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The FDA has been haggling over how to write them since Congress passed a food ... Washington • The government will rewrite sweeping new food safety rules after farmers complained that earlier proposals could hurt business, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday. The FDA’s new proposals would allow farmers to meet water quality standards more easily and to harvest crops sooner after using raw manure as fertilizer. The FDA offered the revised rules Friday, and the final rules are due next fall. The FDA has been haggling over how to write them since Congress passed a food ... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58433256@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:38:01 MDT The Kuro taste: Peppery tang and hint of squid ink http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58432562-79/black-burger-kuro-taste.html.csp Tokyo • The first Kuro, or black, burger had a black bun and sauce. Last year’s edition, the Kuro Ninja, added a slice of (non-black) bacon to the signature black components. Now Burger King Japan is going black on black. The fast-food chain added black cheese and darkened the other ingredients in the special burger duo added to menus Friday. Marketing Manager Kana Ienega said Burger King Japan wants people to try the burger and find it tasty even though it may look unappetizing at first. ——— WH... Tokyo • The first Kuro, or black, burger had a black bun and sauce. Last year’s edition, the Kuro Ninja, added a slice of (non-black) bacon to the signature black components. Now Burger King Japan is going black on black. The fast-food chain added black cheese and darkened the other ingredients in the special burger duo added to menus Friday. Marketing Manager Kana Ienega said Burger King Japan wants people to try the burger and find it tasty even though it may look unappetizing at first. ——— WH... 58432562@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:12:02 MDT USDA approves new modified corn, soybean seeds http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58426130-79/herbicide-seeds-24-corn.html.csp Washington • The Agriculture Department has approved the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to a popular weed killer. However, farmers won’t be able to take full advantage of the seeds until the Environmental Protection Agency issues a second ruling allowing the use of Enlist, a new version of the 2,4-D weed killer that’s been around since the 1940s. The EPA has said it will rule this fall on Dow AgroSciences’ application to market the chemical. The agriculture... Washington • The Agriculture Department has approved the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to a popular weed killer. However, farmers won’t be able to take full advantage of the seeds until the Environmental Protection Agency issues a second ruling allowing the use of Enlist, a new version of the 2,4-D weed killer that’s been around since the 1940s. The EPA has said it will rule this fall on Dow AgroSciences’ application to market the chemical. The agriculture... 58426130@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:30:02 MDT Abuse allegations leveled against New Mexico dairy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58425895-79/dairy-mexico-animal-cows.html.csp Albuquerque • The New Mexico Livestock Board has launched an investigation into a southern New Mexico dairy after an activist working with an animal welfare group recorded secret video showing workers whipping cows with chains and wire cables, kicking and punching the animals, and shocking them with electric prods. Board officials confirmed the investigation into the practices at the Winchester Dairy near Dexter on Tuesday. They were working on interviewing the activist and tracking down the wor... Albuquerque • The New Mexico Livestock Board has launched an investigation into a southern New Mexico dairy after an activist working with an animal welfare group recorded secret video showing workers whipping cows with chains and wire cables, kicking and punching the animals, and shocking them with electric prods. Board officials confirmed the investigation into the practices at the Winchester Dairy near Dexter on Tuesday. They were working on interviewing the activist and tracking down the wor... 58425895@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:27:01 MDT Large number of salmon return to Columbia River http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58408064-79/fish-salmon-dam-river.html.csp Portland, Ore. • Hundreds of thousands of salmon are making their way from the ocean up the Columbia River this month, a windfall for salmon eaters, and for tribal and recreational fishermen in the Pacific Northwest. It’s one of the largest runs since dam construction blocked fishes’ river