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Spinach Pulled After Testing Positive For Listeria

October 25, 2011 5:16 am

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market Inc. is recalling its f&e brand bagged Washed Spinach because it could be contaminated with listeria. While no illnesses have been reported, the El Segundo, Calif. company said Friday that it was taking precautions after one bag of spinach tested positive for listeria.

Port Wine Growers Face Challenges, Explore New Markets

October 25, 2011 5:12 am

PINHAO, Portugal (AP) — When Dominic Symington looks out from his shady hillside garden across the vineyards of Portugal's majestic Douro Valley, he sees centuries of family and European history. British families like the Symingtons have been at the heart of this northern Portuguese region's port wine trade for generations.

Harry & David Names New CEO

October 25, 2011 5:08 am

MEDFORD, Oregon (AP) — Harry & David Holdings Inc., which exited bankruptcy protection last month, has named Craig Johnson, a veteran executive with wide retail experience, as its CEO. The gift and gourmet food company said Monday that Johnson's appointment takes effect on Tuesday.

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American Crystal Sugar To Resume Talks With Workers

October 25, 2011 5:06 am

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — American Crystal Sugar Co. and its locked-out union workers headed back to the negotiating table Monday, but refused to talk about the results. A federal mediation service in Minneapolis said talks between the company and the union representing about 1,300 workers would resume, but didn't disclose the place and time.

Kraft To Lay Off Workers At Iowa Plant

October 25, 2011 4:59 am

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Kraft Foods will lay off 40 to 50 full-time workers at its Mason City plant in December. Corporate spokeswoman Joyce Hodel told the Globe Gazette that the layoffs are the result of external conditions, seasonality and efficiencies at the plant. Hodel says the reduction process will take about eight weeks, with the actual layoffs coming in mid-December.

Photo Of The Day: Wading In The Wine

October 25, 2011 4:54 am

(AP) — Grape-pickers tread grapes in a traditional stone tank at Quinta do Vesuvio vineyard, Sept. 19 2011, near the village of Foz Coa, northern Portugal. After spending the day picking grapes on the slopes of the Douro Valley, in the evening the workers tread the grapes to be used in the production of Port wine.

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Chick-fil-A's Secret To Success

October 24, 2011 11:45 am

Congress Requests Briefing On Outbreak With Jensen Farms

October 24, 2011 5:05 am

DENVER (AP) — Members of Congress have requested a briefing with the Colorado cantaloupe farm whose packing facility has been traced to a deadly listeria outbreak. Reps. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., and Henry Waxman, D-Calif., earlier this month asked for a congressional hearing on the outbreak to learn how to prevent it from happening again.

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Bumble Bee To Cut 120 Jobs At Tuna Plant

October 24, 2011 5:01 am

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Bumble Bee Foods LLC says it is cutting 120 jobs at its tuna packing plant in the western Puerto Rican city of Mayaguez. The company says the move comes in response to intense competition from overseas competitors with lower labor and production costs. Senior Vice President for Operations Jan Tharp says in a Friday statement that the Mayaguez plant will reduce its production schedule by one shift.

Corn Refiners: 'Corn Sugar' Suit Stifles Free Speech

October 24, 2011 4:57 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sugar makers should compete in the marketplace instead of the courtroom over the use of the term "corn sugar," a representative for the corn industry said Sunday. A federal judge ruled Friday that a lawsuit can go forward as the sugar industry seeks to stop the use of the term "corn sugar" for high fructose corn syrup.

BPA In Pregnant Women Could Affect Girls' Behavior

October 24, 2011 4:55 am

CHICAGO (AP) — Exposure to the chemical bisphenol-A before birth could affect girls' behavior at age 3, according to the latest study on potential health effects of the compound used in the manufacturing of some plastic drink bottles and food can linings. Preschool-aged girls whose mothers had relatively high urine levels of BPA during pregnancy scored worse but still within a normal range on behavior measures including anxiety and hyperactivity than other young girls.

Sara Lee Sells Coffee & Tea Business To J.M. Smucker

October 24, 2011 4:51 am

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Food maker Sara Lee Corp. said Monday it sold a chunk of its North American foodservice coffee and tea operations to The J.M. Smucker Co. for $350 million. It's the latest effort to slim down by Sara Lee, which has been selling units to focus on its most profitable food and beverage businesses.

Photo Of The Day: Rustling Costs Ranchers Millions

October 24, 2011 4:47 am

(AP) — In this photo taken Oct. 19, 2011, Oklahoma rancher Ryan Payne walks through one of his pastures of cattle in Chelsea, Okla.. Ryan he says thieves gutted two of his Black Angus calves and stole a third, from a secluded pen on one of his properties last month. High beef prices have made cattle attractive as a quick score for people struggling in the sluggish economy.

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Former Le-Nature's CEO Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison

October 21, 2011 4:54 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The former CEO of bankrupt soft drink maker Le-Nature's Inc. received the longest prison sentence ever for a financial fraud in the 25-county western Pennsylvania federal court district, for the largest such crime ever prosecuted in that jurisdiction. Senior U.S.

6 Sick From Salmonella-Tainted Eggs

October 21, 2011 4:51 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — At least six people have gotten sick from salmonella linked to organic eggs from a Minnesota farm that were sold in three states, agriculture and health officials said. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture Department said Wednesday that it traced the salmonella strain to the Larry Schultz Organic Farm in Owatonna, a small city in Steele County about 65 miles south of Minneapolis-St.

Report: Foods Should Have Energy Star-Like Ratings

October 21, 2011 4:48 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just as that Energy Star tag helps you choose your appliances, a new report says a rating symbol on the front of every soup can, cereal box and yogurt container could help hurried shoppers go home with the healthiest foods. Thursday's report urges the Food and Drug Administration to adopt new food labeling to clear the confusing clutter off today's packages and give consumers a fast way to compare choices.

General Mills Recalls Fiber One Bars

October 21, 2011 4:45 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — General Mills Inc. is voluntarily recalling chocolate flavored Fiber One 90-Calorie Chewy Bars 5-count boxes because they may contain bars with peanuts. People who are allergic to peanuts can have severe, sometimes life-threatening reactions to the nut. The company said that chocolate peanut butter flavor bars, individually wrapped and bearing correct labels, were mistakenly put in 5-count boxes labeled as chocolate flavor Fiber One 90-Calorie Chewy Bars.

Farmers Try To Restore Devastated Bee Population

October 21, 2011 4:43 am

DEL REY, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of farmers in California and other states have started replacing some of their crops with flowers and shrubs that are enticing to bees, hoping to lower their pollination costs and restore a bee population devastated in the past few years. On an October morning, peach farmer Mas Masumoto planted more than 3 acres of wild rose, aster, sage, manzanita and other shrubs and trees in a former grape field near Fresno, Calif.

Photo Of The Day: Labeling For Health

October 21, 2011 4:38 am

(AP) — The Institute of Medicine says it's time to put right upfront the most important information for health: how many calories per serving — and just how big that serving is — along with stars or some other symbol to show at a glance how the food rates for certain fats, sodium and added sugars.

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