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Colin Powell To Keynote PACK EXPO Leadership Lecture

April 6, 2011 4:51 am

ARLINGTON, Va. — PMMI, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO family of trade shows, announces today that former Secretary of State and retired General Colin L. Powell will be the keynote speaker at the PACK EXPO Leadership Lecture during PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011.  The event will take place on Tuesday, Sept.

USDA: Holding Meat For Testing Could Prevent Recalls

April 6, 2011 4:49 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is aiming to prevent meat recalls by withholding meat and poultry products from grocery store shelves until government testing is complete. The Agriculture Department proposed rules Tuesday that would force companies to delay shipments to consumers until government inspectors have released tests on the meat.

Brewers Duel Over 'Elf' Beers

April 6, 2011 4:43 am

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania brewery is hopping mad over the name given to another brewer's elfish ale. Harrisburg's Troegs Brewing Company wants Fegley's Brew Works in Bethlehem to stop selling a beer with a name similar to Troegs' Mad Elf Ale. The brewer wants the U.

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Radiation Scare Hits Japan's Fish Industry

April 6, 2011 4:40 am

TOKYO (AP) — Fishermen who lost their homes and boats in Japan's tsunami now fear radioactive water that had been gushing into the Pacific Ocean from a crippled nuclear plant could cost them their livelihoods. The contaminated water raised concerns about the safety of seafood in the country that gave the world sushi, prompting the government to set limits for the first time on the amount of radiation permitted in fish.

Indiana Approves $10M Pet Food Plant

April 6, 2011 4:35 am

UNION CITY, Ind. (AP) — An eastern Indiana county has approved the construction of a dog food additive plant after a similar facility passed their smell test. Randolph County commissioners voted unanimously Monday to rezone 20 acres near Union City so Nebraska-based Naturally Recycled Proteins can move forward with plans to build a $10 million plant at the site about 75 miles east of Indianapolis.

Photo Of The Day: Pringles Cashes In Its Chips

April 6, 2011 4:31 am

(AP) — Pringles chips are displayed in a posed photo at a West Bath grocery store on Tuesday, April 5, 2011. Diamond Foods Inc. is buying Procter & Gamble Co.'s Pringles chips business in a $1.5 billion deal, the biggest in a string that have given the maker of Pop Secret popcorn and Kettle chips a steadily growing share of the snack aisle.

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Popcorn Worker Survives Rebar Impaling

April 5, 2011 4:57 am

FOREST CITY, Ill. (AP) — A 25-year-old male employee of a central Illinois popcorn plant is in fair condition after being impaled on some rebar. Douglas Herrman of the Forman Fire Protection District says the man "fell from a height" and was impaled at about 9 a.m. Friday.

Dasani And Odwalla Move To Plant-Based Bottles

April 5, 2011 4:55 am

ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola Co. will begin bottling its Dasani water and Odwalla juice in containers that use plant-based materials, the company said Monday. Beverage companies are trying to cut their carbon footprint and reduce dependency on fossil fuels traditionally used to make traditional packaging.

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MARS Chocolate Plant To Expand

April 5, 2011 4:53 am

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) — A MARS Chocolate plant in southeastern Tennessee is adding assembly lines for its new Pretzel M&Ms and the plant manager said the expansion will create 50 jobs. The Cleveland MARS plant manager, Joe Burton, told the Cleveland Daily Banner the company will invest $60 million over the next two years to install two new assembly lines.

Hershey Official Drops Charity Corruption Claims

April 5, 2011 4:51 am

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former official with the multibillion-dollar charity that controls the Hershey candy company is withdrawing a court filing that claimed widespread financial irregularities at the charity. Robert Reese said Monday he withdrew the petition in Dauphin County Orphans Court.

Diamond Foods To Buy Pringles For $1.5 Billion

April 5, 2011 4:48 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Diamond Foods Inc. is buying Procter & Gamble Co.'s Pringles chips business in a deal valued at $1.5 billion. Analysts have been speculating for years that Procter & Gamble might shed Pringles, as the world's biggest consumer products maker had indicated in the past that the food business didn't fit in with the rest of its portfolio.

Photo Of The Day: The Meaning Of 'Local'

April 5, 2011 4:44 am

(AP) — In this Dec. 9, 2010 file photo, Joani Gwilliam, of Plymouth, Mass., holds bags full of herbs and produce while making a stop at one of the many indoor farm stands inside the visitor center at Plimouth Plantation in Plymouth, Mass. A heightened consumer interest in produce grown nearby, which many assume to mean fresher food, fewer chemicals, and grown smaller farms, has led to popular use of the word local on displays and menus.

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China Shuts Down Nearly Half Its Dairies

April 4, 2011 4:55 am

BEIJING (AP) — Nearly half of all dairies in China are being shut down after having their licenses revoked, the government's quality inspection agency said Saturday, in the latest attempt to clean up the scandal-plagued dairy industry. The agency said 533 of the country's 1,176 dairy producers have been ordered to cease operations.

FDA Proposes Calorie Counts On Menus

April 4, 2011 4:51 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — It could get harder to indulge in a double cheeseburger and fries without feeling guilty. Menu labeling requirements proposed Friday by the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more locations, along with bakeries, grocery stores, convenience stores and coffee chains, to clearly post the calorie count for each item on their menus.

Distillery Explosion Kills 3

April 4, 2011 4:48 am

VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) — An explosion and fire has hit a Mexican factory that distills raw alcohol, killing three people and injuring three others. The civil defense agency in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz says the dead from Saturday's blast have not been identified and it is unclear whether they were plant workers or neighbors of the facility near the city of Orizaba.

Recall: Turkey Burgers Test Positive For Salmonella

April 4, 2011 4:46 am

WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) — Jennie-O Turkey Store in Willmar has recalled nearly 55,000 pounds of frozen, raw turkey burgers because the meat may have been contaminated with Salmonella, federal officials said. Jennie-O said the product was distributed nationwide but sold only at Sam's Club Stores.

Ukrainian Food Still Plagued By Chernobyl Radiation

April 4, 2011 4:41 am

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Greenpeace said Monday that hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians are still eating food contaminated by radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion a quarter-century after the blast. In a report, the environmental group said samples of milk, berries, potatoes and root vegetables in two Ukrainian regions show unacceptably high levels of the radioactive isotope cesium-137 from the 1986 blast.

Photo Of The Day: Counting Calories

April 4, 2011 4:20 am

(AP) — In this July 18, 2008 file photo, calories of each food item appear on a McDonalds drive-thru menu in New York. Like it or not, many restaurant diners will soon know more about what they are eating under menu labeling requirements proposed Friday by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Avian Flu Found At Poultry Farm

April 1, 2011 4:52 am

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — State agriculture officials have quarantined a poultry farm in southwest Missouri after a case of Avian flu was found. The state agriculture department says in a news release Wednesday that the farm in Polk County was quarantined after the viral disease was found during routine testing.

Japan Orders Tests After Beef Shows Signs Of Radiation

April 1, 2011 4:50 am

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's health ministry says it has ordered more tests after a cow slaughtered for beef near the tsunami-stricken nuclear plant was found to have radioactive contamination slightly higher than the legal limit. Officials stressed that the meat was not ever put on the market.

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