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Photo Of The Day: Wading In The Wine

October 25, 2011 4:54 am

(AP) — Grape-pickers tread grapes in a traditional stone tank at Quinta do Vesuvio vineyard, Sept. 19 2011, near the village of Foz Coa, northern Portugal. After spending the day picking grapes on the slopes of the Douro Valley, in the evening the workers tread the grapes to be used in the production of Port wine.

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Chick-fil-A's Secret To Success

October 24, 2011 11:45 am

Congress Requests Briefing On Outbreak With Jensen Farms

October 24, 2011 5:05 am

DENVER (AP) — Members of Congress have requested a briefing with the Colorado cantaloupe farm whose packing facility has been traced to a deadly listeria outbreak. Reps. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., and Henry Waxman, D-Calif., earlier this month asked for a congressional hearing on the outbreak to learn how to prevent it from happening again.

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Bumble Bee To Cut 120 Jobs At Tuna Plant

October 24, 2011 5:01 am

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Bumble Bee Foods LLC says it is cutting 120 jobs at its tuna packing plant in the western Puerto Rican city of Mayaguez. The company says the move comes in response to intense competition from overseas competitors with lower labor and production costs. Senior Vice President for Operations Jan Tharp says in a Friday statement that the Mayaguez plant will reduce its production schedule by one shift.

Corn Refiners: 'Corn Sugar' Suit Stifles Free Speech

October 24, 2011 4:57 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sugar makers should compete in the marketplace instead of the courtroom over the use of the term "corn sugar," a representative for the corn industry said Sunday. A federal judge ruled Friday that a lawsuit can go forward as the sugar industry seeks to stop the use of the term "corn sugar" for high fructose corn syrup.

BPA In Pregnant Women Could Affect Girls' Behavior

October 24, 2011 4:55 am

CHICAGO (AP) — Exposure to the chemical bisphenol-A before birth could affect girls' behavior at age 3, according to the latest study on potential health effects of the compound used in the manufacturing of some plastic drink bottles and food can linings. Preschool-aged girls whose mothers had relatively high urine levels of BPA during pregnancy scored worse but still within a normal range on behavior measures including anxiety and hyperactivity than other young girls.

Sara Lee Sells Coffee & Tea Business To J.M. Smucker

October 24, 2011 4:51 am

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Food maker Sara Lee Corp. said Monday it sold a chunk of its North American foodservice coffee and tea operations to The J.M. Smucker Co. for $350 million. It's the latest effort to slim down by Sara Lee, which has been selling units to focus on its most profitable food and beverage businesses.

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Photo Of The Day: Rustling Costs Ranchers Millions

October 24, 2011 4:47 am

(AP) — In this photo taken Oct. 19, 2011, Oklahoma rancher Ryan Payne walks through one of his pastures of cattle in Chelsea, Okla.. Ryan he says thieves gutted two of his Black Angus calves and stole a third, from a secluded pen on one of his properties last month. High beef prices have made cattle attractive as a quick score for people struggling in the sluggish economy.

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Former Le-Nature's CEO Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison

October 21, 2011 4:54 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The former CEO of bankrupt soft drink maker Le-Nature's Inc. received the longest prison sentence ever for a financial fraud in the 25-county western Pennsylvania federal court district, for the largest such crime ever prosecuted in that jurisdiction. Senior U.S.

6 Sick From Salmonella-Tainted Eggs

October 21, 2011 4:51 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — At least six people have gotten sick from salmonella linked to organic eggs from a Minnesota farm that were sold in three states, agriculture and health officials said. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture Department said Wednesday that it traced the salmonella strain to the Larry Schultz Organic Farm in Owatonna, a small city in Steele County about 65 miles south of Minneapolis-St.

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.

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.

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.

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