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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.

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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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Green Mountain Coffee Looks To Expand

October 20, 2011 4:58 am

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc., which faced sharp criticism from hedge fund manager David Einhorn earlier this week, said Wednesday that it may add about 400 workers in Vermont over the next year to 18 months. The maker of the Keurig single-cup coffee machines says it could add 30 percent more employees in Vermont as it looks to lease more office space and expand new plants.

Groups Ask FTC To Investigate PepsiCo's Teen Marketing

October 20, 2011 4:55 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — A number of consumer organizations say PepsiCo Inc. is misleading teenagers with its online marketing programs and is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate. The complaint, filed with regulators on Wednesday, focuses on a series of online marketing campaigns for Doritos that target teens but are not labeled as advertisements.

FDA: Dirty Equipment To Blame For Listeria Outbreak

October 20, 2011 4:50 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pools of water on the floor and old, hard-to-clean equipment at a Colorado farm's cantaloupe-packing facility were probably to blame for the deadliest outbreak of foodborne illness in 25 years, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. Government investigators found positive samples of listeria bacteria on equipment in the Jensen Farms packing facility and on fruit that had been held there.

Salmonella Prompts Salad Recall

October 20, 2011 4:48 am

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — Taylor Farms Retail Inc. is voluntarily recalling 3,265 cases of various bagged salad blends that have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. The Salinas, Calif., company said Wednesday that its action comes after the Washington state Agriculture Department conducted a random test on a finished package of spinach.

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Nestle Raises Forecasts Despite Sales Drop

October 20, 2011 4:45 am

GENEVA (AP) — Food and drink giant Nestle SA has modestly raised its forecasts for organic sales growth this year despite posting a 13 percent drop in sales over the first nine months due to the strong Swiss franc and loss of earnings stemming from the disposal of eyecare company Alcon.

Photo Of The Day: Cantaloupes Tainted By Old Equipment

October 20, 2011 4:42 am

(AP)— The cantaloupe processing plant for Jensen Farms is pictured in Granada, Colo., on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011. Pools of water on the floor and old equipment used at the cantaloupe packing facility were probably to blame for the Listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupe processed at the plant according to a report released Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Scientist Pleads Guilty To Stealing Food Trade Secrets

October 19, 2011 5:05 am

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Canadian scientist pleaded guilty to economic espionage and theft for sending U.S. trade secrets on a pesticide and a new food product to China and Germany, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Kexue Huang, 46, entered the pleas in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis.

U.S. Marshals Seize Food Held Under Unsanitary Conditions

October 19, 2011 5:02 am

SILVER SPRING, Md. (FDA) — U.S. Marshals, acting at the request of the FDA, seized various food products stored in a warehouse owned by Chetak Chicago LLC, in Streamwood, Ill., on October 17, 2011. The products were seized under a warrant issued by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Starbucks Introduces Blonde Roast Coffee

October 19, 2011 4:59 am

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Starbucks is going blonde. The coffee company known for its dark-roasted beans unveiled its lighter blend "Starbucks Blonde Roast" Tuesday, as it tries to reach a wider base of consumers. Starbucks has long faced criticism from people who think its coffee is too dark or bitter.

Scientists: Virus Could Devastate Wild Salmon In U.S., Canada

October 19, 2011 4:56 am

SEATTLE (AP) — Scientists in Washington state are working to improve testing of a deadly, contagious marine virus as a precaution, after the virus was detected in wild salmon for the first time on the West Coast. Researchers with Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and elsewhere announced Monday they had found the influenza-like virus in two juvenile sockeye salmon collected from the province's central coast.

Senate Votes For Unlimited Potatoes In Schools

October 19, 2011 4:53 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate threw its support behind the potato Tuesday, voting to block an Obama administration proposal to limit the vegetable on school lunch lines. Agriculture Department rules proposed earlier this year aimed to reduce the amount of french fries in schools, limiting lunchrooms to two servings a week of potatoes and other starchy vegetables.

Cookies Recalled For Mislabeling

October 18, 2011 4:57 am

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A Kellogg Co. subsidiary is recalling some chocolate chip cookies shipped to four Southern states. The sugar free chocolate chip cookies were made by Murray Biscuit Co. LLC. They come in 5.5-ounce packages. Murray says cookies with pecans were mistakenly put in packages that don't list pecans as an ingredient.

CDC Estimates Cost Of Excessive Drinking

October 18, 2011 4:55 am

ATLANTA (AP) — The toll of excessive drinking works out to about $2 per drink, in terms of medical expenses and other costs to society, according to a new federal research. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study calculated societal costs from binge and heavy drinking beyond what consumers pay at the bar or liquor store.

Jamba, Bare Fruit Strike Fruit Chips Deal

October 18, 2011 4:52 am

EMERYVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Jamba Inc. and Bare Fruit LLC are teaming up in a licensing deal to create a new line of Jamba-branded dried fruit chips. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The fruit chips, which will come in Fuji apple, Granny Smith apple and mango flavors, are expected to be in grocery, convenience and other stores by the end of the year.

Kudzu Bugs Invade U.S. Soybean Crops

October 18, 2011 4:49 am

BLACKVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Kudzu — the "plant that ate the South" — has finally met a pest that's just as voracious. Trouble is, the so-called "kudzu bug" is also fond of another East Asian transplant that we happen to like, and that is big money for American farmers. Soybeans.

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