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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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AFA Foods Files For Bankruptcy, Blames 'Pink Slime' Scare

April 2, 2012 1:50 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Ground beef processor AFA Foods said Monday that it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and selling its assets after the public outcry over the beef filler known as "pink slime" derailed its efforts to save its already struggling business.

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Burger King Crowns New Menu

April 2, 2012 1:04 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

After years of lackluster sales of its Whoppers and fries, the struggling fast-food giant on Monday launched 10 food items in its biggest menu expansion since the chain was started in 1954.

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Citrus Disease Detected In California

April 2, 2012 1:00 pm | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

A citrus disease that has killed millions of citrus trees and cost growers billions of dollars across Florida and Brazil has been detected in California, despite the industry's best efforts to keep it at bay.

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New England Herring May Be At Risk From Trawlers

April 2, 2012 12:55 pm | by JAY LINDSAY,Associated Press

New England's historic fishing industry doesn't spare much of its romance for the herring. The tiny fish is, at most, a foot long. The price per pound often won't even buy 12 minutes at a Boston parking meter. Some people eat it pickled, but herring is mainly caught to become bait for more popular seafood, such as lobster.

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Locals Thrown Support Behind BPI

April 2, 2012 12:52 pm

Several thousand people attended a picnic in Sioux City on Saturday to support Beef Products Inc. and dine on hamburgers made with its beef. In addition to that gathering — which was near the company's headquarters in Dakota Dunes, S.D. — several hundred people gathered near BPI's Kansas plant, which suspended production last week.

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Workers Sickened By Carbon Dioxide Leak At Food Plant

April 2, 2012 12:49 pm

One worker was in serious condition Friday while 90 others exposed to a carbon dioxide leak at a Northern California food processing plant have recovered, hospital officials said. Workers at Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods in Vallejo began having difficulty breathing and some started vomiting due to what firefighters described as a gas leak in a kitchen fed by an external carbon dioxide tank.

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Consumer Trends: Restaurants Show Growth In Soup And Salad Options

April 2, 2012 12:42 pm

Away-from-home soup and salad purchases are on the rise, as consumers seek light, healthy and affordable fare.  A variety of portion sizes featuring soup/salad options on different areas of the menu allows consumers to tailor their meal specifically to their needs.

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S.D. Residents Worried About Proposed Hog Facility

April 2, 2012 10:07 am

Some residents of southwest Davison County are worried about a large hog production facility that has been proposed in the area.

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Wendy's Runs Anti-'Pink Slime' Ads

April 2, 2012 10:04 am

The Wendy's Co. ran full-page advertisements in eight major newspapers across the country Friday, reassuring customers that it has never used the beef filler known as "pink slime" and never will.

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Spinach Could Be Weapon Against Citrus Disease

April 2, 2012 10:02 am | by CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN,Associated Press

In a lab not far from the Mexican border, the fight against a disease ravaging the worldwide citrus industry has found an unexpected weapon: spinach.

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Corn Supplies Fall, Prices To Remain High

April 2, 2012 9:59 am

New government data released Friday showed a drop in the amount of corn in storage and raised concerns that supplies will remain tight and prices high in the near term. Corn futures surged about 6.6 percent. The report — and the possible impact on food prices — overshadowed a projection by the government that corn growers will plant the largest crop in 75 years.

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FDA Rejects Call To Ban BPA

April 2, 2012 9:56 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE,AP Health Writer

The Food and Drug Administration has rejected a petition from environmentalists that would have banned the plastic-hardening chemical bisphenol-A from all food and drink packaging, including plastic bottles and canned food.

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Photo Of The Day: Spinach Genes May Save Citrus Trees

April 2, 2012 9:53 am

Plant pathologist Erik Mirkov holds an early citrus rootstock called C22 that is enhanced with the genes from spinach. Testing has shown the genetically enhanced citrus trees are immune to citrus greening, a disease that has ravaged the industry.

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Recalled Salsa May Be Tainted With Salmonella

March 30, 2012 1:11 pm

State agricultural officials are warning consumers about a salsa recall in West Virginia and 10 other states due to possible salmonella contamination.

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