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Farmers Get Creative in Ways to Defraud Federal Insurance Programs

March 9, 2015 12:00 pm | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press

The latest case involves two brothers from North Dakota accused of using various techniques to destroy their potatoes, such as adding septic tank chemicals and bringing in a portable heater to turn their warehouse into a spud sauna.

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Food Groups Call on Congress to Reject Fees in Obama Budget

March 9, 2015 11:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Nearly 60 food production groups called on Congress to reject millions in proposed registration and inspection fees included in President Obama's latest budget.

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Vermont Farms Use Cell Phones to Monitor Storage Conditions

March 9, 2015 10:05 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

For years, growers would have to walk into coolers or other storage spots to check the temperature and humidity. Now, some small-scale vegetable producers in Vermont are gaining access to remote monitoring by using their cell phones to provide updates.

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CFIA Says There is 'No Safety Concern' Over Alberta Mad Cow Disease

March 9, 2015 9:30 am | by John Cotter, The Canadian Press

Canada's chief veterinary officer says some cattle associated with the investigation into a case of mad cow disease in Alberta were slaughtered over the last few years and entered the human food chain.

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Girl Scouts Open Cookie Drive-Thru

March 9, 2015 9:10 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

If you're looking to satisfy your sweet tooth in a hurry, this just might be a dream come true. A Girl Scouts troop out of Salem, New Hampshire has found a way to boost its cookie sales: a drive-thru option.

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Arizona Meat Distributor Recalls 50K Pounds of Pork, Beef

March 9, 2015 8:45 am | by Associated Press

The USDA said that Premiere Distribution Center in Nogales is recalling more than 22,000 pounds of frozen bulk pork and more than 28,000 beef products.

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McDonald's Global Sales Decline in February

March 9, 2015 8:20 am | by Associated Press

The world's biggest hamburger chain has been struggling with disappointed sales amid shifting tastes and intensifying competition, including places that position themselves as more wholesome alternatives. 

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Bars, Restaurants Top February Job Gains

March 9, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Bars and restaurants added an estimated 59,000 jobs last month to lead all sectors tracked by the U.S. Labor Department. Officials said those numbers reflected increased consumer spending at dining establishments.

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Introducing the Food Quality Alliance: A Total Management Solution

March 6, 2015 3:35 pm | by Global ID Group

How would you like to have an all-in-one source for food safety testing, training and certification services, including GFSI, organic, kosher, gluten-free and non-GMO?

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Idaho Bans Booze at '50 Shades' Showings

March 6, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press

The Idaho State Police's Alcohol Beverage Control has contacted at least two theaters showing the popular R-rated flick, ordering them to comply with a law banning businesses from serving booze to people watching sexually explicit films.

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Amazon, Others Sued Over Teen's Caffeine-Powder Death

March 6, 2015 1:10 pm | by MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press

Amazon.com and caffeine powder distributors didn't provide proper warnings about the supplement's dangers, resulting in the death of an Ohio high school student last year, the teen's father said in a lawsuit filed Friday.

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Report: Reshoring to Boost Industrial Construction in 2015

March 6, 2015 12:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Construction research firm CMD expects starts of industrial construction projects to increase 7.8 percent this year due in large part to reshoring efforts by U.S. manufacturers.

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Wisconsin Poised to Join Right-to-Work States

March 6, 2015 12:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Wisconsin is just days away from joining the ranks of the nation's right-to-work states following a marathon legislative session that concluded Friday morning.

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Maine Fishermen Set Record $585M Haul in 2014

March 6, 2015 10:08 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

Maine's fishermen hauled in a huge catch worth a state record $585 million last year, buoyed by an unprecedented surge in the value of the state's beloved lobsters.

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Rockers Hall & Oates Sue Makers of Haulin' Oats Granola

March 6, 2015 9:10 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Hall and Oates are saying "no can do" to a granola-maker's Haulin' Oates cereal. The pop-rock duo has sued Brooklyn-based Early Bird Foods & Co. in federal court, accusing the company of violating trademark protections with its "phonetic play" on their names.

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Seafood Producers Affected By 2011 Quake Slow to Recover Sales

March 6, 2015 8:45 am | by Associated Press

A poll of Japanese processed seafood producers affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami showed Friday that only 40 percent have seen sales recover to 80 percent or more of pre-disaster levels.

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Serious Strain of Bird Flu Found in Minn. Turkey Flock

March 6, 2015 8:35 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

A strain of bird flu that's deadly to poultry has been found in a Minnesota commercial turkey flock but the risk to humans is low, state and federal officials announced Thursday.

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Local Meat in High Demand; Butcher Profession Dwindling

March 6, 2015 8:10 am | by SCOTT McFETRIDGE, Associated Press

Demand for locally produced beef is surging as never before, but the butchers who for generations have prepared and sold meat to customers and markets are a dwindling profession. Thousands of butchers are approaching retirement age across the country.

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Breakfast Morphs Into On-the-Go With Popularity of Snack Bars

March 5, 2015 3:35 pm | by Packaged Facts

No bowl or milk necessary for the modern American breakfast. The most important meal of the day in the U.S. is shifting away from the familiar snap, crackle, and pop of cold breakfast cereals to embrace the convenient goodness packed into the food industry's increasing array of nutritional and cereal bars.

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FDA Study Finds Little Evidence of Antibiotics in Milk

March 5, 2015 2:50 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

In an encouraging development for consumers worried about antibiotics in their milk, a new Food and Drug Administration study showed little evidence of drug contamination after surveying almost 2,000 dairy farms.

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