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EU Catches Chiquita, Pacific Fruit In Banana Cartel

October 12, 2011 4:55 am

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S.-based Chiquita Brands International Inc. has escaped a fine over conspiring to fix prices on bananas in Greece, Italy and Portugal between July 2004 and April 2005, because it blew the whistle on the cartel. However, its partner in the cartel Pacific Fruit was not spared and the European Commission has slapped a €8.

375K Pounds Of Ground Beef Pulled For E. Coli

October 12, 2011 4:52 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles company is recalling more than 375,000 pounds of ground beef products that were shipped to restaurants in California and Nevada due to possible E. coli contamination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Tuesday that routine monitoring confirmed a positive test for E.

Gov't Loosens Junk Food Marketing Proposal

October 12, 2011 4:49 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tony the Tiger and Toucan Sam can rest easy. Government officials fine-tuning guidelines for marketing food to children say they won't push the food industry to get rid of colorful cartoon characters on cereal boxes anytime soon. Allowing the brand icons from popular cereals to remain untouched is one of the concessions officials say they are likely to make as they work to convince food companies to curb junk food marketing to children.


Photo Of The Day: PACKing In A Crowd

October 12, 2011 4:45 am

Post-Oil Spill Tests May Delay Oyster Season In La.

October 11, 2011 5:12 am

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana may delay the start of the oyster season on most public seed grounds while scientists collect oysters and sediment to check for any damage from last year's BP PLC oil spill. National Resource Damage Assessment teams will begin next week to look for information including how big, fat and thick on the waterbottoms the oysters are in various places, said Harry Blanchet, a biologist with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Barber Foods To Cut 71 Jobs

October 11, 2011 5:08 am

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A food-processing company known for its frozen stuffed chicken products says it's cutting 71 jobs at its Portland processing plant because product lines are being moved to another plant owned by its parent company. Barber Foods was acquired by AdvancePierre Foods, of Cincinnati, last spring.

Dr Pepper Launches New 'Manly' Drink

October 11, 2011 5:04 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Dudes don't drink diet. Or at least that's the idea behind Dr Pepper Ten, a 10-calorie soft drink Dr Pepper Snapple Group is rolling out on Monday with a macho ad campaign that proclaims "It's not for women." The soft drink was developed after the company's research found that men shy away from diet drinks that aren't perceived as "manly" enough.

Cargill 1Q Net Income Plummets 66 Percent

October 11, 2011 5:00 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Agribusiness conglomerate Cargill Inc. said its fiscal first-quarter earnings fell 66 percent amid a volatile global grain market. The company said its net income from continuing operations for the quarter ended Aug. 31 was $236 million, down from $693 million during the same period last year.


Beef Plant Info Requested For Civil Trial

October 11, 2011 4:57 am

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has asked a federal court to turn over grand jury records from the U.S. government's investigation into the now-defunct beef plant as he prepares for a civil lawsuit. The beef plant opened in Oakland, Miss., in August 2004 but lasted less than three months.

Photo Of The Day: New Dr Pepper 'Not For Women'

October 11, 2011 4:52 am

(AP) — This video frame grab provided by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, shows the new Dr Pepper TEN beverage. It's not often that a major brand tries to block out an entire segment of the population, but that's exactly what Dr Pepper is doing with the launch of its latest product, Dr Pepper TEN.


Marijuana-Shaped Candy Causes Controversy

October 10, 2011 5:24 am

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Candy shaped like marijuana that's showing up on store shelves around the country won't get kids high, but aghast city leaders and anti-drug activists say the product and grocers carrying it represent a new low. "We're already dealing with a high amount of drug abuse and drug activity and trying to raise children so they don't think using illegal substances is acceptable," said City Councilmember Darius Pridgen.

Conn. Oystermen Struggle To Rebuild After Irene

October 10, 2011 5:20 am

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — The damaged docks and scattered oysters left after Tropical Storm Irene tore through Long Island Sound this summer reveal only some of the problems Connecticut oystermen face in trying to rebuild their industry along the Mystic River. They worry a shutdown of more than a month will result in a permanent loss of customers and express irritation over what they consider a slow process to get permits for winter harvesting from the river and growing oysters in indoor tanks to extend their season.

UN: Food Prices To Remain Volatile, High

October 10, 2011 5:13 am

ROME (AP) — Prices for rice, wheat and other key foods are expected to remain volatile and possibly increase — and poor farmers and consumers particularly in Africa will be hurt most, the U.N. food agencies said Monday. In an annual report on the state of food insecurity around the world, the U.

Foreign Insects, Diseases Invade Food Supply

October 10, 2011 5:06 am

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of foreign insects and plant diseases slipped undetected into the United States in the years after 9/11, when authorities were so focused on preventing another attack that they overlooked a pest explosion that threatened the quality of the nation's food supply.

Sara Lee Sells More Bakery Businesses

October 10, 2011 5:03 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Sara Lee Corp. said Monday that it is selling its fresh bakery businesses in Spain and Portugal for 115 million euros ($156.5 million) to Grupo Bimbo, the Mexican baking company that is buying its North American fresh bakery division. It's the food company's latest step to slim down its business.

Photo Of The Day: Activists Alarmed Over 'Pot Pops'

October 10, 2011 4:58 am

(AP) — An Oct. 6, 2011 photo, shows Felicia Williams, Community Liason for Buffalo City Council member Darius Pridgen, holding a "Pot Pop" lollipop in Buffalo, N.Y. The marijuana-shaped candy that’s showing up on store shelves around the country won’t get kids high, but aghast city leaders and anti-drug activists say the product and grocers carrying it represent a new low.


Mich. Beer Kegs To Require With Tracking Tags

October 7, 2011 4:31 am

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Next month, Michigan will join 30 other states requiring beer kegs to be sold with tags that can identify who bought them. Buyers will have to sign a receipt containing their name, address, telephone number and driver license or state I.D. card number. Retailers will have to attach a tag on each keg and record the tag number on the receipt.

Dry Conditions Create Fire Risk For Farmers

October 7, 2011 4:31 am

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Farmers usually hope for sunny weather to help speed their harvest, but weeks of unseasonably warm temperatures have dramatically increased the risk of field fires, prompting growers to take extra precautions as they navigate equipment through dry crops. Thousands of acres of farmland already have caught fire recently, including giant blazes this week in central Nebraska and south-central South Dakota.

Explosion Injures Two At Pasta Plant

October 7, 2011 4:29 am

STEELEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An explosion at a southern Illinois pasta-making plant has left two workers injured. Gilster-Mary Lee spokesman Tom Welge says the workers on Thursday were performing maintenance to equipment at the Steeleville plant when the explosion occurred. Welge says the workers were taken to a St.

Alaska University Sees Green In Golden Potato

October 7, 2011 4:28 am

TRAPPER CREEK, Alaska (AP) — Golden birch trees marked the edge of Greg Kalal's fields, but the dentist-turned-farmer was more interested in hues beneath the soil on his land south of Mount McKinley. Among the thousands of colorful potatoes — from yellow German Butterballs to Magic Mollys with flesh so purple it's nearly black — is a half-row of red potatoes with yellow flesh that University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers believe could become a popular and profitable niche product in a state not known for its agriculture.


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