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Consumer Trends: Canadians Increasingly Positive Toward Food, Farmers

September 18, 2012 11:44 am

Canadians continue to have an increasingly positive impression of Canadian agriculture, with 88% of those polled ranking it positive or neutral, up from 81% in 2009 and 75% in 2006. That's one of the key findings from the new 2012 Farm and Food Care "Canadian Attitudes Study towards Food and Farming" study.

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Protecting Against Hantavirus

September 18, 2012 9:51 am

With the recent outbreak and deaths due to the Hantavirus at Yosemite National Park, it is important for food service plants to take extra precautions against deer mice, the main carrier of the virus. Deer mice are fairly common around facilities in Illinois and across the Midwest and, if infected, can release the Hantavirus in their droppings and urine.

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Panera Franchisee Settles Discrimination Suit

September 18, 2012 9:45 am | by JOE MANDAK,Associated Press

An Ohio franchisee who runs several western Pennsylvania Panera Bread stores has agreed to pay more than $76,000 to settle discrimination claims by current and former black employees. Chief U.S. District Judge Gary Lancaster told attorneys for Guy Vines, the black worker, and the company he sued, Warren, Ohio-based Covelli Enterprises, to advertise the settlement in newspapers in the states where Covelli operates Panera stores.

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McNoodles To Be Launched In Austria

September 18, 2012 9:42 am

McDonald's is introducing noodle dishes this week at its restaurants in Austria. The "McNoodles" comes with vegetables and salad, chicken pieces and either sweet and sour or curry sauce. They'll be available for a limited time starting Thursday.

Itocho Buys Dole Businesses For $1.7B

September 18, 2012 9:41 am

Japanese trading company Itochu Corp. said Tuesday it has agreed to buy Dole Food Co.'s worldwide packaged foods and Asia fresh produce businesses for $1.7 billion. Dole's packaged foods business includes products ranging from canned and frozen fruit to bagged salads — product lines that fit with Itochu's ambitions to become the biggest food distributor in the increasingly affluent Asian market.

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Judge Grants $33M Default Against Spice Company

September 18, 2012 9:39 am | by MICHELLE R. SMITH,Associated Press

A federal judge on Monday granted a $33 million default judgment against a New York-based spice company involved in a nationwide salami recall in 2010 after it failed to respond to a lawsuit brought by a Rhode Island-based meat company.

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Photo Of The Day: McNoodles

September 18, 2012 9:37 am

McDonald’s Corp. plans to introduce its “McNoodles” in Austria for a limited time, starting Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. The company offers regional options in various parts of the world and says Asian noodles are popular in the country.

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Recalled Chicken May Contain Plastic Pieces

September 17, 2012 12:35 pm

Serenade Foods, Inc., a Milford, Ind., establishment, is recalling approximately 2,250 pounds of crunchy chicken strip products that may contain foreign materials, fragments of plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

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Canadian Ground Beef Recalled In E. Coli Scare

September 17, 2012 12:31 pm | by The Canadian Press

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning against the consumption of several brands of ground beef from XL Foods of Alberta because of possible E.coli contamination. The beef was sold under the Kirkland Signature, Safeway and Calahoo Meats brands in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C.

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Expert Warns Of Ear Rot In Corn

September 17, 2012 12:29 pm

A Purdue Extension plant pathologist says the drought and extreme heat this summer have created conditions prime for a condition known as Aspergillus ear rot to develop in corn. Kiersten Wise says there is no cornfield without some potential for developing the fungus.

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California Cantaloupes Could Be Tainted

September 17, 2012 12:27 pm

A California company is voluntarily recalling cantaloupes in several states, including Colorado, because of possible salmonella contamination. Fresno-based DFI Marketing Inc. issued the recall as a precaution after salmonella was found on a single sample of cantaloupe during routine testing.

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CDC: Kids Eat Too Much Salt

September 17, 2012 12:26 pm | by LINDSEY TANNER,AP Medical Writer

American children eat as much salt as adults — about 1,000 milligrams too much, or the same amount as in just one Big Mac. Extra salt is linked with higher blood pressure, even in kids, but government research says those who are overweight and obese may be most vulnerable to its effects.

Consumer Trends: Organic Continues To Grow

September 17, 2012 12:24 pm

The recent Stanford University study that concluded organic foods were no more nutritious than their conventionally-produced equivalents is unlikely to deter consumers from purchasing organics, according to findings from a soon-to-be-released new report by The Hartman Group.

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Minn. Ag Dept. Wins Food Safety Grant

September 17, 2012 9:45 am

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is getting federal help to more quickly trace contaminated food to grocery stores and other distribution points. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration grants of $600,000 over three years will help the agriculture department quickly remove any contaminated food or recalled products from the marketplace.

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Roll Maker Values History, Looks To Future

September 17, 2012 9:43 am | by BRAD HARPER,Montgomery Advertiser

Historic preservation is a cause that's close to the heart of Patricia Barnes, founder of Sister Schubert's Homemade Rolls. Her belief in its tenets also could be one of the reasons for the company's success. "If you don't know where you came from, how in the world are you going to know where you're going?" Barnes said.

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Czech Bans Spirit Sales In Wake Of Poisonings

September 17, 2012 9:41 am | by KAREL JANICEK,Associated Press

The Czech Republic has taken an unprecedented emergency measure and banned the sale of spirits with more than 20 percent alcohol content as it battles a wave of methanol poisonings that has already killed 19 people. Health Minister Leos Heger said Friday the ban was effective immediately and applies nationwide.

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Teamsters Approve Contract With Hostess

September 17, 2012 9:39 am

Workers belonging to Hostess Brands' biggest union on Friday narrowly approved new contract terms, raising the possibility that the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread will stay in business. But another group of employees rejected the contract terms that Hostess says are needed for it to survive.

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FDA Detains Imports Of Mexican Mangoes

September 17, 2012 9:37 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration is detaining mango imports from a Mexican packing house after the company's mangoes were linked to salmonella illnesses in 15 states. The FDA announced the import alert Friday against Agricola Daniella, a mango supplier with multiple plantations and a single packing house located in Sinaloa, Mexico.

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Photo Of The Day: Man Arrested For Deadly Tainted Liquor

September 17, 2012 9:34 am

A policeman leads a man accused in the case of illegal alcohol to the court in Zlin, Czech Republic. His arrest is in connection with the latest police discovery. Around 500 bottles and several barrels of illicit booze were found in a garage in the eastern city of Zlin on Thursday. Eighteen people have recently died after drinking liquor tainted with methanol in the Czech Republic.

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Breweries Are Hopping In UK

September 14, 2012 12:57 pm

The Campaign for Real Ale said Thursday that on average three new breweries have opened every week in the United Kingdom in the past 12 months, pushing the total to 1,009, the highest number in more than 70 years and twice as many as a decade ago.

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