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The four pleaded not guilty. STORY: Colo. farmers arrested in listeria outbreak that killed 33 The listeria epidemic traced to Jensen Farms was the nation’s deadliest outbreak of food-borne illness in 25 years. The FDA concluded the melons likely were contaminated in Jensen Farms’ packing house. It said dirty water on a floor, and old, hard-to-clean equipment probably were to blame. Ryan Jensen and his brother Eric Jensen pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a 2011 listeria outbreak. (Photo: Ed Andrieski, AP) The Jensens’ trial is scheduled to start Dec. 1. The brothers could face up to six years in prison and $1.5 million in fines each if convicted. Produce farmers don’t have a “true-kill” step to eliminate bacteria, the way dairies and other food producers do, Doyle said. Pasteurization and proper storage can assure the safety of milk, he said. “We cannot say that with bag salads because we don’t have that true-kill step that will kill harmful bacteria,” Doyle said. Higher safety standards are possible for produce, he said, but it will take time and money to develop them, and produce is a low-profit business. Improved safety practices are economically feasible, said Michael Hirakata, president of the Rocky Ford Growers Association. Colorado cantaloupe farmers launched the association after the listeria epidemic to protect the reputation of Rocky Ford cantaloupes, sought-after for their distinct sweetness.

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7. Cutting out carbs You might be swearing off carbs but cutting them out of your kids diet can actually eliminate the key nutrients he or she needs to grow. Good choices include 100 percent whole grain pasta, rice, bread and cereal, and potatoes too. 8. Being a short order cook Your kid is a picky eater, but if you let him or her decide what to eat, youre essentially a short order cook. A better approach? Give kids freedom within healthy limits, Lemond said. Let your child choose between broccoli and carrots for dinner, and either way, youll be happy. 9. Disregarding meals Kids are skipping meals and snacking more frequently, according to an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics survey. Instead of allowing all-day grazing, make sure your child eats meals and snacks at regular times every day. The parents are in charge of the what, when, and how of eating, and the kids are in charge of eating or not eating, Lemond said.

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But states can ask for the work requirement to be added, which Oklahoma and Kansas have done. Phyllis Gilmore, Secretary of the Kansas Department for Children and Families, announced the work requirement in early September. In Oklahoma, a bill approved by state lawmakers earlier this year made the change. Both of those two states, as well as Wisconsin, have a Republican governor and Republican-controlled legislature. Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon said the work requirement would help food stamp recipients to “break their addiction to government subsidies.” The change will affect about 20,000 Kansas residents, state officials said. Oklahoma Department of Human Services spokesman Mark Beutler said he was not sure how many people would be affected there. The changes have drawn criticism from some advocates for the poor and unemployed. “It’s the wrong thing to do,” said Louis Goseland, campaign director for Sunflower Community Action, based in Wichita, Kansas. “It’s not as though starving 20,000 people will do anything to change unemployment. It is punitive to the most vulnerable people in the state.” President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package in 2009 suspended the work requirement nationwide to help the growing number of unemployed during the recession. Even as the economy and job picture have improved, the waiver has remained in most states.

Somalia With ongoing bombings and terror attacks, the U.S. State Department recommends avoiding all travel to Somalia. However, the capital Mogadishu had been going through a significant change toward becoming a safer travel destination, with new top restaurants opening up in the city, a recent backlash indicated that the terror threat is still present. A car bomb that killed 18 people in the capital also destroyed one of the new restaurants, opened by native restaurateur Ahmed Jama. Jama had opened his restaurant The Village in an effort to showcase the great cuisine and culture of his home country, serving traditional Somali dishes. 5. Lebanon At the moment, the U.S. State Department advises travelers not to visit Lebanon, as the risk of “spontaneous upsurge in violence remains.” But while the potential dangers of traveling to are not to be taken lightly, neither are the culinary temptations that the country has to offer. Lebanese food is often considered the most familiar Middle Eastern cuisine, with traditional dishes such as falafel and shawarma sold in countries around the world. But in the capital Beirut, a wide range of upscale restaurants have made the city a sought-out destination for fine dining and a buzzing nightlife. At Lux, accessory designer and restaurateur Johnny Farah serves Mediterranean fare, and ingredients are harvested at his own organic farm in the Lebanese mountains. And after establishing locations in London and Paris, Franco-North African Momo opened in Beirut, serving modern and elegant versions of mezze; the restaurant also arranges popular events such as dance parties at night. READ MORE: World’s best food markets 6.