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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.

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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.

Labatt Loses Legal Faceoff With Molson Coors

October 7, 2011 4:27 am

TORONTO (THE CANADIAN PRESS) — Labatt Breweries of Canada has lost the latest round in its legal faceoff with rival Molson Coors over National Hockey League sponsorship rights. Labatt disclosed Thursday that it had received confirmation that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice had dismissed its suit against the NHL and Molson Coors.

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Photo Of The Day: Peepmobile Takes The District

October 6, 2011 8:49 am

(PRNewswire) — Just Born, Inc.'s retail division, is kicking off its D.C. Monumental Weekend at its National Harbor store on Friday, October 7th at 4 pm and continuing through Sunday, October 9th. On Friday, October 7th at 4 pm., Peeps & Company will usher in the fall season with delicious free treats, mascot appearances, coupons from neighboring retailers and chances for savings on some great new store items.

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Alabama Farmers Desperate For Workers In Wake Of Immigration Law

October 6, 2011 4:43 am

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) — Alabama's strict new immigration law may be backfiring. Intended to force illegal workers out of jobs, it is also driving away many legal immigrant workers who work in construction and on farms doing backbreaking jobs that Americans generally won't. The vacancies have created a void that will surely deal a blow to the state's economy and could slow the rebuilding of Tuscaloosa and other tornado-damaged cities.

Storms Hammer California Raisins

October 6, 2011 4:42 am

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A storm dumped more than an inch of rain on parts of California's agricultural heartland in less than five hours, flooding streets, uprooting trees and soaking a bumper crop of raisins drying in vineyards. The storm hit Tuesday in Northern California, then swept through the central portions before bringing rainfall to Southern California by midmorning on Wednesday.

UN Forecasts Better Prospects For Cereals Production

October 6, 2011 4:41 am

ROME (AP) — A U.N. food agency is forecasting improved prospects for world cereals production in the 2011-2012 seasons. But the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization says that despite expected production gains, especially for wheat and rice, there is uncertainty about the improvement's impact on food security because of the global economic slump and increased risks for recession.

5 Ky. Cities Vote For Alcoholic Beverage Sales

October 6, 2011 4:40 am

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — Voters in five Kentucky cities have voted to legalize or expand alcoholic beverage sales. In Hardin County, Elizabethtown voted 3,051 yes to 2,021 no, Radcliff's totals were 1,567 yes to 1,025 no, and Vine Grove tallied 475 yes to 328 no, The New-Enterprise reported.

Muslim Prisoners' Lawsuit Riles Ohio Pork Industry

October 6, 2011 4:39 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A decision by Ohio officials to remove all pork products from prison menus in response to a lawsuit by Muslim inmates is not sitting well with the state's pork producers and processors. Both promise action of their own, including a possible counter lawsuit, to address what they consider an unfair and illogical decision.

Photo Of The Day: Have Your Pasta And Eat It Too

October 5, 2011 5:09 am

(PRNewswire) — This October, pasta fans can celebrate their favorite cuisine as part of National Pasta Month. The National Pasta Association's Pasta Fits campaign is kicking off the celebration with many fun and appetizing activities from a national contest to find out how pasta fits into the nation's lifestyle to delicious, healthy pasta recipes created by Pasta Fits ambassador Chef Candice Kumai , author of "Pretty Delicious," co-host of Lifetime Television's hit series, "Cook Yourself Thin," chef contributor on the Cooking Channel's "Unique Eats," and Bravo's "Top Chef" alumni.

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Obama Salutes Goya Foods

October 5, 2011 5:08 am

SECAUCUS, N.J. (PRNewswire) — Representatives of Goya Foods, Inc., America's largest Hispanic-owned food company, paid a special visit this past Friday, September 30, to meet President Barack Obama in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Goya Foods President Robert Unanue introduced President Obama at a reception at the White House, saying he was "honored and humbled" to be among the distinctive group gathered for the occasion.

Natural Food Stores Celebrate Non-GMO Month

October 5, 2011 5:06 am

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (PRNewswire-USNewswire)/ — This October, nearly 1,000 natural food stores across the U.S. and Canada are taking part in Non-GMO Month, celebrating the public's right to choose food and products that do not contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Organized by the non-profit Non-GMO Project , Non-GMO Month provides a platform for citizens and organizations to stand up for the right to know what's in their food, and to choose non-GMO.

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Frito-Lay Unveils 'Near Net Zero' Facility

October 5, 2011 5:06 am

PLANO, Texas (PRNewswire) — PepsiCo's Frito-Lay NorthAmerica division today celebrated the success of its most ambitious environmental sustainability project to-date by announcing that its Casa Grande, Arizona, facility has reached "near net zero." The "near net zero" vision was to transform an existing facility so that it would be as far "off the grid" as possible and run primarily on renewable energy sources and recycled water, while producing nearly zero landfill waste.

China Sales Could Be Game Changer For Rice Farmers

October 5, 2011 5:05 am

ALICIA, Ark. (AP) — Three Chinese inspectors took notes but offered no visible reaction as David Smith answered their questions about pesticides and production on the 3,000-acre rice farm he calls his "beautiful garden." Smith is among the American farmers hoping to eventually sell rice to China.

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