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Mangoes Pulled For Salmonella

August 28, 2012 9:48 am | by The Canadian Press

Federal health officials have expanded a recall of Daniella brand mangoes sold in western Canada due to possible Salmonella contamination.The Mexican-grown mangoes were distributed by a Vancouver-based importer at retail outlets across the country west of Ontario.


Sanderson Farms Posts 3Q Profit

August 28, 2012 9:47 am

Sanderson Farms Inc. reported net income of $28.7 million for its fiscal third quarter, a turnaround from a loss a year ago, as improved market conditions boosted revenue 22 percent.The results announced Tuesday beat Wall Street expectations, and its shares jumped almost 6 percent in premarket trading.


Drought-Stricken States Welcome Rain From Isaac

August 28, 2012 9:45 am | by JOSH FUNK,Associated Press

The remnants of Tropical Storm Isaac could bring welcome rain to some states in the Mississippi River valley this week, but experts say it's unlikely to break the drought gripping the Midwest. Along with the deluge of rain expected along the Gulf Coast when Isaac makes landfall, the National Weather Service predicts 2 to 6 inches of rain will fall in eastern Arkansas, southeast Missouri and southern Illinois.


Fresno Co. Pension Program Sues Liquor Producer

August 28, 2012 9:41 am

Fresno County's employee pension program has filed a lawsuit against a leading international liquor producer whose plunging stock price hurt the program's investments.The Employees' Retirement Association is suing the Central European Distribution Corporation alleging that misstatements artificially inflated the company's stock price.


OSHA Cites Tyson For Worker’s Death

August 28, 2012 9:39 am

Regulators have proposed more than $104,000 in penalties for Tyson Foods Inc. because of safety violations the regulators say were found at a Nebraska beef plant where a worker was fatally injured.The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson was cited for seven violations at its Dakota City plant.


Photo Of The Day: Baghdad's Burger Boom

August 28, 2012 9:37 am

The burger fad is a sign that Iraqis, saddled with violence for years and still experiencing almost daily bombings and shootings, are prepared to move on and embrace ordinary pleasures — like stuffing their faces with pizza.


Poultry Expo Celebrates 65 Years

August 27, 2012 1:04 pm

The International Poultry Expo is celebrating 65 years of tradeshow service to the poultry and egg industry. Sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, the first“poultry convention” was attended by 200 poultry men in Atlanta in 1948. Suppliers in the early years exhibited in the halls of the convention hotel.


Top Reasons Processors Use Food Coloring

August 27, 2012 12:58 pm

For centuries, food and beverage manufacturers have utilized food coloring for visual appeal. Color remains a key factor in a consumer’s food choice. To further understand why today’s industry employs coloring, D.D. Williamson conducted a poll at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo in June.


Fresh Express Recalls Expired Salad

August 27, 2012 12:55 pm

Fresh Express Incorporated is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of expired 10 oz. Hearts of Romaine salad with the expired Use-by Date of August 23, 2012 and a Product Code beginning with "G222" as a precaution due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes.


Fisheries Official To Hear From Maine Fishermen

August 27, 2012 12:52 pm

The top federal fisheries official in the Northeast is coming to Maine to hear from fishermen and others about issues facing the commercial fishing industry.John Bullard this month became the NOAA Fisheries Service's new regional administrator for the Northeast region, based in Gloucester, Mass.


Burger Boom Hits Baghdad

August 27, 2012 12:50 pm | by ADAM SCHRECK,AP Business Writer

Baghdad's embattled residents can finally get their milkshakes, chili-cheese dogs and buckets of crispy fried chicken. Original recipe or extra spicy, of course.A wave of new American-style restaurants is spreading across the Iraqi capital, enticing customers hungry for alternatives to traditional offerings like lamb kebabs and fire-roasted carp.

Consumer Trends: Ethnic Food Opportunities

August 27, 2012 12:46 pm

Consumers may not have the means to travel the world, but that hasn't dampened their desire to experience new ethnic cuisines. Unfortunately, chain restaurants aren't meeting current consumer demand for new foods and flavors. Only a quarter of consumers polled for a recent survey say they are satisfied with the availability of ethnic offerings at limited-service and full-service chains.


Gov. Rick Perry Joins Coalition Requesting Ethanol Waiver

August 27, 2012 9:58 am

The request for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson to waive the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandate is gaining even more traction across the country, with Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) announcing that his state is joining the coalition.


Vilsack Announces New Aid For Livestock Producers

August 27, 2012 9:56 am

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week made a series of announcements that continue to underscore the Obama Administration's ongoing work to help farmers, ranchers and businesses impacted by the most severe drought in 50 years. The changes announced today by Secretary Vilsack will benefit America's livestock and crop producers alike by improving procedures and lessening requirements during a time of disaster.


Bird Flu Decimates Mexico's Egg Industry

August 27, 2012 9:52 am | by MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN,Associated Press

A summer epidemic of bird flu in the heart of Mexico's egg industry has doubled the cost of a kilo (2.2 pounds), or about 13 eggs, to more than 40 pesos ($3), a major blow to working- and middle-class consumers in a country that consumes more than 350 eggs per person each year.


EPA Chief Praises Ben & Jerry’s Pollution Controls

August 27, 2012 9:49 am | by WILSON RING,Associated Press

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday toured the Ben & Jerry's ice cream plant in Waterbury, where she heard about company business practices that place emphasis on its social mission and its environmentally sound production methods.


Slaughterhouse Gets Approval To Reopen

August 27, 2012 9:47 am

Federal regulators say a California slaughterhouse shut down because of cruelty and food safety allegations can reopen.Central Valley Meat says the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the Hanford plant's action plan and gave the OK to reopen on Monday.


Photo Of The Day: Mexico's Egg Shortage

August 27, 2012 9:44 am

The Mexican government is battling an egg shortage and hoarding that have caused prices to spike in a country with the highest per-capita egg consumption on earth. About 11 million chickens were slaughtered after a June outbreak of bird flu.


Whole Foods Donates Salad Bars To NYC Schools

August 24, 2012 12:58 pm

The supermarket chain Whole Foods celebrated the opening of a new store Thursday by announcing that it is donating salad bars to 57 New York City schools.The salad bars, valued at $300,000, are part of a citywide initiative to put salad bars in all public schools by 2015. There are more than 1,000 salad bars now.


Farmers Continue To Grapple With Effects Of Irene

August 24, 2012 12:56 pm | by GEORGE M. WALSH and LISA RATHKE,Associated Press

A year after Hurricane Irene swept away topsoil and crops and replaced them with rocks and contaminants, farmers from North Carolina to Vermont are rebounding but still grappling with the aftermath — on top of an early spring followed by cold snaps, a dry summer and an anticipated spike in feed costs caused by the Midwestern drought.



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