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Can Manufacturers Support FDA Decision On BPA

April 4, 2012 1:04 pm

“[The] announcement by the FDA’s panel reviewing the science surrounding Bisphenol A reinforces the longstanding consensus that current regulations covering BPA protect U.S. consumers."


Report: Global Regulators Must Cooperate On Import Safety

April 4, 2012 1:01 pm | by MATTHEW PERRONE,AP Health Writer

Food and drug regulators in the U.S., Europe and other developed countries should offer training, technology and expertise to developing nations in Asia, Latin America and other regions to better assure the safety of imported products, states a new report.


Consumer Trends: Easter Chocolate Innovation

April 4, 2012 12:56 pm

It's that time of year again, when the shops are chock a bloc with Easter goodies and this year could prove to be a bumper year for egg hunters as new research from Mintel finds the number of global Easter egg new product launches has risen a sweet 45% over the past year.


Family Settles Feud Over Fla. Citrus Company

April 4, 2012 9:50 am | by GARY FINEOUT,Associated Press

A settlement reached Sunday ended a lawsuit that former State Rep. Baxter Troutman filed more than three years ago against State Sen. J.D. Alexander and his father over how they had run the family company.


Judge Dismisses Suit Challenging FDA Raw Milk Policy

April 4, 2012 9:48 am

A federal judge in Iowa has rejected a lawsuit that sought to expand access to raw milk by challenging a Food and Drug Administration rule that bans interstate shipments of unpasteurized milk.


Ham Prices High Heading Into Easter Holiday

April 4, 2012 9:46 am | by JOSH FUNK,AP Business Writer

Ham prices have been higher than usual for the past two years because the cost of pig feed has gone up, and some major pork producers are spending millions to convert barns as they phase out cramped cages used to confine pregnant sows.


S.D. Beef Plant To Open After Years Of Delays

April 4, 2012 9:44 am | by DIRK LAMMERS,Associated Press

A long-delayed South Dakota beef-processing plant given new life when Korean investors took over in 2009 is nearly set to begin operations more than six years after it was first proposed.


FDA Probes Salmonella Outbreak That Has Sickened 90

April 4, 2012 9:42 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE,AP Health Writer

Federal health officials are investigating a growing outbreak of salmonella that has sickened 90 people in 19 states and the District of Columbia, according to a Food and Drug Administration memo.


Photo Of The Day: Pricey Pigs

April 4, 2012 9:39 am

In this Thursday, March 29, 2012 photo, Paul Farris, second from left, of Boston, distributes hams and chickens in the Franciscan Food Center food pantry at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston. Ham prices have been higher than usual for the past two years because the cost of pig feed has gone up.


New Wis. Law Allows Home Brewers To Share Brews

April 3, 2012 12:55 pm

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a bill pushed by people who brew beer in their homes.


Recalled Sausage May Contain Plastic Pieces

April 3, 2012 12:52 pm

Eddy Packing Co., Inc., a Yoakum, Texas, establishment is recalling approximately 26,136 pounds of chicken apple sausage products that may contain foreign materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.


Bug Detectives Fan Across L.A. To Stop Citrus Disease

April 3, 2012 12:47 pm | by REED SAXON and TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

State bug detectives fanned across this suburban Los Angeles neighborhood Monday, vacuuming backyard trees with bug catchers, setting traps and taking tissue samples from citrus in a frantic effort to stop the spread of a deadly disease detected there last week.


Molson Coors Buys StarBev For $3.54 Billion

April 3, 2012 12:34 pm

Molson Coors will spend $3.54 billion to buy StarBev and its nine breweries in central and eastern Europe as it expands its operations further. The Denver brewer is betting on a vibrant region once the economic crises subsides in the European Union, where unemployment has now reached the highest point since the euro was introduced in 1999.


Consumer Trends: Coupon Strategy And Consumer Response

April 3, 2012 12:29 pm

 "While marketers continue to modify their tactics, they also must allocate sufficient marketing spending to ensure consumer demand for value is satisfied in this highly competitive environment," said Suzie Brown, Valassis Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. 


Maine Governor Signs Bill Eliminating Unions At Egg Farm

April 3, 2012 10:10 am

Gov. Paul LePage has signed into law a bill that will eliminate workers' rights to unionize at a Turner-based egg farm and its subsidiaries.


Dunkin' Brands Picks Coca-Cola Over Pepsi

April 3, 2012 10:09 am

Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. and Coca-Cola Co. have signed a product and marketing deal, which replaces an agreement that the parent of Dunkin' Donuts and ice cream chain Baskin-Robbins had with PepsiCo Inc.


Eel Prices Hit $2K Per Pound In Maine

April 3, 2012 10:06 am | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

A worldwide shortage of the prized dinner fare, imported in infancy from Maine to Asia to be raised in farm ponds, has buyers paying top dollar for the baby American eels. A pound of eels should be worth around $30,000 on the open market once grown to market size, according to one dealer.


Iowa Governor Calls For Federal Probe Into 'Pink Slime'

April 3, 2012 10:04 am | by MIKE GLOVER,Associated Press

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad called Monday for a congressional investigation into how what he called "a smear campaign" against the meat product commonly called "pink slime" got started.


Locked-Out American Crystal Workers Change Plans

April 3, 2012 10:01 am | by DAVE KOLPACK,Associated Press

Union members still firmly believe the company's contract offers have been unfair and are determined not to cave, but they concede the lengthy impasse has affected all of them and led some members to find work at other companies or in other locales, or retire, or even put off major life decisions.


Photo Of The Day: Eels Sell For Electrifying Prices

April 3, 2012 9:52 am

In this photo made Thursday, March 23, 2012, a handful of elvers are displayed by a buyer in Portland, Maine. The baby eels are shipped to Asia where they will grow to adults. Adult eels are sold for food in Asia.



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