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Photo Of The Day: Going With The Grain

March 1, 2011 3:21 am

(AP) — Naoko Togami, presenter of the Japan Grain Inspection Association Food Research Laboratory booth, shows bags of rice flour and bread baked with 80 percent of rice flour and 20 percent of gluten during the 35th international food and beverage exhibition "Foodex Japan" in Chiba near Tokyo Tuesday, March 1, 2011.

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London Company Offers Breast Milk Ice Cream

February 28, 2011 4:00 am

LONDON (AP) — Gross or tasty? A London company is offering an unusual dessert — ice cream made with human breast milk. Trendy London ice cream parlor The Icecreamists said its "Baby Gaga" ice cream sold out as soon as it launched Friday. The company paid women who responded to an online ad to donate their breast milk.

Court Sides With Starbucks In Kraft Dispute

February 28, 2011 3:55 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks Corp. is one step closer to ending its distribution partnership with Kraft Foods Inc. after a U.S. Appeals Court on Friday upheld a lower court ruling against Kraft. The food maker began distributing Starbucks coffee to groceries and other stores more than a decade ago.

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Federal Court Overturns Injunction Against Sugar Beets

February 28, 2011 3:52 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Environmental groups failed to show that seed plants for sugar beets genetically modified to withstand the popular weed killer Roundup would cause irreparable harm, a federal appeals court said Friday in overturning an injunction that called for the destruction of the plants.

Listeria-Contaminated Broccoli Prompts Recall

February 28, 2011 3:49 am

TRACY, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California company has voluntarily recalled products sold at supermarkets across the West because they could contain contaminated broccoli. Tracy-based Taylor Farms Pacific announced the recall this week after a random test by agricultural officials came up positive for the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes.

Monsanto Plans $65M Pollution Reduction Plant

February 28, 2011 3:46 am

SODA SPRINGS, Idaho (AP) — Monsanto Co. plans to spend $65 million to build a facility in southeast Idaho that will reduce pollution and haze caused by the process used to produce Roundup herbicide. Waste gas from the company's operation is burned with three flares, putting particulates in the air and causing haze.

Photo Of The Day: Oscar-Worthy Eats

February 28, 2011 3:27 am

(AP) — Chef Wolfgang Puck arrives with a tray of Oscar-themed food that will be served at the Governor's Ball before the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) Heinz To Use Coca-Cola's Plant Bottle For Ketchup U.

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Heinz To Use Coca-Cola's Plant Bottle For Ketchup

February 25, 2011 3:41 am

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — H.J. Heinz Co. says it is making its iconic ketchup bottles a bit more green. The food maker announced Wednesday that it will use Coca-Cola Co.'s plant-based plastic bottle technology for its ketchup. Coca-Cola said it is the first partnership of its kind and they hope to push the use of its plant-based material into other parts of the food industry.

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U.S. Marshals Seize $200,000 In Cheese Products

February 25, 2011 3:38 am

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal marshals have seized products at a Shelbyville cheese company that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says is rodent infested. An FDA e-mail statement Thursday said marshals seized about $200,000 worth of food products from Bedford Cheese Store Inc.

Frito-Lay Unveils Quieter Compostable SunChips Bag

February 25, 2011 3:35 am

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Frito-Lay hopes to make some big noise with a quieter version of its biodegradable SunChips bag. The company introduced a biodegradable bag for the snacks in April of 2009 with a big marketing effort to play up its environmentally friendly nature as it was made from plants and not plastic and could break down in compost.

India Allows Environmental Claims Against Coca-Cola

February 25, 2011 3:33 am

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian state has passed a law allowing residents to seek compensation from soft drink giant Coca-Cola for alleged environmental damage from a former bottling plant. Coca-Cola Co.'s Indian subsidiary, Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages, says the legislation passed Thursday by Kerala state is "devoid of facts, scientific data or any input from or consideration given to" the company.

Shoppers Find Modified Foods Unavoidable

February 25, 2011 3:30 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — You may not want to eat genetically engineered foods. Chances are, you are eating them anyway. Genetically modified plants grown from seeds engineered in labs now provide much of the food we eat. Most corn, soybean and cotton crops grown in the United States have been genetically modified to resist pesticides or insects, and corn and soy are common food ingredients.

Photo Of The Day: Swimming With 'Frankenfish'

February 25, 2011 3:17 am

(AP) — This undated 2010 handout photo provided by AquaBounty Technologies shows two same-age salmon, a genetically modified salmon, rear, and a non-genetically modified salmon, foreground. The Agriculture Department approved more genetically engineered crops in the last month, and the Food and Drug Administration could approve modified salmon for consumption in 2011.

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EU To Allow Traces Of GMO In Feed

February 23, 2011 3:48 am

BRUSSELS (AP) — A European Union committee on Tuesday approved rules that would allow the import of animal feed contaminated with small traces of genetically modified crops. The EU Commission and Parliament are expected to accept the rule by this summer, which would change the bloc's attitude toward biotech food.

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Anti-Doping Agency Wants Info On Chinese Tainted Beef

February 23, 2011 3:46 am

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency has asked China for information on the use of steroids in raising cattle after some athletes blamed their positive doping tests on tainted beef. "There seems to be some evidence that some beef in China may have been stimulated in their growth by the use of steroids," WADA director general David Howman said Tuesday.

$10M Rice Mill To Be Built In La.

February 23, 2011 3:44 am

MER ROUGE, La. (AP) — A $10 million rice mill will be built in Morehouse Parish, creating 22 jobs, Louisiana economic development officials said Tuesday. The Kennedy Rice Mill, a subsidiary of Kennedy Rice Dryers, will be the only rice mill from the Arkansas border to Interstate 10.

Colorado Seeks Repeal Of Soda Tax

February 23, 2011 3:41 am

DENVER (AP) — Coke, Pepsi and other soft drinks would get a little cheaper in Colorado under a Republican plan to repeal sales taxes on soft drinks, but the proposal faces an uphill climb against the state's budget crunch and rising obesity rate. Coloradans didn't pay the 2.9 percent sales tax on sodas until March 2010, when lawmakers looking for money and ways to confront obesity levied the tax on soft drinks and candy.

Molson Coors Agrees To NHL Sponsorship Deal

February 23, 2011 3:38 am

TORONTO (AP) — Molson Canadian is set to become the official beer of the National Hockey League. Current beer sponsor Labbatt Breweries objected, saying it has already agreed to terms on a renewal. Terms of the seven-year deal announced with Molson on Tuesday weren't disclosed. "It's a monster deal," NHL chief operating officer John Collins said in an interview.

Photo Of The Day: Mapping The Strawberry Genome

February 23, 2011 3:19 am

(AP) — Plant molecular biologist Janet Slavin holds a yellow woodland variety of strawberry that has been genome sequenced, at the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Md. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. The wild strawberry has been added to the short list of foods whose genomes have been mapped, and scientists say they hope the work will help them produce better strawberries faster than they could with traditional plant breeding.

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