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UPDATE: At Least 1 Dead In Tainted Cheese Outbreak

September 13, 2012 9:42 am

U.S. health officials say imported Italian ricotta cheese tainted with listeria bacteria is linked to 14 illnesses including at least one death.The ricotta salata cheese distributed by Forever Cheese Inc. of New York is linked to illnesses in 11 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Dog Food Recalled For Salmonella Risk

September 12, 2012 12:47 pm

 Breeder’s Choice Pet Food is recalling a single manufacturing batch of Breeder's Choice AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula due to possible contamination with salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. 

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USDA Lowers Corn Yield Forecast

September 12, 2012 12:44 pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has slightly lowered its forecast for the nation's drought-damaged corn crop, from 123 bushels per acre last month to 122.8 bushels per acre in this month's report. That yield would be the lowest since 1995.

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McDonald’s To Post Calorie Counts On Menus

September 12, 2012 12:42 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's restaurants in the U.S. will soon get a new menu addition: The number of calories in the chain's burgers and fries. The world's biggest hamburger chain said Wednesday that it will post calorie information on restaurant and drive-thru menus nationwide starting Monday.

Rice Farmers Challenge TransCanada’s Land Rights

September 12, 2012 12:41 pm

A group of Texas rice farmers is challenging a Canadian company's right to condemn land to build a pipeline to carry crude from Alberta to the Gulf Coast. The Texas Rice Land Partners will appear before a judge in Beaumont on Wednesday.

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Iowa Egg Farm Manager To Plead Guilty To Bribery

September 12, 2012 12:39 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press

A federal prosecutor says a manager at the Iowa egg farms linked to a 2010 nationwide salmonella outbreak will plead guilty to trying to bribe a USDA inspector to allow the sale of unsafe eggs. Tony Wasmund is charged with conspiring to bribe a public official.

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Consumer Trends: Canada’s Beef Industry At Tipping Point

September 12, 2012 12:36 pm

A new study released by CAPI, the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute, indicates that Canada's beef industry is at a profound tipping point and corrective action is needed if it is going to deliver maximum benefits to producers and industry stakeholders and deliver on its potential of being a reliable contributor to a protein hungry world.

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PepsiCo President Leaving After Less Than A Year

September 12, 2012 9:52 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

PepsiCo Inc. said Tuesday that its president is leaving after less than a year on the job, indicating a CEO succession may not be coming any time soon. The Purchase, N.Y., company said John Compton's departure is effective immediately. After joining the soda and snack food giant about 30 years ago, Compton had been named to the newly created position of president in March.

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McDonald’s Bounces Back In August

September 12, 2012 9:50 am | by CANDICE CHOI and MICHELLE CHAPMAN,AP Business Writers

McDonald's said a key sales figure climbed 3.7 percent in August, as the fast-food chain emphasized the value of its menu offerings amid the challenging global economy. The world's biggest hamburger chain said Tuesday that its breakfast menu and value items pushed up sales by 3 percent in the U.S.

Preliminary Isaac Crop Damage Estimate $100M

September 12, 2012 9:48 am | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY,Associated Press

Good weather over the next several weeks could do a lot to reduce a preliminary estimate of $100 million in Louisiana crop damage from Hurricane Isaac, LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry said Tuesday. Of course, bad weather would do the opposite.

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Dorner President & CEO Dies In Accident

September 12, 2012 9:46 am

We are sad to report that PMMI Board of Directors member Rich Ryan, president & CEO of Dorner Mfg., was fatally injured in a motorcycle accident near the border of Idaho and Washington, on Saturday, Sept. 8. He was 59. Rich began his career with Dorner in October 2005 as its COO. He became President & CEO this past June. 

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Photo Of The Day: Coke Finds Its Way To Myanmar

September 12, 2012 9:36 am

For the first time in more than 60 years, The Coca-Cola Company has made a delivery of Coca-Cola to local customers in Yangon, Myanmar. This milestone marks the next step in the company’s long-term commitment to generating lasting positive impact by bringing its global brands to Myanmar, also known as Burma, as the country opens up to the world.

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Coca-Cola Sold In Myanmar For First Time In 60 Years

September 11, 2012 3:36 pm

U.S. beverage giant Coca-Cola Co. has begun selling its flagship drink Coca-Cola in Myanmar for the first time in about 60 years, the company said Monday. The move follows easing of economic sanctions by the United States and European countries in response to the Myanmar government's democratization efforts in recent years.

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Seneca Foods Founder Donates $20M To Cornell

September 11, 2012 12:42 pm

Arthur Walcott, founder of the nation's largest processor of fruits and vegetables, has donated $20 million to Cornell University to help the Ivy League school attract student-athletes. Wolcott is chairman of Seneca Foods Corp., based in Marion in western New York. He founded the company two months after graduating from Cornell.

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Wash. Liquor Sales Pick Up In July

September 11, 2012 12:39 pm

Washington liquor sales picked back up in July, the second month people were able to buy liquor in Washington grocery stores and other markets. Sales were up 15.4 percent compared with July 2011. State officials attribute the jump in sales to consumers, as well as bars and restaurants, buying again in July after skipping some purchases in June.

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Dairy Industry Comments On Romney Milk Fees

September 11, 2012 12:37 pm

The International Dairy Foods Association today responded to Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer's concern that the Republican nominee for President, Mitt Romney, raised milk fees.  IDFA shares concerns about industry fees and cautioned that a new Farm Bill proposal would both raise fees and increase domestic milk prices.

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Ranchers Cope With Herd Losses From Isaac’s Floods

September 11, 2012 12:32 pm | by CAIN BURDEAU,Associated Press

In August, the ranchlands spreading over the boot of Louisiana were dotted with hundreds of cows and calves grazing on a smorgasbord of tall marsh grasses. But Hurricane Isaac took all that away, turning some of the best cattle country on the Mississippi River delta into brackish, foul-smelling floodwater stretching for miles.

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USDA Resumes Buying Meat From Calif. Slaughterhouse

September 11, 2012 12:30 pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is buying meat again from a Central California slaughterhouse that's been at the center of an animal cruelty investigation. A statement the USDA issued Monday says that Central Valley Meat Co.'s improved oversight for animal welfare prompted the government to reinstate purchases for federal feeding programs.

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Consumer Trends: Parents Support GMO Labeling

September 11, 2012 12:28 pm

A vast majority of American parents want the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require labeling for foods that have been genetically engineered or contain genetically engineered (GE) ingredients, according to newly released results from a national poll conducted by the Just Label It (JLI) coalition.

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Organic Dairy To Pay $7.5M In Marketing Settlement

September 11, 2012 9:41 am

Aurora Dairy has agreed to pay plaintiffs in a class-action consumer fraud lawsuit $7.5 million to end litigation involving fraudulent marketing claims concerning organic milk. Aurora and its major customers, supermarket chains selling private-label organic milk, were accused of misrepresenting the authenticity of their products.

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