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Photo Of The Day: Hidden Holiday Salt

November 22, 2011 3:25 am

(AP) — This Oct. 13, 2011 file photo shows a citrus turkey surrounded by side dishes in Concord. N.H. No need for a salt shaker on the Thanksgiving table: Unless you really cooked from scratch, there's lots of sodium already hidden in all the turkey and trimmings. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead, FIle) Read more at Where's The Salt? Hidden In Your Thanksgiving Menu McDonald's, Target Drop Egg Supplier WTO Rules Against U.

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WTO Rules Against U.S. In Meat Label Dispute

November 21, 2011 4:11 am

GENEVA (AP) — The world's top trade body ruled against U.S. "country of origin" labels on meat products Friday in a trade victory for Canada and Mexico that could lower prices on their cattle and hog exports. In late 2009, the Geneva-based World Trade Organization opened an investigation on U.

Local School Lunches Get Thumbs Up From Kids

November 21, 2011 4:07 am

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The sauteed sweet potatoes with oven-roasted bell peppers, sauteed andouille, sauteed broccoli, sweet potato pancakes and orange wedges all got thumbs up from 40 third- through eighth-grade students in New Orleans — and all were Louisiana products. The pancakes were very popular — lots of students wanted seconds — but younger students tended to leave most of the broccoli on their plates, said the LSU AgCenter's Pam Hodson, who arranged the taste test as the first in what she hopes to make a statewide series.

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McDonald's, Target Drop Egg Supplier

November 21, 2011 4:05 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — McDonald's and Target dropped one of the nation's largest egg suppliers after an animal rights group released an undercover video of the egg producer's farms in three states. McDonald's Corp. said Friday it had dropped Sparboe Farms as a supplier after a video by the group Mercy for Animals showed cases of animal cruelty at five facilities in Iowa, Minnesota and Colorado.

Anheuser-Busch To Expand NY Plant

November 21, 2011 4:02 am

LYSANDER, N.Y. (AP) — Anheuser-Busch says it's expanding canning capacity at its Syracuse-area plant with the help of a $900,000 state economic development grant. The company says it will spend more than $7 million on the expansion at its Lysander facility, increasing the brewery's production by 30 percent.

Higher Costs Offset Better Revenue For Tyson

November 21, 2011 4:00 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tyson Foods' net income for the fourth quarter was less than half of what it was last year, the meat producer said Monday, with higher grain costs offsetting better prices and revenue, particularly in its chicken business. While there were operating income declines of $3 million and $12 million for beef and pork, respectively, that metric tumbled $223 million for chicken, meaning that an operating income of $141 million last year in chicken turned into an operating loss of $82 million in the final quarter of the year.

Photo Of The Day: Ag Program Keeps Youth Out Of Gangs

November 21, 2011 3:55 am

(AP) — In this photo taken Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, 10-year-old Roman Ramirez carries a banana tree branch from the tropical garden in Woodlake, Calif. Ramirez is one of the children who participate in an agricultural program that has turned 14 acres in the small farmworker community into a series of lush fruit and vegetable gardens.

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Japan Bans Rice Grown Near Crippled Nuclear Plant

November 18, 2011 3:56 am

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has banned shipments of rice grown near a tsunami-hit nuclear power plant for the first time after detecting radiation exceeding the legal limit. Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said Thursday that a sample of rice from a farm contained 630 becquerels of cesium per kilogram.

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Smucker Income Falls On Higher Ingredient Costs

November 18, 2011 3:54 am

J.M. Smucker Co.'s fiscal second-quarter net income fell 15 percent as the food maker struggled with higher costs for ingredients. The company's profit missed expectations. It's an ongoing battle for most food and beverage companies as they face a tricky balance between covering costs and not alienating consumers with higher prices.

Food Importer To Pay $400K For Discrimination

November 18, 2011 3:52 am

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California Asian food importer has agreed to pay $400,000 in back wages and interest to 71 women who were rejected for sales jobs. The U.S. Labor Department says in a news release Thursday that Tokyo-based Nishimoto Trading Co. has agreed to settle the hiring discrimination case.

