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New Mexico Regulators Approve Dairy Settlement

November 17, 2011 4:03 am

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico water regulators on Wednesday adopted a settlement that puts to rest a dispute over the regulation of millions of tons of waste produced each year by the state's $2.6 billion dairy industry. The Water Quality Control Commission voted unanimously during a hearing in Santa Fe in favor of the settlement brokered by state attorneys, dairy farmers and environmentalists.

Calif. Upholds Raw Milk Quarantine After Organic Dairy Appeal

November 17, 2011 4:00 am

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — State officials on Wednesday upheld a recall and quarantine of raw milk products from a California dairy after three children were sent to hospitals with E.coli poisoning in the nation's latest outbreak related to the unpasteurized product. The ruling came at a hearing by the California Department of Food and Agriculture after the owner of Organic Pastures Dairy Co.

PepsiCo To Launch Mid-Calorie Soda Nationwide

November 17, 2011 3:56 am

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — PepsiCo Inc. will roll out its new mid-calorie soda "Pepsi Next" nationally early next spring. The company said in June that it would be testing the lower-sugar and lower-calorie soda in Iowa and Wisconsin. PepsiCo said Wednesday that testing results exceeded its expectations and it plans to begin selling the product nationally at the beginning of its second fiscal quarter.

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Smucker Recalls Chunky Peanut Butter

November 17, 2011 3:54 am

ORRVILLE, Ohio (AP) — J.M. Smucker Co. is recalling thousands of 16-ounce jars of its Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter Chunky because of possible salmonella contamination. The Ohio-based company says the jars covered in the recall would have been purchased in the last week or so. They have "Best if Used By" dates of Aug.

Photo Of The Day: Wright County Egg Pays Salmonella Victims

November 17, 2011 3:49 am

(AP) — In this June 6, 2010 file photo, Austin "Jack" DeCoster, right, appears in a Lewiston, Maine, court on animal cruelty charges related to Turner egg farm in Maine. DeCoster also owns Wright County Egg, an Iowa egg farm linked to a massive salmonella recall in 2010. Dozens of people sickened last year after eating salmonella-tainted eggs from Wright County Egg will receive compensation, including six-figure checks for two children, under the first wave of legal settlements with the disgraced egg magnate blamed for the outbreak, The Associated Press has learned.

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Heinz Promises Free Ketchup After Facebook Glitch

November 16, 2011 3:59 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh-based H.J. Heinz Co. is promising a free bottle of its new balsamic vinegar ketchup to anybody who tried to buy it during a failed product launch on the Facebook social networking website. Monday was the first time Heinz sold a U.S. product through its Facebook page.

Calif. Recalls, Quarantines Raw Milk Linked To E. Coli

November 16, 2011 3:57 am

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California officials are recalling and putting under quarantine raw organic milk from a Fresno County company after it was linked to E. coli that sent three California children to the hospital. California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Whiteford ordered all milk, butter, cream, colostrum and "Qephor" by Organic Pastures Dairy Company pulled from the shelves.

Congress Set To Strip Meat Reform Funding

November 16, 2011 3:52 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday it will abandon portions of a sweeping antitrust rule proposed for meat companies if Congress does not provide money for enforcement. A Congressional committee voted late Monday to strip funding for the measures in a spending bill the full Congress is expected to approve by the end of this week.

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Kellogg Donates $100K To Mayan Group

November 16, 2011 3:49 am

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Kellogg Co. has donated $100,000 to support a Mayan cultural organization months after a logo dispute with the group. In August, Kellogg attorneys asked the Maya Archaeology Initiative to reconsider its logo or limit its use, saying the bird it featured could be confused with Toucan Sam, the mascot of Kellogg's Froot Loops cereal.

Starbucks Relocates Tazo Tea

November 16, 2011 3:46 am

Starbucks Corp. is relocating its Tazo Tea business to Kent, Wash., as it consolidates and upgrades its manufacturing facilities there. The coffee company acquired the Portland, Ore.-based tea company in 1999 and has kept its tea manufacturing and distribution services there since that time Starbucks said Wednesday that it is making a multi-million investment in its manufacturing facilities to improve efficiency and expand its business.

