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Animal Rights Group Takes Credit For Arson At Beef Plant

January 11, 2012 3:54 am

FRESNO, California (AP) — Authorities in California are looking into animal rights activists' claims that they caused the fire that destroyed 14 big-rig tractors and several trailers at the state's biggest beef processor. Activists claimed responsibility for the fire at Harris Farms in an email released by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office.

Photo Of The Day: A Chicken-And-Egg Conundrum

January 11, 2012 3:49 am

(AP) — In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 6, 2012, hens are seen at a chicken farm in Fleurus, Belgium. A dozen years after the European Union set Jan. 1, 2012 as the date to eliminate the most cramped cages to improve the living standards of egg laying hens, half of the 27 European Union nations have failed to fully comply.

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Consumer Trends: New Ways To Eat Better

January 10, 2012 8:19 am

YONKERS, N.Y. (PRNewswire) — Let's face it, many of the most healthful foods – bitter vegetables, long-cooking beans, and squishy tofu – can be a tough sell.  The March 2012 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, gives your grocery list a makeover with 12 healthy foods that help you get nutrients in unexpected ways from foods like chips, pasta, and even dips.

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Consumer Trends: Ranking The Antioxidant Value Of Nuts

January 10, 2012 8:15 am

SCRANTON, Pa. (PRNewswire) — A new study by University of Scranton Chemistry Professor Joe Vinson, Ph.D., published in The Royal Society of Chemistry's journal Food and Function online on Dec. 21, 2011, shows nuts pack a healthy punch and ranks walnuts at the top for having both more healthful antioxidants, called polyphenols, and a higher antioxidant potency than the other nuts analyzed.

Cargill Reports 2Q Earnings

January 10, 2012 6:56 am

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (PRNewswire) — Cargill today reported $100 million in earnings from continuing operations in the fiscal 2012 second quarter ended Nov. 30, 2011, an 88 percent decrease from $832 million in the same period a year ago. In the first six months, earnings from continuing operations were $336 million, compared with $1.

Chicago Walgreens To Help Reduce 'Food Deserts'

January 10, 2012 6:51 am

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are welcoming a new flagship Walgreens to the city. The pair spoke Monday at a private reception and ribbon cutting at the new store on State Street. Quinn commented that the Walgreens he remembers from his childhood "did not have a sushi bar.

N.J. Passes Wine-Shipping Bill

January 10, 2012 6:48 am

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jerseyans could have wine shipped to their homes from small out-of-state wineries and Garden State growers could ship their product directly to customers under legislation that has cleared the state Legislature. The Assembly and state Senate both voted late Monday night to advance a bill that revises the law governing direct wine sales.

Sara Lee's Rock Island Bakery To Close

January 10, 2012 6:44 am

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) — The Sara Lee bakery in Rock Island, Ill. is slated to close by the end of the year, putting about 100 people out of work. The plant is operated by Bimbo Bakeries USA. A company spokesman says the Rock Island plant is getting old and the company has more efficient plants that can handle the baking now done in Rock Island.

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FDA Steps Up Testing For Fungicide In Orange Juice

January 10, 2012 6:42 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says it will step up testing for a fungicide that has been found in low levels in orange juice. FDA officials said they aren't concerned about the safety of the juice but will increase testing to make sure the contamination isn't a problem.

Vet Group Responds To Order Limiting Antibiotic Use In Food Animals

January 10, 2012 4:03 am

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (PRNewswire) — The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) announced today that the FDA's order prohibiting certain uses of cephalosporins in food animals appears consistent with the current AVMA position on the limited prohibition on extra-label drug use, but warned against further restrictions not backed by science.

Japan To Release Activists Who Boarded Whaler

January 10, 2012 3:57 am

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian customs ship was steaming full speed toward a Japanese whaling vessel to pick up three activists after Tokyo decided Tuesday to release them without charges over their surprise boarding off southwest Australia. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the customs ship would likely take several days of traveling at top speed to rendezvous with the security ship the Shonan Maru No.

Starbucks Begins Serving Blonde Roast

January 10, 2012 3:55 am

SEATTLE (AP) — Starbucks Coffee Co. said Tuesday it will begin serving Starbucks Blonde Roast, a lighter roast than its regular dark and medium roasts, in an effort to attract more customers. The coffee will be available beginning immediately at Starbucks stores and grocery stores nationwide.

Hostess To File For Bankruptcy A Second Time

January 10, 2012 3:52 am

Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of Wonder Bread and Twinkies, is preparing to refile for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection just two years after emerging, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. A spokesman for the privately held Irving, Texas, bakery company declined to comment on the report.

USDA Closes 259 Offices

January 10, 2012 3:50 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Agriculture Department announced Monday it will close nearly 260 offices nationwide, a move that won praise for cutting costs but raised concerns about the possible effect on food safety. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the goal was to save $150 million a year in the agency's $145 billion budget.

Photo Of The Day: Activists Board Whaler

January 10, 2012 3:46 am

(AP) — In this Jan. 8, 2012 image made from video which was released by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, activists of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society head toward the Shonan Maru No. 2, background, in Antarctic waters early morning. The three anti-whaling activists boarded the Japanese vessel in early Sunday morning darkness as part of a campaign to stop whale hunting in Antarctic waters.

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Study: Juice Concentrate Increases Skin Health

January 9, 2012 8:21 am

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (PRNewswire) — A new study published in the January 2012 issue of Skin Pharmacology and Physiology* shows that the regular intake of fruit and vegetable concentrates can improve objective markers of skin health.  After twelve weeks, those taking the food supplement (Juice Plus+® Orchard Blend and Juice Plus+® Garden Blend; NSA, LLC, Collierville, Tenn.

Steak 'n Shake Heads To NYC

January 9, 2012 8:17 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Like many a Midwesterner, Steak 'n Shake is moving to Manhattan with hopes of being as popular in the big city as it is at home. The Indianapolis-based diner chain, which throughout the South and Midwest has made itself a gathering place for high schoolers too young to get into clubs, retirees with a penchant for morning gossip and partiers who need a late-night double cheeseburger, plans to announce Monday that it is opening its first New York City location this week.

Monsanto 1Q Earnings Surge

January 9, 2012 8:14 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Monsanto Co. said Thursday its fiscal first-quarter earnings soared on strength of its seed business. The company also brightened its outlook for the full fiscal year. Its shares rose more than 5 percent Thursday. Monsanto said its net income rose to $126 million, or 23 cents per share, for the three months ended Nov.

Cake Recalled For Plastic Fragments

January 9, 2012 8:10 am

SILVER SPRING, Md. (FDA) — Rich Products Corporation recalled its 1/4 (quarter) Sheet Vanilla Flavored Pre-Soaked Sponge Cake Artificially Flavored (Product Code: 00405) on January 5, 2012, because small plastic fragments from the packaging were found on top of the product. The size of the fragments range from 1/4 (one fourth) to 3/4 (three fourths) inches.

GOP Candidates Take On Food Stamp Debate

January 9, 2012 8:03 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Politicians normally shy away from saying they want to cut food stamps, but this year's Republican presidential candidates are using domestic food aid as an example of a welfare state gone awry. Supporters of the program say it is one of the most reliable safety nets for families who suddenly find themselves unable to pay for food, and politically the program has proved almost untouchable over many decades.

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