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Consumer Spending Rises On Higher Incomes

March 1, 2012 11:58 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer

Consumers earned a little more in January and spent most of the extra money. The gains should keep the economy growing at a modest pace.

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Connecticut Moves Closer To Allowing Sunday Alcohol Sales

March 1, 2012 11:55 am | by SUSAN HAIGH,Associated Press

Connecticut moved closer Tuesday to allowing retail alcohol sales on Sundays, a step that would bring it in line with neighboring states by ending a ban that dates to Prohibition.

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Tyson Nebraska Plant Improvements May Doom Iowa Plant

March 1, 2012 11:52 am

Tyson Foods Inc. says major improvements at its Dakota City beef plant in northeast Nebraska could lead to the closure of a smaller beef plant in Denison, Iowa.

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Consumer Trends: Food Preservatives Market Worth $2.5B By 2016

March 1, 2012 11:47 am

Globalization, world trade, merging consumer tendencies and choices, growing concerns regarding food safety and quality are some of the key factors driving the food preservatives market.

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Jamaica Cracks Down On Farm Thieves

March 1, 2012 10:19 am | by DAVID McFADDEN,Associated Press

Jamaica's government announced a campaign Tuesday to crack down on the longtime problem of thieves stealing livestock and crops from ranches and farms across the Caribbean island.

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Pork Checkoff Advances 2012 Pork Industry Research

March 1, 2012 10:16 am

The National Pork Board's six producer-led science and technology committees recently met in Dallas, Texas, to make decisions on how to advance pork producers' research priorities. Many of the committees reviewed research proposals to select projects that the Pork Checkoff would fund in 2012. In all, the groups reviewed more than 100 proposals, ultimately selecting those that would be of greatest benefit to the overall industry.

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FTC Reviewing 'Blackout In A Can'

March 1, 2012 10:10 am | by JENNIFER C. KERR,Associated Press

A carbonated brew guzzled on college campuses is the focus of an intense write-in campaign urging federal regulators to take some buzz out of a sweet alcoholic drink sometimes referred to as "blackout in a can."

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General Mills Buys Snack Maker

March 1, 2012 10:06 am

General Mills Inc. announced Wednesday that it is buying the natural snack foods company Food Should Taste Good for an undisclosed amount.

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Iowa Bans Undercover Farm Filming

March 1, 2012 10:02 am | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

Animal welfare groups reacted with outrage Wednesday after the Iowa Legislature made the state the first to approve a bill making it a crime to surreptitiously get into a farming operation to record video of animal abuse.

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Photo Of The Day: FTC Reviews Four Loko

March 1, 2012 9:58 am

The Federal Trade Commission is looking at a wave of complaints about the popular fruit-flavored malt liquor Four Loko. Under review: the amount of alcohol in the brightly colored, supersized cans and how they are marketed.

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Lawsuit Over Israeli Food Products Dismissed

February 29, 2012 1:15 pm

A lawsuit against a food co-op that decided to stop carrying products from Israel was thrown out Monday, with a judge saying the boycott was protected free speech that was lawfully enacted by the co-op's board.

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No Radiation Detected In Japanese Milk

February 29, 2012 1:11 pm

The Japan Dairy Industry Association said Wednesday its 116 member companies have detected no radioactive cesium in their 131 milk products in their tests following the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident.

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FDA Funds Sprout Safety Alliance At Institute For Food Safety And Health

February 29, 2012 1:07 pm

Illinois Institute of Technology's Institute for Food Safety and Health will coordinate the Sprout Safety Alliance designed to assist sprout growers and producers in identifying and implementing best practices in the safe production of sprouts.

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W. Va. Looks To Create Deer Farms

February 29, 2012 1:02 pm | by AMANDA IACONE,Associated Press

Deer would be treated as livestock and farm-raised venison would be sold to groceries and restaurants under a bill advancing through West Virginia's Legislature.

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Man Pleads Guilty In Pillsbury Murder

February 29, 2012 12:59 pm

A southern Indiana man has pleaded guilty to murder in the August 2009 shooting of a Pillsbury plant co-worker after allegedly crashing his car through the plant's security gate.

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Consumer Trends: New Apple Variety Popular With Shoppers

February 29, 2012 12:51 pm

Production of the Lady Alice apple has increased every year since its introduction just three years ago, as its appeal with consumers has taken off.

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Americans More Confident About Economy

February 29, 2012 10:09 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO,AP Retail Writer

A widely watched barometer of consumer confidence surged in February to its highest level in a year as Americans took note of improving job prospects among friends and family and falling unemployment, which is now at a three-year low.

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Court Dismisses Lawsuit By Organic Growers Against Monsanto

February 29, 2012 10:06 am

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has officially dismissed a lawsuit brought by The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) and dozens of other plaintiff growers and organizations against Monsanto Company.

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Officials Ban Chicken Slaughter Art

February 29, 2012 10:02 am

Officials have banned an artist from publicly slaughtering chickens in eastern Kansas, saying the proposed art installation would amount to animal cruelty.

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Campaign For Baltimore Bottle Tax Sparks Debate

February 29, 2012 10:01 am

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is calling for an increased bottle tax to help fund renovations of crumbling schools. The mayor kicked off her campaign Monday for the bottle tax. Under her bill, the tax would increase from 2 cents to 5 cents in July 2013. That would generate about $10 million in revenue.

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