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Low pH Levels Can Eliminate Some Massive Fish Kills

December 21, 2012 12:12 pm

Baylor University researchers are one step closer to understanding the algae that causes a substantial number of fish deaths in more than 18 states. Golden algae, Texas Tide or Prymnesium parvum, as it is known by its scientific name, produces toxins that can severely impact aquatic organisms. Over the past decade, golden algae blooms have been responsible for the death of tens of millions of fish in Texas reservoirs.

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Mondelez Gives CEO $10M Award

December 21, 2012 12:08 pm

The company that makes Oreo cookies is sweetening the pay for its CEO with a special stock award valued at $10 million. Mondelez Inc. says in a regulatory filing that the reward recognizes Irene Rosenfeld for "top-tier performance," including the recent "highly successful" spinoff of its Kraft Foods grocery business.

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FDA: Fast-Growing Salmon Would Not Harm Nature

December 21, 2012 12:06 pm

Federal health regulators say a genetically engineered salmon that grows twice as fast as normal is unlikely to harm the environment, clearing the way for the first approval of a genetically engineered animal for human consumption. The Food and Drug Administration has released its environmental assessment of the AquaAdvantage salmon, a faster-growing fish which has been subject to a contentious, yearslong debate at the agency.

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Hostess Expects To Split Up Snacks In Sale

December 21, 2012 12:04 pm

Twinkies, Wonder Bread and Devil Dogs are likely to return to shelves in coming months, but probably not under the same owners. Hostess Brands Inc. said in bankruptcy court Friday that it's narrowing down the bids it received for its brands and expects to sell off its snack cakes and bread brands to separate buyers. The testimony came from an investment banker for Hostess, which is in the process of liquidating.

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Consumer Trends: Dairy Industry Growth To Slow In 2013

December 21, 2012 12:02 pm

Rabobank has published a new fourth quarter 2012 research report on the global dairy industry.  In the report, Rabobank forecasts that demand growth will slow but will not prevent a price recovery in 2013. Rabobank's Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group says that the slow recovery in international dairy prices that began in August continued into the final quarter of this year, but failed to gain much momentum.

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Thought Of The Day: A Fight For The Horses

December 21, 2012 9:58 am

New Mexico meat processor Valley Meat Co. is suing the U.S. federal government after the USDA ceased inspection of the company's horse slaughtering facility. Valley Meat alleges it is the victim of emotional political debates and that it has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars due to federal inaction.

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Fish Regulators Put Off Vote On Cuts In NE

December 21, 2012 9:57 am | by JAY LINDSAY,Associated Press

Fishing regulators on Thursday delayed voting on huge cuts to the catch of New England fishermen after repeated and emotional warnings that the reductions would finish off the flailing industry. The New England Fishery Management Council voted 15-2 to put off deciding on new catch limits for various bottom-dwelling groundfish species until their next meeting, scheduled for the end of January.

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Kraft Increasing Production At Va. Facility

December 21, 2012 9:55 am

Kraft Foods Group is planning to increase production of its Capri Sun beverages at its facility in Frederick County, creating 25 jobs. Gov. Bob McDonnell said the company plans to invest $25 million for the ramp up and to install new packaging technology.

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Budding Boilo Baron Peddles Pa. Holiday Cocktail

December 21, 2012 9:52 am | by MICHAEL RUBINKAM,Associated Press

Chris Brokenshire has been making and drinking boilo for nearly 20 years. And now he's hoping to export this obscure cultural oddity to the masses, developing a drink mix that he began selling last month in a few brick-and-mortar stores in Schuylkill County — the epicenter of the boilo-making tradition — as well as online at his website.

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Chicken Farmer Prevails In Pollution Lawsuit

December 21, 2012 9:49 am | by ERIC TUCKER,Associated Press

A Maryland farmer who raises chickens for poultry giant Perdue Farms did not discharge pollution into a nearby river, a federal judge ruled Thursday in a case that had been closely watched by environmentalists and the poultry industry. U.S. District Judge William Nickerson sided with Alan Hudson in a 50-page ruling, saying a New York-based environmental group that sued the farmer and Perdue for pollution had failed to prove its case.