passage. The run is forecast at 1.5 million adult and young adult salmon by year’s end, although fish managers say the final number may turn out to be lower. “It’s a huge run of fish. It’s been a really good f... Portland, Ore. • Hundreds of thousands of salmon are making their way from the ocean up the Columbia River this month, a windfall for salmon eaters, and for tribal and recreational fishermen in the Pacific Northwest. It’s one of the largest runs since dam construction blocked fishes’ river passage. The run is forecast at 1.5 million adult and young adult salmon by year’s end, although fish managers say the final number may turn out to be lower. “It’s a huge run of fish. It’s been a really good f... 58408064@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:52:28 MDT Defense: Plant owner scapegoat in salmonella case http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58408093-79/peanut-parnell-plant-salmonella.html.csp Albany, Ga. • The owner of a Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak five years ago was charged with federal crimes as a scapegoat for large food companies authorities didn’t want to prosecute and subordinate managers who weren’t prominent enough to shoulder the blame, a defense attorney told jurors in wrapping up his case Friday. Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell has been on trial since Aug. 1, charged he with shipping tainted peanuts and peanut butt... Albany, Ga. • The owner of a Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak five years ago was charged with federal crimes as a scapegoat for large food companies authorities didn’t want to prosecute and subordinate managers who weren’t prominent enough to shoulder the blame, a defense attorney told jurors in wrapping up his case Friday. Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell has been on trial since Aug. 1, charged he with shipping tainted peanuts and peanut butt... 58408093@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:42:02 MDT Olive Garden investor: Back off on the breadsticks http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58406206-79/garden-olive-starboard-breadsticks.html.csp New York • Olive Garden is hurting itself by piling on too many breadsticks, according to an investor that’s disputing how the restaurant chain is run. In a nearly 300-page critique, the hedge fund Starboard Value says Olive Garden restaurants lack training and discipline and that servers bring too many breadsticks to tables at a time. That leads to waste — and cold breadsticks, Starboard says. The investor notes that the official policy is to provide one breadstick per customer, plus an extra f... New York • Olive Garden is hurting itself by piling on too many breadsticks, according to an investor that’s disputing how the restaurant chain is run. In a nearly 300-page critique, the hedge fund Starboard Value says Olive Garden restaurants lack training and discipline and that servers bring too many breadsticks to tables at a time. That leads to waste — and cold breadsticks, Starboard says. The investor notes that the official policy is to provide one breadstick per customer, plus an extra f... 58406206@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:52:41 MDT USDA says corn, soybean harvests are new records http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58403881-79/bushels-corn-billion-record.html.csp Des Moines • The nation’s corn and soybean farmers will bring in by far the largest harvest ever this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday in a new report. Corn farmers are expected to harvest nearly 14.4 billion bushels of corn, up from last year’s 13.9 billion bushel record. The yield of 172 bushels per acre is significantly higher than the previous record set in 2009 of 165 bushels per acre. Record yields will be set in 18 states, the USDA said, and 10 states including Illin... Des Moines • The nation’s corn and soybean farmers will bring in by far the largest harvest ever this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday in a new report. Corn farmers are expected to harvest nearly 14.4 billion bushels of corn, up from last year’s 13.9 billion bushel record. The yield of 172 bushels per acre is significantly higher than the previous record set in 2009 of 165 bushels per acre. Record yields will be set in 18 states, the USDA said, and 10 states including Illin... 