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Canadian Meat Inspectors Union Warns Of Food Safety Cuts

January 16, 2012 7:22 am

OTTAWA — The Conservative government's plan to slash spending on food safety could put Canadians at risk of another crisis like the deadly listeriosis outbreak, says the federal meat inspectors' union. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's latest spending plan proposes deep budget cuts, and the union says the food-safety program will be hit the hardest.

Va. Alcohol Sales Rise

January 16, 2012 3:53 am

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginians bought more alcohol in the state's beverage control stores and restaurants as the state agency saw a record profit in the last fiscal year. The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said the agency has seen retail sales increase to record levels consecutively for the past 13 years, even as discussions continue about privatizing the state's liquor stores.

Orange Juice Worries Continue On New Supply Concerns

January 16, 2012 3:50 am

It's been a bungee-jumping kind of week for orange juice futures. Orange juice for March delivery rose 3.6 percent Friday to close at $1.846 per pound on expectations that Mexico's orange crop may have been damaged by drought. During the wild week, the price jumped to the highest level in nearly five years Tuesday, then fell 11 percent over Wednesday and Thursday.

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America's Obesession With Overseas Food

January 16, 2012 3:47 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Which food revelation was more shocking this week? Did it blow you away that low levels of a fungicide that isn't approved in the U.S. were discovered in some orange juice sold here? Yawn. Or was it the news that Brazil, where the fungicide-laced juice originated, produces a good portion of the orange pulpy stuff we drink? Gasp! While the former may have sent prices for orange juice for delivery in March down 5.

Local Dr Pepper Brand's Demise Worries Texas Town

January 16, 2012 3:43 am

DUBLIN, Texas (AP) — Dublin didn't invent Dr Pepper, but no other place has embraced the soft drink quite like it has. A dozen or so signs and murals around town tout the virtues of the local version of the drink, Dublin Dr Pepper, which was first bottled in Dublin in 1891, six years after it debuted in Waco.

Neb. Bill Would Impose Higher Fees On Food Sellers

January 16, 2012 3:39 am

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would raise the ceiling on permit fees for restaurants, grocers and pushcart vendors is critical to maintain food safety in Nebraska, an industry lobbyist said Friday. The measure, which would apply to businesses that sell or process food, finances the state inspection program that ensures food is properly stored and prepared, said Kathy Siefken, a lobbyist for the Nebraska Grocery Industry Association.

Photo Of The Day: Far Flung Food

January 16, 2012 3:34 am

(AP) — In this Feb. 27, 2008 file photo, a Vietnamese woman works at a fish market in Nha Trang, Vietnam. It might have surprised you to learn in recent news that Brazil tops Florida as the world's largest orange juice producer. You probably also didn’t know most of our apple juice comes from China.

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FDA Awards Funding For Preventive Controls Alliance And Training

January 13, 2012 6:47 am

BEDFORD PARK, Ill. (IFSH) — Illinois Institute of Technology's Institute for Food Safety and Health (IIT IFSH) will coordinate a national food safety alliance designed to assist the human and animal food industry in complying with upcoming Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)-related preventive control regulations.

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Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends For 2012

January 13, 2012 6:43 am

Washington, D.C. (ELFA) — The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) which represents the $628 billion equipment finance sector, today revealed its Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends for 2012.  Given that every year U.S. businesses, nonprofits and government agencies spend in excess of $1.

Pa. Liquor Board Votes For Price Increases

January 13, 2012 6:32 am

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Customers of Pennsylvania's state-owned liquor stores can expect to see prices increase in the coming months on hundreds of wine and liquor products after a vote Wednesday by the Liquor Control Board. The 3-0 vote to approve suppliers' requests ended an 18-month moratorium on price increases imposed because of the economic downturn.

Alma Meats Announces Recall After USDA Inspection

January 13, 2012 6:29 am

JEFFESON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A western Missouri meat company has expanded its recall to include 137 pounds of cooked head sausage. The Agriculture Department announced Thursday that the sausage was produced Sept. 15 by Alma Meats and is labeled Lot (hash)1085211. It was distributed within Lafayette County and to 4-K Cheese and Meat in Cole Camp and The Cheese Store in Sweet Springs.

Fed: Economy Ended 2011 With Strength

January 13, 2012 6:25 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The final weeks of 2011 were the U.S. economy's best since it seemed to be slipping toward recession in late spring — a shot of optimism for 2012. Consumers spent more freely. Factories made more goods. Americans stepped up travel. And the auto industry enjoyed its best stretch of the year.

ADM Ends Biodegradable Plastics Joint Venture

January 13, 2012 4:04 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Archer Daniels Midland Co. said Thursday it is ending a biodegradable plastics joint venture with Metabolix Inc. because of the venture's cost, and uncertainty about its returns. The companies said the joint venture, which is called Telles, will be dissolved on Feb.

Stonyfield CEO Resigns

January 13, 2012 4:02 am

CONCORD, New Hampshire (AP) — Saying he wants to devote more time to changing national food policies to help consumers, Gary Hirshberg is stepping down as the CEO of Stonyfield Farm and handing over responsibilities of the organic yogurt company to the former CEO of Ben & Jerry's.

Tribe Looks To Revive Bison Demand

January 13, 2012 3:58 am

FLANDREAU, S.D. (AP) — It seems an unlikely concept: teenagers forgoing the immediacy of a McDonald's Big Mac to don an apron, grab a meat patty and learn how to cook their own lower-fat version in the kitchen. But for a group of students at the Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota, they're doing just that while learning about bison, an animal considered sacred in their Native American culture.

Diamond Foods Slides On Fears Of Criminal Fraud

January 13, 2012 3:56 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Diamond Foods Inc. slid more than 10 percent in premarket trading Friday after a published report of a federal inquiry into whether the snack maker's financial practices involved criminal fraud. On top of that, two large stockholders recently sold most of their shares.

Dr Pepper Parts With Oldest Bottler

January 13, 2012 3:50 am

DALLAS (AP) — Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. and its oldest but smallest bottler announced Wednesday that they were ending their 120-year relationship to settle a trademark feud over a retro-version of the soda that had become the Texas bottler's specialty. The company and the bottler, Dr Pepper Bottling Co.

Photo Of The Day: Reviving Bison Meat

January 13, 2012 3:46 am

(AP) In this Jan. 5, 2012 photo, Geriann Headrick, acting food service manager at the Flandreau Indian School in Flandreau, S.D., cuts bison meat. The school began preparing school meals with fresh bison meat this year as part of a project between the Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe and South Dakota State University researchers to restore the cultural significance of the animal and consumption of bison meat among community members, particularly the youth.

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Consumer Trends: 2012 Food Predictions

January 12, 2012 8:53 am

LEESBURG, Va. (The National Conference Center) — The National Conference, located in Leesburg, Virginia is one of the largest and most comprehensive conference training centers in the nation.  It has more than 900 rooms and boasts the largest ballroom in Northern Virginia.  NCC also has a highly skilled, award-winning executive chef who is often tasked with producing more than 3,000 meals a day.

Guinness To Build New Dublin Brewery, Close 2 More

January 12, 2012 7:12 am

DUBLIN (AP) — Guinness parent Diageo PLC will build a new Dublin base for brewing Ireland's famed stout but its two other Irish breweries making other brands will close at a cost of about 100 jobs, the British drinks giant announced Thursday. Diageo said the new €153 million ($195 million) brewery on the sprawling Guinness site at St.

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