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U.S. Detains Import of Pomegranate Seeds

July 1, 2013 12:26 pm

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to detain shipments of pomegranate seeds from a Turkish company when they are offered for import into the U.S. because of a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A illnesses associated with a frozen-food blend containing pomegranate seed mix. Products linked to the illnesses have already been recalled.


Daily Sound Bite: Horse Slaughter Moves Forward

July 1, 2013 11:58 am

USDA officials have approved the application for a New Mexico slaughterhouse to convert its cattle slaughtering facility to a horse slaughterhouse, making Valley Meat Co. the first U.S. company to process horsemeat in seven years. But the company's attorney, Blair Dunn, sees a tough road ahead for Valley Meat.


Pa. Senators Win Key Vote on Liquor Bill

July 1, 2013 9:52 am | by MARC LEVY,Associated Press

Republican state senators won a key vote early Saturday morning on a provision to allow private store sales of wine and liquor in Pennsylvania after GOP leaders spent hours through the night seeking enough support to break the state's Depression-era control of the goods.


Shares of Alcoholic Beverage Companies Mixed

July 1, 2013 9:51 am

Shares of brewers and distillers were mixed on Friday after an analyst said that economic conditions, weather and foreign currency rates have all been worse than expected in developed and emerging markets. Mark Swartzberg of Stifel Nicolaus said that sales volume for Anheuser-Busch InBev in North America is declining more than expected.


Marketing Sweet Potatoes to the Nation

July 1, 2013 9:49 am | by ALI ROCKETT,The Fayetteville Observer

George Wooten is president of Wayne E. Bailey Produce in Chadbourn, N.C. Industry leaders say his company, which handles 10 percent of the nation's sweet potatoes, has been a forerunner in innovation and marketing the root vegetable as a healthier alternative to its starchy tuber cousin, the white potato.


Farmers Warn of High Milk Prices Without Farm Bill

July 1, 2013 9:47 am | by M.L. JOHNSON,Associated Press

Dairy farmers expressed frustration last week with Congress' failure to pass a farm bill, saying the uncertainty made it hard to do business and some could go under without changes to the federal milk program. Farmers also worried that if a current nine-month extension of the 2008 farm bill expires with no action, a 64-year-old law will kick in, sending milk prices spiraling.


Feds Clear Way for Domestic Horse Slaughter

July 1, 2013 9:45 am | by JERI CLAUSING,Associated Press

Federal officials cleared the way Friday for a return to domestic horse slaughter, granting a southeastern New Mexico company's application to convert its cattle facility into a horse processing plant. In approving Valley Meat Co.'s plans to produce horse meat, Department of Agriculture officials also indicated they would grant similar permits to companies in Iowa and Missouri as early as next week.


Photo of the Day: Feds Approve Horse Slaughterhouse

July 1, 2013 9:41 am

Valley Meat Co. has been sitting idle for more than a year, waiting for the Department of Agriculture to approve its plans to slaughter horses. Federal officials have granted the southeastern New Mexico company's request to open a horse slaughterhouse, adding that they plan to grant similar permits to operations in Iowa and Missouri.


Consumer Trends: The Health Benefits of Raisins

June 28, 2013 1:00 pm

Based on a comprehensive review of nearly 80 studies, researchers found that raisin consumption may reduce the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease, contribute to improved blood glucose control for diabetic individuals, and be useful for weight loss and weight management.


Nestle to Ope Product Technology Center in Ohio

June 28, 2013 12:43 pm

Nestle S.A. will invest $53 million to establish a new building that will expand the existing R&D facility in Solon, Ohio. The new center will be designated as a global Product Technology Center, dedicated to frozen and chilled foods research, and will serve Nestle's businesses worldwide.


School Junk Food Rules: What's In & What's Out

June 28, 2013 12:25 pm | by The Associated Press

The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make sure all foods sold in schools are healthful. The rule announced Thursday will apply to "a la carte" lines in school cafeterias, vending machines, snack bars and any other food sold regularly on campus.


Pa. House OKs Direct Shipments of Wine to Buyers

June 28, 2013 12:08 pm

Wineries are closer to being able to ship their products directly to Pennsylvania consumers after the passage of a bill in the state House. The vote Thursday sent the bill to the state Senate. It would allow wine producers to obtain a license through the Liquor Control Board.


Expansion Planned at Woodford Reserve Distillery

June 28, 2013 12:07 pm

Liquor producer Brown-Forman Corp. says it will invest more than $35 million to expand operations at its Woodford Reserve Distillery in central Kentucky. The Louisville-based company said Thursday it would add warehouses where the bourbon ages for several years before being bottled.


Long-Closed Distillery Reopening in Ky.

June 28, 2013 12:06 pm

A distillery that began operating in western Kentucky more than 100 years ago and closed in the middle of the 20th century is reopening in downtown Louisville. Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. will be reopened by next spring by the original owner's great-grandson.


Daily Sound Bite: Troubled Packing House to Reopen Under New Management

June 28, 2013 10:48 am

A Nebraska packing house that closed five years ago will open again as Open Range Beef after the facility was sold last week. The city manager of Gordon, Neb. touted the future economic benefit Open Range will bring to the area, which includes the Pine Ridge Reservation.


Photo of the Day: Chobani Rolls Out Gourmet Creations

June 28, 2013 10:00 am

Chobani Flip features dynamic pairings of authentic strained Greek Yogurt complemented by innovative mix-ins such as chia seeds, hemp seeds and pistachios. The four new varieties are inspired directly from the unique yogurt creations served at Chobani SoHo, the brand's innovative retail store in New York City.

U.S. Lawmakers to Hold Hearing on Smithfield Deal

June 28, 2013 9:24 am

U.S. lawmakers are set to weigh in on Smithfield Foods Inc.'s pending takeover by China's largest meat producer. The Senate Agriculture Committee has set a July 10 hearing to discuss the deal struck last month with Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd.


Umnitza Baby Cereal Recalled After Illness

June 28, 2013 9:23 am | by The Canadian Press

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the Umnitza brand of baby cereal products is being recalled because they may contain the chemical known as mycotoxin HT-2. Mycotoxins are produced by the Fusarium species of molds, which can grow in a variety of crops and foods, including cereals.


Neb. Packing House to Reopen Under New Management

June 28, 2013 9:20 am

A Nebraska meatpacking plant will reopen under new management nearly five years after it was forced to close because of legal and financial problems tied to its sister facility in eastern Iowa. The Gordon City Council approved the plant's sale late last week to Open Range Beef, a company registered in Bellevue.


Wegmans, Cornell Boost NY Cheese Industry

June 28, 2013 9:18 am

The Wegmans supermarket chain is partnering with Cornell University in a project showcasing and promoting New York's specialty cheese industry. Wegmans announced Wednesday that a selection of New York cheeses from five artisan cheesemakers will be available at its store in the Rochester suburb of Pittsford.



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