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New Cod Data Shaking New England Fishing Industry

November 29, 2011 4:34 am

BOSTON (AP) — A new look at the health of one of New England's most storied fish stocks is troubling the industry, with some saying the findings have got to be wrong. Just three years ago, a federal study showed the Gulf of Maine cod was healthy and headed toward recovery. Now preliminary data suggest the valuable species is in dismal shape and won't rebuild within the time set by federal law.

France Annuls Ban On Modified Corn

November 29, 2011 4:32 am

PARIS (AP) — France's highest administrative body has annulled rules suspending the planting of genetically modified corn, but two key ministries quickly said the government is still looking for ways to block such crops. The Council of State, acting on a complaint from U.S.-based agricultural company Monsanto and other interested parties, on Monday annulled two Agriculture Ministry rulings from 2007 and 2008 that suspended the planting of Monsanto MON 810 modified corn.

Photo Of The Day: Food Safety TV

November 29, 2011 4:30 am

(PRNewswire) — A TV spot developed by the Ad Council is running on Walmart Checkout TV throughout the Thanksgiving season, teaching shoppers about avoiding cross-contamination and food poisoning. The Ad Council's Food Safe Families campaign urges consumers to remember four key steps to food safety: separate (keep raw meats separate from other foods), clean (surfaces, utensils and hands), cook (to the right temperature) and chill (raw and prepared food).

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New Turkey Feeding Plan Could Save Industry $100M

November 28, 2011 4:00 am

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A researcher at the University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia has found that turkeys don't need as much protein as they're getting and that adopting his feeding plan could save the industry $100 million. Jeff Firman, a professor in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, tested his theory on 800 turkeys, giving them a mixture that included more cheap grains and fewer proteins.

China Sentences 113 In Tainted Pork Scandal

November 28, 2011 3:57 am

BEIJING (AP) — More than 100 people, including over a dozen Chinese government employees, have been sentenced over chemical-laced pork that caused a food safety scandal earlier this year, state media said Saturday. One person was given the death penalty. An investigation into the safety of pork was launched in March after several farms in central Henan province were found using the fat-burning drug clenbuterol — a banned chemical that makes pork leaner but can be harmful to humans — in pig feed.

Food Banks Worry Over Rising Peanut Butter Prices

November 28, 2011 3:54 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Food banks and pantries around the country say high peanut butter prices have made it harder for them to provide one of their most-requested items — and a favorite among children — this holiday season. Peanut butter prices have gone up 30 percent or more because hot weather in states like Texas and Georgia hurt this year's peanut crop and because some farmers switched to more profitable crops, such as corn and cotton.

UN: A Quarter Of World Land Highly Degraded

November 28, 2011 3:50 am

ROME (AP) — The United Nations has completed the first-ever global assessment of the state of the planet's land resources, finding in a report Monday that a quarter of all land is highly degraded and warning the trend must be reversed if the world's growing population is to be fed. The U.

Nestle Announces Cocoa Child Labor Probe

November 28, 2011 3:47 am

VEVEY, Switzerland (AP) — The world's biggest food company, Nestle SA, announced Monday it will work with a nonprofit group to investigate child labor on Ivory Coast cocoa farms that supply its factories, a new approach to a problem that has tarnished the industry for years. Little has changed in the decade since the Swiss company and other major chocolate makers signed a U.

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Photo Of The Day: Fretting Over Peanut Butter

November 28, 2011 3:42 am

(AP) — In this Nov. 9, 2011, photo shows a single pallet of peanut butter at the Broad Street Presbyterian Church food pantry in Columbus, Ohio, less than they had on hand earlier in the year. A smaller peanut crop this year prompted producers to raise prices. Food banks say that means they’ll buy or receive less peanut butter, pay more for it, or consider alternatives such as canned tuna or chicken.

