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Photo of the Day: Mold-Free Bread

January 8, 2013 9:30 am

In this Dec. 6, 2012, photo, Don Stull, chief executive officer of Microzap, Inc., places a loaf of bread inside a patented microwave that kills mold spores in Lubbock, Texas. The company claims the technology allows bread to stay mold-free for 60 days.

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Thought of the Day: An Ounce of Prevention

January 7, 2013 1:09 pm

New rules proposed Friday by the FDA are aimed at preventing foodborne illness outbreaks in the wake of several high-profile deadly food contamination cases last year. While manufacturers pore over the new rules to determine how they could change the business of food processing, the FDA is adamant that they are necessary to prevent future food safety incidents.

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Hot Fries Recalled for Undeclared Soy

January 7, 2013 1:00 pm

ConAgra Foods of Omaha, Neb., in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is voluntarily recalling a limited number of packages of its Andy Capp’s Hot Fries flavor product that may contain the Andy Capp’s Cheddar Fries flavor, and, therefore, an undeclared allergen — soy.

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FDA Reinstates Sunland Peanut Butter Plant

January 7, 2013 12:58 pm

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reinstated the food facility registration of Sunland Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of peanut products linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney last fall, after a federal judge entered a consent decree of permanent injunction imposing requirements on the firm.

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McDonald’s Expands Testing for Chicken Wings

January 7, 2013 12:54 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

First there were McNuggets. Then there were Chicken McBites. Now McDonald's could be adding "Mighty Wings" to its chicken menu. The world's biggest hamburger chain is set to expand its test of chicken wings to Chicago this week, after a successful run in Atlanta last year. The wings are expected to be sold in three, five or 10 pieces with prices likely starting at $3.

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Few Americans Know All Risks of Obesity

January 7, 2013 12:52 pm | by JENNIFER AGIESTA and LAURAN NEERGAARD,Associated Press

Heart disease and diabetes get all the attention, but what about the many other ways obesity can damage your health? Carrying too many pounds may lead to or worsen some types of cancer, arthritis, sleep apnea, even infertility. But a new poll suggests few Americans realize the links.

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Starbucks Faces Homegrown Competition in Vietnam

January 7, 2013 12:50 pm | by MIKE IVES,Associated Press

Compared with other Asian markets Starbucks has recently entered, the Seattle-based company faces a unique scenario in Vietnam, where French-inspired coffee culture reigns supreme, two homegrown chains have established presences and family-run sidewalk cafes are as ubiquitous as noodle shops.

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Consumer Trends: Canadian Shopping Habits

January 7, 2013 12:19 pm

For 10 years the BrandSpark Canadian Shopper Study has shone a spotlight on Canadian consumers' shopping habits. This year, shoppers revealed their attitudes towards topics including: the economy, the environment, food and nutrition, health and beauty habits, purchase decision influencers, media habits, and new technology.

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Alaska Plan for Emergency Food Stockpile Hits Snag

January 7, 2013 9:42 am | by BECKY BOHRER,Associated Press

Alaska's plan to stash stockpiles of emergency food in case the state is cut off from supplies by a disaster has hit a bump. The state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs this week canceled its solicitation for proposals after receiving just one response, which was rejected.

New Target Campaign Focuses on Food

January 7, 2013 9:41 am | by MAE ANDERSON,AP Retail Writer

Is Target's grocery aisle ready for its close up? Target is pushing its food and other groceries in a national ad campaign that pokes fun at high-fashion advertising by featuring models interacting with everyday products. In one ad, a model in a white dress and high heels struts by blueberry muffin and cake mix boxes that explode in different colors. Then she crushes an egg with her hand.

Fisherman Hoping for Help with Sandy Losses

January 7, 2013 9:38 am | by WAYNE PARRY,Associated Press

While Superstorm Sandy did highly visible damage to homes, boardwalks and roads, it also walloped the Northeastern fishing industry, whose workers are hoping for a small piece of any future disaster assistance that Congress might approve. The storm did millions of dollars' worth of damage to docks, fish processing plants and restaurants.

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FDA: New Rules Would Make Food Safer

January 7, 2013 9:34 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration says its new guidelines would make the food Americans eat safer and help prevent the kinds of foodborne disease outbreaks that sicken or kill thousands of consumers each year. The long-overdue regulations could cost businesses close to half a billion dollars a year to implement, but are expected to reduce the estimated 3,000 deaths a year from foodborne illness.

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Hostess in Talks to Sell Bread Brands

January 7, 2013 9:30 am

The makers of Thomas' English muffins and Tastykake snacks are emerging as two of the bidders for Wonder Bread and other Hostess bread brands as the company tries to sell off its assets under bankruptcy-court oversight, a newspaper reported Saturday.

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Photo of the Day: Fishing for Aid

January 7, 2013 9:27 am

In a Dec. 12, 2012 photo, fishing boats lie smashed against one another from Superstorm Sandy at the Belford fishing port in Middletown, N.J. The port sustained nearly $1 million in damages, some of which its owners hope to recoup through federal storm aid.

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Thought of the Day: FDA Proposes Stricter Food Safety Rules

January 4, 2013 12:58 pm

In the wake of several high-profile and deadly foodborne illness outbreaks, the FDA is proposing stricter rules in an effort to prevent the kinds of contaminations that have led to large-scale threats to public health in recent years.   

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Midwest Dairy Farmers Have Strong November

January 4, 2013 12:38 pm

Dairy farmers in Wisconsin and Minnesota had an especially strong month in November. Milk production in both states increased 5 percent compared to their output in November 2012. No other state showed as large an increase, and the increase nationwide was just 1 percent.

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Company Recalls Brownie Mix in Three States

January 4, 2013 12:37 pm

An Illinois-based company says it is recalling one lot of Food Club Chocolate Chunk Brownies Mix distributed to stores in three states from a warehouse in southwestern Virginia. Gilster-Mary Lee Corp. said Thursday that packaging does not list walnuts among the ingredients.

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Farm Bill Extension Evidence of Lost Clout

January 4, 2013 12:35 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

A patchwork extension of federal farm programs passed as part of a larger "fiscal cliff" bill keeps the price of milk from rising but doesn't include many of the goodies that farm-state lawmakers are used to getting for their rural districts.

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Horse Advocates Fear Slaughter of Nevada Mustangs

January 4, 2013 12:32 pm | by SCOTT SONNER,Associated Press

State agriculture officials have discussed ways to muster support for the slaughter of stray horses in Nevada, and the discussions stirred protests among advocates for the free-roaming animals. Wild horse supporters plan a rally at the state Capitol on Friday to urge Gov. Brian Sandoval to call off next week's scheduled auction of 41 wild mustangs they fear will end up at a slaughterhouse.

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FDA Proposes Sweeping New Food Safety Rules

January 4, 2013 12:30 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed the most sweeping food safety rules in decades, requiring farmers and food companies to be more vigilant in the wake of deadly outbreaks in peanuts, cantaloupe and leafy greens. The long-overdue regulations are aimed at reducing the estimated 3,000 deaths a year from foodborne illness.

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