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Feds Shut Down Slaughterhouse After Abuse Video

August 21, 2012 9:47 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

Federal regulators have shut down a Central California slaughterhouse after receiving undercover video showing dairy cows — some unable to walk — being repeatedly shocked and shot before being slaughtered. Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which inspects meat facilities, suspended operations Monday at Central Valley Meat Co. in Hanford, Calif., which slaughters cows when they lose their value as milk producers.

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Photo Of The Day: Excited About Eggs

August 21, 2012 9:44 am

A recent study found that when people ate high-quality protein foods for breakfast they had a greater sense of sustained fullness throughout the day.Eggs are also one of the few natural foods that provides a good source of vitamin D, which helps grow strong bones.

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Calif. Lawmakers Mull Tougher Heat Rules For Farmworkers

August 20, 2012 1:00 pm | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA,Associated Press

With temperatures in the Central Valley recently surpassing 110 degrees and state regulators investigating two possible heat-related deaths in the fields, the California legislature is considering new laws that would strengthen rules for protecting farmworkers from heat.

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McCormick Buys Bouillon Maker For $141M

August 20, 2012 12:59 pm

Spice and flavoring maker McCormick & Co. said Monday that it reached a deal to buy China's Wuhan Asia-Pacific Condiments Co. for about $141 million.The deal, which must be approved by regulators, is expected to close in mid-2013.

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Potato Chip Factory Gets Fresh Start

August 20, 2012 12:57 pm | by GEORGE HOHMANN,Charleston Daily Mail

Mister Bee Potato Chip Co. shut down in November 2011 and filed for bankruptcy protection. But now the factory is buzzing again, and the new owners and their young management team are focused on growing market share and standardizing the company's products.

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Colo. Cantaloupe Growers Rebound After Outbreak

August 20, 2012 12:55 pm | by KRISTEN WYATT,Associated Press

Nearly a year after tainted cantaloupes from southeast Colorado sickened hundreds and caused a nationwide melon scare, farmers in Rocky Ford are celebrating a strong crop and high prices.But the effects of last year's listeria outbreak are still being felt by people who grow the melons with a distinct sweetness thanks to the area's hot, sunny days and cold nights.

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Egg Groups Fight Against Cholesterol Study

August 20, 2012 12:53 pm

A recent study concluded that regular consumption of egg yolks should be avoided by those at risk for cardiovascular disease. According to the American Egg Board and the Egg Nutrition Center, these findings are surprising and contradict more than 40 years of research demonstrating that healthy adults can enjoy eggs without significantly impacting their risk of heart disease.

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Consumer Trends: Channel Surfing Dominates Shopper Behavior

August 20, 2012 12:48 pm

"The days of shopping trips to one store just to fill the pantry are long gone," says Laurie Demeritt, The Hartman Group's president and COO. "For today's consumers, shopping is very much in constant motion; it's a virtual 24-hour, seven-day-a-week activity. The consumer is now in total control of the shopping process, not the manufacturer or the retailer."

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Heineken Raises Bid For Tiger Beer

August 20, 2012 9:52 am

Dutch brewer Heineken NV has raised its bid for a controlling stake in Tiger Beer maker Asia Pacific Breweries to $4.47 billion, hoping to ward off a rival bid.Singapore conglomerate Fraser and Neave agreed early Saturday to sell its 39.7 percent stake in APB to Heineken, which would give the Dutch brewer 81.6 percent of APB.

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Indiana Melons Linked To Deadly Salmonella Outbreak

August 20, 2012 9:50 am

Health officials in Indiana and Kentucky say they are investigating farms, distributors and retailers after an outbreak of salmonella that has killed two and sickened at least 141 people nationwide was linked to cantaloupe grown in southwestern Indiana.

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Ranchers Lose Hope For Drought Aid

August 20, 2012 9:48 am | by MARGERY A. BECK,Associated Press

Most farmers are having a hard year with drought and unusually warm temperatures in the middle of the country burning up everything from corn to cabbage. But ranchers are in a particularly precarious position because most don't have access to federally subsidized insurance programs that cover crops like corn and soybeans.

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Proposed Horse Slaughter Plant Fined

August 20, 2012 9:46 am

The Roswell-area meat processing plant that has made national headlines for its proposal to begin slaughtering horses is being fined for its handling of cattle waste. The Albuquerque Journal Friday reports that Valley Meat Co. is being fined $86,4000 for failing to register a composting facility next to the slaughterhouse and for failing to properly dispose of solid waste.

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6 Die From Tainted Pickles In Japan

August 20, 2012 9:45 am

Health officials say six people have died and at least 100 others have been sickened by pickles contaminated with E. coli bacteria in northern Japan. The officials in Hokkaido said Saturday that the pickled Chinese cabbage was made by two local producers and sold across the prefecture. The first reports of illness occurred about 10 days ago.

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Photo Of The Day: Drought Hits Ranchers Hard

August 20, 2012 9:41 am

Due to the summer's record drought and heat, Todd Eggerling's cattle operation is in bad shape. Eggerling would normally graze his 100 head of cattle through September, but the drought has left his pastureland barren. He's begun using hay he had planned to set aside for next year's cattle, and is facing the reality that he will have to sell the cattle for slaughter early at a loss.

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J.M. Smucker Beats Wall Street Expectations

August 17, 2012 12:38 pm

J.M. Smucker's fiscal first-quarter net income declined slightly as the food company faced higher expenses and continued to deal with rising commodity costs. But its adjusted results and revenue topped Wall Street expectations. J.M. Smucker Co. earned $110.9 million, or $1 per share, for the three months ended July 31. That compares with $111.5 million, or 98 cents per share, a year ago.

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Duck Farm Uses Waste To Create Methane

August 17, 2012 12:35 pm | by TIM VANDENACK,The Elkhart Truth

Culver Duck Farms is taking the move toward use of renewable energy resources a step further — it plans to use the duck parts that don't make it to the dinner plate to help power the facility. Duck offal would be put into what's called an anaerobic digester to produce methane, making Culver Duck one of a select group of ag operations nationwide using such technology.

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Buyer Pays $13M For Closed Indiana Food Plant

August 17, 2012 12:33 pm

A food-processing company from Ohio is buying an eastern Indiana plant where an organic food company had planned to have 1,000 workers before shutting down last year.Wayne County attorney Ron Cross says Sugar Creek Packing Co.'s $13 million bid was the only one submitted for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court sale of the former Really Cool Foods plant near Cambridge City.

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Weddings Tap Craft Beer Craze

August 17, 2012 12:31 pm | by MICHAEL HILL,Associated Press

You may now chug with the bride.Toasting the bride and groom with Champagne is de rigueur. But recently, couples hip (or is that hops?) to craft beers are shaking up the wedding reception scene by insisting on serving the brews they love on their big day, everything from local ales to home brews concocted by the bride and groom.

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Government Cracks Down On Jobs Bias

August 17, 2012 12:29 pm | by SAM HANANEL,Associated Press

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which enforces the nation's workplace anti-discrimination laws, hopes that larger settlements that generate widespread publicity will send a strong message to employers about complying with the law. Last year, for example, Pepsi Beverages Co. paid $3.1 million to settle allegations it used background checks to screen out more than 300 black job applicants.

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Consumer Trends: Food Manufacturers Harness Social Networking

August 17, 2012 12:24 pm

Social media has changed how brands engage with consumers, and a management briefing looks at how manufacturers and retailers are using the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.The four-part briefing includes analysis on why social media is now an integral part of marketing strategies, the potential of using networks to enhance brand communication but also the challenges manufacturers and retailers face.

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