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Australia Approves SABMiller-Foster's Bid

September 28, 2011 5:07 am

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's competition regulator approved brewing giant SABMiller's $10.1 billion bid for Australian brewer Foster's on Wednesday, saying the London-based company's proposed takeover would not reduce competition. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said in a statement it would not oppose the deal because the merger was unlikely to seriously lessen competition for the supply of beer in Australia.

Wis. Law Pits Homeowners Against Big Farms

September 28, 2011 4:59 am

MAGNOLIA, Wis. (AP) — John Adams can't see the nearly 3,000 cows on the dairy farm two miles from his Wisconsin home, but when the wind blows he can smell them. The stench gives him and his wife headaches. They blame the big farm for contaminating their air and polluting the groundwater well they use for drinking, bathing and watering their garden.

E. Coli Prompts Tyson To Recall Ground Beef

September 28, 2011 4:51 am
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Coca-Cola And Bottler To Invest $3 Billion In Russia

September 27, 2011 5:08 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola Co. and Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company SA, plan to invest $3 billion in Russia over the next five years as part of an ongoing push into emerging markets. Coca-Cola, the world's largest soft drink maker, has been investing in emerging markets in order to expand its presence there.

Doritos Creator Dies, To Be Buried With Chips

September 27, 2011 5:05 am

DALLAS (AP) — Arch West, a retired Frito-Lay marketing executive credited with creating Doritos as the first national tortilla chip brand, has died in Dallas at age 97. A statement issued by the West family says he died Tuesday at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. A graveside service is scheduled for Oct.

National Milk Producers Back Dairy Overhaul

September 27, 2011 5:02 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A leading dairy farmers group threw its support Monday behind a proposed overhaul of federal milk subsidies after its creator agreed that participation in a program limiting milk production in hard times would be voluntary. The plan developed by Minnesota Rep.

Iowa Won't Pursue Charges In Turkey Plant Exploitation Case

September 27, 2011 4:59 am

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa won't pursue criminal charges against a Texas company that's accused of exploiting developmentally disabled workers at a turkey plant in eastern Iowa. According to The Des Moines Register (http://bit.ly/ofDfiB ), the Iowa attorney general's office said the civil penalties that other agencies have obtained against Henry's Turkey Service and its owners will hold the company accountable and serve as a deterrent.

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Recalled Pork May Contain Metal Fragments

September 27, 2011 4:54 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities say an eastern Pennsylvania company is recalling about 5,550 pounds of pureed pork products that may contain foreign materials. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Monday that the recall by K. Heeps Inc. of Allentown is for 4.

Photo Of The Day: The Right To Infuse Your Booze

September 27, 2011 4:35 am

(AP) — In this Sept. 22, 2011 photo, Daniel Hyatt, a bartender at Alembic bar, makes an infused alcohol "Bee's Knee's" at his bar in San Francisco. This drink is made of house-made aquavit, cinnamon, cardamom, anise, caraway, horse radish, honey and lemon juice. A Prohibition-era law that banned bars and restaurants from infusing herbs, fruits or other flavors into alcohol has recently raised the hackles on bartenders in San Francisco.

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40,000 Pounds Of Beef Recalled For E. Coli

September 26, 2011 5:17 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amarillo-based Palo Duro Meat is recalling 40,000 pounds of frozen fine ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the product was produced Sept. 9 and shipped to two warehouses in Georgia for distribution to institutions that include six Georgia school districts associated with the National School Lunch Program.

Japan Finds Radiation In Rice

September 26, 2011 5:15 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is ordering more tests on rice growing near a crippled nuclear plant after finding elevated levels of radiation, government officials said Saturday. A sample of unharvested rice contained 500 becquerels of cesium per kilogram, they said. Radioactive cesium was spewed from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant after it was damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

Beef Plant Worker Falls 25 Feet, Avoids Serious Injury

September 26, 2011 5:12 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — A worker helping build a beef packing plant in northeastern South Dakota fell off a structural beam, tumbling 25 feet to the ground. But company officials at the Northern Beef Packers plant near Aberdeen say Jeong Su Han was not seriously hurt in the fall. The Aberdeen American News reports that the accident happened as workers were going on break Friday.

USDA Says No To Potatoes

September 26, 2011 5:09 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Sen. Susan Collins, who hails from Maine's potato country and picked potatoes as a girl, is working to restore some respect for the humble spud, which is on the verge of being virtually banished from the nation's school lunch programs. New guidelines from the U.

Pepperidge Farm Recalls Sesame Sticks For Embedded Wire

September 26, 2011 5:06 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — Pepperidge Farm Inc. is recalling 261,000 packages of its Baked Naturals Sesame Sticks due to the possible presence of small, thin pieces of wire, the snack maker said Friday. Four consumers reported minor scrapes in and around the mouth from trying to eat the product.

Photo Of The Day: Potatoes Get Chopped

September 26, 2011 4:33 am

(AP) — In this Sept. 14, 2011 photo, Peter McDaniel eats some fries during lunch at Gardiner High School in Gardiner, Maine. New guidelines proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture would eliminate potatoes altogether from school breakfasts and drastically reduce the amount of potatoes served in lunches.

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EU Court: Two Bud Beers Can Coexist

September 23, 2011 4:58 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — "There's only one Budweiser beer," according to the Anheuser-Busch advertising jingle. But that's not the case in Britain, as an EU court ruled Thursday that Anheuser-Busch and the Czech brewer Budvar can both continue to use the Budweiser trademark. British beer drinkers are well used to there being two Buds.

Coca-Cola To Lower Mini Can Prices

September 23, 2011 4:55 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola Co. said Thursday that it will lower the recommended price for a pack of mini soda cans, touting the move as a way to help customers with portion control. But the company is also trying to lure budget-conscious customers wary of spending on non-necessities like soda.

NM School District Food Storage Infested With Rodents

September 23, 2011 4:53 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico school district's food warehouse is infested with rodent droppings, food hazards and improperly placed rat poison, and district officials refused to discard the food in question, according to a memo from a state inspector. In the document written after a Sept.

Tyson Plant Temporarily Suspended By USDA

September 23, 2011 4:50 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

September 23, 2011 WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Slaughtering operations have resumed at a Tyson Foods plant in Waterloo after being temporarily suspended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The suspension was reported by KWWL-TV in Waterloo on Thursday. Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson says production in the slaughter part of the plant was temporarily suspended for a few hours due to "USDA concerns over a procedural matter.

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