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Raw Milk Farm Suspends Production After Illnesses

January 30, 2012 12:55 pm

Health officials say six people in Pennsylvania and Maryland who consumed raw milk from the same farm have been stricken with illnesses that suggest the product may contain harmful bacteria.

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Consumer Trends: Diners Demand Health & Convenience For Family Restaurants

January 30, 2012 12:51 pm

While the restaurant industry as a whole spent 2011 in a recessionary slump, the family midscale segment has been the most negatively impacted and the next few years aren't expected to show an upward swing.

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IFT To Host Wellness Conference

January 30, 2012 10:12 am

IFT will be hosting the fifth Wellness conference March 28th and 29th. The conference will offer attendees a unique blend of unbiased perspectives, news about emerging trends, and information on how organizations within the food industry are penetrating the health and wellness sector. Wellness 12 will offer professionals involved in developing, producing, and bringing healthy foods to market with a unique combination of the latest advances in the healthful foods arena and the practical knowledge to apply these advances to their own product development initiatives.

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Mislabeling Prompts Beef Recall

January 30, 2012 10:07 am

A Minnesota wholesaler is recalling more than a ton of beef sirloin products because the labels fail to indicate that one ingredient is milk, a possible allergen. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says J&B Group Inc. of St. Michael is recalling about 2,645 pounds of products. The products were made between January and September of last year, and were distributed for institutional use in Montana, North Dakota and Texas.

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BP Spill Brings Funding To Gulf Agriculture

January 30, 2012 10:05 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI,Associated Press

For decades, farmers and fishermen along the Gulf of Mexico watched as their sensitive ecosystem's waters slowly got dirtier and islands eroded, all while the country largely ignored the destruction. It took BP PLC's well blowing out in the Gulf — and the resulting environmental catastrophe when millions of gallons of oil spewed into the ocean and washed ashore — for the nation to turn its attention to the slow, methodical ruin of an ecosystem vital to the U.S. economy.

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Starbucks To Open First India Store

January 30, 2012 10:01 am | by ERIKA KINETZ,AP Business Writer

Starbucks will open its first outlet in India by September through a 50-50 joint venture with Tata Global Beverages, the companies said Monday. "We're going to move as fast as possible in opening as many stores as we can so long as we are successful and so long as we are embraced by the Indian consumers," said John Culver, president of Starbucks China and Asia Pacific.

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Pecan Growers Caught Up In New Mexico Drug Busts

January 30, 2012 9:56 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN,Associated Press

Federal authorities said Friday they've taken down two major drug trafficking and money laundering operations in different parts of New Mexico, one involving an Albuquerque firefighter and the other southern New Mexico pecan growers.

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.

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