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Lab Warned Egg Company Of Salmonella In Hens

June 4, 2012 12:51 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press

An Iowa State University scientist found evidence that sick hens at farms owned by an Iowa egg producer were "almost certainly" laying eggs contaminated with salmonella months before one of the nation's largest outbreaks of food-borne illness came to light, newly released records show.

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Midwest Farms Buried In Sand After Flooding

June 4, 2012 12:48 pm | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press

Hundreds of farmers are still struggling to remove sand and fill holes gouged by the Missouri River, which swelled with rain and snowmelt, overflowed its banks and damaged thousands of acres along its 2,341-mile route from Montana through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri. The worst damage and the largest sand deposits were in Iowa and Nebraska.

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Company Considers New Site For Mo. Horse Slaughter Plant

June 4, 2012 12:43 pm

A Wyoming company that processes horse meat for human consumption is considering opening a plant in western Missouri after cost considerations and local opposition stalled plans for another location in the state.

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Dairy Recalls Whipping Cream

June 4, 2012 9:57 am

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is advising consumers to avoid a specific whipping-cream product after routine sampling found that it hadn't been properly pasteurized.

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Judge Won’t Move Hershey School's HIV Discrimination Case

June 4, 2012 9:55 am

A federal judge says an HIV discrimination case involving a boy who says he was refused admission to a boarding school connected with the Hershey candy company will stay in Philadelphia.

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Federal Bill Would Give Hens More Room To Roam

June 4, 2012 9:53 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

The effort to increase cage sizes for the 270 million laying hens in the U.S. is a compromise bill working its way through Congress supported by the Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers, the industry's largest advocacy group.

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PepsiCo's Snack Subsidiary Attacked Again

June 4, 2012 9:51 am

Assailants in western Mexico burned another delivery truck of a PepsiCo-owned Mexican snack company, shortly after a drug cartel claimed responsibility for last week's arson attacks against the company, police said Friday.

Jury Awards $181M To 3 Hurt In Grain Elevator Blast

June 4, 2012 9:49 am | by JIM SUHR,AP Business Writer

A federal jury sided against ConAgra Foods Inc. and a subcontractor Friday in awarding roughly $181 million in damages to three workers severely injured in a 2010 explosion at a southern Illinois grain elevator.

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Photo Of The Day: Room To Move

June 4, 2012 9:47 am

The animal welfare group that gave laying hens more room in California is working to increase cage sizes nationally with an unlikely ally — the biggest opponent to the state's successful 2008 voter initiative regulating the conditions for egg production.

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NFRA Celebrates June Dairy Month With 'Ice Age' Promotion

June 1, 2012 1:00 pm

Consumers can expect “mammoth” promotions in the refrigerated dairy aisles this June as NFRA celebrates the 10th annual June Dairy Month with a tie-in to Fox’s theater release of Ice Age: Continental Drift on July 13, 2012. This year’s theme, Dairy Keeps Your Herd Healthy, tells shoppers that a healthy lifestyle for the whole family can begin in the dairy aisle.

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Flowers Foods Buying Lepage Bakeries For $370M

June 1, 2012 12:57 pm

Flowers Foods Inc., which makes Nature's Own bread, Tastykake treats and other baked goods, said Thursday that it has agreed to buy Lepage Bakeries Inc. for $370 million in cash and stock, expanding its presence in New England and New York.

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McDonald's Outlines Pork Pen Plan

June 1, 2012 12:55 pm

McDonald's Corp. said Thursday that its U.S. pork producers will work over the next 10 years to phase out the use of crates to confine sows when they're pregnant.

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The World Reacts To NYC Soda Ban

June 1, 2012 12:54 pm | by CASSANDRA VINOGRAD,Associated Press

Around the world, portion sizes are generally smaller. Perceptions of American overconsumption have been fueled by films such as "Super Size Me" and the spread of U.S. fast-food chains. So while many global citizens reacted with a mix of incredulity, awe and disgust when confronted with some of the sizes of sugary drinks sold stateside, others were less surprised.

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Drug Cartel Accuses Snack Company Of Spying

June 1, 2012 12:50 pm

Banners signed by a cult-like Mexican drug gang say that cartel members launched firebombing attacks on a PepsiCo. subsidiary because they believe the snack company let law-enforcement agents use its trucks for surveillance.

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Consumer Trends: Summer’s Best Frozen Treats

June 1, 2012 12:41 pm

When it comes to taste, offerings from 365 Everyday Value, Haagen-Dazs, Dove, and Walgreens led the pack in Consumer Reports latest tests of strawberry fruit bars, ice cream bars and sandwiches.

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Soda Ban Another Blow For Beverage Industry

June 1, 2012 10:09 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Bloomberg's proposal Thursday that the city prohibit restaurants, delis and movie theaters from serving large cups of sodas and other sugary drinks is a bitter twist for companies that make beverages like Coke, Dr Pepper and Pepsi. The ban, which would be the first of its kind in the nation, comes at a time when soda consumption has been declining.

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Fair Trade Purists Oppose Including Big Farms

June 1, 2012 10:04 am | by DAVE GRAM,Associated Press

After a quarter-century working to improve the lives of farmers in places like Latin America and Africa, the fair trade movement is at a crossroads. Will it expand its mission to include bigger players and a larger share of the markets in coffee, cocoa, bananas and other products? Or will it stay with its original purpose, empowering small farmers, often working through cooperatives, with higher prices for their crops and more clout in setting international trade practices?

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'Made In Israel' Not A Simple Statement

June 1, 2012 10:00 am | by JOSEF FEDERMAN,Associated Press

Recent criticism, coming most prominently from South Africa, is putting Israel in a bind over the muddle it has created in the West Bank: Despite 45 years of control and a massive and costly effort to settle it with Jews, Israel has never annexed the territory — and the Palestinians claim it for a future state.

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Hundreds Of Salmonella Cases Tied To Mail-Order Chicks

June 1, 2012 9:58 am | by MIKE STOBBE,AP Medical Writer

Those cute mail-order chicks that wind up in children's Easter baskets and backyard farms have been linked to more than 300 cases of salmonella in the U.S. — mostly in youngsters — since 2004.

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Kellogg Completes $2.7B Purchase Of Pringles

June 1, 2012 9:55 am

Kellogg, which gets most of its revenue from North America, is hoping the acquisition can help it expand into a global snacking company. Pringles, known for iconic tube packaging, are sold in more than 140 countries and produce two-thirds of their annual revenue overseas.

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