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Colo. Governor To Sign 'Cottage Foods' Bill

March 6, 2012 12:47 pm

A "cottage foods" measure to allow home cooks to sell prepared foods commercially is headed to the desk of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

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Cupcake ATM Dangerous For Dieters

March 6, 2012 12:44 pm | by RAQUEL MARIA DILLON,Associated Press

Sprinkles, the Beverly Hills bakery that helped inspire the craze for sweet frosting in snack-size portions, will launch a cupcake dispensing machine at its flagship store. Founder and owner Candace Nelson said her company is rolling out the first high-tech vending machine on Tuesday, with three more in the works for New York City by the summer.

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Mass. Overhauls Manufacturing Regulations

March 6, 2012 12:40 pm | by ELAINE GANLEY,Associated Press

In the case of food manufacturing, 10 separate regulations will be rolled into one.

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Campbell Soup To Phase Out BPA In Cans

March 6, 2012 12:31 pm

Campbell's Soup Company announced to shareholders recently that it will phase out the use of the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in its can linings. However, the company did not provide a timeline or identify what alternative can-lining materials it will use.

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Consumer Trends: Authenticity Is Key Ingredient In Ethnic Fare

March 6, 2012 12:24 pm

Ethnic food preparation and consumption has been on the rise over the past several years and according to Mintel's latest research, it will continue its growth – but what's most important to consumers when it comes to their favorite ethnic fare? Authenticity.

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Annual Pet Spending Passes $50 Billion

March 6, 2012 10:07 am | by SUE MANNING,Associated Press

Americans spent $50.96 billion on their pets in 2011. That's an all-time high and the first time in history more than $50 billion has gone to the dogs, cats, canaries, guppies and the like, the American Pet Products Association said in a report issued Thursday.

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Jamaica's Coffee Industry Faces Hard Times

March 6, 2012 10:02 am | by DAVID McFADDEN,Associated Press

A few years ago, steep slopes were quilted with some of the world's most valuable coffee trees. Today, much of the terrain is overgrown with underbrush and bamboo as a declining luxury market in Japan and a voracious beetle drive thousands of frustrated small farmers away from tiny plots of leased highlands.

Woman Sells Presidential Nugget For $8,100

March 6, 2012 9:58 am

A Nebraska woman has sold a three-year-old McDonald's Chicken McNugget that resembles President George Washington for $8,100 on eBay.

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Activists To Investigate GMOs At Expo West

March 6, 2012 9:55 am

At Expo West, members of the Occupy movement within the organic sector have formed a Genetic Crimes Unit to investigate increased spraying of food with toxic weed killers like 2,4 D , contamination of the organic food supply, and other risks associated with genetically modified food.

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BP To Settle With Gulf Fishermen Sickened By The Spill

March 6, 2012 9:49 am | by CAIN BURDEAU,Associated Press

A settlement that BP is hammering out with victims of the massive Gulf oil spill finally provides a system for monitoring health concerns and compensating people whose illnesses are found to have a link to the disaster.

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Photo Of The Day: McWashington

March 6, 2012 9:38 am

A McDonald's Chicken McNugget found by Rebekah Speight sold for $8,100 on eBay. Speight believes the nugget resembles President George Washington.

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Recall: Pizza Sticks Produced Without Inspection

March 5, 2012 1:24 pm

Pasou Foods, a Syracuse, Ind. establishment, is recalling approximately 147 pounds of frozen, fully cooked, ready-to-eat pizza stick products because a meat ingredient used in the product may have been produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

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Water Bottling Plant To Bring 100 Jobs To Pa.

March 5, 2012 1:21 pm

A Florida-based beverage bottler said it will open a new bottling and manufacturing facility in eastern Pennsylvania.

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Neb Supreme Court: Tax 'Alcopops' As Hard Liquor

March 5, 2012 1:19 pm | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press

The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday that sweetened malt beverages known as "alcopops" should be taxed as hard liquor instead of beer.

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Company Says Arsenic Testing Proves Baby Formula Safe

March 5, 2012 1:11 pm

The manufacturer of the nation's first organic baby formula today announced findings from independent laboratory tests that refute recent allegations its products may have contained high levels of arsenic.

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Judge Says Gov't Can Require Union Posters At Work

March 5, 2012 1:05 pm | by SAM HANANEL,Associated Press

A federal judge ruled Friday that the National Labor Relations Board can require most private businesses to put up posters telling workers they have a legal right to form a union.

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Consumer Trends: Weight, Diet Among Top Wellness Concerns For Employees

March 5, 2012 12:59 pm

Some 43 percent of employees said weight loss was their top health concern this year, a 10 percent increase over 2011, according to a Tell It NowSM poll released today by ComPsych Corporation.

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Potato Plant Receives Grant To Help Trace Product

March 5, 2012 10:04 am

A south-central Idaho potato packing and shipping company has received a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will help the company trace where potatoes are shipped.

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U.S. And North Korea To Finalize Food Aid

March 5, 2012 10:02 am | by MATTHEW PENNINGTON,Associated Press

The United States and North Korea will meet in Beijng next week to finalize arrangements of the first U.S. government food aid shipment to the impoverished country in three years, the State Department said Friday.

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Meat Pies: Mystery Meat No More

March 5, 2012 9:59 am | by JOCELYN NOVECK,AP National Writer

 Historically speaking, the meat pie hasn’t always had the best associations attached to it. But, in the United States, it’s showing signs of hitting trend status with high-end fillings. 

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