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Jack Daniel's Unveils New Bottle

May 19, 2011 4:44 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The maker of Jack Daniel's said Monday it is rolling out a taller, slimmer bottle and simplified label for the popular whiskey made in rural Tennessee. The new packaging for Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 -- known as Jack Daniel's black label -- accentuates the bottle's familiar square shoulders.

Tenn. Pushes Beer Bill To Lure Brewer

May 19, 2011 4:40 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A California beer maker that produces some potent suds is seeking a site for a new brewery, and some Tennessee lawmakers are pushing legislation that they hope will persuade the company to build it in East Tennessee. Tennessee's Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday voted 10-0 to advance the bill establishing state guidelines for high-alcohol beer to a full floor vote.

Wis. Man Sues Kraft For Wrongful Firing

May 19, 2011 4:37 am

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Fond du Lac man has filed a federal lawsuit accusing Kraft Foods of firing him rather than accommodating his bad back. James L. Brown was hired in 2001 at a Kraft frozen-pizza facility in Little Chute. His lawsuit says he missed a few days of work in 2008 to get treatment for chronic back pain.

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Photo Of The Day: Ronald McDonald's Identity Crisis

May 19, 2011 4:34 am

(AP) — In this file photo taken April 6, 1988, Ronald McDonald watches as about 20,000 balloons head skyward at the opening of the 10,000th McDonalds restaurant worldwide, in Dale City, Va. Some branding experts think the McDonald’s Corp. clown's floppy red shoes and flaming-red hair are too hackneyed for iPod-savvy kids.

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General Mills Buys Yoplait Stake For $1.15 Billion

May 18, 2011 5:07 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — General Mills says it has signed a deal to buy a controlling stake in French yogurt company Yoplait for about $1.15 billion. The deal protects General Mills' U.S. yogurt business. The food maker has sold the world's second-largest yogurt brand under license in the U.

Activists Patrol Waters For Tuna Poachers

May 18, 2011 5:05 am

BRUSSELS (AP) — A U.S.-based organization of environmental activists plans to steam into Libyan waters to stop poachers from netting bluefin tuna. The organization, called Sea Shepherd, will send two boats into the war zone — the 58-meter (190-foot) Steve Irwin, named after the Australian conservationist, and the 35-meter (115-foot) Gojira — said Paul Watson, the organization's founder.

83,000 Chickens Killed In Egg Farm Fire

May 18, 2011 5:01 am

VERSAILLES, Ohio (AP) — Authorities estimate that about 83,000 chickens were killed in a barn fire at a western Ohio egg farm. WHIO-TV says about 70 firefighters were called out shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday to fight the fire near Versailles. The barn is on a farm owned by Kissinger Brothers Poultry and was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.

Fighting For The French Fry

May 18, 2011 4:58 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Often maligned, the french fry is fighting back. The spud has had a tough time lately. In the last year, it has been marginalized by new school lunch rules, demonized by a popular television program and blamed for the nation's obesity epidemic. Health advocates and government officials have pushed to take them off lunch lines, where kids often reach for the crispy treats instead of greener vegetables.

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College Students Promote Beef Consumption

May 18, 2011 4:55 am

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The national beef industry has enlisted college students across the country in its public relations fight for America's hearts, minds and stomachs. The Masters of Beef Advocacy program also recruits farmers, ranchers, high-end chefs and school dietitians to spread the gospel of red meat consumption.

Photo Of The Day: Doctored Melons Explode In China

May 18, 2011 4:50 am

(AP) — In this May 13, 2011 photo, farmers clear out watermelons from their rented greenhouse that had burst in Danyang city in eastern China's Jiangsu province. Watermelons have been bursting by the score in eastern China after farmers gave them overdoses of growth chemicals during wet weather, according to state media reports, Tuesday, May 17, 2011.

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E. Coli Rates In U.S. Ground Beef Plunge

May 17, 2011 5:30 am

WASHINGTON, D.C. (American Meat Institute) — New federal data show that E. coli O157:H7 is found in less than one quarter of one percent of ground beef samples, a 72 percent decline since 2000 in ground beef samples testing positive for the pathogen. The data are from Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) 2010 year end results of microbiological samples for raw ground beef products analyzed for E.

Fields Of Watermelon Explode In Chinese Farm Fiasco

May 17, 2011 5:29 am

BEIJING (AP) — Watermelons have been bursting by the score in eastern China after farmers gave them overdoses of growth chemicals during wet weather, creating what state media called fields of "land mines." About 20 farmers around Danyang city in Jiangsu province were affected, losing up to 115 acres (45 hectares) of melon, China Central Television said in an investigative report.

Slaughterhouse Manager Heads To Appeals Court

May 17, 2011 5:29 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A hearing seeking a new trial for a former Iowa kosher slaughterhouse executive convicted of financial fraud is scheduled before the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Documents filed Monday show a hearing before the St. Louis court is set for June 15. Former Agriprocessors Inc.

Ga. Processors Face Steep Fines For Food Safety Violations

May 17, 2011 5:28 am

ATLANTA (AP) — Food processors in Georgia who don't conduct mandatory tests for contamination or hide the results would face thousands of dollars in fines under proposed regulations. Officials at the Georgia Department of Agriculture said Monday they are taking public comments on regulations implementing the fines, which were part of legislation passed by lawmakers.

Poultry Producer Seeks To Extradite Antitrust Suit

May 17, 2011 5:27 am

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Poultry producer George's Inc. is seeking to expedite a federal antitrust lawsuit challenging its purchase of a Tyson Food Inc. plant in Harrisonburg. George's says in court documents filed Monday that local poultry farmers could be harmed if the case is delayed.

Photo Of The Day: Moving Mexican Cattle Inspection Centers

May 17, 2011 5:25 am

(AP) — In this photo taken May 3, 2011, Mexican cattle is dipped in insecticide during a USDA inspection in Laredo, Texas. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has shifted some of its cattle inspection stations from Mexico into the United States after concerns about drug cartel violence.

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Recall: Deli Meat May Harbor Listeria

May 16, 2011 4:59 am

VERNON, Calif. (AP) — A California company is recalling 16,000 pounds of ready-to-eat deli meat products that may be contaminated with Listeria. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall Friday. Vernon-based Rose & Shore Meat Co.

Hormel Plans Spam Plant Expansion

May 16, 2011 4:56 am

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — Hormel Foods has announced plans to expand its Spam plant in Fremont. Spokeswoman Julie Craven told the Fremont Tribune that Hormel will begin construction of a plant addition this summer. It will take about a year to complete. "The project is designed to increase production capacity for the Spam family of products," Craven said.

Ocean Spray To Leave Jersey Over Business Costs

May 16, 2011 4:54 am

BORDENTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A stone embedded in the sidewalk outside City Hall commemorates the good will and generosity of Ocean Spray Cranberries, a major economic force since the farmer-owned cooperative opened a 60-acre juice-manufacturing plant here almost 70 years ago. The company is known for the truckloads of juice it donates to local fundraisers, and this city overlooking the Delaware River even hosts a cranberry festival each October.

China Opens Up About Food Safety Issues

May 16, 2011 4:49 am

BEIJING (AP) — Toxic bean sprouts, filthy cooking oil, drug-tainted pork: The relentless headlines in Chinese media have churned up queasy feelings for months about the dangers lurking in the nation's dinner bowls. The stories are grim reading but show China's usually strict censors are allowing the press more latitude to help it monitor a food industry long riddled with problems.

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