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Photo Of The Day: Oil Spill Draws Attention To Gulf Coast

January 30, 2012 9:52 am

In this Dec. 16, 2011 photo, rancher Dallas Ford talks about his cattle in Tivoli, Texas. Ford has put in new fencing to keep his cattle in separate fields to prevent them from chewing the grass too far down and force them to drink out of strategically located troughs.

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Deli Sandwich Pulled For Listeria

January 27, 2012 4:05 pm

M.E. Thompson, Inc. of Jacksonville, FL is recalling its Anytime Deli Turkey & Ham Sub Sandwich, UPC 0543200194, with an expiration date of January 19th and January 22nd because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. 

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Vt. Farm Purchases State Mobile Poultry Processor

January 27, 2012 3:59 pm

A Vermont farm has bought the state's mobile poultry processing unit for $61,000. The owners of Tangletown Farm in Middlesex say the unit will allow them to expand their business and play a larger role in Vermont agriculture. Lila Bennett and David Robb say they're working on a plan that will allow other small farms to use the unit.

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50 Percent Of Food Inspections Failed In China In 2011

January 27, 2012 3:57 pm

AsiaInspection, a leading provider of quality control services for businesses importing from Asia, today announces the AsiaInspection 2011 Q4 Barometer, a quarterly synopsis of Asia-based manufacturing and the quality control services industry.

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Taco Bell Rings In Breakfast

January 27, 2012 3:55 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

Yo quiero Taco Bell breakfast burrito! The Mexican-style fast-food chain that's best remembered for a 1990s ad in which a Chihuahua proclaimed "I want Taco Bell" in Spanish, introduced a breakfast menu Thursday at nearly 800 restaurants in 14 states.

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FDA Detains OJ Imports After Finding Fungicide

January 27, 2012 3:41 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration has detained several shipments of imported orange juice after finding traces of an illegal fungicide. The government says the juice is safe to drink. But the fungicide, carbendazim, is not approved for use in the United States, so any juice that contains traces of it must be detained. It is used in other countries to combat mold on orange trees.

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Consumer Trends: Top Trends In Whole Grains

January 27, 2012 3:31 pm

As consumers increasingly realize the importance of eating whole grains as part of a healthy diet, Bob’s Red Mill has seen a number of somewhat surprising foods gain in popularity. In fact, based on sales and customer feedback, the long-time leading provider of whole grain foods has identified five products as stars that are expected to rise even higher in 2012.

New Zealand Anxious As Chinese Buy Dairy Farms

January 27, 2012 11:43 am | by NICK PERRY, Associated Press

Chinese investors are buying New Zealand farmland for the first time as economic ties with the Asian powerhouse grow ever deeper, sparking considerable anxiety in a country where livelihoods are heavily reliant on agriculture. New Zealand's government Friday approved the sale of 16 dairy farms to a company controlled by the Shanghai Pengxin Group, run by wealthy property developer Jiang Zhaobai. Pengxin hasn't revealed how much it is paying but says its total investment will be more than 200 million New Zealand dollars ($164 million).

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Strong Sales Boost Starbucks

January 27, 2012 11:41 am | by SARAH SKIDMORE, AP Food Industry Writer

Starbucks Corp. reported its biggest quarterly revenue gain since the recession began, but investors worried after the company issued a modest forecast for the year. The Seattle-based coffee company reported on Thursday after the stock markets closed that fiscal first-quarter revenue grew 16 percent — the largest quarterly gain since 2007. It attracted new customers by adding stores in China and Morocco, upgrading locations in the U.S. and rolling out single-serve coffee and other new items at grocery stores.

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Wheat Farmers Support Labeling GMOs

January 27, 2012 11:33 am | by SHANNON DININNY, Associated Press

Some Washington state wheat farmers have thrown their support behind legislation requiring labeling of genetically modified foods, giving food safety advocates fresh hope that lawmakers also will get behind the bill. They haven't been receptive to the idea in the past, and lawmakers at the national level and in more than a dozen states have rejected similar proposals in the past year.

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M.A.S.H. Diner Deal Revived

January 27, 2012 11:29 am | by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press

The sale of a hot dog eatery made famous on the TV series "M-A-S-H" is sizzling again. Representatives of a restaurant group told a judge Thursday that a deal to buy Tony Packo's Inc. has been revived and could be finalized in a few weeks. This comes just weeks after the same group backed out of a sale agreement.

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Farmers Eager For Right To Kill Attacking Wolves

January 27, 2012 11:04 am | by JOHN FLESHER and STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

A legal shield that has protected gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region for nearly four decades will disappear Friday when the animal leaves the federal endangered species list. With that milestone, a primal struggle that was waged in this rugged backcountry for more than a century will resume, although in a more restrained fashion.

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Grocery Market To Reach $4.9 Trillion By 2015

January 26, 2012 7:20 am

San Jose, Calif. (PRWEB) — Worldwide grocery retail industry witnessed several trends that are anticipated to shape future growth patterns of the market. Introduction of the new retail formats (such as superstores), improvement in customer service and store design, incorporation of innovative technologies, and focus on selling ethnic and organic products are some of the trends witnessed in the industry.

Monsanto Shareholders Reject Study On GMO Risk

January 26, 2012 7:15 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Shareholders of Monsanto Co. on Tuesday voted down a proposed study of how the company's genetically engineered crops, or GMOs, may pose financial and legal risks to the seed giant. They also reelected four of the company's directors and approved compensation packages during the annual meeting.

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Sierra Nevada Expands To East Coast

January 26, 2012 7:10 am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — West Coast craft beer-maker Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is opening a production site in North Carolina to expand its East Coast reach. The Chico, Calif.-based company said Wednesday it chose a site along the French Broad River 12 miles south of Asheville as the home of its East Coast brewery.

Kan. Farmers Claim $1 Billion After Drought

January 26, 2012 7:05 am

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Kansas farmers have already claimed a record amount in crop insurance for losses suffered during a lingering drought last year, and the claims are expected to surpass $1 billion, a federal agriculture official said. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its weekly report it had paid $987.

Meat Execs Face Federal Indictment

January 26, 2012 7:01 am

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Two Kansas men face federal charges accusing them of selling adulterated poultry products. A grand jury has indicted Craig Cunningham, of Leawood, and his son, Jason Cunningham, of Olathe, for allegedly conspiring to sell poultry products in 2008 that were unhealthy and unfit for human food, or prepared under unsanitary conditions.

Salmon Destroyed After FDA Finds Listeria

January 26, 2012 3:55 am

SILVER SPRING, Md. (FDA) — A Maine food processing and storage company destroyed its cold smoked salmon product under the supervision of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after inspectors found Listeria monocytogenes within the firm’s facility and on processing equipment Based on conditions at Mill Stream Corp.

Gates Defends Focus On High-Tech Ag

January 26, 2012 3:51 am

KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) — Bill Gates has a terse response to criticism that the high-tech solutions he advocates for world hunger are too expensive or bad for the environment: Countries can embrace modern seed technology and genetic modification or their citizens will starve. When he was in high school in the 1960s, people worried there wouldn't be enough food to feed the world, Gates recalled in his fourth annual letter, which was published online Tuesday.

NYC Diabetes Ad Doctored Photo

January 26, 2012 3:46 am

NEW YORK (AP) — The city's latest public health campaign warning against diabetes features a photo of an overweight amputee — but an ad agency, not the disease, was to blame for the man's missing leg. The man's photo was digitally altered to make it appear that his right leg is missing below the knee, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

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