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Feeding America: Top 10 Facts About Hunger In U.S.

December 22, 2011 9:04 am

CHICAGO (PRNewswire-USNewswire) —  As the holidays quickly approach, Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, urges everyone to help the millions of Americans who are currently struggling to feed their families. "We ask everyone to pause at this time of celebration and reflection to consider these facts about hunger in our nation," said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America: 1 in 10 families enrolled in the Food Stamp Program is Latino.

Economists Expect Stronger Growth This Quarter

December 22, 2011 8:44 am

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy grew more slowly in the summer than previously thought because consumers spent less than the government had first estimated. But economists expect growth in the current October-December quarter to be stronger. The Commerce Department says the economy grew at an annual rate of 1.

Popcorn Company Issues Allergen Alert

December 22, 2011 8:40 am

SILVER SPRING, Md. (FDA) — Popcorn Palace of Schiller Park, IL, is issuing this statement to alert people with allergies to Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Milk, Soy, and Wheat that some of our 1-Gallon Value Bags contain the undeclared ingredients.  Bags were shipped with the ingredient and allergen information not applied directly to the immediate container and important allergen information may not have reached the end consumer.

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A Look Back At 2011 Food News

December 22, 2011 8:35 am

2011: The year I officially became the last American to still eat gluten. Or did it just feel that way? Because though only a tiny fraction of Americans suffer sensitivities to this wheat protein, the multibillion dollar industry of foods, cookbooks and magazines touting their gluten-free cred this year would suggest an epidemic.

$50,000 In Margarine Stolen

December 22, 2011 8:31 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a thief who slipped away with $50,000 worth of margarine remains at large even though the truck that carried the payload has been recovered. The trailer was parked awaiting delivery to a Target Corp. warehouse in Cedar Falls when it was stolen Dec.

New World Pasta Buys No Yolks, Wacky Mac Brands

December 22, 2011 4:02 am

HARRISBURG, Pa. (PRNewswire) — New World Pasta Company announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the No Yolks® and Wacky Mac® dry pasta brands and certain assets from Strom Products Ltd. for $50 million. The transaction is expected to close by December 31, 2011.

Scientist Gets 7-Plus Years For Selling Food Trade Secrets

December 22, 2011 4:00 am

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Chinese national scientist to more than seven years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to illegally sending trade secrets on a pesticide and a new food product to China and Germany. Judge William Lawrence announced the sentence Wednesday for 46-year-old Kexue Huang, formerly of Carmel.

Hormel's Earnings Rise 20 Percent In 2011

December 22, 2011 3:55 am

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The CEO of Hormel Foods Corp. received a compensation package worth nearly $9 million for the 2011 fiscal year, equal to his 2010 pay package. Hormel, based in Austin, Minn., makes packaged foods such as Spam and Dinty Moore stew. An analysis by The Associated Press shows that Jeffrey M.

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Turkey Processor Plans 600-Worker Plant

December 22, 2011 3:52 am

VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) — A turkey processing company says it will build a new plant in southwestern Indiana that could have up to 600 workers in the next few years. Huntingburg-based Farbest Foods Inc. announced Thursday it planned on spending $69 million to build a 220,000-square-foot processing plant on 100 acres near Vincennes.

Wal-Mart Pulls Formula After Baby's Death

December 22, 2011 3:49 am

LEBANON, Mo. (AP) — Wal-Mart has pulled a batch of powdered infant formula from more than 3,000 of its stores nationwide after a newborn Missouri boy who was fed the formula died from what preliminary tests indicate was a rare bacterial infection, the retailer said. The government has not ordered a recall of the 12.

Photo Of The Day: Chobani Breaks Ground In Idaho

December 22, 2011 3:46 am

(PRNewsFoto) — Chobani CEO & Founder Hamdi Ulukaya (center) was joined by Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter, Idaho Lt. Governor Brad Little, Twin Falls Mayor Don Hall, other local dignitaries and Chobani executives in a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of Chobani's newest factory on Monday, Dec.

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Dairy To Lose Organic Certification

December 21, 2011 8:18 am

CORNUCOPIA, Wis. (Cornucopia Institute) — An industrial-scale organic dairy, located south of Phoenix in the desert Southwest, is poised to lose its USDA organic certification.  The enforcement action at Shamrock Farms is the result of a USDA investigation into organic livestock management practices that was triggered by a formal complaint from The Cornucopia Institute.

Misbranded Meats Recalled

December 21, 2011 8:12 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City company is recalling 875 pounds of turkey filets that are mislabeled as center cut steaks. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall Monday by Chef's Requested Foods Inc. The product's label reads "Chef's Requested Center Cut Steak" and includes the establishment number "EST.

Hog Farm To Pay $81K For Manure Spill

December 21, 2011 8:10 am

BUCKLEY, Ill. (AP) — An eastern Illinois hog farm has agreed to pay more than $81,000 in fines for spilling more than 200,000 gallons of manure in a creek and in the process killing tens of thousands of fish. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office said in a new release Monday that the owners of R3E LLC will pay nearly $64,000 to the state Department of Natural Resources for the fish kill.

Obama Urges Congress To Extend Payroll Tax Cut

December 21, 2011 8:07 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to break a stalemate that is threatening 160 million workers with Jan. 1 tax increases, President Barack Obama urged the top leaders of Congress Wednesday to first pass a short-term extension while promising to work with lawmakers on a full-year measure. Obama's calls to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

White Castle Considers Alcohol Sales

December 21, 2011 8:04 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The White Castle hamburger chain is sipping on the idea of selling alcoholic beverages at its restaurants. The 90-year-old company is testing beer and wine sales at a location in Lafayette, Ind., that combines a traditional White Castle burger joint with a Blaze Modern BBQ, a new restaurant concept also being tried out.

Thousands Of Pounds Of Coffee Cherries Stolen

December 21, 2011 3:55 am

PAHALA, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island police are investigating the theft of thousands of pounds of coffee cherries from trees in the Kau district. Police say that sometime between Dec. 9 and Dec. 11, trees on property off an old sugar cane haul road above Pahala were stripped of about 2,000 to 4,000 pounds of coffee cherries.

Delayed Beef Plant Given Permit Extension

December 21, 2011 3:52 am

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — The Aberdeen City Council has extended the building permit expiration date for a long-delayed beef packing plant. The Aberdeen American News reports that the date for Northern Beef Packers' permit has been extended from Dec. 31 of this year to the end of 2012 without additional fees.

Down Economy, Locavore Movement Spur Young Farmers

December 21, 2011 3:49 am

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin factory worker worried about layoffs became a dairy farmer. An employee at a Minnesota nonprofit found an escape from her cubicle by buying a vegetable farm. A nuclear engineer tired of office bureaucracy decided to get into cattle ranching in Texas. While fresh demographic information on U.

Organic Food Plant Delayed

December 21, 2011 3:45 am

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A California organic food maker says its plans to open a plant in South Carolina and hire 700 workers have been put on hold. Amy's Kitchen says it has encountered unexpected problems renovating a former bakery along Interstate 85 in Greenville. The company says demand for its products are so great it needs more manufacturing capability now, so it is expanding some existing facilities instead.

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