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Japanese Dairies Check For Milk Radiation

February 1, 2012 10:03 am

Major dairy companies will inspect their milk products made in 17 prefectures in northeastern to central Japan for radioactive contamination and disclose their findings to the public at the end of February, the Japan Dairy Industry Association said Wednesday.

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Obamas Embrace Seasonal Eating

February 1, 2012 9:58 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

The White House has fully embraced one of eating's hottest trends — seasonal cooking with ingredients grown at home. Presidential chef Cristeta Comerford credits the change in the food coming from the White House's kitchen to Michelle Obama's decision in 2009 to start a garden on the South Lawn as part of her Let's Move campaign to encourage kids to eat healthier. 

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China's Manufacturing Boosted By Food Industry

February 1, 2012 9:55 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH,AP Business Writer

China's manufacturing sector was boosted by strong holiday season demand for food, beverages and other consumer products in January, though export demand and other indicators remained weak, according to surveys released Wednesday.

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Humane Society: Okla. Pork Processors Mistreat Pigs

February 1, 2012 9:50 am | by KEN MILLER,Associated Press

The Humane Society of the United States alleged Tuesday that pork producers Seaboard Foods and Prestage Farms Inc. are mistreating pregnant pigs by keeping them in so-called "gestation cages." Paul Shapiro, the Humane Society's senior director of farm animal protection, said at an Oklahoma City news conference that investigators worked for both companies and videotaped the conditions in late 2011 at production facilities in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

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Photo Of The Day: Eating Seasonal At The White House

February 1, 2012 9:40 am

The White House has fully embraced one of eating's hottest trends, seasonal cooking based on home gardening. Comerford credits the change in the food coming from the White House’s kitchen to first lady Michelle Obama’s decision in 2009 to start a garden on the South Lawn.

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Warm, Dry Conditions Good For N.D. Livestock

January 31, 2012 12:54 pm

Below normal precipitation and above normal temperatures in January have provided good news for North Dakota livestock ranchers, but some farmers are expressing concern about snow protection for alfalfa and winter wheat.

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Wis. Ingredients Company Plans $10M Expansion

January 31, 2012 12:50 pm

Kerry Ingredients & Flavours said Tuesday it will invest $10 million to expand its Beloit plant, a move that will add nearly 50 new jobs. The company plans to add 30,000 square feet to its existing plant, which is currently 260,000 square feet.

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Archer Daniels Midland Profit Slides On Charges

January 31, 2012 12:46 pm

Archer Daniels Midland's second-quarter net income tumbled 89 percent, the company said Tuesday, weighed down by hefty impairment charges and weakness in its three major segments, oilseeds, corn processing and agricultural services.

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Food Groups: FDA Should Be Funded Without New Taxes

January 31, 2012 12:43 pm

The American Frozen Food Institute and a coalition of more than 30 food groups today urged senior administration leaders to develop a fiscal year 2013 budget request that fully funds U.S. Food and Drug Administration food safety programs without saddling consumers and food makers with burdensome new taxes or fees.

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Salami Plant To Pay $700K For Ammonia Leak

January 31, 2012 12:32 pm

The owners of a South San Francisco salami plant will pay nearly $700,000 and overhaul its refrigeration system as part of a federal judgment stemming from an ammonia leak that sickened almost four dozen people.

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Consumer Trends: Americans Spend Thousands On Food At Work

January 31, 2012 12:28 pm

American workers spend an alarmingly high amount of their hard earned cash on daily food expenses, according to a new Workonomix survey by Accounting Principals. The survey found that 50 percent of the American workforce spends approximately $1000 a year on coffee, and two-thirds of working Americans buy their lunch instead of packing it.

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Deli Salad Recalled For Listeria

January 31, 2012 10:14 am

18th Street Deli Inc., a Hamtramck, Mich., establishment, is recalling approximately 118 pounds of julienne salad products with turkey, ham and hard-boiled eggs. The salads contain eggs that are the subject of an FDA recall due to contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

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A Glass Of Milk A Day May Benefit The Brain

January 31, 2012 10:08 am

Pouring at least one glass of milk each day could not only boost your intake of much-needed key nutrients, but it could also positively impact your brain and mental performance, according to a recent study in the International Dairy Journal.

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Proposal To Prevent Invasive Species Splits Great Lakes, Mississippi

January 31, 2012 10:04 am | by JOHN FLESHER,AP Environmental Writer

Groups representing states and cities in the Great Lakes region on Tuesday proposed spending up to $9.5 billion on a massive engineering project to separate the lakes from the Mississippi River watershed in the Chicago area, describing it as the only sure way to protect both aquatic systems from invasions by destructive species such as Asian carp. Scientists say it has already provided a pathway for exotic species and is the likeliest route through which menacing carp could reach the lakes, where they could destabilize food webs and threaten a valuable fishing industry.

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Wendy's CEO: Our Wounds Were 'Self-Inflicted'

January 31, 2012 9:57 am | by CHRISTINA REXRODE,AP Business Writer

Wendy's new CEO on Monday called the dour results of the past few years "self-inflicted wounds" and vowed to do better, laying out plans that included hiring top-tier workers and reclaiming market share from higher-end competitors like Five Guys and Smashburger.

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Starbucks Shipped More Than 100M K-Cups In 2 Months

January 31, 2012 9:52 am

At the end of 2011, just two months after the launch, Starbucks Coffee Company shipped more than 100 million K-Cup® packs and achieved a weighted All Commodity Volume (ACV) distribution across all channels of approximately 71 percent.

Photo Of The Day: Starbucks Heads To India

January 31, 2012 9:42 am

John Culver, president of Starbucks China and Asia Pacific, attends a press conference in Mumbai, India, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. Starbucks said it will open its first outlet in India by September, through a 50-50 joint venture with Tata Global Beverages.

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Pinnacle Foods Expands, Creates 65 Jobs In Iowa

January 30, 2012 1:08 pm

Pinnacle Foods Group LLC officially opens a 17,000 square foot expansion to their Fort Madison canned meat factory today. The newly expanded location brings 65 jobs to Fort Madison, Iowa. Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds joined Mayor Steve Ireland and local government officials and Pinnacle Foods executives to celebrate the grand opening of the facility at today’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Vermont Utility Seeks 'Cow Power'

January 30, 2012 1:05 pm

A Vermont utility is looking for more farms that want to participate in its project that uses farm waste to help generate electricity and more customers willing to pay extra to use the power.

Hershey Expands Cocoa Community Programs In Africa

January 30, 2012 1:03 pm

The Hershey Company today announced its plan to reinforce cocoa sustainability efforts by accelerating farmer and family development in West Africa, where 70 percent of the world’s cocoa is grown.

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