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No Radiation Detected In Japanese Milk

February 29, 2012 1:11 pm

The Japan Dairy Industry Association said Wednesday its 116 member companies have detected no radioactive cesium in their 131 milk products in their tests following the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident.

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FDA Funds Sprout Safety Alliance At Institute For Food Safety And Health

February 29, 2012 1:07 pm

Illinois Institute of Technology's Institute for Food Safety and Health will coordinate the Sprout Safety Alliance designed to assist sprout growers and producers in identifying and implementing best practices in the safe production of sprouts.

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W. Va. Looks To Create Deer Farms

February 29, 2012 1:02 pm | by AMANDA IACONE,Associated Press

Deer would be treated as livestock and farm-raised venison would be sold to groceries and restaurants under a bill advancing through West Virginia's Legislature.

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Man Pleads Guilty In Pillsbury Murder

February 29, 2012 12:59 pm

A southern Indiana man has pleaded guilty to murder in the August 2009 shooting of a Pillsbury plant co-worker after allegedly crashing his car through the plant's security gate.

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Consumer Trends: New Apple Variety Popular With Shoppers

February 29, 2012 12:51 pm

Production of the Lady Alice apple has increased every year since its introduction just three years ago, as its appeal with consumers has taken off.

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Americans More Confident About Economy

February 29, 2012 10:09 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO,AP Retail Writer

A widely watched barometer of consumer confidence surged in February to its highest level in a year as Americans took note of improving job prospects among friends and family and falling unemployment, which is now at a three-year low.

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Court Dismisses Lawsuit By Organic Growers Against Monsanto

February 29, 2012 10:06 am

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has officially dismissed a lawsuit brought by The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) and dozens of other plaintiff growers and organizations against Monsanto Company.

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Officials Ban Chicken Slaughter Art

February 29, 2012 10:02 am

Officials have banned an artist from publicly slaughtering chickens in eastern Kansas, saying the proposed art installation would amount to animal cruelty.

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Campaign For Baltimore Bottle Tax Sparks Debate

February 29, 2012 10:01 am

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is calling for an increased bottle tax to help fund renovations of crumbling schools. The mayor kicked off her campaign Monday for the bottle tax. Under her bill, the tax would increase from 2 cents to 5 cents in July 2013. That would generate about $10 million in revenue.

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Test May Catch Infections In Dairy Cows Early

February 29, 2012 9:58 am | by LAURA OLENIACZ

A Durham-based company is looking to launch a diagnostic test later this year that company officials say will help milk producers save money by allowing them to catch a bacterial infection in dairy cows quickly.

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Photo Of The Day: Chicken Slaughter Art

February 29, 2012 9:52 am

Lawrence city officials have banned Hansen's art project, "The Story of Chickens: A Revolution," saying it would amount to animal cruelty. Hansen had planned to display coops of chickens across Lawrence. The exhibit was to end with the birds being publicly killed and served as a meal. She says she wanted to demonstrate the animal slaughter process to meat eaters.

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Fast-Food Calorie Counts Legally Complaint But Not Helpful To Consumers

February 28, 2012 12:31 pm

Calorie listings on fast-food chain restaurant menus might meet federal labeling requirements but don’t do a good job of helping consumers trying to make healthy meal choices, a new Columbia University School of Nursing (CUSON) study reports.

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Senate Panel Passes Utah Liquor Law Changes

February 28, 2012 12:28 pm

Utah's liquor commission will increase by two members and the governor will have direct oversight of operations under a bill moving to the Senate floor.

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SunOpta Cuts Jobs, Restructures Business

February 28, 2012 12:26 pm

SunOpta Inc. said Monday that it will cut 6 percent of its workforce and reorganize some of the underperforming parts of its business. The company, based in Toronto, processes products for natural, organic and specialty foods.

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Fresh Del Monte Produce 4Q Loss Widens

February 28, 2012 12:24 pm

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc.'s fourth-quarter loss widened slightly as demand for its produce softened. Chairman and CEO Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh said in a statement on Tuesday that rising fuel costs and the weak European economy weighed on consumer demand.

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Sanderson Farms Narrows 1Q Loss

February 28, 2012 12:20 pm

Chicken producer Sanderson Farms Inc. said Tuesday that its fiscal first-quarter loss narrowed as expenses declined compared with a year-ago results that also reflected a hefty inventory adjustment.

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Consumer Trends: Convenience, Quality & Selection Affect Fruit & Vegetable Consumption

February 28, 2012 12:17 pm

How many servings of fruits and vegetables people eat may have more to do with the food shopping experience than with produce costs, according to a study by researchers at RTI International and George Washington University.

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Mississippi City Still Hopes For Peanut Plant

February 28, 2012 10:07 am

Although an Oklahoma peanut processor says it has no solid plans for a shelling plant outside its home state, Greenwood's economic development leaders believe one eventually will come to their city.

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Concerns Raised About Alaska Mine Study

February 28, 2012 10:05 am | by BECKY BOHRER,Associated Press

The group behind a massive copper and gold prospect near a world premier salmon fishery has released what has been billed as "one of the most exhaustive environmental study programs in the history of U.S. mineral development."

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Syria Crops Stored In Arctic Doomsday Vault

February 28, 2012 10:01 am | by KARL RITTER,Associated Press

The latest additions mean that the Svalbard Global Seed Vault — a master backup to the world's other seed banks — has now secured more than 740,000 samples since it opened in a remote Norwegian archipelago in 2008. That represents an estimated three-quarters of the biological diversity of the world's major food crops, said Cary Fowler, executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, which maintains the vault with Norway's government and the Nordic Genetic Resources Center.

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