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Hormel Profit Slips On Weak Sales, Ingredient Costs

November 23, 2011 3:55 am

Hormel Foods Corp.'s fiscal fourth-quarter profit slipped 3 percent as weak sales and higher ingredient costs hurt the maker of Spam, Dinty Moore stew and other packaged food brands. It's a struggle playing out regularly for food makers these days: they need to raise prices to cover higher costs but risk losing cost-conscious shoppers.

Proposal To Tax Jack Daniel's Derailed

November 23, 2011 3:52 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jack Daniel's officials are toasting the defeat of a proposal to tax whiskey at its celebrated Tennessee distillery. The Moore County Council in Lynchburg, Tenn., voted 10-5 Monday evening to kill a proposal that could have taxed Jack Daniel's up to $5 million annually, with all the revenue going to local coffers.

Economy Forces Many To Cut Back On Thanksgiving

November 23, 2011 3:49 am

Some are holding potluck dinners instead of springing for the entire feast. Others are staying home rather than flying. And a few are skipping the turkey altogether. On this the fourth Thanksgiving since the economy sank, prices for everything from airline flights to groceries are going up, and some Americans are scaling back.

Livestock Farmers, Processors Say Ethanol Eats Too Much Corn

November 23, 2011 3:46 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Livestock farmers are demanding a change in the nation's ethanol policy, claiming current rules could lead to spikes in meat prices and even shortages at supermarkets if corn growers have a bad year. The amount of corn consumed by the ethanol industry combined with continued demand from overseas has cattle and hog farmers worried that if corn production drops due to drought or another natural disaster, the cost of feed could skyrocket, leaving them little choice but to reduce the size of their herds.

Diamond Foods Audit Probe Deepens After Reported Suicide

November 23, 2011 3:41 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Snack maker Diamond Foods' shares tumbled in premarket trading Wednesday after a media report that the death of a member of its audit committee was a suicide. Diamond Foods is in the midst of an internal accounting probe, but the company says the death is unrelated to the investigation.

Photo Of The Day: Trimming Back The Turkey

November 23, 2011 3:36 am

(AP) — Ward Bruning washes off a fresh killed Thanksgiving turkey on his farm in Akron, N.Y., Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011. On this the fourth Thanksgiving since the economy sank, prices for everything from airline flights to groceries are going up, and some Americans are scaling back.

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Hot Dog Mogul Dies

November 22, 2011 3:40 am

NORWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Gregory Papalexis, whose Sabrett hot dogs have become a part of the New York City experience, has died. He was 86. Papalexis was president, CEO and chairman of Englewood-based Marathon Enterprises, a supplier of hot dogs, buns, onion sauce and other products, and the owner of the Sabrett trademark.

DeCoster Leaves Egg Industry

November 22, 2011 3:37 am

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A ruthless businessman who built one of the nation's largest egg production operations from scratch even as he racked up environmental and labor violations is getting out of the business in disgrace after one scandal was too much to overcome: a nationwide salmonella outbreak caused by his products.

Target Scrambles To Find New Egg Suppliers

November 22, 2011 3:35 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Egg shortages were reported at some Target stores after the retailer ended its relationship with a producer accused of animal cruelty, and the company scrambled Monday to line up new suppliers before Thanksgiving. Shortages were reported at stores as far away as Chicago and North Carolina after Minneapolis-based Target Corp.

Where's The Salt? Hidden In Your Thanksgiving Menu

November 22, 2011 3:32 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — No need for a salt shaker on the Thanksgiving table: Unless you really cooked from scratch, there's lots of sodium already hidden in the menu. Stealth sodium can do a number on your blood pressure. Americans eat way too much salt, and most of it comes inside common processed foods and restaurant meals.

Campbell Soup 1Q Profit Falls

November 22, 2011 3:28 am

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Campbell Soup Co. said Tuesday its fiscal first-quarter net income fell 5 percent as price increases were not enough to offset lower volume in its soup and beverage businesses. Still, profit was better than expected. Campbell said it is working to stabilize its U.

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