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Wegmans Recalls A Brownie Mix Over Undeclared Milk

October 23, 2012 1:15 pm

Wegmans Food Markets Inc. says it's recalling a brownie mix after reports from two consumers about allergic reactions to undeclared milk in the product. The recall involves 17.2-ounce packages of Wegmans Gluten Free Double Chocolate Brownie Mix the company started selling in May at its 80 supermarkets in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts.


Kroger Stops Selling Sprouts Due To Health Risk

October 23, 2012 1:13 pm

Kroger says it has stopped stocking sprouts as of Monday because of their "potential food safety risk." The nation's largest traditional grocer joins Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, which pulled sprouts in 2010. The grocer says current technology can't assure that sprouts are safe to eat because germs can reside inside the seeds.


Feds, Slaughterhouse Lock Horns Over Visit

October 23, 2012 1:11 pm

The legal action is the latest salvo in a seven-year feud between Hickory Hills Processing and the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service. Donald Carpenter said he's exempt from inspections because he only butchers animals, typically cows, for people who want meat for personal use. He doesn't have retail or wholesale sales.


Consumer Trends: Moms, Food And Social Media

October 23, 2012 12:00 pm

Clicks & Cravings: The Impact of Social Technology on Food Culture is a joint study by The Hartman Group and MSLGROUP Americas to explore how food culture in the United States has evolved under the influence of social and digital media.


Syngenta Third Quarter 2012: Sustained Sales Growth

October 23, 2012 11:33 am

Sales in the third quarter of 2012 increased by 6 percent at constant exchange rates driven by an excellent performance in Latin America. Sales in the first nine months of the year increased by 9 percent to reach a record $11 billion, with volume up 6 percent and prices up 3 percent.


Nebraska Harvest Roughly A Month Ahead Of Normal

October 23, 2012 11:30 am

Nebraska's corn and soybean harvest is roughly a month ahead of normal this fall, but the continued drought has hindered the winter wheat crop. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that this year's harvest continues to run on a different schedule in Nebraska.


Jack Daniel's Toasts Sinatra With New Whiskey

October 23, 2012 11:28 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press

Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select will sell at major airports worldwide and high-end retail stores in the U.S. and perhaps abroad, said James Perry, an executive with Louisville-based Brown-Forman Corp., parent of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey.


USDA Announces Ground Beef Recall

October 23, 2012 11:25 am

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a Honolulu company is recalling more than 4,000 pounds of ground beef products distributed to Oahu restaurants because the products may be contaminated with E. coli. The department's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Monday Higa Meat & Pork Market is recalling 10 pound bags of "Higa Market-Ground Beef Bulk."


Five Reported Deaths With Monster Drink Link

October 23, 2012 11:24 am | by David Dishneau and Matthew Perrone, Associated Press

The highly caffeinated Monster Energy Drink has been cited in five deaths and one non-fatal heart attack, according to reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating. The reports claim that people had adverse reactions after they consumed Monster Energy Drink, which comes in 24-ounce cans and contains 240 milligrams of caffeine, or seven times the amount of the caffeine in a 12-ounce cola.


Photo Of The Day: Candy Bar Meets Cake

October 23, 2012 9:00 am

This Halloween, Tastykake is joining forces with North America's largest chocolate manufacturer, The Hershey Company, to introduce a new treat that combines the "best of both worlds." New Kandy Bar Kakes are the perfect blend of cake and candy, made with real quality ingredients and featuring HERSHEY'S most popular flavors.


Consumer Trends: The Culture Of Eating Too Much

October 22, 2012 12:00 pm

While the increasing focus on products and nutrition panels has been somewhat helpful, The Hartman Group believes that the obesity issue is really one that is symptomatic of larger cultural shifts occurring in how people in America eat… and eat too much.


SunTrust 3Q Earnings Up Sharply, But Shares Fall

October 22, 2012 11:56 am

SunTrust Banks Inc. on Monday posted sharply higher third-quarter earnings, largely due to the regional bank's sale of shares it owns in The Coca-Cola Co. But SunTrust reported higher expenses amid persistently low interest rates, and its shares slipped in morning trading.


Land Battles Surface In Myanmar As Reforms Unfold

October 22, 2012 11:52 am | by ERIKA KINETZ,AP Business Writer

The landscape of Mingaladon township on the northern outskirts of Myanmar's main city tells a story of economic upheaval. Skeletons of factories for a new industrial zone rise from thick green rice paddies local farmers say were seized by one of Myanmar's most powerful companies.


Ben & Jerry's Joins The Growing B Corporation Movement

October 22, 2012 11:46 am

A quarter-century after pioneering the socially responsible business movement, Ben & Jerry’s is throwing its support behind the growing B Corporation (B Corp) movement, a network of companies that meet what Inc. magazine has called "the highest standard for socially responsible businesses."


Ag Chief Seeking To Get Out Of Sugar Mill Business

October 22, 2012 11:41 am | by MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press

Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain proposed to borrow $7 million to take ownership of a failed sugar cane mill in southwestern Louisiana built with state dollars and now teetering on default of its debt payments. If the mill defaults on its debt, the bank would take over the property.


ADM Bids For Australia's GrainCorp In $2.77B Deal

October 22, 2012 11:37 am

Archer Daniels Midland Co. has offered to buy Australian grain handler GrainCorp for about $2.77 billion. GrainCorp says it is considering the non-binding offer that values it at 11.75 Australian dollars ($12.13) per share, which comes to 2.68 billion Australian dollars.


Report: Most School Kitchens Clean, Safe

October 22, 2012 10:23 am

School cafeteria kitchens in Washington serve about 500,000 lunches a day. Given that volume, you might expect school kitchens to rack up a fair number of health department violations. A review found only 521 citations in three years in Washington's 295 school districts, which includes more than 3,000 schools.

Peanut Butter Recall Due To Salmonella Scare Expanded

October 22, 2012 10:18 am | by The Canadian Press

A recall of peanut butter products in the U.S. due to possible Salmonella contamination has now been expanded into Canada. The affected products by Sunland include PureFit Peanut Butter Crunch bars and PureFit Peanut Butter Crunch Box with a best before date of March 1 2013.


Dairy Farm Safety Net Dies With Farm Bill

October 22, 2012 10:15 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

Small dairy farmers say a tough year has been made worse by Congress' failure to pass a new farm bill before the old one expired. While many farm programs have continued through the harvest season even though the farm bill expired Sept. 30, a program that pays dairy farmers when milk prices plummet has ended.


Truckloads Of XL Foods Beef Arriving At Landfill

October 22, 2012 10:10 am | by The Canadian Press

Truckloads of meat from the XL Foods processing plant in Brooks, Alta have begun arriving at a local landfill site for disposal. Landfill Manager Ray Juska of the Newell Regional Solid Waste Management Authority said the frozen meat stock is being run over by heavy equipment and then covered with soil to keep animals from getting at it.



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