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Appeals court rules in favour of meat labels, denies industry attempt to block them

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court is allowing labels on certain cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The appeals court decision issued Friday dismissed an attempt by the meat industry to block the rules, which took effect last year and require packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to include country of origin labels. The industry has long fought the labels, saying they are costly and provide no health benefits to the consumer.

Nepal Passover feast organisers appeal for food

An orthodox Jewish group appealed Friday to Israeli backpackers visiting Nepal to bring kosher food for what they claim is the world's biggest Passover celebration after a diplomats' strike threatened to cancel the event. Chabad House Nepal, which organises a Passover celebration in Kathmandu every year, attracting hundreds of visitors from around the world, usually relies on the Israeli embassy to help import supplies for the feast to the Himalayan nation.

McDonald's giving out free coffee for limited time as fast-food breakfast rivalry heats up

NEW YORK, N.Y. - McDonald's is offering free coffee to its customers for a limited time as competition for the breakfast crowd intensifies. The world's biggest hamburger chain announced Friday that participating U.S. locations will offer small cups of McCafe coffee at no charge during breakfast hours from March 31 through April 13. McDonald's said that this is the first time it's ever had a free coffee event nationwide. Its McCafe product line, which also includes iced coffees and other drinks, debuted in the U.S. in 2009.

French foie gras - made in China to dodge import ban

By Sybille de La Hamaide PARIS (Reuters) - A French firm plans to be fattening a million ducks in China by 2020 to supply a growing appetite there for foie gras. The duck liver delicacy did not make it onto a list of French foods newly approved by Chinese import authorities this week, despite years of lobbying. Manufacturer Rougie has already taken a more direct route to market.

Judge rejects ABC News bid to throw out 'pink slime' lawsuit

By Jonathan Stempel and P.J. Huffstutter (Reuters) - ABC News has failed to persuade a South Dakota state judge to dismiss a $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit by a meat processor complaining about a series of reports that referred to its signature product as "pink slime." Judge Cheryle Gering of the Union County Circuit Court ruled on Thursday that Beef Products Inc may pursue most of its case against ABC, a unit of Walt Disney Co, and others including news anchor Diane Sawyer and reporter Jim Avila.

South Dakota judge won't dismiss Beef Products' $1.2B 'pink slime' defamation suit against ABC

ELK POINT, S.D. - A South Dakota judge on Thursday refused to throw out a defamation lawsuit against ABC related to its coverage of a meat product called lean, finely textured beef, which critics have dubbed "pink slime." Beef Products Inc. sued the television network in 2012 seeking $1.2 billion in damages. Dakota Dunes-based BPI says ABC's coverage led to the closure of three plants and roughly 700 layoffs by misleading consumers into believing the product is unsafe.

Taco Bell taps real-life Ronald McDonalds in television ads to promote new breakfast menu

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Taco Bell is name-dropping an unlikely clown to promote its new breakfast menu — Ronald McDonald. The fast-food chain will begin airing ads Thursday that feature everyday men who happen to have the same name as the McDonald's mascot known for his bright red hair and yellow jumpsuit. The ads, by Oscar-winning director Errol Morris, are intended to promote Taco Bell's new breakfast menu, which features novelties like a waffle taco.

B.C. pitches separate land zones in reserve and value added for farmers

VANCOUVER - The British Columbia government has proposed changes to the province's Agricultural Land Commission that opens the door to value-added processing and potential oil and gas development. The changes — the first since land protection laws were put in place more than four decades ago — were welcomed with a wary eye by ranchers, who say an update is long overdue.

Optimism linked to healthier eating among women

By Allison Bond NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with a sunny disposition may also have an easier time adopting healthy habits, according to a new study. Researchers found that women who were more optimistic were better able to follow healthy eating guidelines, both when they were instructed to do so and when they chose to make changes on their own. The authors noted that the biggest help for making diet improvements is not necessarily optimism itself, but the skills that tend to go with it.

TPG in advanced talks to invest in yogurt maker Chobani: NYT

(Reuters) - Private equity firm TPG Capital LP is in advanced talks to invest in Chobani LLC, a maker of Greek yogurt, the New York Times reported on its website on Thursday, citing two unidentified people briefed on the matter. TPG is now "apparently" the lead bidder, the newspaper said, adding that the structure of the potential investment has yet to be finalized and that the talks might not lead to a deal. Spokespeople for Chobani and TPG declined to comment.
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