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FDA Halts Reopening Of Sunland Plant

November 27, 2012 9:32 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on a New Mexico peanut butter plant that had repeated food safety violations over several years, using new authority to halt operations at facilities that may be producing unsafe food. The agency on Monday suspended the registration of Sunland Inc., which is the country's largest organic peanut butter processor.


Photo Of The Day: A Juicy Tradition

November 27, 2012 9:30 am

Slicing through the center of each apple is important, because worms sometimes enter the blossom end, leaving no telltale signs on the outside of the apple. The worm tracks and blemishes must be cut out of the apples before they can be turned into cider.


Cherry Tomatoes Recalled For Salmonella

November 26, 2012 12:37 pm

A central Iowa fruit and vegetable distributor is recalling several lots of cherry tomatoes after the grower notified the distributor that Salmonella was found in random sample testing by the Food and Drug Administration. Capital City Fruit Inc., of Norwalk says the recalled cherry tomatoes from Rio Queen Citrus are packaged in one-pint containers as Capital Brand Clamshell Cherry Tomatoes.


Alaska Workshop Explores Smoking And Salting Fish

November 26, 2012 12:35 pm | by NICOLE KLAUSS,Kodiak Daily Mirror

Eagle River resident Zach Shlosar loves smoking fish for fun and is considering turning it into a business. To find out whether or not it is something he wants to pursue commercially, he spent three days this month at a fish smoking and salting workshop hosted by the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center.


Arkansas Plant To Produce Edamame

November 26, 2012 12:33 pm | by JOHN MAGSAM,Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A processing plant is moving Arkansas one step closer to becoming the first state in the nation to commercially produce edamame, a popular food in Asia that's seeing increasing U.S. demand. Edamame — green soybean pods or seeds — are usually steamed or served cold as a side dish or in salads and soups.


Coca-Cola To Invest $30M In Tajikistan

November 26, 2012 12:31 pm

Tajikistan says a Coca-Cola bottling company plans to invest $30 million on beginning production in this Central Asian nation. The country's investment committee said Friday an agreement was reached on a memorandum of understanding at a meeting this week.


Peanut Butter Plant To Reopen

November 26, 2012 12:29 pm

The New Mexico peanut butter company that was shuttered after a salmonella outbreak is scheduled to resume peanut processing on Tuesday. Sunland Inc. spokeswoman Katalin Coburn says officials are eager to begin shelling and processing this year's crop, which is about 98 percent harvested.


Consumer Trends: Hot For The Holidays

November 26, 2012 12:27 pm

The Betty 10: Red Hot Holiday Trends spotlight the year’s hottest food trends, each with a delicious new recipe that adds a fresh twist to the holiday festivities. Whether food lovers are entertaining guests at home or bringing must-have treats to a party, Betty Crocker is helping them this holiday season with ideas and recipes inspired by today’s hottest trends.


Black Friday Ale Lives Up To Its Name

November 26, 2012 9:52 am

One Milwaukee brewery is getting in on the Black Friday action. Lakefront Brewery created Black Friday Imperial India Style Black Ale and even trademarked the name. Brewery President Russ Klisch says there were 150 people lined up by 8 a.m., with one guy claiming he arrived just after bar time.


Canadian Meat Plant Suspended Over Food Safety Concerns

November 26, 2012 9:50 am | by The Canadian Press

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has suspended the license of an Edmonton meat-processing plant over concerns for food safety. The decision involving Capital Packers Inc. came Thursday. The CFIA says adequate controls for food safety "are not being reliably implemented in the facility on a consistent basis."


Drought Worsens After Weeks Of Improvement

November 26, 2012 9:48 am | by JIM SUHR,AP Business Writer

The worst U.S. drought in decades has deepened again after more than a month of encouraging reports of slowly improving conditions, a drought-tracking consortium said Wednesday, as scientists struggled for an explanation other than a simple lack of rain.


Hostess Begins Liquidation Process, Fires 18,500 Workers

November 26, 2012 9:47 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Twinkies, Ho Hos and Wonder Bread are up for sale now that a bankruptcy judge cleared the way for Hostess Brands Inc. to fire its 18,500 workers and wind down its operations. A last-ditch effort to end a strike with Hostess' bakers union failed and Judge Robert Drain on Wednesday approved the company's request to shut down its business and sell the pieces to the highest bidder.


Three Dead From Poisonous Mushrooms In Calif.

November 26, 2012 9:44 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

A third person has died from eating poisonous mushrooms at a California senior care facility where a caretaker found the fungus in the backyard and used it to make soup, authorities said Wednesday. The 90-year-old man died on Saturday. The Placer County Sheriff's Office identified him as Frank Warren Blodgett.


Photo Of The Day: Winter Warmers

November 26, 2012 9:42 am

Santa’s not the only one making a list this year. Displaying the spirit, passion and imagination of America’s small and independent brewers, — the beer lover-oriented site of the Brewers Association (BA) — released its own list of winter seasonal craft beers, produced by BA members.


Heinz Rolls Out Jalapeno Ketchup

November 21, 2012 10:20 am

This Cyber Monday, Heinz® Ketchup is giving its more than 1 million Facebook fans in the U.S. a hot holiday offer with the chance to purchase its newest limited edition flavor, Heinz Tomato Ketchup Blended with Real Jalapeño, before it hits retail store shelves. To celebrate “12 Days of Jalapeño Ketchup,” fans can purchase the product exclusively through Facebook from November 26 to December 7.

USDA Releases Tips For Safe Thanksgiving

November 21, 2012 10:17 am

The holiday season is famous for its hustle and bustle, and all of that merriment would not be possible without the hard work of party hosts. This Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is sharing tips that can take one worry off your plate: foodborne illness.


Judge Rejects Farmer’s Claim Over Rice Quality

November 21, 2012 10:12 am

An Arkansas farmer who claimed a supplier sold him inferior rice seed in 2009 was ordered Tuesday to pay for it anyway, according to the company that sued him. RiceTec Inc. of Houston had sued Scott Meredith of Delaplaine, saying he hadn't paid for rice seed he planted three years ago.


Turkey: Main Course Or Animal Companion?

November 21, 2012 10:11 am | by SUE MANNING,Associated Press

According to the industry group National Turkey Federation, more than 46 million of the big birds will be served as Thanksgiving dinner this year. Just a few hundred will get to experience the holiday as a pet, said turkey rescue Farm Sanctuary.


Hostess Unable To Reach Deal With Baker’s Union

November 21, 2012 10:07 am | by The Associated Press

Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of Twinkies and other snake cakes, said late Tuesday that it failed to reach an agreement with its second-biggest union. As a result, Hostess plans to continue with a hearing on Wednesday in which a bankruptcy court judge in White Plains, New York, will decide if the company can shutter its operations.


Consumer Trends: Consumers Support Nutritional Disclosure At Restaurants

November 21, 2012 10:02 am

In a recently completed survey of restaurant user attitudes, Technomic found that 65 percent favor nutritional labeling in restaurants, with the strongest demand for listing of calories and sodium content. Seventy percent of consumers say they care that chain restaurants disclose calorie and other nutritional information on their menus.



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