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Judge Leaves ‘Pink Slime’ Case Over ABC Ties

November 28, 2012 9:33 am

A federal judge has recused himself from presiding over a $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC because his daughter-in-law works as a producer on one of the network's morning shows. Judge Lawrence L. Piersol recused himself from hearing the defamation lawsuit because his daughter-in-law works as a producer on "Good Morning America."


ConAgra And Ralcorp Ratings Reviewed After Deal

November 28, 2012 9:31 am

Fitch Ratings downgraded its ratings on ConAgra Foods and two other rating agencies are reviewing their assessment of ConAgra and Ralcorp, following the food company's announcement Tuesday that it plans to buy private-label food producer Ralcorp for $5 billion.


Frozen Foods Owner Sentenced In USDA Scam

November 28, 2012 9:29 am

A 47-year-old business owner from northern Georgia was sentenced to 12 months and one day in federal prison for defrauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Mushtaq "Mike" Mistry, of Lawrenceville, submitted about $300,000 worth of false claims to the USDA.


Photo Of The Day: Frosty The Cake Pop

November 28, 2012 9:25 am

Cake pops are one of the most popular forms of dessert at parties and gatherings this season. Angie "Bakerella" Dudley created this exclusive recipe — Bakerella's Snowman Cake Pops — in partnership with Betty Crocker for the 2012 Red Hot Holiday Trends.


Tennessee Selected For Food Safety Center

November 27, 2012 12:40 pm

The University of Tennessee and the state Department of Health are partnering to develop training to improve responses to food-borne illnesses and outbreaks in Tennessee and across the country. The Food Safety Modernization Act directed the CDC to create five Integrated Food Safety Centers of Excellence at state health departments across the country.


Economist: U.S. Corn Dominance Fading

November 27, 2012 12:38 pm

A Purdue University agricultural economist says America's role as the world's corn export king is on the decline. Purdue's Philip Abbott says that prior to a 2007-08 spike in commodity prices, the U.S. exported well over half of the corn that entered international markets.


Lobster Experts Gather For Maine Symposium

November 27, 2012 12:36 pm | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

Top lobster scientists are meeting to look at fundamental changes that have affected lobsters in recent years after a summer that featured a potentially record-breaking haul in Maine and Canada and a crash in wholesale prices. The Maine Sea Grant program at the University of Maine is hosting the conference in Portland beginning Tuesday.


Consumer Reports: Harmful Bacteria Found In Pork

November 27, 2012 12:34 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

Consumer Reports says it has found high rates of bacteria in its testing and analysis of pork chop and ground-pork samples from six U.S. cities. Especially high rates of yersinia, a bacterium that can cause food poisoning, were found, with the bacterium being detected in 69 percent of the 198 pork samples tested.


Halal Food Supplier Investigated For False Labeling

November 27, 2012 12:24 pm

The maker of a popular brand of food for observant Muslims says in court documents that it is facing a potentially crippling investigation into whether it falsely labeled meat products as being processed in compliance with Islamic law. Midamar Corp. says that investigators seized its bank account and records under search warrants executed at the Cedar Rapids firm last month.


Consumer Trends: Holiday Baking Ideas

November 27, 2012 12:22 pm

Whether it's baking cookies for a neighborhood cookie share or a sweet treat to enjoy after wrapping gifts, the McCormick Kitchens are helping home bakers get "Cookie Inspired" by infusing seasonal signature favorites with inspirational new twists.


New Zealand Backs Anti-Whaling Suit Against Japan

November 27, 2012 9:43 am

New Zealand is supporting Australia's attempt in an international court to stop Japan from whaling in the Southern Ocean. New Zealand wants to intervene in a lawsuit Australia brought against Japan two years ago in the International Court of Justice.


Analyst Downgrades McDonald’s, Citing Competition

November 27, 2012 9:41 am

McDonald's Corp. was downgraded Monday by a Lazard Capital Markets analyst, who said that tough competition may hinder sales growth. Analyst Matthew DiFrisco, cutting McDonald's to "Neutral" from "Buy," said he expects that a key sales figure will shrink 1.8 percent in the last three months of 2012, with a slow start in 2013.

Apple Cidering A Tradition For S.D. Community

November 27, 2012 9:37 am

A taste for apples, a September 1978 issue of Popular Mechanics and a bumper crop of fruit combined to create what has become a tradition for two Brookings, S.D., families and their friends. Gregg Carlson, a professor in plant science at South Dakota State University, and his neighbor David Francis bought acreages next to one another northeast of Brookings more than 20 years ago.


ConAgra Buying Ralcorp For About $5 Billion

November 27, 2012 9:35 am

U.S.-based ConAgra Foods has agreed to buy private-label food producer Ralcorp for about $5 billion, which will make it North America's biggest manufacturer of cereals, crackers and other packaged foods sold under store labels. ConAgra Foods Inc. said the acquisition will strengthen its overall position in the North American packaged food business.


FDA Halts Reopening Of Sunland Plant

November 27, 2012 9:32 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on a New Mexico peanut butter plant that had repeated food safety violations over several years, using new authority to halt operations at facilities that may be producing unsafe food. The agency on Monday suspended the registration of Sunland Inc., which is the country's largest organic peanut butter processor.


Photo Of The Day: A Juicy Tradition

November 27, 2012 9:30 am

Slicing through the center of each apple is important, because worms sometimes enter the blossom end, leaving no telltale signs on the outside of the apple. The worm tracks and blemishes must be cut out of the apples before they can be turned into cider.


Cherry Tomatoes Recalled For Salmonella

November 26, 2012 12:37 pm

A central Iowa fruit and vegetable distributor is recalling several lots of cherry tomatoes after the grower notified the distributor that Salmonella was found in random sample testing by the Food and Drug Administration. Capital City Fruit Inc., of Norwalk says the recalled cherry tomatoes from Rio Queen Citrus are packaged in one-pint containers as Capital Brand Clamshell Cherry Tomatoes.


Alaska Workshop Explores Smoking And Salting Fish

November 26, 2012 12:35 pm | by NICOLE KLAUSS,Kodiak Daily Mirror

Eagle River resident Zach Shlosar loves smoking fish for fun and is considering turning it into a business. To find out whether or not it is something he wants to pursue commercially, he spent three days this month at a fish smoking and salting workshop hosted by the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center.


Arkansas Plant To Produce Edamame

November 26, 2012 12:33 pm | by JOHN MAGSAM,Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A processing plant is moving Arkansas one step closer to becoming the first state in the nation to commercially produce edamame, a popular food in Asia that's seeing increasing U.S. demand. Edamame — green soybean pods or seeds — are usually steamed or served cold as a side dish or in salads and soups.


Coca-Cola To Invest $30M In Tajikistan

November 26, 2012 12:31 pm

Tajikistan says a Coca-Cola bottling company plans to invest $30 million on beginning production in this Central Asian nation. The country's investment committee said Friday an agreement was reached on a memorandum of understanding at a meeting this week.



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