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UN Limits Melamine In Baby Formula

July 5, 2012 9:47 am

A U.N. commission has set a recommended limit on the amount of melamine allowed in liquid infant formula after a 2008 scandal in China in which six babies died from drinking formula and milk products containing the industrial chemical.

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British Court Rules Against Anheuser-Busch

July 5, 2012 9:46 am

State-owned Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar NP says a British court has rejected Anheuser-Busch's request to have Budvar's Budweiser trademark declared invalid, in the latest ruling in a long legal battle over the brand name.

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Chestnut Downs 68 Hot Dogs To Claim Title

July 5, 2012 9:44 am | by COLLEEN LONG,Associated Press

Joey Chestnut won his sixth straight Fourth of July hot dog-eating contest at Coney Island, downing 68 dogs and buns on Wednesday to tie his personal best in a sweaty, gag-inducing spectacle.

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UN: Food Prices Down Again

July 5, 2012 9:43 am

A U.N. agency says world food prices have dropped in June for a third straight month to their lowest level in nearly two years but that dry weather in recent weeks could cause a spike.

Consumers Asked To Pay More To Save Dairy Farms

July 5, 2012 9:41 am | by LISA RATHKE,Associated Press

Keep Local Farms is designed to raise money for struggling New England dairy farms while educating consumers about those family businesses. The program urges colleges, universities and other institutions in New England to charge a little more for milk, with the extra money going to farmers in the region.

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Photo Of The Day: Hot Dog Champion

July 5, 2012 9:37 am

Five-time reigning champion Joey Chestnut celebrated after he won his sixth straight Coney Island hot dog eating contest on Wednesday at Coney Island.

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Feds Declare Disaster Over Damaged Fruit Crops

July 3, 2012 12:34 pm | by JOHN FLESHER,Associated Press

The federal government Monday declared Michigan a disaster area because of damage to fruit crops from erratic spring weather, making growers eligible to seek low-interest loans.

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Budvar Ends Distribution Deal With Anheuser-Busch

July 3, 2012 12:32 pm

State-owned Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar NP says it is terminating a distribution deal with its U.S. archrival Anheuser-Busch.

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China Fishermen Sue ConocoPhillips Over Spills

July 3, 2012 12:31 pm | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press

A group of 30 fishermen from China sued ConocoPhillips in U.S. federal court on Monday, claiming their livelihoods have been greatly impacted by two oil spills last year from the company's offshore drilling operations in northeastern China.

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UPDATE: Brewery To Appeal In Suit Over Beer Name

July 3, 2012 12:30 pm

A Maryland brewery says it plans to appeal a federal judge's decision that Michigan liquor commissioners are immune to a lawsuit over a beer with a name that's offensive to some people.

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Grape Grower To Pay $350K In Harassment Case

July 3, 2012 12:29 pm

One of the country's largest grape growers will pay $350,000 and make changes in company procedures to settle a federal sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit.

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U.S. Manufacturing Shrinks For First Time In 3 Years

July 3, 2012 12:23 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

U.S. manufacturing shrank in June for the first time in nearly three years, adding to signs that economic growth is weakening.

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Brewery Loses Lawsuit Over Offensive Label

July 3, 2012 9:47 am

A judge says Michigan liquor commissioners are immune to a lawsuit over a beer with a name that's offensive to some people.

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Subway To Offer Zero-Calorie Vitaminwater

July 3, 2012 9:45 am

Subway will begin offering zero-calorie Vitaminwater in August as consumers increasingly reach for less sugary drinks to wash down sandwiches and other foods.

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Overabundance Means Cheap Lobster Prices

July 3, 2012 9:42 am | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

A glut has driven down lobster prices in Maine — bringing cheer to lobster-loving consumers at the start of the state's tourist season but gloom among lobstermen.

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Ranchers, Lawmakers Protest EPA Flyover Inspections

July 3, 2012 9:39 am | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

Midwest ranchers have never been enamored with environmental regulators, but they really began to complain after learning that federal inspectors were flying over their land to look for problems.

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Pedigree Dog Food May Contain Plastic Pieces

July 3, 2012 9:34 am

Today, Mars Petcare US announced a voluntary recall of a limited range of three varieties of PEDIGREE® weight management canned dog food products due to a potential choking risk.

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Photo Of The Day: Lobsters Cheaper Than Bologna

July 3, 2012 9:30 am

Many stores are selling the king of seafood for under $5 a pound, making it cheaper than bologna by weight.

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Mich. Regulators Consider Changes To Liquor Laws

July 2, 2012 12:59 pm | by KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN,Associated Press

New state rules that would allow craft brewers in Michigan to have off-premise tasting rooms and provide free samples are among sweeping changes to liquor control rules being sent to Gov. Rick Snyder.

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Dole Recalls More Salad Due To Listeria

July 2, 2012 12:58 pm

Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling 2,598 cases of bagged salad due to possible Listeria contamination.

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