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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.


USDA Takes Action Against Potato Distributor

August 22, 2012 1:07 pm

The USDA has filed an administrative action under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act against United Potato Distributors Inc. for failure to make full payment promptly to 39 sellers in the total amount of $759,820.22. The company, operating from Los Angeles, Calif., purchased the produce during the period of November 2010 through January 2012.


Cruise Line To Buy Maine Lobsters

August 22, 2012 1:01 pm | by Clarke Canfield, The Associated Press

A second cruise ship line has agreed to buy lobsters from local suppliers when one of its ships visits Maine in September and October, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree said Wednesday.Celebrity Cruises has agreed to purchase about 3,800 pounds of lobster when the Celebrity Summit visits Bar Harbor and Portland, Pingree said. The 965-foot ship carries more than 2,000 passengers.


Poultry Processor Guilty Of Polluting Water

August 22, 2012 12:59 pm

A federal jury convicted poultry processor House of Raeford Farms on 10 counts of polluting the local sewer system, but the plant manager was acquitted on all charges.The U.S. Department of Justice said that the poultry producer allowed employees for 16 months to send untreated wastewater contaminated with blood, grease and body parts from slaughtered turkeys directly to the city of Raeford's wastewater treatment plant.


Consumer Trends: Late Night Dining

August 22, 2012 12:58 pm

As hot summer days stretch into cool summer nights, OpenTable has announced the 2012 Diners' Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Late Night Dining Restaurants in the United States. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.


Ex-Owner Wants ‘M-A-S-H’ Diner Back

August 22, 2012 9:56 am | by JOHN SEEWER,Associated Press

A former owner of an Ohio hot dog eatery made famous on the TV series "M-A-S-H" is serving up another attempt at regaining control of the company.Robin Horvath is one of two cousins who have fought for more than a year over the ownership of Tony Packo's after a bank foreclosed on its loans and a court-appointed third party was put in charge.

Wisconsin Still Reigns As King Of Cheese

August 22, 2012 9:54 am

There's a reason Wisconsin is called the cheese capital of America.The Badger State produced 227 million pounds of cheese in June. That was one-fourth of the nation's cheese production that month, and a 2 percent increase over the state's production in June of last year.


USDA Investigating Whether Tainted Meat Entered Food Supply

August 22, 2012 9:51 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

Federal regulators who shut down a Central California slaughterhouse after receiving an animal welfare video were investigating whether beef from sick cows reached the human food supply.The video appears to show workers bungling the slaughter of cows struggling to walk and even stand. Under federal regulations, sick animals cannot be slaughtered for human consumption.


Heineken Inches Toward Tiger Beer Takeover

August 22, 2012 9:49 am | by TOBY STERLING,AP Business Writer

Heineken NV continued to inch toward a takeover of Tiger beer maker Asian Pacific Breweries on Wednesday, revealing that it has purchased a 2.68 percent stake in the company for around $290 million, even as it struggles to buy a much larger, controlling stake, from Singapore's Fraser and Neave for $4.7 billion.


Food Safety Advocates Want Name Of Melon Farm

August 22, 2012 9:46 am | by RICK CALLAHAN,Associated Press

Food safety advocates called on federal officials Tuesday to release the name of an Indiana farm that recalled its cantaloupes amid a salmonella outbreak that's killed at least two people and sickened dozens of others in 20 states. Advocacy groups said people have a right to know the farm's name and the details of its cantaloupe distribution network so they can protect their families from the outbreak.


Photo Of The Day: Feds Investigate Slaughterhouse

August 22, 2012 9:42 am

A security guard opens the gate at the Central Valley Meat Co., the California slaughterhouse shut down by federal regulators after they received video showing dairy cows being repeatedly shocked and shot before being slaughtered, on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 in Hanford, Calif. Federal regulators are investigating whether beef from sick cows reached the human food supply.


New School Lunch Guidelines Take Effect This Fall

August 21, 2012 12:41 pm

New Agriculture Department guidelines for school lunches will take effect this fall, including the first national calorie and sodium limits for what can be served on lunch lines. Here is a look at what the new guidelines require, according to the School Nutrition Association.


Corn Harvest Ahead Of Schedule

August 21, 2012 12:39 pm | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

One of the worst growing seasons most U.S. farmers can remember is coming to an end with a corn harvest that's at least three weeks early thanks to an unusually warm spring and suffocating summer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday in its weekly crop progress report that 4 percent of the corn harvest is complete. Normally, just 1 percent of the crop is in at this point in August.


Calif. Legislature Considers Farmworker Overtime Bill

August 21, 2012 12:36 pm | by DON THOMPSON,Associated Press

California farmworkers would be paid overtime after working an eight-hour day or 40 hours in a week, the same as other non-management employees, under a bill approved by the state Senate on Monday over the objections of Republican lawmakers.


Va. Celebrates Craft Beer Industry

August 21, 2012 12:34 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM,AP Business Writer

From industrial outskirts of Richmond to the pastoral landscapes of the Blue Ridge Mountains and beyond, an army of artisans is turning their love of beer into business.Armed with an arsenal of barley and hops, these craft brewers are looking to cash in on a growing interest in all things local, including alcoholic libations. And recent changes to state law are helping craft brewers grow their business.


UN Calls On Nations To Adopt Drought Policies

August 21, 2012 12:32 pm | by JOHN HEILPRIN,Associated Press

The world urgently needs to adopt drought-management policies as farmers from Africa to India struggle with lack of rainfall and the United States endures the worst drought it has experienced in decades, top officials with the U.N. weather agency said today.


Consumer Trends: Back-To-School Breakfasts

August 21, 2012 12:30 pm

"Back to School" is another kind of New Year, and Canadian kids can benefit from a resolution for a healthier start to the day. New polling from the Heart and Stroke Foundation found that while the majority of Canadian parents recognize what constitutes a healthy breakfast, they face challenges getting their kids to eat one.



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