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North Dakota Sugar Plant Expanding

August 24, 2012 9:49 am

Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative is planning a $70 million expansion to its sugar beet processing plant in Wahpeton.The molasses de-sugarization plant that will be built over the next two years will turn byproduct beet molasses into products used in food, pharmaceuticals and feed supplements. The Wahpeton Daily News reports it will create 20 full-time jobs.


Hain Celestial Income Up 82 Percent In 4Q

August 24, 2012 9:47 am

Natural and organic food company Hain Celestial Group Inc. said on Wednesday that its fiscal fourth-quarter net income rose 82 percent as it benefited from growing sales of its products as well as acquisitions. The company's forecast for fiscal 2013 earnings topped analysts' forecasts and its shares jumped almost 11 percent in extended trading.


FDA: SW Ind. Cantaloupes Shouldn’t Be Consumed

August 24, 2012 9:44 am

Tim Chamberlain, who runs the 100-acre Chamberlain Farms at the center of the investigation, said he doesn't know what might have caused the contamination. John Broadhead, an attorney for the farm, said it voluntarily withdrew its cantaloupes last week and that all of its retail and wholesale purchasers complied with the recall.


Calif. Congress Members Ask USDA To Reopen Slaughterhouse

August 24, 2012 9:39 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

Three Central California congressmen cited the region's high unemployment Thursday while asking the federal government to reopen a slaughterhouse at the center of a cruelty and food safety investigation. Republican lawmakers Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy and Jeff Denham signed a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack saying that shutting the plant will do nothing to further the goal of responding to the alleged animal abuse.


Black Licorice Recalled For High Lead Levels

August 24, 2012 9:37 am

Officials are warning consumers against eating black licorice candy produced by a California company because it contains high levels of lead.The California Department of Public Health issued the warning Wednesday against 16-ounce bags of Red Vines Black Licorice Twists with the label "Best Before 020413."


Photo Of The Day: FDA Continues Melon Investigation

August 24, 2012 9:34 am

Unharvested cantaloupes sit in an unidentified field in Owensville, Indiana.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration linked cantaloupes from Chamberlain Farm Produce Inc. in Owensville, Ind., to the salmonella outbreak that has infected 178 people nationwide.


Dole Recalls Bagged Salad

August 23, 2012 1:07 pm

Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling 1,039 cases of bagged salad. The product being recalled due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes. Dole Fresh Vegetables is coordinating closely with regulatory officials. No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.


Drought Worsens In Plains

August 23, 2012 1:04 pm | by JIM SUHR,AP Business Writer

The nation's most withering drought in decades only got worse in several key farming states last week, despite cooler temperatures that at least gave those living there a break from this summer's stifling heat, according to a new drought report released Thursday.


Judge Delays Decision In Monsanto Case

August 23, 2012 1:02 pm

U.S. District Judge Michael Mills in Mississippi has heard arguments from the Monsanto Co., which is seeking $27 million in damages from a Tupelo farm supply business and its owners in an ongoing dispute over saving and selling its patented seeds.


Spam Sales Lift Hormel’s 3Q

August 23, 2012 12:59 pm

Strong sales of Spam and Jennie-O products helped Hormel Foods' net income rise in its fiscal third quarter. The meat producer's revenue came in just above Wall Street expectations. Hormel Foods Corp. said Thursday that it earned $111.2 million, or 41 cents per share, for the quarter.


USDA, McDonald’s Stop Buying From Slaughterhouse

August 23, 2012 12:57 pm | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

Federal officials say nothing they have seen so far in covert video shot in a California slaughterhouse shows meat from cows that may have been sick made it into the food supply.But the federal government and McDonald's Corp. have suspended purchases of meat from the facility.


Consumer Trends: U.S. Wine Consumption Climbing

August 23, 2012 12:54 pm

A still-fragile U.S. economy continued its recovery as the wine industry maintained its upswing to mark the 18th year of growth.  Consumer confidence and innovation by producers contributed to these gains, and new varietals such as sweet reds and higher end blends have engaged consumers.


Smoked Salmon Pulled For Listeria

August 23, 2012 9:55 am

A Massachusetts seafood company is recalling some of its smoked salmon products because of possible contamination by the bacterium listeria monocytogenes.Spence & Co. Ltd. of Brockton said Wednesday that the bacterium was discovered during routine sampling. No illnesses have been reported.


USDA Bought 21M Pounds Of Beef From Slaughterhouse

August 23, 2012 9:53 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

A California slaughterhouse under federal investigation for animal cruelty and possible health issues sold 21 million pounds of beef to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2011 for use in school and other nutritional programs, records show.


Drought Could Produce Good Wine In The Midwest

August 23, 2012 9:48 am | by JIM SUHR,Associated Press

Most of the grapes in Glenn Warnebold's vineyard in Missouri's picturesque wine country are about two-thirds of their usual size. Others have been reduced to raisins by the drought that burned up many crops across the Midwest this summer.Yet Warnebold figures it could be a good year with the drought concentrating the fruit's flavors and sugar, which will turn to alcohol during fermentation.


FDA Names Farm Tied To Tainted Melons

August 23, 2012 9:45 am

The Food and Drug Administration has identified a southern Indiana farm that produces cantaloupes linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak and says the operation has recalled its melons. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that of 178 people infected in 21 states, two have died and 62 have been hospitalized.


Worker Dies After Falling At Cargill Plant

August 23, 2012 9:43 am

Authorities in central Illinois are working to determine what led to the death of a 48-year-old Heyworth man after a fall last week at a Cargill Inc. soybean-processing plant. McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling says Michael Burleson died Monday at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center.


Photo Of The Day: Drought Is A Boon For Grapes

August 23, 2012 9:41 am

While the lingering dryness and heat throughout much of the U.S. proved ruinous for many other crops, vintners say grapes held their own, producing sweeter fruit with more concentrated flavor that could give wine enthusiasts something to cheer.


Rice Seasoning Recalled For Undeclared Allergens

August 22, 2012 1:17 pm

JFC INTERNATIONAL INC. of Los Angeles, California is recalling JFC FURIKAKE-SETO FUMI 1.7 OZ, because it contains undeclared egg yolk, soybeans and wheat. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs, soybeans and wheat, run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.


NFPA Rejects Appeal For Sprinklers In Animal Housing

August 22, 2012 1:12 pm

On August 17, 2012, the National Fire Protection Association announced its decision regarding an appeal heard during the August 7-9, 2012 NFPA Standards Council meeting concerning possible changes to NFPA 150, Animal Housing Facilities. NFPA 150 currently requires sprinkler protection for Category A animals, comprised of mostly dangerous animals, such as zoo animals and reptiles.



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