58403881@www.sltrib.com Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:13:01 MDT Prosecutor: Plant owner OK’d tainted peanut sales http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58403706-79/plant-peanut-parnell-salmonella.html.csp Albany, Ga. • The owner of a Georgia peanut plant where a deadly salmonella outbreak originated five years ago approved sales of tainted food “whatever the risk,” including shipments known to have tested positive for the bacteria and others sent with fake lab results and no real confirmation the products were safe to eat, a prosecutor told jurors during closing arguments in the food-poisoning trial Thursday. Former Peanut Corporation owner Stewart Parnell and two co-defendants have been on trial... Albany, Ga. • The owner of a Georgia peanut plant where a deadly salmonella outbreak originated five years ago approved sales of tainted food “whatever the risk,” including shipments known to have tested positive for the bacteria and others sent with fake lab results and no real confirmation the products were safe to eat, a prosecutor told jurors during closing arguments in the food-poisoning trial Thursday. Former Peanut Corporation owner Stewart Parnell and two co-defendants have been on trial... 58403706@www.sltrib.com Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:38:02 MDT Jake Leinenkugel retires from craft brewery http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58394240-79/leinenkugel-jake-brewery-beer.html.csp Milwaukee • Jake Leinenkugel announced Tuesday he is stepping down as president of the craft brewery started by his great-great-grandfather and will be succeeded by his younger brother Dick Leinenkugel, who formerly led economic development efforts in Wisconsin. Jake Leinenkugel, 62, is familiar to beer drinkers as the star of ads promoting his family’s brand. He took over day-to-day operations of the company a year after its 1988 merger with Miller Brewing Co., now MillerCoors, and oversaw rece... Milwaukee • Jake Leinenkugel announced Tuesday he is stepping down as president of the craft brewery started by his great-great-grandfather and will be succeeded by his younger brother Dick Leinenkugel, who formerly led economic development efforts in Wisconsin. Jake Leinenkugel, 62, is familiar to beer drinkers as the star of ads promoting his family’s brand. He took over day-to-day operations of the company a year after its 1988 merger with Miller Brewing Co., now MillerCoors, and oversaw rece... 58394240@www.sltrib.com Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:00:02 MDT General Mills buying mac and cheese maker Annie’s http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58390365-79/annie-general-mills-percent.html.csp New York • Packaged food giant General Mills plans to buy Annie’s, the maker of rabbit-shaped mac and cheese, for $820 million, adding more natural and organic packaged offerings as consumers’ tastes change. General Mills Inc., the company behind classic food brands such as Pillsbury dough, Progresso soups, Yoplait yogurts and Cheerios and Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, has been trying to cut cost and has tweaked its recipes as sales stagnate. Sales have suffered as Greek yogurt and breakfast san... New York • Packaged food giant General Mills plans to buy Annie’s, the maker of rabbit-shaped mac and cheese, for $820 million, adding more natural and organic packaged offerings as consumers’ tastes change. General Mills Inc., the company behind classic food brands such as Pillsbury dough, Progresso soups, Yoplait yogurts and Cheerios and Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, has been trying to cut cost and has tweaked its recipes as sales stagnate. Sales have suffered as Greek yogurt and breakfast san... 58390365@www.sltrib.com Mon, 08 Sep 2014 16:57:02 MDT Legal or not, the marijuana business is still wacky http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58375610-79/pot-marijuana-says-business.html.csp New York • Legal or not, the business of selling weed in the U.S. is as wacky as ever. The tangle of rules and regulations that govern whether and how it can be grown, bought and sold create complexity and ambiguity that cause major headaches for marijuana businesses — and enticing opportunities for those who want to exploit it. “It’s a gray market industry, that’s just how it is,” says Kayvan Khalatbari, who owns a marijuana dispensary and a chain of pizza restaurants in Denver. The big issue: ... New York • Legal or not, the business of selling weed in the U.S. is as wacky as ever. The tangle of rules and regulations that govern whether and how it can be grown, bought and sold create complexity and ambiguity that cause major headaches for marijuana businesses — and enticing opportunities for those who want to exploit it. “It’s a gray market industry, that’s just how it is,” says Kayvan Khalatbari, who owns a marijuana dispensary and a chain of pizza restaurants in Denver. The big issue: ... 