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Meat Company Sues Feds Over Horse Slaughterhouse

December 21, 2012 9:46 am | by JERI CLAUSING,Associated Press

A New Mexico meat company that wants to resume domestic horse slaughter for food is suing the federal government, alleging inaction on its application was driven by emotional political debates and has cost it hundreds of thousands of dollars. Valley Meat Co. is seeking to force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to resume inspections necessary to open what would be the nation's first new horse slaughterhouse in more than five years.

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Photo Of The Day: Drinking To The Holidays

December 21, 2012 9:42 am

In this Dec. 12, 2012 photo Chris Brokenshire poses with his creation, a drink mix based on a traditional Pennsylvania coal-region cocktail called boilo, in Ringtown, Pa. Brokenshire is trying to commercialize the drink, which has been around for at least a century and is typically consumed around the holidays.

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Thought Of The Day: Discrimination In The Workplace

December 20, 2012 12:50 pm

Though the company admitted no wrongdoing, Clougherty Packing Co., the Hormel Foods subsidiary that makes Farmer John and Dodger Dogs products, has agreed to settle a discrimination suit brought by 2,000 women whose applications for entry-level jobs were rejected between 2007 and 2009.

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SD Food Group Sued By Investors

December 20, 2012 12:49 pm

Fifteen investors of a Sioux Falls food service marketing company have filed a lawsuit demanding the repayment of more than $2.2 million in funds they allege were obtained through fraud. The Argus Leader reports that the lawsuit was filed against the current and former owners of Fuzion Food Group.

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Food, Beverage Cartons Become More Recyclable

December 20, 2012 12:46 pm

In 2009, a group of carton manufactures joined forces as the Carton Council to increase carton recycling availability in the U.S. In just three years, the number of households who can recycle cartons has grown from 18 percent to now more than 40 percent, an increase of 128 percent. This represents more than 47.9 million U.S. households.

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NY Brewery To Produce 'Game Of Thrones' Beer

December 20, 2012 12:44 pm

A new line of beers linked to the hit HBO drama "Game of Thrones" is being produced for the series by an upstate New York brewery. Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown will bring out Iron Throne Blonde Ale in time for the premiere of the show's third season on March 31.

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Strike Looms At East And Gulf Ports

December 20, 2012 12:42 pm | by JAY LINDSAY,Associated Press

Ingrid Hirstin Lazcano, founder of the Los Angeles-based Andean Dream LCC, said a strike on the East and Gulf Coasts could bankrupt her company, which sells soups, pasta and other products made from quinoa, a grain, grown in the Bolivian Andes. The company has two containers shipped monthly to both Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

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ConAgra 2Q Profit Rises On Acquisitions

December 20, 2012 12:40 pm

ConAgra posted a 17 percent rise in net income for the second quarter Thursday after a $5 billion acquisition this year of Ralcorp. The results beat Wall Street predictions and the Omaha, Neb., company, which makesBanquet, Chef Boyardee and Marie Callender's, boosted its profit guidance for the entire year.

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Consumer Trends: Americans Love To Cook During Holidays

December 20, 2012 12:36 pm

According to new research from Mintel, cooking at home is heating up with more than one quarter (26%) of American consumers saying that they "love" cooking versus only a mere 9% who claim to dislike putting their apron on. And what's more, up to 20% of US consumers describe their cooking skills level as advanced, meanwhile almost half (46%) feel they have at least an intermediate level.

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Hillshire Brands To Sell Australian Subsidiary

December 20, 2012 9:45 am

The Hillshire Brands Co. is selling an Australian subsidiary to McCain Foods Ltd. for approximately $85 million. The Chicago-based meat company, which was once part of the Sara Lee Corp., said late Tuesday that the deal will allow it to focus on its North American retail and food service business.

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