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Maine Egg Farm Workers May Lose Union Rights

March 23, 2012 12:59 pm

A bill to eliminate the right of workers at the former DeCoster egg farms in western Maine to unionize is working its way through the Legislature.

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Texas Plant Recalls Ton Of Sausage For Listeria

March 23, 2012 12:57 pm

Southside Market & Barbeque in Texas has recalled more than a ton of ready-to-eat sausage products due to possible listeria contamination.

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Judge: FDA Must Act Against Antibiotic Use In Livestock

March 23, 2012 12:54 pm

A federal court judge has ordered the Food and Drug Administration to take action on its own 35-year-old rule that would stop farmers from mixing antibiotics into animal feed, a practice which has led to dangerous, drug-resistant bacteria.

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Consumer Trends: Local More Important Than Organic, Shoppers Say

March 23, 2012 12:47 pm

It seems like just yesterday natural/organic was the hot ticket, but local is quickly becoming a consumer favorite, as locally-sourced products are becoming more popular at grocery stores and restaurants alike.

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U.S. Intel Warns Of Water Wars

March 23, 2012 10:02 am | by MATTHEW LEE,Associated Press

Drought, floods and a lack of fresh water may cause significant global instability and conflict in the coming decades, as developing countries scramble to meet demand from exploding populations while dealing with the effects of climate change, U.S. intelligence agencies said in a report Thursday.

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Beekeepers Want Pesticide Banned

March 23, 2012 9:59 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA,Associated Press

Commercial beekeepers and environmental organizations filed a petition Wednesday, asking federal regulators to suspend use of a pesticide they say harms honeybees.

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Home Brewers Look To Change Prohibition-Era Laws

March 23, 2012 9:56 am | by BARBARA RODRIGUEZ,Associated Press

Although the old rules have rarely been enforced, beer enthusiasts fear they could criminalize the rapidly growing hobby and kill scores of annual tasting events that bring tourists to small towns and cities.

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Starbucks Plans Growth Through Other Stores

March 23, 2012 9:54 am | by MAE ANDERSON,AP Retail Writer

At its annual meeting in Seattle, Wash., on Wednesday, the coffee giant outlined growth plans that include selling more consumer products — including its Via instant coffee, single-serve coffee packets, coffee machines, new energy drinks and juices — through other stores.

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Kroger, Stop & Shop The Latest To Drop 'Pink Slime'

March 23, 2012 9:51 am | by MAE ANDERSON,AP Retail Writer

Supermarket chains Kroger Co. and Stop & Shop said Thursday they will join the growing list of store chains that will no longer sell beef that includes an additive with the unappetizing moniker "pink slime."

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Photo Of The Day: Beer Brouhaha

March 23, 2012 9:46 am

An explosion of interest in home beer brewing is forcing lawmakers across the country to review long-forgotten alcohol laws, some of which date back to Prohibition.

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ConAgra 3Q Profit Climbs

March 22, 2012 1:25 pm

Like many food companies, the owner of brands such as Banquet, Marie Callender's and Healthy Choice is dealing with higher costs for ingredients, packaging and fuel and has raised its prices to help offset those increases.

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UN: Egypt's Foot-And-Mouth Disease Could Spread

March 22, 2012 1:23 pm

A U.N. agency is warning that an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Egypt could spread and threaten livestock in North Africa and the Middle East, leading to possible food shortages.

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Conn. Backs Labels For GM Food

March 22, 2012 1:22 pm | by STEPHEN SINGER,Associated Press

Connecticut took the first step requiring producers to label genetically modified food Wednesday, as a legislative committee overwhelmingly backed a measure promoted as giving consumers more information while avoiding the debate over health concerns.

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Strawberry Pesticide Pulled From U.S.

March 22, 2012 1:20 pm | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA,Associated Press

A pesticide used primarily in the strawberry industry is being pulled from the U.S. market by its Japanese manufacturer, a surprising move that comes after harsh criticism from environmentalists and farmworkers who claim the chemical is toxic and may cause cancer.

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Pork Producers: Consumers Will Pay For Spacious Pens

March 22, 2012 1:18 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI,Associated Press

As pork producers build new barns and retrofit old ones to give hogs more space, they say consumers opposed to keeping pregnant sows in tight cages can expect to pay for their clearer consciences with higher food prices.

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Consumer Trends: Americans Open To Purchasing Wine From Various Countries

March 22, 2012 1:13 pm

While wine drinking is not linked as closely to American dining and culture as it is with that of some European nations, most Americans buy and drink wine — only 38% say they never buy a bottle of wine. 

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McDonald's CEO To Retire

March 22, 2012 10:22 am

McDonald's Corp. said Wednesday that Chief Executive Officer Jim Skinner will retire later this year, handing over the responsibility of running the world's largest burger chain to the company's president.

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Store Brands Move To Premium Shelves

March 22, 2012 10:20 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Once stigmatized as a second-rate alternative, store brands are taking on their name-brand counterparts with splashier packaging and a growing number of organic, all-natural and higher-end products.

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Bagel Guru Murray Lender Dies

March 22, 2012 10:18 am | by DAVE COLLINS,Associated Press

Lender's father, Harry Lender, founded Lender's Bagels in New Haven in 1927. After Harry Lender died in 1960, his sons Murray and Sam ran the company and oversaw its expansion. Lender's Bagels was sold to Kraft Foods in 1984. It's now owned by Pinnacle Foods Group.

Starbucks Opening Georgia Plant

March 22, 2012 10:15 am

Starbucks is building a new plant in Georgia that will make its Via instant coffee and ingredients for Frappucinos sold both in Starbucks outlets and in grocery stores.

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