58375610@www.sltrib.com Thu, 04 Sep 2014 17:05:01 MDT Warming Gulf of Maine imperils lobster, fish catch http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58368605-79/gulf-maine-warming-waters.html.csp Friendship, Maine • Imagine Cape Cod without cod. Maine without lobster. The region’s famous rocky beaches invisible, obscured by constant high waters. It’s already starting to happen. The culprit is the warming seas — and in particular the Gulf of Maine, whose waters are heating up faster than 99 percent of the world’s oceans, scientists say. Long-established species of commercial fish, like cod, herring and northern shrimp, are departing for colder waters. Black sea bass, blue crabs and new sp... Friendship, Maine • Imagine Cape Cod without cod. Maine without lobster. The region’s famous rocky beaches invisible, obscured by constant high waters. It’s already starting to happen. The culprit is the warming seas — and in particular the Gulf of Maine, whose waters are heating up faster than 99 percent of the world’s oceans, scientists say. Long-established species of commercial fish, like cod, herring and northern shrimp, are departing for colder waters. Black sea bass, blue crabs and new sp... 58368605@www.sltrib.com Wed, 03 Sep 2014 17:34:01 MDT USDA to buy up to $13M in canned pink salmon http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58370905-79/canned-salmon-buy-usda.html.csp Juneau • The U.S. Department of Agriculture has agreed to buy up to $13 million in canned pink salmon to ease a glut that has weighed down prices for Alaska fishermen. In July, Gov. Sean Parnell asked the USDA to buy $37 million worth of canned fish under a federal law that allows the government to purchase surplus food from farmers and donate it to food banks or other programs. Earlier this year, the agency purchased $20 million worth of canned salmon. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced USDA’s ... Juneau • The U.S. Department of Agriculture has agreed to buy up to $13 million in canned pink salmon to ease a glut that has weighed down prices for Alaska fishermen. In July, Gov. Sean Parnell asked the USDA to buy $37 million worth of canned fish under a federal law that allows the government to purchase surplus food from farmers and donate it to food banks or other programs. Earlier this year, the agency purchased $20 million worth of canned salmon. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced USDA’s ... 58370905@www.sltrib.com Wed, 03 Sep 2014 17:25:01 MDT Behind Big Macs, a drama over corporate control http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58369103-79/franchisees-companies-mcdonald-california.html.csp New York • Behind those Big Macs and Whoppers is a hidden drama over corporate control. The fast-food industry is underpinned by an often tense relationship between companies like McDonald’s and Burger King and the franchisees who run their restaurants. Few customers think about this when scarfing down burgers. Around the country, union organizers are pushing to make McDonald’s take responsibility for how workers are treated at its franchised restaurants. And in California, a bill could soon giv... New York • Behind those Big Macs and Whoppers is a hidden drama over corporate control. The fast-food industry is underpinned by an often tense relationship between companies like McDonald’s and Burger King and the franchisees who run their restaurants. Few customers think about this when scarfing down burgers. Around the country, union organizers are pushing to make McDonald’s take responsibility for how workers are treated at its franchised restaurants. And in California, a bill could soon giv... 58369103@www.sltrib.com Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:45:05 MDT Official: Bidders compete for Uruguay pot business http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58348812-79/uruguay-official-pot-legalization.html.csp Montevideo, Uruguay • Uruguay’s new market for legalized marijuana has attracted more than 20 companies bidding for the right to supply pot to the country’s pharmacies, a government official said Thursday. An official from President Jose Mujica’s office says cannabis regulators will review and pick the best businesses from the competitors that passed initial scrutiny. It’s not clear how many may eventually be granted licenses in the South American country. The government official did not specify... Montevideo, Uruguay • Uruguay’s new market for legalized marijuana has attracted more than 20 companies bidding for the right to supply pot to the country’s pharmacies, a government official said Thursday. An official from President Jose Mujica’s office says cannabis regulators will review and pick the best businesses from the competitors that passed initial scrutiny. It’s not clear how many may eventually be granted licenses in the South American country. The government official did not specify... 