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Taco Bell Goes Upscale

June 6, 2012 12:43 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER,Associated Press

Taco Bell said it plans an early July rollout of a menu addition created by celebrity chef Lorena Garcia for its nearly 5,600 U.S. restaurants. New items feature such ingredients as black beans, cilantro rice, citrus- and herb-marinated chicken and cilantro dressing.

Brewery Granted Access To Hot Springs

June 6, 2012 12:39 pm

The National Park Service announced in March that it's negotiating a long-term lease for the Superior Bathhouse with Vapor Valley Spirits. The company hopes to use Hot Springs' thermal waters to brew beer and non-alcoholic drinks.

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13,200 Pounds Of Pork Recalled

June 6, 2012 12:36 pm

BaLe Meat Processing and Wholesale, Inc., a Chicago, Ill., establishment is recalling approximately 13,200 pounds of various raw and ready-to-eat pork roll products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen, wheat, which is not declared on the label.

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Lawsuit Threatened Over Idaho Ban Of Five Wives Vokda

June 6, 2012 12:33 pm | by JESSICA GRESKO,Associated Press

Idaho officials may face a sobering lawsuit over their ban on a vodka that makes a cheeky reference to polygamy, a Washington law professor says.

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Consumer Trends: Education Programs Impact Salty Food Purchase Decisions

June 6, 2012 12:30 pm

A new study suggests that education campaigns about the effects of excessive sodium intake work: Consumers – both hypertensive and non-hypertensive – will modify their purchase intentions if they are given this information.

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Report: Majority Of Food Jobs Don't Provide Sustainable Wages

June 6, 2012 9:59 am

According to the new report, there are some good jobs in the food system (13.5% of workers surveyed earn livable wages), but the vast majority are incredibly low-wage, with little or no access to paid sick days and health benefits, with dire consequences for consumers.

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Judge: FDA Should Act On Animal Antibiotics

June 6, 2012 9:51 am | by LARRY NEUMEISTER,Associated Press

A federal judge has ordered the Food and Drug Administration to evaluate the safety risks to human health associated with the widespread use of antibiotics in food-producing animals, saying the agency has done "shockingly little" since proposing in the 1970s to order a substantial reduction in the use of antibiotics in animal feed.

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D-Day Looms In Cuban-U.S. Rum Trademark War

June 6, 2012 9:45 am | by PETER ORSI,Associated Press

By mid-June, Cuba could lose all chance of pressing its legal claims against Bacardi, which distributes a limited quantity of its own Havana Club rum in Florida and says it plans to expand to other states in the near future.

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First Lady Toes Line On Drink Ban

June 6, 2012 9:43 am | by NANCY BENAC,Associated Press

First lady Michelle Obama says banning big servings of sugary drinks isn't anything she'd want to do at the federal level, but she offered some kind words Tuesday for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's effort to do just that. She later issued a statement backing away from taking a stand on New York's controversial proposed ban.

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American Crystal, Union Returning To Bargaining Table

June 6, 2012 9:40 am | by DAVE KOLPACK,Associated Press

Locked-out union workers at American Crystal Sugar Co. are in the middle of a 200-mile trek to the negotiating table, and the company says it could be a long walk for a short meeting.

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Photo Of The Day: Rum Wars

June 6, 2012 9:37 am

Time and again U.S. courts have ruled against Cuba in its fight to control the U.S. rights to the trademark Havana Club, the island's flagship rum brand which is sold in more than 120 countries around the world, but not in the United States.

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Calif. Vineyard Quarantines Partially Lifted

June 5, 2012 1:12 pm | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

Two years of testing and trapping have shown that an invasive species that led to vineyard quarantines across Northern California and threatened the state's wine industry has been eradicated in four of the affected counties, federal officials say.

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FDA Recalls South Korean Shellfish

June 5, 2012 1:09 pm

On Friday, May 25, 2012, at the end of the business day, the FDA issued a Constituent Update on shellfish from Korea. This update supplemented an announcement released on May 18th, clarifying that canned product (now in addition to fresh and frozen shellfish from Korea) was considered adulterated. The Constituent Update includes the statement that no U.S. illnesses from the consumption of Korean shellfish have been reported in 2012.

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Half Of New Yorkers Oppose Drink Restrictions

June 5, 2012 1:06 pm | by SAMANTHA GROSS,Associated Press

About half of New Yorkers say Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban of sugary drinks over 16 ounces from the city's eateries is an example of government going too far, while 42 percent say it would be good health policy, according to a poll released Monday.

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Sara Lee Names Meat Company

June 5, 2012 1:05 pm

Food company Sara Lee Corp., which is splitting into two businesses later this month, says it is naming its North America company Hillshire Brands Co.

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Disney Bans Junk-Food Ads From Kid Shows

June 5, 2012 1:02 pm | by CANDICE CHOI and J.M. HIRSCH,Associated Press

Disney says its programming will no longer be sponsored by junk food. The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday that it will become the first major media company in the U.S. to ban such ads for its TV channels, radio stations and websites intended for children.

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Consumer Trends: Low-Calorie Sweeteners Deemed Safe

June 5, 2012 12:58 pm

Consumers can safely enjoy a range of sweeteners, both full-calorie and low-calorie ones, as part of a healthy diet guided by current nutrition recommendations, according to a newly updated position paper by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association).

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Starbucks Buys Bakery Chain For $100M

June 5, 2012 9:54 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Starbucks Corp. is looking to offer a more tempting menu, with a $100 million cash deal to buy a small bakery chain.

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Settlement Close In Jensen Farms Lawsuits

June 5, 2012 9:50 am | by DAN ELLIOTT,Associated Press

Lawyers involved in lawsuits against a Colorado farm identified as the source of a deadly listeria outbreak last fall said Monday they were close to a settlement in the case.

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Schools Opt Out Of ‘Pink Slime’

June 5, 2012 9:46 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The nation's school districts are turning up their noses at "pink slime," the beef product that caused a public uproar earlier this year. Only three states — Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota — chose to order beef that may contain the filler.

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