Photo Of The Day: FPSA Sponsors 'SAVE FOOD'

November 16, 2011 3:40 am

(FPSA) — The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) has become the first United States-based trade association to join with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Messe Düsseldorf  (producers of the interpack trade show) to fight global food loss through the internationally recognized “SAVE FOOD” initiative.

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Coca-Cola To Invest $2 Billion In India

November 15, 2011 4:02 am

ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola Co.'s subsidiary in India says it plans to invest $2 billion in the country over the next five years as the beverage maker tries to make a bigger push in the key emerging market. Coca-Cola India said Monday that it plans to use the money to build up its infrastructure, develop its manufacturing abilities, invest in consumer marketing and expand distribution.

Rules Lag As Factory Dust Explosions Kill Workers

November 15, 2011 4:00 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When an accumulation of sugar dust ignited and blew up the Imperial Sugar plant in Port Wentworth, Ga., in 2008, killing 14 and injuring dozens, the state responded by issuing emergency regulations on combustible dust. No Georgia workers have been killed by exploding dust since.

Starbucks Fined For Bean Surcharge

November 15, 2011 3:57 am

BOSTON (AP) — Starbucks has stopped tacking on a fee for bags of coffee beans that weigh less than a pound. The Seattle coffee company eliminated the fee at its stores nationwide this month after a Massachusetts consumer-protection agency fined the company over the practice. The Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation found in August that the coffee chain failed to notify customers either in the store or on their receipts that it was adding a surcharge of about $1.

Wearing Milk: It Does A Body Good

November 15, 2011 3:53 am

HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Wear Milk? Anke Domaske says why not. The 28-year-old German is the designer of an award-winning new textile made entirely from milk that's environmentally friendly as well as soothing to people with skin allergies. Called "Qmilch," it drapes and folds like silk, but can be washed and dried like cotton.

Congress Fights Healthy School Lunches

November 15, 2011 3:48 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is fighting to keep pizza and french fries on school lunch lines, picking apart an Obama administration proposal to make school lunches healthier. A spending bill released late Monday would unravel school lunch standards proposed by the Agriculture Department earlier this year, forcing USDA to pull back an attempt to limit potatoes on the lunch line, delaying limits on sodium and delaying a requirement to boost whole grains.

Photo Of The Day: Milking The Latest Fashions

November 15, 2011 3:44 am

(AP) — In this photo taken Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, model Britta presents a dress designed by German fashion designer Anke Domaske in Hannover, Germany. Domaske, 28, is the designer of an award-winning new textile made entirely from milk that's environmentally friendly as well as soothing to people with skin allergies.

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Recall: Plastic Found In Wegmans Sweet Potatoes

November 14, 2011 3:56 am

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Wegmans Food Markets says 4,000 pounds of its mashed sweet potatoes are being recalled because of possible contamination with pieces of white plastic. The Rochester, N.Y.-based grocery chain says the sweet potatoes packaged in 24 oz. plastic trays were sold between Sept.

Tyson Fire Damages Boiler Building

November 14, 2011 3:52 am

WHITE HALL, Ark. (AP) — A fire at a Tyson Foods Inc. chicken processing plant at White Hall has damaged a boiler building. Little Rock television station KLRT reports the blaze began at 4 a.m. Saturday when the plant was idle. No one was injured. The company says the main building was not involved in the fire and workers are to report as scheduled on Monday.

Gas Explosion Kills 9 At Restaurant In NW China

November 14, 2011 3:48 am

BEIJING (AP) — An explosion in a restaurant in a tourist city in northwestern China on Monday killed at least nine people and injured another 34, state media said. The explosion happened at the start of the morning rush hour in a fast-food restaurant in Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi province and home to China's ancient terracotta warriors, according to a report on the website of the Xi'an Daily, which is run by the Communist Party's local propaganda department.

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