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Barbecue Chain Enters Hog Processing Business

May 31, 2012 1:11 pm | by ROY L. WILLIAMS,The Birmingham News

The chain co-founded in 1985 by Jim Pihakis and his son, Nick Pihakis, in mid-July is opening a pork processing facility in Eva, 60 miles north of Birmingham. The plant will process hogs raised by farmers Jim 'N Nick's is recruiting as partners, said Nick Pihakis, who has run the company since his father passed in 2000.

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Robotic System Automates Poultry Deboning Process

May 31, 2012 1:09 pm | by Rick Robinson

Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute have developed a prototype system that uses advanced imaging technology and a robotic cutting arm to automatically debone chicken and other poultry products.

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NYC: Slim Down The Soda To Fight Obesity

May 31, 2012 1:03 pm | by SAMANTHA GROSS,Associated Press

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks in the city's restaurants, delis and movie theaters in the hopes of combating obesity — an expansion of his administration's efforts to encourage healthy behavior by limiting residents' choices.

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Ky. Residents Sue Distillers Over Whiskey Fungus

May 31, 2012 1:01 pm | by BRETT BARROUQUERE,Associated Press

A group of Louisville residents is suing three distillers claiming ethanol emissions produced by making booze has caused a black, soot-like growth known as whiskey fungus to bloom on cars and houses.

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Consumer Trends: Teenagers Have No Time For Mealtime

May 31, 2012 12:59 pm

Teenagers up and down the country are skipping meals because they just don’t have the time to eat, reports a new survey on behalf of Lean on Turkey carried out by Opinion Matters.

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Wal-Mart To Spell Out Expansion Plans

May 31, 2012 10:14 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO,AP Retail Writer

Wal-Mart executives are expected to detail how the world's largest retailer plans to turn around its Brazil and China operations and report on its expansion efforts in Canada at an annual pep rally Wednesday for its international workers.

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Pepsi Launching Twitter Effort

May 31, 2012 10:12 am

PepsiCo Inc. is lifting the curtain on its music partnership with Twitter, saying it plans to offer its followers chances to win free downloadable songs through the social media site starting Wednesday and that it will stream video of live concerts this summer.

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FDA Rejects New Name For HFCS

May 31, 2012 10:08 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday rejected the Corn Refiners Association's bid to rename its sweetening agent "corn sugar." Given the sweetener's bad reputation in recent years, the association submitted an application to the agency in 2010 to have the product renamed on nutrition labels. But the FDA said that it defines sugar as a solid, dried and crystallized food — not a syrup.

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USDA Exanding E. Coli Testing In Meat

May 31, 2012 10:03 am | by SAM HANANEL,Associated Press

The government is expanding E. coli testing in some raw meat, a move expected to prevent more people from contracting the bacteria that can cause severe illness or death. Starting Monday, the meat industry will have to test beef trimmings for six new strains of E. coli that have been linked to a growing number of illnesses.

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Lawsuits Slam 'Natural' Food Claims

May 31, 2012 10:00 am | by JESSICA GRESKO,Associated Press

Over the past several years, a number of major national brands have been attacked for what consumers have called deceptive labeling. Tostidos, SunChips, Snapple and Ben & Jerry's ice cream have all faced similar attacks.

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Photo Of The Day: FDA Rejects 'Corn Sugar'

May 31, 2012 9:58 am

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 rejected the Corn Refiners Association's bid to rename its sweetening agent "corn sugar." The FDA said that it defines sugar as a solid, dried and crystallized food — not a syrup.

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Sanderson Farms Returns To Profit In 2Q

May 30, 2012 12:56 pm

Sanderson Farms Inc. returned to a profit in its fiscal second quarter on higher revenue, lower feed costs and improved market conditions.

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Wash. Opens Up Liquor Sales; Prices Expected To Rise

May 30, 2012 12:53 pm | by SHANNON DININNY,Associated Press

Washington state residents might want to stock up on tequila and rum if margaritas or mojitos are on their summer menu, because prices are likely going up at many retailers this week — and prices are just one of several big changes in store when Washington state abandons its long-held place in the liquor business.

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Foie Gras Feeding Frenzy Grows As Ban Nears

May 30, 2012 12:51 pm | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

Chefs are loading their high-end menus with duck liver: terrine de foie gras, seared foie gras with mango chutney, foie gras salad and sweet foie gras for dessert. And they are keeping secret the locations of their multi-course dinners to avoid protesters as a July 1 ban looms in California, the only state to outlaw foie gras.

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USDA: Pesticides Pose No Risk To Food Supply

May 30, 2012 12:47 pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has posted data from the 2010 Pesticide Data Program (PDP) Annual Summary. The 2010 PDP report confirms that food does not pose a safety concern based upon pesticide residues.

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Video Draws Animal Cruelty Charges

May 30, 2012 12:43 pm | by GILLIAN FLACCUS,Associated Press

Prosecutors have filed animal cruelty charges against the owner and seven employees at a Southern California livestock auction house after undercover video shot by an animal rights group showed workers kicking, hitting and tossing the animals as they were readied for sale.

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Consumer Trends: A ‘Seductive’ Approach To Dining Healthy

May 30, 2012 12:38 pm

Unilever Food Solutions' latest World Menu Report titled "Seductive Nutrition" finds that U.S. restaurant guests want the choice of eating healthier when dining out, but those good intentions do not always translate into action.

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UK Drops Proposed Tax On Savories

May 30, 2012 10:09 am | by DAVID STRINGER,Associated Press

Britain's government has cooled on its plan to impose a new sales tax on hot savory snacks, such as the humble Cornish pasty and sausage roll, after being criticized for unfairly attacking the poor.

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Maine Lobster Licensing Under Review

May 30, 2012 10:05 am | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

Scott Beede is one of 302 people on the waiting list for a Maine lobster license. By his calculations he'll be nearly 80 years old — or dead — by the time his wait is over. Beede, 50, says the state's 15-year-old licensing system needs an overhaul to give newcomers like him a fair shot at getting a license to fish their own traps in Maine's lobster-rich waters.

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Idaho: Five Wives Vodka Offensive To Mormon Residents

May 30, 2012 10:02 am | by JOHN MILLER and PAUL FOY, Associated Press

The middle-shelf vodka is made by Ogden's Own Distillery in Utah, where the Mormon church is based. Its label carries the name and an image of five women, an apparent reference to polygamy, a practice abandoned by the church more than a century ago.

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