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Calif. Chefs Seek Repeal Of Looming Foie Gras Ban

May 1, 2012 12:00 pm | by Tracie Cone, Associated Press

With the law set to take effect the July 1, some of the state's top chefs on Monday were attempting to overturn it . . .

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Cattle Prices Should Recover Again

May 1, 2012 11:57 am | by Rabobank

For the rest of the year cattle prices should recover as markets shift from the short term supply bulge to materially lower supplies . . .

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Doctors: McDonald's Olympics Sponsorship Sends Wrong Message

May 1, 2012 8:43 am | by MARIA CHENG,AP Medical Writer

McDonald's is a sponsor for the London Olympics — and a British doctors' group says that's sending the wrong message in a country with ballooning obesity.

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Consumer Trends: Shoppers Seek Dark Meat

May 1, 2012 8:40 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI,Associated Press

The poultry industry used to have trouble finding a market for dark meat, but changing domestic tastes and growing exports to countries that prefer leg quarters are pushing up prices and helping pull the poultry industry out of a deep slump.

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Calif. Grocer Recalls Beef After Finding Pen In Grinder

May 1, 2012 8:31 am

A Northern California supermarket chain has been forced to recall all the ground beef at one of its stores after an employee reported finding bits of chewed up pen in the store's meat grinder.

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Photo Of The Day: A Dark Desire

May 1, 2012 8:29 am

Thighs and drumsticks are climbing the pecking order as Americans join consumers abroad in seeking out flavor that’s lacking in the boneless, skinless chicken breasts that have long dominated the domestic market. While the poultry industry once had trouble finding markets for dark meat, sales are now growing rapidly.

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Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Expands Into Japan

April 30, 2012 10:58 pm

The Durango-based candy company says it has signed a licensing agreement with a partner based in Hong Kong to add dozens of stores in Japan.

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Beer Makers Ask For Dismissal Of Reservation Suit

April 30, 2012 10:55 pm | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press

Beer vendors in a tiny Nebraska town would be forced to discriminate against residents of a neighboring South Dakota American Indian reservation if a judge agrees with a lawsuit accusing the retailers and others of knowingly contributing to the reservation's alcohol-related problems, attorneys said in asking for the lawsuit to be dismissed.

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Diamond Pet Foods Expands Dog Food Recall

April 30, 2012 10:52 pm

All three products were made at a Gaston, S.C., plant, where production was suspended April 8. The plant is the same one that made mold-contaminated food that killed dozens of dogs nationwide in 2005.

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Coca-Cola Denies Rumors Of Monster Acquisition

April 30, 2012 10:49 pm

Monster Beverage Corp.'s shares soared on Monday following a report that Coca-Cola Co. was considering buying the energy drink maker, but the world's biggest soft drink maker later denied the discussions are under way.

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La. Spent $63.5M On Failed Sugar Cane Mill

April 30, 2012 12:29 pm

The Louisiana legislative auditor says the state spent $63.5 million on an ill-fated sugar cane mill at Lacassine. Auditor Darryl Pupera said Monday that the mill, which hasn't been used in about four years, was built for a group of southwestern Louisiana cane farmers that never numbered more than 30.

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Study: Economic Damage From Offshoring May Be Overstated

April 30, 2012 12:27 pm

Sending jobs overseas may not be as damaging to the U.S. economy as commonly believed, according to a study by a University at Buffalo economist.

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Can Organic Agriculture Feed The World?

April 30, 2012 12:25 pm

Although organic techniques may not be able to do the job alone, they do have an important role to play in feeding a growing global population while minimizing environmental damage, according to researchers at McGill University and the University of Minnesota.

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USDA Issues Update On Mad Cow Case

April 30, 2012 12:23 pm

 The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service released an update on the mad cow detection announced last week. 

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Coca-Cola Plant In China Shut Down For Chlorine Levels

April 30, 2012 12:19 pm

A plant run by The Coca-Cola Co. in China has been shut down by regulators because of chlorine levels found in the drinks it produces. A statement on the website of the Shanxi Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision announcing the production suspension was posted this weekend. An earlier post on the regulator's site said that Coca-Cola products had been seized and that Fanta soda was involved.

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Consumer Trends: Pistachios Get Heart-Healthy Label

April 30, 2012 12:04 pm

The American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark* will now appear on select pistachio nuts grown and marketed by members of the American Pistachio Growers (APG).

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Japan To Give $3M To Nepal To Develop Food Production

April 30, 2012 10:11 am

Japanese officials signed an agreement to provide Nepal with 250 million yen ($3 million) that will be used to buy fertilizers to boost food production and computer equipment for the country's election commission.

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JBS Cleans Beef Plant After Finding E. Coli

April 30, 2012 10:08 am

Beef producer JBS suspended production at its Grand Island plant this week to clean up the facility after E. coli bacteria was found in some of the meat.

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AB InBev Brews 75-Percent Profit Increase

April 30, 2012 10:06 am | by GABRIELE STEINHAUSER,AP Business Writer

The world's biggest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev NV said Monday its first-quarter net profit jumped 75 percent thanks to lower financing costs and taxes as well as bigger beer sales.

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Feds Looking At Feed In Mad Cow Probe

April 30, 2012 10:03 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

Federal agricultural officials who said a California cow died of an atypical form of mad cow disease now are investigating whether feed sources might have played a role in the animal contracting the fatal illness.

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