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Annual Pet Spending Passes $50 Billion

March 6, 2012 10:07 am | by SUE MANNING,Associated Press

Americans spent $50.96 billion on their pets in 2011. That's an all-time high and the first time in history more than $50 billion has gone to the dogs, cats, canaries, guppies and the like, the American Pet Products Association said in a report issued Thursday.

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Jamaica's Coffee Industry Faces Hard Times

March 6, 2012 10:02 am | by DAVID McFADDEN,Associated Press

A few years ago, steep slopes were quilted with some of the world's most valuable coffee trees. Today, much of the terrain is overgrown with underbrush and bamboo as a declining luxury market in Japan and a voracious beetle drive thousands of frustrated small farmers away from tiny plots of leased highlands.

Woman Sells Presidential Nugget For $8,100

March 6, 2012 9:58 am

A Nebraska woman has sold a three-year-old McDonald's Chicken McNugget that resembles President George Washington for $8,100 on eBay.

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Activists To Investigate GMOs At Expo West

March 6, 2012 9:55 am

At Expo West, members of the Occupy movement within the organic sector have formed a Genetic Crimes Unit to investigate increased spraying of food with toxic weed killers like 2,4 D , contamination of the organic food supply, and other risks associated with genetically modified food.

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BP To Settle With Gulf Fishermen Sickened By The Spill

March 6, 2012 9:49 am | by CAIN BURDEAU,Associated Press

A settlement that BP is hammering out with victims of the massive Gulf oil spill finally provides a system for monitoring health concerns and compensating people whose illnesses are found to have a link to the disaster.

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Photo Of The Day: McWashington

March 6, 2012 9:38 am

A McDonald's Chicken McNugget found by Rebekah Speight sold for $8,100 on eBay. Speight believes the nugget resembles President George Washington.

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Recall: Pizza Sticks Produced Without Inspection

March 5, 2012 1:24 pm

Pasou Foods, a Syracuse, Ind. establishment, is recalling approximately 147 pounds of frozen, fully cooked, ready-to-eat pizza stick products because a meat ingredient used in the product may have been produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

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Water Bottling Plant To Bring 100 Jobs To Pa.

March 5, 2012 1:21 pm

A Florida-based beverage bottler said it will open a new bottling and manufacturing facility in eastern Pennsylvania.

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Neb Supreme Court: Tax 'Alcopops' As Hard Liquor

March 5, 2012 1:19 pm | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press

The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday that sweetened malt beverages known as "alcopops" should be taxed as hard liquor instead of beer.

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Company Says Arsenic Testing Proves Baby Formula Safe

March 5, 2012 1:11 pm

The manufacturer of the nation's first organic baby formula today announced findings from independent laboratory tests that refute recent allegations its products may have contained high levels of arsenic.

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Judge Says Gov't Can Require Union Posters At Work

March 5, 2012 1:05 pm | by SAM HANANEL,Associated Press

A federal judge ruled Friday that the National Labor Relations Board can require most private businesses to put up posters telling workers they have a legal right to form a union.

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Consumer Trends: Weight, Diet Among Top Wellness Concerns For Employees

March 5, 2012 12:59 pm

Some 43 percent of employees said weight loss was their top health concern this year, a 10 percent increase over 2011, according to a Tell It NowSM poll released today by ComPsych Corporation.

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Potato Plant Receives Grant To Help Trace Product

March 5, 2012 10:04 am

A south-central Idaho potato packing and shipping company has received a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will help the company trace where potatoes are shipped.

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U.S. And North Korea To Finalize Food Aid

March 5, 2012 10:02 am | by MATTHEW PENNINGTON,Associated Press

The United States and North Korea will meet in Beijng next week to finalize arrangements of the first U.S. government food aid shipment to the impoverished country in three years, the State Department said Friday.

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Meat Pies: Mystery Meat No More

March 5, 2012 9:59 am | by JOCELYN NOVECK,AP National Writer

 Historically speaking, the meat pie hasn’t always had the best associations attached to it. But, in the United States, it’s showing signs of hitting trend status with high-end fillings. 

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USDA Plans China Trade Mission

March 5, 2012 9:55 am

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the goal of the mission is to provide U.S. participants with market information, access to government decision makers, and one-on-one meetings with business contacts, potential agents, distributers, and importers.

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Abbott Laboratories Plans $270M Drink Plant

March 5, 2012 9:50 am

Health care product maker Abbott Laboratories says it will spend $270 million on a new plant in Ohio and employ 240 workers to make nutritional drinks for adults.

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Photo Of The Day: Meat Pies Make It Big

March 5, 2012 9:48 am

Much loved in Australia, Britain and elsewhere, but traditionally ignored in the United States, meat pies are showing signs of hitting trend status here too.

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Poultry, Feed And Meat Shows Combine To Form New Event

March 2, 2012 1:08 pm

The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) will serve as the umbrella name for the new U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), and American Meat Institute (AMI) 2013 Expo in Atlanta. The new show is the result of the co-location of the International Poultry Expo (IPE), International Feed Expo (IFE), and AMI’s International Meat Expo (IME).

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Unemployment Applications Fall To 4-Year Low

March 2, 2012 1:05 pm | by DEREK KRAVITZ, AP Economics Writer

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell slightly last week to thelowest point in four years, a further sign that the U.S. job market is improving.

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