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Calif. Court: Employers Don't Have To Ensure Lunch Breaks

April 13, 2012 1:01 pm | by JASON DEAREN,Associated Press

The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that employers are under no obligation to ensure that workers take legally mandated lunch breaks in a case that affects thousands of businesses and millions of workers.

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Food Costs Push U.S. Consumer Prices Higher

April 13, 2012 12:56 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

U.S. consumers paid more last month for food and gas. But outside those volatile categories inflation was mild. Food prices tick up last month but are moderating after sharp increases last year.

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Kraft Discontinues Athenos Greek Yogurt

April 13, 2012 12:53 pm

The Northfield, Ill.-based company did not specify why it decided to end the line last month. Athenos Greek yogurt was launched in the fall of 2010, with full national distribution by early last year.

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Skittles Emerges At Center Of Trayvon Martin Tragedy

April 13, 2012 12:48 pm

It could've been Starbursts, Twizzlers or Sour Patch Kids. But when Trayvon Martin was fatally shot, he happened to be carrying a bag of Skittles. For Mars Inc., the privately held company that owns Skittles, the tragedy presents another, more surreal dimension. Protestors carried bags of the chewy fruit-flavored candy while marching for the arrest of shooter George Zimmerman. Mourners pinned the bright red wrappers to their hooded sweatshirts at memorial services.

Consumer Trends: Digital Media Moves To The Grocery Aisle

April 13, 2012 12:41 pm

“The study confirms that today’s shopper is combining online planning with in-store visits to make their grocery shopping more informed, cost-effective and enjoyable,” says Scott Lutz, CEO & President at GSN. “It’s a candid, independent assessment that will help us better meet shopper needs.”

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N.C. May Adopt Federal Food Safety Rules

April 13, 2012 10:08 am

North Carolina residents can express themselves on new restaurant regulations aimed at making meals safer, a move much of the industry supports. The rules would require cold foods be kept colder, order sick restaurant workers to stay home and prohibit cooks from touching some foods with bare hands.

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Heineken Recalls Mexican Beers For Bottle Defect

April 13, 2012 10:05 am

HEINEKEN USA today announced a voluntary recall of several products and packages in specific states due to a defect in the 12-ounce brown bottles used for certain batches of Carta Blanca and Dos Equis Ambar, which are available in 6-packs and 12-packs as well as “Beers of Mexico” and “Best of Mexico” pack varieties. Indio 12-ounce bottles, which are only featured in the “Best of Mexico” pack (available only in Texas), are also affected.

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World Champion Cheese Sells For $8,400

April 13, 2012 9:58 am

A 24-pound Dutch cheese named the best in the world last month has been auctioned off for $8,400, or $350 per pound, in Wisconsin.

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Va. Beef Cattle Headed To Canada In Export Deal

April 13, 2012 9:57 am

Beef cattle from Virginia are headed to Canada under a new export deal. Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the first direct shipments of cattle from the state to Canada on Thursday while traveling on a trade and marketing mission in Quebec.

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Humane Society: 'Deplorable' Conditions At Pa. Egg Farm

April 13, 2012 9:54 am | by PATRICK WALTERS,Associated Press

The Humane Society of the United States said Thursday that an undercover operation by the group at a central Pennsylvania egg farm found hens suffering in severely overcrowded cages, along with mummified bird carcasses, thick layers of dead flies and other "deplorable" conditions.

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Photo Of The Day: Champion Cheese

April 13, 2012 9:47 am

Robert Aschenbrock of Stratford, Wis., shows off a low-fat gouda from the Netherlands, that won the 2012 World Champion Cheese Contest in Madison, Wis. The 24-pound wheel of cheese brought in $8,400, or $350 per pound, when it was auctioned off Wednesday, April 11, 2012.

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EPA Funds Food Production On Former Coal Mine Land

April 12, 2012 1:06 pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is helping convert old coal-mining land in western Maryland into greenhouses to grow food for Frostburg State University students.

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Seafood Company Halts Production Due To Listeria Contamination

April 12, 2012 1:04 pm

A California seafood importer and processor has agreed to a consent decree with the FDA that prevents the company from manufacturing or distributing fish or fish products until it has corrected conditions in its seafood processing facility alleged to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono) bacteria.

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Food Distributor Drops Suit Against USDA

April 12, 2012 1:01 pm

Lakeland Fine Foods filed the complaint after the U.S. Department of Agriculture said the company should not be allowed to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

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Craft Brewers Turn To Barrel Aging

April 12, 2012 12:58 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE,For The Associated Press

Fine wine is said to improve with barrel aging. So why not fine beer? That's the thinking behind the emerging craft beer trend of aging brews in the barrel to give them more complexity.

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Meat Distributor Recalls Ton Of Beef

April 12, 2012 12:55 pm

A Maine meat distributor has announced that it is recalling more than a ton of beef products that may be contaminated with the E. coli bacteria.

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Consumer Trends: Co-Creating Enhances Product Perception

April 12, 2012 12:52 pm

New research published in the American Marketing Association's Journal of Marketing backs this decision, finding that when consumers have to do more to make a product ready for consumption, they give the end-product better reviews and think more highly of the product they use as input.

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Cow Escapes Slaughterhouse, Will Be Spared

April 12, 2012 10:02 am

Animal control officer John De Cando tells The Record newspaper it was like "Dodge City" with police cars trying to corral the 750-pound animal. But the cow managed to break loose.

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Reddy Ice Filing For Bankruptcy

April 12, 2012 10:00 am

Reddy Ice Holdings Inc., which makes packaged ice, said Thursday that it plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it reported a bigger fourth quarter loss than a year ago.

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Study: Global Warming Damaging Oyster Production

April 12, 2012 9:55 am | by JEFF BARNARD,AP Environmental Writer

Scientists are blaming slightly higher levels of carbon dioxide in Pacific Ocean waters linked to global warming for the failure of oyster larvae to survive in an Oregon hatchery. They say higher acidity of the water that comes with more carbon dioxide makes it harder for young oysters to form their shells, dooming them in a matter of days, even if they are moved to more favorable environments.

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