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European-Moroccan Pact Loosens Food Trade

February 17, 2012 12:45 pm

The European Parliament approved on Thursday a new fishing and farming accord with Morocco designed to reduce customs costs and boost trade across the Mediterranean.

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3,800 Pounds Of Chili Products Recalled

February 17, 2012 12:41 pm

The Chili Station, a Ludlow, Mass. establishment, is recalling approximately 3,800 pounds of chili products because they may have been produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

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Consumer Trends: Using Technology To Improve Food Shopping Experience

February 17, 2012 12:37 pm

The Department of Food Marketing at Saint Joseph’s University will host the sixth annual Food Industry Summit on Thursday, March 8 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. A venue for food industry CEOs, presidents and executives to present their insights on major issues and trends, this year’s event will focus on how companies can best use technology to improve their customers' shopping experience.

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Molson Coors Income Rises 58 Percent

February 17, 2012 10:15 am

Molson Coors Brewing Co. said Thursday that its net income rose 58 percent because it maintained and raised prices and cut costs and because the period had one more week this year than last.

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Nestle Beats Expectations But Expects Tough Year

February 17, 2012 10:10 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN,Associated Press

Nestle SA, the world's biggest food and drinks maker, managed to brush aside the impact of a soaring domestic currency to post a solid increase in profits in 2011 as sales rose strongly, particularly in developing countries. However, the maker of Nescafe, Perrier, Jenny Craig and Haagen Dazs accompanied its full-year statement on Thursday with a warning that tough times lie ahead.

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Butterball Employees Arrested For Animal Cruelty

February 17, 2012 10:07 am

Hidden-camera video secretly shot at a North Carolina Butterball factory farm by an undercover investigator with the animal protection organization Mercy For Animals (MFA) has led to felony and misdemeanor animal cruelty charges of five Butterball employees by state authorities.

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Steer Attacks Meat Processing Instructor

February 17, 2012 9:58 am

Officials at a northern Ohio vocational school say a steer attacked a veteran instructor during a meat processing class, and students reacted quickly by closing a gate to block the animal and calling 911.

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Mars To Make All Candy Bars Fewer Than 250 Calories

February 17, 2012 9:56 am

Mars Inc., the makers of popular candy brands including M&M's and Twix, will stop making chocolate products that exceed 250 calories by the end of next year.

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Photo Of The Day: All About Pesticide Residues

February 17, 2012 9:46 am

FDAImports.com designed this infographic as a commentary on the FDA's handling of a fungicide scare in orange juice imports.

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U.S. And China Sign Food Agreement

February 16, 2012 1:07 pm

The United States and China have agreed to sign a five-year agreement that will guide discussions on food security, food safety and sustainable agriculture.

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New England Shrimping Season To End Friday

February 16, 2012 1:05 pm | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

Over the objections of fishermen and shrimp processors, regulators on Wednesday voted to shut down the New England shrimp fishery after Friday because fishermen have reached their catch limit for the season.

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Dean Foods Issues Healthy Outlook

February 16, 2012 1:02 pm

Shares of Dean Foods soared Wednesday, after the dairy distributor announced an adjusted fourth-quarter profit that beat Wall Street predictions and issued a healthy outlook for the current quarter and full year.

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Kellogg Looks To Expand With Pringles

February 16, 2012 12:58 pm | by CANDICE CHOI and MICHELLE CHAPMAN,AP Business Writers

The food giant is best known for its lineup of sweet breakfast items, including Frosted Flakes and Eggo frozen waffles. But on Wednesday, it became the world's second-biggest savory snack maker behind PepsiCo Inc.'s Frito-Lay with a $2.7 billion deal to buy the potato snack brand from Procter & Gamble.

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Tainted Sprouts Again Linked To Jimmy John's

February 16, 2012 12:53 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that 12 cases of E. coli poisoning in five states are linked to raw clover sprouts eaten at Jimmy John's restaurants. The outbreak comes a year after raw alfalfa sprouts from one of the chain's suppliers were linked to 140 salmonella illnesses.

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Consumer Trends: Organic Food Sales Hit Record In 2011

February 16, 2012 12:35 pm

For the first time in four years since undertaking its Annual Organic Product Survey, TABS Group found a significant increase in American consumers reporting they purchased organic products and a jump in overall sales.  Specifically, the percentage of all consumers stating they purchased organics rose from 39.8 percent in January 2011 to 41.8 percent in January 2012, a 5 percent increase, according to Dr. Kurt Jetta, TABS Group CEO.

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2011 Beef And Pork Prices Hit Record Highs

February 16, 2012 10:15 am

A government report says U.S. beef and pork exports hit record highs last year because of stronger demand, particularly in Asian countries.

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Trinidad Moruga Scorpion: The Hottest Pepper On The Planet

February 16, 2012 10:10 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN,Associated Press

There are super-hot chile varieties. And then there's the sweat-inducing, tear-generating, mouth-on-fire Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. With a name like that, it's not surprising that months of research by the experts at New Mexico State University's Chile Pepper Institute have identified the variety as the new hottest pepper on the planet.

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Organic Milk Market Surges Faster Than Supply

February 16, 2012 10:07 am | by MICHAEL HILL,Associated Press

As the milk — which federal regulations require be from cows fed organic feed and free from production-boosting synthetic hormones — rose in popularity during the past decade, there haven't always been enough farmers to meet demand (it can take three years to transition a conventional dairy farm to organic).

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Dr Pepper Snapple 4Q Rises 48 Percent

February 16, 2012 10:04 am

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc.'s fourth-quarter net income climbed 48 percent, helped by higher prices and strong performances from its new Dr. Pepper TEN as well as its Sun Drop citrus-flavored beverage.

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Obama's Budget Cuts Pathogen Testing In Produce

February 16, 2012 9:58 am | by GARANCE BURKE,Associated Press

President Barack Obama's proposed budget would eliminate the nation's only program that regularly tests fruits and vegetables for deadly pathogens, leaving public health officials without a crucial tool used to investigate deadly foodborne illness outbreaks.

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