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Consumer Trends: Common Cooking Blunders

October 4, 2012 12:00 pm | by SOURCE Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education

The Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education is reminding all Canadians, we all have a role to play in ensuring our homes are food-safe. Research findings reveal despite the fact a majority of adults feel confident they understand and follow safe food handling procedures, a sizeable number do not consistently follow certain safe food handling practices.

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UN: World Food Prices Rose In September

October 4, 2012 10:14 am

A U.N. agency says international food prices ticked upward in September after two months of stability. The U.N. Food and Agriculture index rose 1.4 percent from its level in August but the agency also reported some positive signs. International wheat prices fell toward the second half of the month following Russia's announcement that it would not impose restrictions on exports.

Hershey To Use Only Certified Cocoa By 2020

October 4, 2012 10:12 am | by RON TODT,Associated Press

Candy maker Hershey is vowing to use only certified cocoa for all of its chocolate products by 2020 and accelerate programs to help eliminate child labor in the cocoa-producing regions of West Africa. The company has come under fire from activists who said it was the only major chocolate producer in the world that hadn't made a commitment to use certified cocoa.

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Drought Decimates Hawaii’s Local Beef Industry

October 4, 2012 10:09 am | by AUDREY McAVOY,Associated Press

Rancher and veterinarian Dr. Tim Richards has been trying for six years to raise more cattle on his family's century-old ranch. He holds back some calves he previously would have sent to Oregon, Texas or elsewhere for final feeding, or "finishing." But eight years of below-normal rainfall have left little grass for the cattle to eat.

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FDA: Ind. Cantaloupe Farm Tied To Outbreak Unclean

October 4, 2012 10:07 am | by RICK CALLAHAN,Associated Press

A federal inspector found two strains of salmonella and unclean conditions at an Indiana cantaloupe farm's fruit-packing plant during inspections prompted by a deadly outbreak linked to the farm's melons. The Food and Drug Administration's report on the mid-August inspections at Chamberlain Farm Produce Inc. shows an inspector found improperly cleaned and apparently rusted and corroded equipment.

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Canadian Food Safety System Questioned Amid Recall

October 4, 2012 10:04 am | by Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press

Since a shipment of E. coli-contaminated Canadian beef from Alberta-based XL Foods Inc. was stopped at the American border on Sept. 4, the Conservative government has stoutly maintained the domestic food inspection system is working as it should.

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Photo Of The Day: Drought Hit's Hawaii's Beef Industry

October 4, 2012 9:58 am

National interest in locally grown food and grass-fed beef has caught on in Hawaii — offering ranchers plenty of reason to escape this paradox. But the opportunity comes as crushing drought has made it difficult to keep enough cattle here to capitalize on the demand.

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Consumer Trends: Top 10 Most Consumed Seafood Items

October 3, 2012 1:00 pm

From Canned Tuna to Cod the top ten most consumed seafood items by Americans are a very familiar group that feeds a growing market. The federal government recently reported that the overall seafood volume was 4,650,000,000 pounds.  The data also showed American seafood companies exported a record 3.3 billion pounds valued at $5.4 billion.

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Lawsuit: Alberta Beef Plant Put Profits Above Food Safety

October 3, 2012 12:30 pm

A lawsuit alleges that XL Foods processed beef products knowing it had poor quality control systems and that it put profits above the safety of consumers. The statement of claim has not been proven in court and a judge will determine if it may proceed as a class-action lawsuit.

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Monsanto 4th-Quarter Loss Widens

October 3, 2012 12:27 pm

Monsanto's fiscal fourth-quarter loss widened as its operating expenses increased. The agricultural products company's adjusted earnings beat Wall Street's estimates, but its revenue fell short of expectations and it provided a full-year earnings forecast below analysts' estimates.

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Coca-Cola Pulls Ads From Vietnamese Piracy Site

October 3, 2012 12:25 pm | by CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press

Coca-Cola has pulled its advertising from a popular Vietnamese website notorious for providing unlicensed downloads of Western and local songs. The company abandoned Zing.vn after The Associated Press alerted it to local and international concerns about the website.

U.S. Labor Secretary Tours Vt. School Dairy Farm

October 3, 2012 12:22 pm | by WILSON RING, Associated Press

The students, faculty and staff at the Vermont Technical College are embarking on a new adventure as they implement a federal grant designed to make people ready to work in unique agricultural businesses, a new training system that could be copied by other schools across the country, U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said Tuesday.

Nasdaq Cancels Some Kraft Stock Trades

October 3, 2012 12:19 pm

Kraft Foods Group Inc.'s shares opened at $45.55 Wednesday before surging to $58.54. Nasdaq says it is looking into "potentially erroneous transactions" and will cancel all trades above $47.82 that happened during a one-minute window at 9:30 A.M. EDT.

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Chiquita Brands Names CEO

October 3, 2012 9:28 am

Produce company Chiquita Brands International Inc. has named Edward F. Lonergan as its CEO and president to help with its turnaround efforts. Chiquita previously announced a cost-cutting plan aimed at saving $60 million annually by streamlining its administrative and manufacturing costs.

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Ranchers See Increase In Grass Thefts Amid Drought

October 3, 2012 9:24 am | by RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated Press

With drought drying out grazing land and driving up hay prices, some ranchers in New Mexico have started cutting neighbors' fences or leaving gates open so their cattle can graze on greener pastures. Authorities in other drought-stricken states say they've seen similar fence cuttings, along with thefts of livestock and other material.

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Kraft Marks First Day As Independently Traded Company

October 2, 2012 10:08 pm | by SOURCE Kraft Foods Inc.

Tony Vernon, CEO of Kraft Foods Group, Inc., Tuesday joined employees in the company's Northfield, Ill., headquarters to ring the Opening Bell of the NASDAQ Stock Market and kick off the new food and beverage company's first day of trading as an independent company. 

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Top 10 Innovative Products Revealed At Trade Show

October 2, 2012 10:03 pm

Canadian grocers and industry delegates voted on the innovative products at the grocery industry conference and trade show. Attendees had the chance to test and review hundreds of new products for the year ahead. Products were evaluated based on three criteria: most unique, most buzzworthy and best consumer response.

AGP Co-op Expands Production Of Soy Feed Additive

October 2, 2012 10:00 pm

Ag Processing Inc. plans to expand one of its soybean processing plants in Minnesota to boost production of a soy feed additive for cattle. AGP said Tuesday it plans to invest millions of dollars in expanding the Dawson, Minn., plant, but the company did not say exactly how much the project will cost.

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Photo Of The Day: Dogs Gather To Protest Food Quality

October 2, 2012 9:56 pm

Dogs of all sizes, shapes, ages and breeds united today to “Doggupy” New York City’s Union Square Park, turning out for a demonstration to demand nutritious, real, whole food and call for an end to the inferior kibble that they’ve been fed for too long.

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Smart Balance Moving HQ To Boulder

October 2, 2012 1:13 pm

Smart Balance, Inc., a company that specializes in gluten-free diets, plant-based diets and other health foods, is moving its headquarters to Boulder, Colo. The company, now based in New Jersey, announced Tuesday that it will also change its name to Boulder Brands, Inc.

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