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Maine Considers Helping Lobster Industry

March 1, 2013 12:34 pm | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

Lawmakers are looking to boost Maine's troubled lobster industry with proposals that would pump more money into marketing the state's signature seafood and offer tax breaks to encourage more lobster processing. The moves follow last year's chaotic fishing season that saw a lobster glut, a crash in wholesale prices and tensions boil over.


Chances of a Horsemeat Scandal in U.S. Are Slim

March 1, 2013 12:32 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

The horsemeat scandal hitting Europe has yet to spread to the United States, allowing American consumers to rest easier when buying ground beef. The United States has rigorous meat inspections and horsemeat isn't readily available.  So, while it's certainly possible that small amounts of hidden horse meat have made their way into the United States, it's unlikely to become a larger problem.


Spill at UK Plant Sends Scotch into Sewer

March 1, 2013 12:30 pm

A massive spill at a Chivas plant has sent the smell of spirits flowing through a Scottish sewer and sorrow coursing through the hearts of Scotch whisky fans. Chivas Brothers Ltd. spokeswoman Jennifer Stevenson says the group is investigating what she described as an "accidental loss" of spirit at the company's bottling plant in Dumbarton, Scotland on Feb. 26.


Iowa Meatpacking Town Fears Impact of Budget Cuts

March 1, 2013 12:29 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press

Automatic federal budget reductions set to take effect Friday could fall like a meat ax on the small Iowa town of Columbus Junction, where a sprawling Tyson Foods hog processing plant dominates the economy. The White House has warned that 6,300 meat and poultry plants could slow production or temporarily shut down under the across-the-board cuts, which may force USDA to furlough meat inspectors for up to 15 days through Sept. 30.


Taco Bell Drawn into Horsemeat Scandal

March 1, 2013 12:24 pm | by RAPHAEL SATTER,Associated Press

Taco Bell has become the latest restaurant chain to acknowledge that its beef has been adulterated with horse meat, yanking an unspecified number of products from its three British outlets and issuing a statement saying sorry to its patrons Friday. Meanwhile, in Iceland, a food official said his team had found a beef product which contained no meat at all.


Consumer Trends: Embracing Innovation

March 1, 2013 12:00 pm

After decades of steady and predictable market conditions, iconic food and beverage leaders are struggling to adapt to a new, innovation-dependent era of growth, according to a new report from Hartman Strategy, an innovation and strategy consultancy serving major food and beverage companies.


Daily Sound Bite: Food Safety in Peril

March 1, 2013 11:36 am

The FDA joins the USDA in expressing concerns about how the looming so-called sequestration budget cuts will impact food safety. The FDA estimated the cuts will force the agency to reduce inspectors by 2,100, even as the Food Safety Modernization Act requires the agency to increase total inspections year-over-year.


Monster Beverage Expands Energy Drink Sales

March 1, 2013 9:50 am

Shares of Monster Beverage Corp. advanced Thursday after the company said its profit rose 5 percent in the fourth quarter, despite the bad publicity surrounding the caffeine content in its energy drinks. Monster said after the market closed Wednesday that its net income increased to $68 million, or 39 cents per share, from $64.5 million, or 35 cents per share, a year earlier.


Hostess Picks Grupo Bimbo to Buy Beefsteak Bread

March 1, 2013 9:48 am

Hostess is choosing Mexico's Grupo Bimbo as the buyer for its Beefsteak bread brand. Hostess said a $31.9 million bid by the maker of Entenmann's cakes beat out another offer by Flowers Foods, which makes Tastykakes and Nature's Own bread. Beefsteak is a regional rye bread available in some states.


Chefs Whip Up Tobacco Cuisine at Cigar Festival

March 1, 2013 9:46 am | by PETER ORSI,Associated Press

Tobacco: It's what's for dinner. A team of Croatian chefs whipped up a pungent meal Thursday, infusing the flavor of the tobacco leaf synonymous with Cuba into baked stone bass filets, bread and butter, a rich demi-glace sauce, even ice cream.