58348812@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:35:01 MDT Famous barbecue eatery dropping Oklahoma name http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58348909-79/kansas-oklahoma-joe-restaurant.html.csp Kansas City, Kan. • The nationally recognized Oklahoma Joe’s Bar-B-Que restaurant in Kansas City plans to change its name by the end of the year to reflect that it hasn’t had any connection to Oklahoma for 17 years, the co-owner of the business said. The restaurant, which has three locations in the Kansas City area, will be known as Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, co-owner Jeff Stehney said. Oklahoma Joe’s has made several national lists of top barbeque restaurants and has drawn some famous diners.... Kansas City, Kan. • The nationally recognized Oklahoma Joe’s Bar-B-Que restaurant in Kansas City plans to change its name by the end of the year to reflect that it hasn’t had any connection to Oklahoma for 17 years, the co-owner of the business said. The restaurant, which has three locations in the Kansas City area, will be known as Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, co-owner Jeff Stehney said. Oklahoma Joe’s has made several national lists of top barbeque restaurants and has drawn some famous diners.... 58348909@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:24:02 MDT A flavor out of favor: Dog meat fades in S. Korea http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58347106-79/dog-meat-south-korea.html.csp Seoul • For more than 30 years, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il built her expertise in cooking one traditional South Korean delicacy: dog meat. In her twenties, Oh traveled around South Korea to learn dog meat recipes from each region. During a period of South Korean reconciliation with North Korea early last decade, she went to Pyongyang as part of a business delegation and tasted a dozen different dog dishes, from dog stew to dog taffy, all served lavishly at the Koryo, one of the North’s... Seoul • For more than 30 years, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il built her expertise in cooking one traditional South Korean delicacy: dog meat. In her twenties, Oh traveled around South Korea to learn dog meat recipes from each region. During a period of South Korean reconciliation with North Korea early last decade, she went to Pyongyang as part of a business delegation and tasted a dozen different dog dishes, from dog stew to dog taffy, all served lavishly at the Koryo, one of the North’s... 58347106@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:04:02 MDT Tim Hortons is a big part of the Canadian identity http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58347082-79/tim-hortons-canada-canadian.html.csp Toronto • Few things unite Canadians the way Tim Hortons does. For half a century, they have warmed themselves on chilly mornings with the chain’s coffee and Timbits — or doughnut holes to Americans. So news this week that Burger King will buy Tim Hortons served as a bittersweet reminder of how beloved the homegrown chain is in Canada, where 75 percent of the all the coffee sold at fast food restaurants comes from “Timmy’s,” as it is affectionately known. Tim Hortons is found in just about every... Toronto • Few things unite Canadians the way Tim Hortons does. For half a century, they have warmed themselves on chilly mornings with the chain’s coffee and Timbits — or doughnut holes to Americans. So news this week that Burger King will buy Tim Hortons served as a bittersweet reminder of how beloved the homegrown chain is in Canada, where 75 percent of the all the coffee sold at fast food restaurants comes from “Timmy’s,” as it is affectionately known. Tim Hortons is found in just about every... 58347082@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:54:01 MDT Tim Hortons’ takeover faces few Canadian hurdles http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58344781-79/hortons-tim-canada-percent.html.csp Toronto • Burger King Worldwide Inc.’s $11.4 billion takeover of Tim Hortons Inc. is likely to go through with little objection from regulators or shareholders - at least in Canada. Under the terms of the deal, Tim Hortons investors will receive $60.26 in cash and 0.8025 of a share in the combined entity that will be domiciled in Canada. That amounts to roughly $86 a share, based on Burger King’s closing price Aug. 25 before the terms of the deal were announced. “It’s a done deal, nobody is goin... Toronto • Burger King Worldwide Inc.’s $11.4 billion takeover of Tim Hortons Inc. is likely to go through with little objection from regulators or shareholders - at least in Canada. Under the terms of the deal, Tim Hortons investors will receive $60.26 in cash and 0.8025 of a share in the combined entity that will be domiciled in Canada. That amounts to roughly $86 a share, based on Burger King’s closing price Aug. 25 before the terms of the deal were announced. “It’s a done deal, nobody is goin... 58344781@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:08:02 MDT