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Watchdog: U.S. Should Explain Probe Of Halal Company

November 29, 2012 9:31 am | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press

A national civil rights organization called on U.S. authorities Wednesday to explain their investigation into a leading maker of food for observant Muslims, saying it is troubled by the secrecy surrounding the seizure of the company's bank account and records.

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Photo Of The Day: Sunland Shutdown

November 29, 2012 9:27 am

The FDA suspended the registration of Sunland Inc., which is the country's largest organic peanut butter processor. FDA officials found salmonella in numerous locations in Sunland's processing plant after 41 people in 20 states, most of them children, were sickened by peanut butter manufactured at the Portales, N.M., plant and sold at the Trader Joe's grocery chain.

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New Nutrition Score May Help Consumers Make Better Choices

November 28, 2012 12:31 pm

As part of an effort to help consumers better understand a food’s nutrition value, researchers at RTI International developed an algorithm that gives food an overall nutrition score that could make it easier for consumers to make healthy food choices.

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Post Reports Profit Despite Soft Sales

November 28, 2012 12:29 pm

Post Holdings Inc. on Wednesday turned a profit for its fiscal fourth quarter as the cereal maker wasn't weighed down by last year's costs for spinning off from Ralcorp and benefited from raising cereal prices. The St. Louis-based company earned $10.8 million, or 31 cents per share, for the quarter that ended Sept. 30.

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Another Pest Found In Calif. Citrus Belt

November 28, 2012 12:27 pm

Another tiny pest capable of carrying and spreading a disease deadly to citrus trees has been found in California's citrus belt. California Department of Food and Agriculture spokesman Steve Lyle says an Asian citrus psyllid was discovered near Terra Bella in Tulare County. The psyllid was identified last week on a trap in a citrus grove.

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Green Mountain 4Q Beats Expectations

November 28, 2012 12:25 pm

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.'s shares soared 22 percent in after-hours trading Tuesday after the beleaguered coffee company reported fiscal fourth-quarter results and guidance that far exceeded market expectations. The Waterbury, Vt., maker of Keurig single-serve coffee makers said that it earned $91.9 million, or 58 cents per share, for the quarter that ended Sept. 29.

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Monster Shares Soar On FDA Letter

November 28, 2012 12:23 pm

Shares of Monster Beverage Corp. soared as concerns eased about increased regulation for the energy drink maker following a letter, made public Tuesday, from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The letter, sent earlier this month, said that the FDA was studying energy drinks to see if they posed a risk when consumed by "vulnerable groups" such as young people, or in excess.

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Consumer Trends: Fighting Obesity By Eating Together

November 28, 2012 12:16 pm

We appear to be eating much more food, far more frequently, and mostly alone, than at any previous point in American history.  The physical act of eating together, or commensality, can serve to regulate food portioning and food consumption. Besides the calorie control factor, commensality also promotes other healthy practices.

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Natural Foods Company To Expand In Md.

November 28, 2012 9:47 am

Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Tuesday that Protenergy Natural Foods plans to add up to 100 new full-time jobs by April 2013 and hire another 27 employees over the next five years as it increases production capacity to meet growing demands for its soups, broths and sauces.

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Study Linking HFCS To Diabetes Faces Criticism

November 28, 2012 9:45 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

A new study released Tuesday from the University of Southern California and Oxford suggests that diabetes occurs more frequently in countries with large amounts of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in their food supplies. According to the study, type 2 diabetes occurred 20 percent more often in nations which commonly use HFCS in food.

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Judge Leaves ‘Pink Slime’ Case Over ABC Ties

November 28, 2012 9:33 am

A federal judge has recused himself from presiding over a $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC because his daughter-in-law works as a producer on one of the network's morning shows. Judge Lawrence L. Piersol recused himself from hearing the defamation lawsuit because his daughter-in-law works as a producer on "Good Morning America."

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ConAgra And Ralcorp Ratings Reviewed After Deal

November 28, 2012 9:31 am

Fitch Ratings downgraded its ratings on ConAgra Foods and two other rating agencies are reviewing their assessment of ConAgra and Ralcorp, following the food company's announcement Tuesday that it plans to buy private-label food producer Ralcorp for $5 billion.

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Frozen Foods Owner Sentenced In USDA Scam

November 28, 2012 9:29 am

A 47-year-old business owner from northern Georgia was sentenced to 12 months and one day in federal prison for defrauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Mushtaq "Mike" Mistry, of Lawrenceville, submitted about $300,000 worth of false claims to the USDA.

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Photo Of The Day: Frosty The Cake Pop

November 28, 2012 9:25 am

Cake pops are one of the most popular forms of dessert at parties and gatherings this season. Angie "Bakerella" Dudley created this exclusive recipe — Bakerella's Snowman Cake Pops — in partnership with Betty Crocker for the 2012 Red Hot Holiday Trends.

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Tennessee Selected For Food Safety Center

November 27, 2012 12:40 pm

The University of Tennessee and the state Department of Health are partnering to develop training to improve responses to food-borne illnesses and outbreaks in Tennessee and across the country. The Food Safety Modernization Act directed the CDC to create five Integrated Food Safety Centers of Excellence at state health departments across the country.

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Economist: U.S. Corn Dominance Fading

November 27, 2012 12:38 pm

A Purdue University agricultural economist says America's role as the world's corn export king is on the decline. Purdue's Philip Abbott says that prior to a 2007-08 spike in commodity prices, the U.S. exported well over half of the corn that entered international markets.

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Lobster Experts Gather For Maine Symposium

November 27, 2012 12:36 pm | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

Top lobster scientists are meeting to look at fundamental changes that have affected lobsters in recent years after a summer that featured a potentially record-breaking haul in Maine and Canada and a crash in wholesale prices. The Maine Sea Grant program at the University of Maine is hosting the conference in Portland beginning Tuesday.

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Consumer Reports: Harmful Bacteria Found In Pork

November 27, 2012 12:34 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

Consumer Reports says it has found high rates of bacteria in its testing and analysis of pork chop and ground-pork samples from six U.S. cities. Especially high rates of yersinia, a bacterium that can cause food poisoning, were found, with the bacterium being detected in 69 percent of the 198 pork samples tested.

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Halal Food Supplier Investigated For False Labeling

November 27, 2012 12:24 pm

The maker of a popular brand of food for observant Muslims says in court documents that it is facing a potentially crippling investigation into whether it falsely labeled meat products as being processed in compliance with Islamic law. Midamar Corp. says that investigators seized its bank account and records under search warrants executed at the Cedar Rapids firm last month.

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Consumer Trends: Holiday Baking Ideas

November 27, 2012 12:22 pm

Whether it's baking cookies for a neighborhood cookie share or a sweet treat to enjoy after wrapping gifts, the McCormick Kitchens are helping home bakers get "Cookie Inspired" by infusing seasonal signature favorites with inspirational new twists.

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