4 Charged in Salmonella Outbreak Plead Innocent

March 1, 2013 9:44 am | by JAMES L. ROSICA and KATE BRUMBACK,Associated Press

Four people charged in connection with a 2009 salmonella outbreak in peanuts that killed nine and sickened hundreds pleaded not guilty Thursday to all charges. Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell, his food broker brother Michael Parnell, Georgia plant manager Samuel Lightsey and Georgia plant quality assurance manager Mary Wilkerson entered their pleas in a south Georgia federal court.


FDA Commissioner: Budget Cuts Risk Food Safety

March 1, 2013 9:42 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

Fewer food safety inspections and an increased risk to consumers will result from the lack of a new 2013 budget from Congress and the upcoming across-the-board spending cuts, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said Thursday.


Photo of the Day: Cooking with Tobacco

March 1, 2013 9:38 am

A chef breaks cigar leaves into a measuring instrument as he prepares a dessert seasoning during a cooking event at the 15th Cigar Festival in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. A team of Croatian chefs whipped up a pungent meal Thursday, infusing the flavor of the tobacco leaf synonymous with Cuba into baked stone bass filets, bread and butter, a rich demi-glace sauce, even ice cream.


Daily Sound Bite: Hostess Sale Leaves Union Uneasy

February 28, 2013 12:39 pm

The sale of Wonder bread by the now bankrupt Hostess to Flowers Foods may save the iconic lunchtime brand, but the future of the employees is still uncertain. The union objected to the sale in court filings, noting that Flowers Foods has not agreed to preserve any jobs.


EU Ministers Back Ban on Fish Discards

February 28, 2013 12:10 pm | by DON MELVIN,Associated Press

Officials from the 27 European Union countries proposed Wednesday a phased-in ban on the discarding of unwanted fish by fishing vessels, but environmentalists immediately condemned the measure as too weak. Dead and dying fish are often thrown overboard if they do not meet quotas or fishermen's preferences, creating a huge waste of for the ecosystem and business alike.


Plastic Pieces Found in Recalled Bread

February 28, 2013 12:07 pm

Fred Meyer has recalled five types of private label wheat bread after discovering pieces of plastic in loaves delivered to stores in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The Oregonian reports the bread was also sold in QFC stores in Oregon and Washington. They all featured March 8 sell-by date.


AB InBev Forecasts Weak Sales

February 28, 2013 12:05 pm | by TOBY STERLING,Associated Press

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, the world's largest brewer, said Wednesday that profit fell 4.9 percent in the fourth quarter due to higher financing costs, and it forecast weak first quarter sales volumes in the United States and Brazil. The maker of Budweiser, Bud Light, Stella Artois and Beck's said net profit was $1.76 billion (€1.35 billion), down from $1.85 billion in the same period a year ago.


Court: Anti-Whaling Protestors Are ‘Pirates’

February 28, 2013 12:03 pm | by PAUL ELIAS,Associated Press

Their supporters call them heroes. The Japanese government calls them terrorists. Earlier this week, the United States' largest federal court labeled them pirates. In doing so, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals castigated Paul Watson and members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society he founded for the tactics used in their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the dangerous waters of Antarctica.


Poland Finds Horse DNA in Beef Samples

February 28, 2013 12:01 pm

One of Poland's top veterinarians said Thursday that traces of horse-meat DNA have been found in beef samples taken from three meat processors — the first acknowledgement that the country could be a source of the horse meat that fraudulently ended up in processed meat products sold as beef across Europe.


Consumer Trends: Canadians' Definition of 'Healthy' Evolves

February 28, 2013 12:00 pm

Consumers are becoming increasingly health-conscious, but their perceptions of what is considered healthy eating at restaurants are also changing. Contemporary definitions of health are strongly associated with local, natural, organic and sustainable food and drink.



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