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DeCoster, Aides Could Face Criminal Charges Over 2010 Outbreak

May 17, 2012 9:46 am | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press

Lawyers representing a disgraced egg industry magnate, his son and one of their company's financial officers say their clients are potential targets of a criminal investigation into the 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands of Americans and led to a massive recall of their products. In recent documents filed in a civil case in California, defense lawyers for Austin "Jack" DeCoster, son Peter DeCoster and Quality Egg Chief Financial Officer Patsy Larson say a federal grand jury has been meeting in Iowa to determine whether fraud or other crimes were committed in the production and testing of eggs.

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Photo Of The Day: Healthy Eating On The Cheap

May 17, 2012 9:43 am

An Agriculture Department study released Wednesday found that most fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods cost less than foods high in fat, sugar and salt. That counters a common perception among some consumers that it's cheaper to eat junk food than a nutritionally balanced meal.

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Conn. Governor Signs Bill Allowing Sunday Alcohol Sales

May 16, 2012 1:08 pm

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed into law a bill that allows retail alcohol sales on Sundays and some holidays.

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Poultry Group: Being Proactive Can Impact Reform

May 16, 2012 1:06 pm

“Don’t believe that someone else is going to take care of the problem. Make sure you are involved,” remarked Jack Kelly, director of government affairs for Perdue Farms, who presented at USPOULTRY’s 2012 Human Resource Management Seminar.

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USDA Marks 150th Anniversary

May 16, 2012 1:03 pm

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today visited Pennsylvania State University to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the land-grant university system to highlight the groundbreaking research, education, and innovation taking place at these storied institutions.

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U.N.: High Blood Pressure And Glucose A Global Problem

May 16, 2012 12:57 pm | by JOHN HEILPRIN,Associated Press

Officials in charge of compiling the yearly snapshot of statistics from 194 nations for the U.N. health agency say rich nations have exported some of their disease risk factors to the developing world. They say the spread of smoking and a taste for fast, processed and salty foods is also hitting populations that are living longer.

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Chobani Truck Crashes, Spills Tons Of Yogurt

May 16, 2012 12:55 pm

A truck hauling 36,000 pounds of Chobani yogurt was traveling west on Interstate 88 when it crashed on a curve and overturned late Monday night in Chenango, N.Y., just north of Binghamton.

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Consumer Trends: Which Restaurants Win With Millennials?

May 16, 2012 12:51 pm

Millennials (ages 19-34) have a distinct perspective on dining occasions, placing more value on attributes like social responsibility, sustainability, local and organic, grass-fed, and hormone-free offerings. They foster emotional connections to brands and their loyalty stems beyond experience.

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Ala. Beer Lovers Await Action On Home Brewing Bills

May 16, 2012 10:03 am | by ANDY BROWNFIELD,Associated Press

Alabama beer lovers are pleased that the state Legislature passed a measure to allow beer to be sold in larger containers, but they're still awaiting the fate of a measure to legalize home brewing.

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Peapod Transforms Chicago Tunnel Into Virtual Grocery

May 16, 2012 10:00 am

While many a grocery list has been scribbled during a train commute, now, for Chicago's more than one million weekly train passengers, groceries can be scanned, ordered and scheduled for home or office delivery, all via smartphones, faster than you can say "All aboard!"

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'Smarty Plants' Could Improve Crop Resilience

May 16, 2012 9:57 am | by BETSY BLANEY,Associated Press

No one's talking about giving intelligence tests, but researchers say they've shown that plants have smarts — the sort needed to help them survive dry times. Years from now the findings could lead to crops that are better able to withstand drought conditions. Already, studies on two crops have shown they too have short-term memory for surviving dry times, University of Nebraska-Lincoln researcher Michael Fromm's said.

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Smucker Lowers Coffee Prices

May 16, 2012 9:53 am

The J. M. Smucker Co. is cutting most of its packaged coffee prices by 6 percent on average because it is paying less for unroasted beans.

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Activist Firm Takes $600M Stake In PepsiCo

May 16, 2012 9:52 am

Activist investor Ralph Whitworth said Tuesday that his firm has taken a $600 million stake in PepsiCo Inc., a move that could ramp up pressure on the company to make changes.

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Photo Of The Day: Virtual Grocery Store

May 16, 2012 9:49 am

Peapod, the nation's leading Internet grocer, has placed a virtual grocery store in Chicago's highly traveled State and Lake Station Tunnel.

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Nestle Purine Recalls Cat Food

May 15, 2012 12:59 pm

Nestle Purina PetCare (NPP) is voluntarily recalling one specific lot of its Purina Veterinary Diets® OM Overweight Management canned cat food, available through veterinarians in the U.S. and Canada.  This precautionary measure is being taken in response to one consumer complaint received by FDA.  Analytical testing of the product sample by FDA indicated a low level of thiamine (Vitamin B1). 

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Garlic Compound Fights Campylobacter Better Than Antibiotics

May 15, 2012 12:56 pm | by By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Researchers at Washington State University have found that a compound in garlic is 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics at fighting the Campylobacter bacterium, one of the most common causes of intestinal illness. Their work was published recently in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.

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Deep-Sea Water Bottler To Pay $2M For Violations

May 15, 2012 12:52 pm

A deep-sea water bottling company has agreed to pay $2 million to the Hawaii Department of Health to settle a violation order. Hawaii health officials last year issued an order alleging Koyo USA Corp. adulterated its product with rejected water over five years. Koyo mines, desalinates and bottles deep-sea water off the Big Island with the slogan, "Purely the Best Water in the World."

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Judge Rejects Hostess’ Motion To Reject Teamster Contracts

May 15, 2012 12:50 pm

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain issued an oral decision Monday night denying Hostess Brands Inc's motion to reject all Teamster labor contracts, meaning that all contracts with Teamster local unions remain in effect.

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Consumer Trends: Becoming A Mom Changes Buying Behavior

May 15, 2012 12:47 pm

Recent Mintel research found that being a mom changes the way women shop, as an increased emphasis is put on the safety, value and nutrition of everyday purchases.

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Tyson CEO To Ring Closing Bell

May 15, 2012 9:50 am

Tyson Foods president and CEO Donnie Smith will ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Smith will ring the bell Tuesday afternoon to mark the Springdale-based poultry company's 15th anniversary of trading on the well-known securities market.

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