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Nestle Moves Jobs To Ohio

February 7, 2012 9:57 am

Nestle Prepared Foods Co. said Monday that it is moving its Hot Pockets and Lean Pockets business from Englewood, Colo. to its headquarters in Solon, Ohio.

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Wal-Mart Unveils 'Great For You' Seal

February 7, 2012 9:52 am | by MAE ANDERSON,AP Retail Writer

You may like the food you buy, but is it "Great for You"? Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to help its customers figure that out by adding a new green icon that reads "Great for You" to packaging of some of its house-brand foods. 

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McDonald's Ad Pulled After Pit Bull Owner Outrage

February 7, 2012 9:44 am | by SUE MANNING,Associated Press

McDonald's has apologized and pulled an ad that came back to bite it. The ad said eating a Chicken McBite was less risky than petting a stray pit bull, shaving your head, naming your son Sue or giving friends your Facebook password. It enraged pit bull owners and their supporters. 

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Production Resumes At Burned Candy Factory

February 7, 2012 9:42 am

Production has resumed at a landmark candy factory near Pittsburgh, where fire destroyed part of a packaging area and smoke damaged the operation's retail store and ice cream parlor last week.

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Slaughterhouse Workers Granted Class-Action Status

February 7, 2012 9:39 am

A federal judge has granted conditional class-action status to a lawsuit filed on behalf of an estimated 700 workers at a slaughterhouse in Kansas. Monday's ruling would include all hourly production employees subjected to "gang time" compensation practices at Creekstone Farms Premium Beef in Arkansas City for the past three years.

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Photo Of The Day: Is McDonald's Safer Than A Pit Bill?

February 7, 2012 9:35 am

This image provided by Stephanie Filer, communications manager for the Animal Rescue League of Iowa and a member of ARL Pit Crew Club, shows an illustration she posted on social media sites on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 in protest of a new ad from McDonald's that said eating a Chicken McBite was less risky than, among other things, petting a stray pit bull. McDonald's apologized and pulled the ad after the company started receiving complaints.

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Sara Lee's Impending Split Hurts 2Q Profit

February 6, 2012 1:17 pm

Sara Lee Corp. said Thursday that its fiscal second-quarter net income shrank on a slew of charges before it splits into two companies. But shares rose 4.5 percent in midday trading, hitting a 13-month high, after adjusted results exceeded Wall Street's expectations.

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Consumer Trends: Low-Income Families Cook At Home, Aspire To Eat Healthy

February 6, 2012 1:12 pm

Low-income American families are cooking dinner at home most nights but are struggling to make healthy meals, according to a new study. The research suggests that although 85 percent of the families surveyed say that healthy eating is important, only about half are managing to eat healthy meals at home most days.

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Maine Fishing Chief Aims For Growth

February 6, 2012 1:08 pm | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

Maine's new top fisheries official is vowing to grow the economic value of the state's oldest industry, commercial fishing, and the coastal communities that rely on the ocean. The value of the state's seafood harvest ranges from $350 million to $450 million each year and contributes three or four times that much in economic activity to Maine. 

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Tillamook Cheese Drops 47 Jobs

February 6, 2012 1:05 pm

Changes at the Tillamook Cheese Factory have left 47 workers jobless as the cooperative streamlines its operations in Oregon, Idaho and Utah.

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Va. Wine Industry Booms

February 6, 2012 1:03 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM,AP Business Writer

Between 2005 and 2010, Virginia's wine industry's economic impact has more than doubled to nearly $750 million in contributions to the state's economy every year. During that time, the number of wineries has increased from about 130 to nearly 200 and the number of full-time jobs at wineries and vineyards rose from about 3,160 in 2005 to more than 4,750 in 2010.

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OSHA Puts Combustible Dust Rules On The Back Burner

February 6, 2012 12:58 pm | by TRAVIS LOLLER,Associated Press

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is developing rules that would require many industries to better control combustible dust hazards. Combustible dust is the technical term for any dust that will catch fire, and most will if it is ground finely enough — including dust from chemicals, plastics, metals and foods.

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Tyson 1Q Income Falls 48 Percent

February 6, 2012 10:10 am

Tyson Foods, the nation's biggest meat company, said its fiscal first-quarter profit fell by nearly half from last year as higher feed costs cut into the company's profit margins. But Tyson said Friday it was able to raise prices on chicken and beef as it cut back production, pushing its struggling chicken division to profitability. The company predicted that U.S. meat supplies will fall, which should boost prices and revenue this year.

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Unemployment Drops After Hiring Burst

February 6, 2012 10:08 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

In the most impressive surge for the job market since early last year, the United States added 243,000 jobs in January, far more than economists expected. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent, the lowest in three years.

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Arctic Blast Saves Czech Ice Wine

February 6, 2012 10:05 am | by KAREL JANICEK,Associated Press

In a vineyard in Moravia, the Arctic chill striking Europe at least has some people jumping with joy. Winemakers in southeast Czech Republic, waiting for a dip in temperatures during an unusually warm winter, finally got the deep chill they needed to harvest grapes for the most prestigious part of their business — ice wine. 

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Vt. Considers IDs For Farm Workers

February 6, 2012 10:03 am | by LISA RATHKE,Associated Press

As some states crack down on illegal immigrants, Vermont lawmakers are discussing creating a guest worker program that would include state IDs for the estimated 1,500 to 2,000 immigrants who work on Vermont dairy farms and who officials say have become critical to the struggling industry.

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Latest Outbreak Highlights Raw Milk's Popularity

February 6, 2012 10:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

An outbreak of bacterial infections on the East Coast illustrates the popularity of raw, unpasteurized milk despite strong warnings from public health officials about the potential danger. Even presidential candidate Ron Paul has joined the cause of consumers looking to buy unprocessed "real foods" straight from the farm, saying government shouldn't deny them that choice. 

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Photo Of The Day: Deep Freeze Saves Ice Wine

February 6, 2012 9:54 am

In this picture taken on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, man picks grapes of Pinot Noir from a vineyard near the village of Stosikovice na Louce, Czech Republic. Following an unusually warm winter Czech wine makers finally got the deep chill needed to reap grapes for Ice Wine.

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Colo. Lawmakers Delay Hearing On Trans Fat Ban

February 3, 2012 12:41 pm | by KRISTEN WYATT,Associated Press

The nation's leanest state is taking its sweet time as it considers a proposal aimed at getting junk food out of schools. A Colorado House committee was expected to discuss a bill that represents the nation's toughest regulations meant to keep trans fat away from students, but lawmakers Thursday delayed the hearing without explanation. 

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Hormel Phasing Out Pregnant Pig Confinement

February 3, 2012 12:38 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI,Associated Press

Hormel Foods Corp.'s company-owned farms are phasing out the use of small metal crates for confining pregnant hogs by the end of 2017 — a move welcomed Thursday by the Humane Society of the United States, which had pushed for the change.

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