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Groups Push for More Humane Poultry Slaughter

March 31, 2014 11:46 am | by FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press

Animal welfare groups and lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to improve the treatment of poultry at slaughterhouses, citing statistics that show hundreds of thousands of chickens being accidentally dropped alive into scalding tanks every year.

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Chicago Company Recalls Herring Products

March 31, 2014 10:25 am

Vita Food Products, Inc. of Chicago is recalling 2,280 individual plastic jars of 12-ounce Elf Herring Fillets in Wine Sauce that actually contain herring fillets in sour cream. The recalled products include milk not declared on the label.

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Ind. Fish Farm Expansion Approved Despite Complaints

March 31, 2014 10:19 am

An Indiana county approved Bell Aquaculture's plans to build a feed mill as part of a $30 million expansion supporters say will help turn the area into an aquaculture hub. The approval came despite neighbors' complaints about the stench produced by the farm's fish feces lagoon.

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Greek Bakers, Milk Producers Oppose Trade Reform

March 31, 2014 10:14 am | by DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated Press

Greek associations of bakers and milk farmers expressed angry opposition to plans to overhaul trading rules, fearing they will wipe out independent stores and producers — as unions and opposition parties readied new anti-austerity protests.

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Saputo to Close Maryland Cheese Plant

March 31, 2014 10:12 am

Canadian cheesemaker Saputo Inc. says it is closing its plant in Hancock, Md., eliminating 60 jobs in a tiny town that has lost three other big manufacturers in the last decade. Saputo also will close plants in Wisconsin and Canada's Alberta province.

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Canadian Chicken Producer Convicted of Animal Cruelty

March 31, 2014 10:03 am | by Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press

Maple Lodge Farms, one of Canada's biggest chicken producers, will have to spend at least $1 million over three years to ensure compliance with federal rules after an Ontario judge convicted the company of causing undue suffering to the birds.

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Photos of the Day: Farmers Cautious About 'Big Data'

March 31, 2014 9:50 am

Large seed companies are harnessing "big data" to provide farmers with guidance on how to get the most from their fields, but some farmers are concerned this information could be hacked or exploited by corporations or government agencies.

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La. Lawmakers Give Wine Ice Cream Sales the Cold Shoulder

March 28, 2014 12:42 pm | by MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press

Efforts to add wine-infused ice cream to supermarket shelves got a frosty reception Thursday from Louisiana lawmakers, who were confounded by how to shelve and sell pints of Cherry Merlot and Red Raspberry Chardonnay sold by Mercer's Dairy of New York.

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Appeals Court Approves COOL Meat Labeling

March 28, 2014 12:38 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

A federal appeals court is allowing labels on meat products that indicate where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule took effect last year and requires labels on steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat.

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McDonald’s Heats Up Breakfast War with Free Coffee

March 28, 2014 12:34 pm

McDonald's is offering free coffee to its customers for a limited time as competition for the breakfast crowd intensifies. Participating U.S. locations will offer small cups of McCafe coffee at no charge during breakfast hours from March 31 through April 13.

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Century-Old Entenmann’s Bakery to Shut Down

March 28, 2014 12:32 pm

Entenmann's bakery on Long Island is closing its Bay Shore facility this summer after more than a century in business. Entenmann's parent company Bimbo Bakeries USA announced on Thursday that production is being shifted to other plants.

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USDA OKs Marin Sun Farms Takeover of Rancho Feeding Corp.

March 28, 2014 12:27 pm

The USDA has certified Marin Sun Farms to take over Rancho Feeding Corp., a shuttered slaughterhouse that was at the center of a major beef recall. Rancho Feeding last month recalled all 8.7 million pounds of beef processed at the facility in 2013.

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U.S. Gov’t Charges Kellogg with Labor Violations

March 28, 2014 12:13 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

The National Labor Relations Board on Thursday charged the Kellogg Company with multiple violations of the National Labor Relations Act. The charges stem from a lockout of approximately 225 workers at the company’s Memphis, Tenn., cereal production plant.

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NLRB Files Complaint Against Kellogg over Memphis Lockout

March 28, 2014 12:11 pm

The U.S. government on March 27 charged the Kellogg Company with multiple and serious violations of federal law stemming from its October 22, 2013 lockout of more than 220 workers at the company's Memphis, Tenn., cereal production facility.

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Consumer Trends: Functional Foods Drive Dairy Market

March 28, 2014 12:00 pm

According to the report published by MarketsandMarkets, the dairy ingredients market was valued at $42.2 billion in 2013 and is estimated to grow. In 2013, Europe led the global market with the largest share, followed by North America and Asia-Pacific in terms of market value.

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McCormick Considers Move from Maryland Headquarters

March 28, 2014 9:51 am

Spice maker McCormick & Co. is considering moving its world headquarters from Sparks, Md., where it employs several hundred people. Spokeswoman Lori Robinson said Wednesday that the company is in the preliminary stages of considering a possible move.

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CDC Chronicles 40 Years of Salmonella

March 28, 2014 9:47 am

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released an online report featuring 40 years of data on salmonella, the top foodborne cause of hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S. The CDC estimates salmonella causes more than 1.2 million illnesses each year in the country.

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Sunland Dumps a Million Jars of Peanut Butter into NM Landfill

March 28, 2014 9:42 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press

Nearly a million jars of peanut butter are being dumped at a New Mexico landfill to expedite the sale of bankrupt peanut-processing plant Sunland Inc. Bankruptcy trustee Clarke Coll said he had no other choice after Costco Wholesale refused to take shipment of the product.

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Judge Won’t Dismiss ‘Pink Slime’ Defamation Suit Against ABC

March 28, 2014 9:39 am

A South Dakota judge on Thursday refused to toss a defamation lawsuit against ABC related to its coverage of a meat product called lean, finely textured beef, which critics have dubbed "pink slime." Beef Products Inc. sued the network in 2012 seeking $1.2 billion in damages.

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Photos of the Day: UN Provides Food to Drought-Ravaged Haiti

March 28, 2014 9:35 am

Drought is hitting one of the hungriest, most desolate parts of Haiti, the most impoverished nation in the hemisphere. The situation has alarmed the U.N. World Food Program, which sent workers this week to pass out bulgur wheat, cooking oil and salt.

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