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Just because it's sweet and sticky doesn't mean it's 'honey': FDA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Honey mixed with sugar might be sweet, but it is not "honey." Food companies and other producers who add sweeteners to honey have to alert consumers by labeling their products as a "blend," the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday. Only manufactures that do not add sugar, corn syrup or other sweeteners should label their products as pure "honey," the FDA said in draft guidelines posted online.

Syrians face drought, wheat production seen at record low: WFP

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Syrians battered by years of war are facing a major drought that could cut wheat production in the country's northwest breadbasket to a record low of 1.7 million to 2 million metric tonnes, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday. Millions more people could face hunger and shortages if the drought, which is also being felt across the Middle East, takes hold, the United Nations agency warned.

Victoria McDonald's blacklisted amid foreign workers controversy

VICTORIA - Three Victoria McDonald's restaurants were put on a federal blacklist Monday for alleged abuses of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, prompting the fast food chain to move quickly to cut ties with the franchise owner. Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney also suggested criminal charges could result against the owner if he lied on the original application to employ temporary foreign workers.

Yum's new chicken restaurant test is a far cry from KFC

NEW YORK, N.Y. - As KFC struggles in the U.S., parent company Yum Brands is testing a new chicken restaurant called Super Chix. A website for the restaurant in Arlington, Texas, shows a menu that seems positioned as a more premium offering than KFC, in line with the trend toward foods people feel are higher in quality. The menu is fairly simple and lists a chicken sandwich, chicken tenders, fries and custard. Toppings include kosher pickles, jalapenos and sweet pickles, while sauces include smoky honey pepper and Sriracha sweet and sour.

A spike in lime prices has led some airlines to eliminate the fruit from their drink service

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Airline passengers might notice something missing these days from their vodka tonics or Diet Cokes: the lime. A recent shortage and spike in price has caused some airlines — for now — to stop offering the fruit in their beverage service. "We temporarily pulled limes about two weeks ago, due to skyrocketing lime prices," says Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Halley Knigge. She says the airline normally goes through about 900 limes a day.

Taco Bell continues teasing McDonald's with 'Old MacDonald' tune in new ad

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Taco Bell is taking another jab at McDonald's in a new ad for its breakfast menu. The fast-food chain will begin airing a TV spot that is set to the tune of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" and shows a man who has been eating Egg McMuffins since 1984. After trying Taco Bell's breakfast, the man trims his mullet, switches to tighter pants, gets a smartphone and takes down his "Loverboy" poster.

When things are going to the dogs in politics, politicians go for the dogs

OTTAWA - Release the hounds! When a photo of embattled MP Eve Adams and her freshly unemployed fiancee Dimitri Soudas, late of the helm of the Conservative Party of Canada, landed on the front page of a national newspaper this week, the two leashed pugs underfoot were no mere happenstance. "Took our friends' dogs Boo and Chester for a walk w @MPEveAdams after a long day of work," Soudas posted on Twitter early Wednesday evening as the couple were in the eye of a self-created storm.

US diners gorge on oysters as polluted bay revives

Cage after cage, oysters destined for a sprinkling of lemon juice and a delighted diner are pulled from the majestic Chesapeake Bay, where 20 years ago they had nearly disappeared. "Those will be at the restaurants tomorrow," says Tal Petty, 55, an oysterman who has worked these waters for 40 years. Today, the mollusk's reintroduction is playing a vital role in the health of the bay and Petty is quick to point out the dual ecological and gastronomical benefits.

Hillshire to close 70-year-old Alabama plant, cut 1,100 jobs

(Reuters) - Hillshire Brands Co <HSH.N> on Friday said it will close its Florence, Alabama, plant, the site of its breakfast sandwich and breakfast sausage cooking operations, and cut roughly 1,100 jobs by December 30. The 242,000-square-foot facility, which was built in the 1940s, did not meet its efficiency and long-term profitability targets, Hillshire said in a regulatory filing. Closure-related costs are expected to total about $34.4 million, including severance, depreciation and other items.

Exclusive: Nestle and Fresenius home in on Danone Medical - sources

By Anjuli Davies and Andreas Kröner LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The field of bidders for Danone's Medical Nutrition business has narrowed to German healthcare group Fresenius and Swiss food company Nestle, two people familiar with the process told Reuters on Friday. Talks over the business, which has been valued at 4 billion euros ($5.5 billion), would soon enter a decisive phase, they said.
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