Deadline Looms For $750M Rice Settlement

November 18, 2011 3:49 am

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP) — Rice growers who lost sales after genetically modified rice seed mistakenly entered the U.S. market five years ago have until Monday to sign on to a $750 million settlement proposed by the German company blamed for the problem. More than 10,000 farmers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas sued the German conglomerate Bayer CropScience after the modified strain of long-grain rice got loose in 2006.

Heinz 2Q Profit Drops

November 18, 2011 3:46 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) — H.J. Heinz Co., the world's largest ketchup maker, said Friday its fiscal second-quarter net income fell almost 6 percent but adjusted results narrowly beat expectations as emerging markets remained strong and higher prices offset a volume decline. Food makers have been raising prices to offset higher ingredient costs.

Photo Of The Day: Vegan Gets The Star Treatment

November 18, 2011 3:25 am

(AP) — In this Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 photo, owner, founder and CEO Sarma Melngailis holds a plate featuring her restaurant's most popular dish, a local heirloom tomato lasagna featuring basil pistachio pesto, sun-dried tomato marinara, macadamia pumpkin seed ricotta and zucchini, in front of Pure Food and Wine in New York.

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Iowa Egg Co. Pays Salmonella Victims

November 17, 2011 4:06 am

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Dozens of people sickened last year after eating salmonella-tainted eggs will receive compensation, including six-figure checks for two children, in the first wave of legal settlements with the Iowa egg producer blamed in the outbreak, attorneys in the case have told The Associated Press.

New Mexico Regulators Approve Dairy Settlement

November 17, 2011 4:03 am

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico water regulators on Wednesday adopted a settlement that puts to rest a dispute over the regulation of millions of tons of waste produced each year by the state's $2.6 billion dairy industry. The Water Quality Control Commission voted unanimously during a hearing in Santa Fe in favor of the settlement brokered by state attorneys, dairy farmers and environmentalists.

Calif. Upholds Raw Milk Quarantine After Organic Dairy Appeal

November 17, 2011 4:00 am

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — State officials on Wednesday upheld a recall and quarantine of raw milk products from a California dairy after three children were sent to hospitals with E.coli poisoning in the nation's latest outbreak related to the unpasteurized product. The ruling came at a hearing by the California Department of Food and Agriculture after the owner of Organic Pastures Dairy Co.

PepsiCo To Launch Mid-Calorie Soda Nationwide

November 17, 2011 3:56 am

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — PepsiCo Inc. will roll out its new mid-calorie soda "Pepsi Next" nationally early next spring. The company said in June that it would be testing the lower-sugar and lower-calorie soda in Iowa and Wisconsin. PepsiCo said Wednesday that testing results exceeded its expectations and it plans to begin selling the product nationally at the beginning of its second fiscal quarter.

Smucker Recalls Chunky Peanut Butter

November 17, 2011 3:54 am

ORRVILLE, Ohio (AP) — J.M. Smucker Co. is recalling thousands of 16-ounce jars of its Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter Chunky because of possible salmonella contamination. The Ohio-based company says the jars covered in the recall would have been purchased in the last week or so. They have "Best if Used By" dates of Aug.

Photo Of The Day: Wright County Egg Pays Salmonella Victims

November 17, 2011 3:49 am

(AP) — In this June 6, 2010 file photo, Austin "Jack" DeCoster, right, appears in a Lewiston, Maine, court on animal cruelty charges related to Turner egg farm in Maine. DeCoster also owns Wright County Egg, an Iowa egg farm linked to a massive salmonella recall in 2010. Dozens of people sickened last year after eating salmonella-tainted eggs from Wright County Egg will receive compensation, including six-figure checks for two children, under the first wave of legal settlements with the disgraced egg magnate blamed for the outbreak, The Associated Press has learned.

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Heinz Promises Free Ketchup After Facebook Glitch

November 16, 2011 3:59 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh-based H.J. Heinz Co. is promising a free bottle of its new balsamic vinegar ketchup to anybody who tried to buy it during a failed product launch on the Facebook social networking website. Monday was the first time Heinz sold a U.S. product through its Facebook page.

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