variety of foods — meat, spices, certain imported fruits, the seeds used to grow sprouts.

Recall: Kashi Pizza May Contain Plastic Fragments

June 8, 2011 4:56 am

(FDA) — Kashi is recalling approximately 11,000 cases of frozen pizzas, including Mediterranean Thin Crust Pizza, Roasted Vegetable Thin Crust Pizza, and Mushroom Trio and Spinach Thin Crust Pizza due to possible plastic fragments in an ingredient in the pizza crusts. The impacted products include the following individually packaged pizzas: Kashi Mediterranean Thin Crust Pizza packaged in a 12.

Trade A Top Issue At World Pork Expo

June 8, 2011 4:53 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Pork industry experts said trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea are imperative for the U.S.'s industry to remain competitive and will likely be at the forefront of discussions when the annual World Pork Expo begins this week in Des Moines. The event is touted as the largest pork trade show in the world and attracts more than 20,000 producers and industry professionals for seminars, exhibitions and breed shows and sales.

Farmers Scoff At E. Coli Compensation Offer

June 8, 2011 4:49 am

BRUSSELS (AP) — Big fruit and vegetable producers Spain, Italy and France angrily demanded compensation for farmers who have been blindsided by huge losses in the E. coli outbreak, forcing the EU farm chief to increase his offer of aid. Farm Commissioner Dacian Ciolos at first offered €150 million ($219 million) to the struggling farmers, who have tons of unwanted cucumbers and tomatoes rotting in fields and warehouses as Europeans shun vegetables, fearing they are contaminated with a deadly strain of the E.

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CDC: E. Coli Down, Salmonella Rates Up Over Last Year

June 8, 2011 4:46 am

ATLANTA (AP) — More Americans got food poisoning last year, with salmonella cases driving the increase, the government reported Tuesday. Illness rates for the most common serious type of E. coli fell last year. There was a rise in cases caused by other strains of the bacteria, although that bump may just reflect more testing was done for them, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Photo Of The Day: Throwing Food To The Elephants

June 8, 2011 4:41 am

(AP) — This image released by Dierenpark Emmen zoo on Wednesday June 8, 2011, shows elephants feasting on cucumbers in Emmen, north-eastern Netherlands, Monday June 6, 2001. The 1,500 kilograms of cucumbers were donated by a farmer who could not sell his produce because cucumbers were initially blamed for the deadly outbreak of E.

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Food Prices Slightly Lower

June 7, 2011 4:44 am

ROME (AP) — Global food prices fell slightly in May, but they will remain "at stubbornly high levels" for months to come, a U.N. agency said Tuesday. The Food and Agriculture Organization said high and volatile prices can be expected the rest of this year and into 2012, citing a decline in food stockpiles and modest production increases for most of the crops.

EU Farm Chief Proposes $219M In Aid For E. Coli

June 7, 2011 4:41 am

BRUSSELS (AP) — The EU's farm chief on Tuesday proposed euro150 million ($219 million) in aid to help producers hit by the continent's E. coli contamination crisis. European Union Farm Commissioner Dacian Ciolos said agriculture ministers will consider whether farmers can recoup from EU coffers up to 30 percent of the value of vegetables that cannot be sold because of the German E.

Coca-Cola To Close Distribution Center

June 7, 2011 4:38 am

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — Coca-Cola Co. plans to close a distribution and sales center in eastern Indiana this summer, a move that will cost the jobs of 40 workers. A company spokesman says the Richmond facility will be consolidated with five other Coke plants, including three in Indiana. Spokesman Roy Potts tells the Palladium-Item that the company bought the facility last year from local owners and decided to streamline operations in the area.

WHO: Time Is Running Out To Solve Outbreak

June 7, 2011 4:35 am

LONDON (AP) — An expert at the World Health Organization says time is running out for German investigators to find the source of the world's deadliest E. coli outbreak, which has spread fear across Europe and cost farmers millions in exports. German officials are still seeking the cause of the outbreak weeks after it began May 2.

Photo Of The Day: UK Mulls Foreign Takeover Rules

June 7, 2011 4:31 am

(AP) — This is a Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010 file photo of a woman as she carries a child past a logo outside the headquarters of Cadbury in Birmingham, England. While the United States and many European countries have strict regulations barring foreign control of many businesses, Britain has been largely content in the belief it has more to gain than lose from its relaxed takeover rules.

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Photo Of The Day: Cause Of 'Super-Toxic' E. Coli Eludes Scientists

June 6, 2011 7:05 am

(AP) — An employee of the consumer protection authority of Lower Saxony examines a sample of sprouts from a farm in the Uelzen area in Oldenburg, northern Germany, Monday, June 6, 2011. In a surprising U-turn, German officials said the initial tests provided no evidence that sprouts from an organic farm in northern Germany were the cause of the country's deadly E.

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4 In U.S. Linked To E. Coli Outbreak

June 6, 2011 5:11 am

ATLANTA (AP) — Four people in the U.S. were apparently sickened by the food poisoning outbreak in Europe, health officials said Friday. Three are hospitalized with a serious complication. All four were in northern Germany in May. Though they didn't stay at the same hotel or eat at the same restaurants, officials are confident that they were infected with E.

Feds Seize Elderberry Juice From Winery

June 6, 2011 5:09 am

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Federal authorities have seized bottles and drums of elderberry juice concentrate from a Kansas winery, contending that the company's claims of its benefits for treating various diseases make the product a drug. The civil forfeiture complaint, which only names the juice as the sole defendant, was filed last week and unsealed Friday in U.

Dean Foods To Close Ky. Dairy

June 6, 2011 5:06 am

NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) — Trauth Dairy has made products for more than 90 years at its plant in Newport, but that will come to an end in August. Trauth's owner, Dallas-based Dean Foods, announced Thursday that 80 people will lose their jobs when the plant ceases production Aug. 26. It will remain a distribution and administration center with 190 employees.

Chiquita Torture, War Crimes Lawsuits To Continue

June 6, 2011 5:03 am

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge refused Friday to dismiss lawsuits filed by thousands of Colombians against produce seller Chiquita Brands International over its payments to a right-wing paramilitary group responsible for killing and terrorizing civilians during Colombia's lengthy civil conflict.

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