Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, who is fighting to keep a political title the United Nations says isn't his, on Monday nationalized the nation's two main cash crops, coffee and cocoa, according to state-run television.
In a statement read on air, the government announced that "the purchase of coffee and cocoa from producers and producer groups is done exclusively by the state on the entire national territory."
"The export of products of the coffee-cocoa sector is carried out by the state, by any legal person mandated by the state or holder of an exporter license," the government announced. "Approved exporters get their cocoa beans and green coffee from the state or any legal person mandated by the state."
The Ivory Coast is the world's largest supplier of cocoa beans.
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2011 Bert Greene Finalists
Culinary Writing about Beer, Wine, and/or Spirits
"Drinking in Islamabad"
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2011 Cookbook Award Finalists
"The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern"
"The Winemaker Cooks"
"Fried Chicken & Champagne: A Romp Through the Kitchen at Pomegranate Bistro"
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Is that a snap, crackle and pop we hear? It must be March 7; National Cereal Day.
The most popular cereals in the United States are Cheerios, Special K, Honey Bunches of Oats, Frosted Flakes and Frosted Mini Wheats, in that order.
"It's obvious that breakfast is an important meal of the day for children, because it helps them do better in school,” said Dr. Marlene Schwartz, deputy director for the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University. "And cereal is part of that."
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A California company has recalled hazelnuts sold in bulk, individual containers and as part of mixed-nut packages sold throughout the United States and Canada due to possible E. coli contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced.
Products containing in-shell hazelnuts from DeFranco and Sons have been linked to seven cases of E. coli-related illnesses in three states, the federal agency said Saturday in a press release.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, in a press release issued Saturday, that one person was affected by the E. coli O157:H7 strain in Michigan and three apiece in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The sick - six men and one woman - ranged in age from 15 to 78, and fell ill between December 20, 2010, and January 28, 2011.
Three of those who had suspected E. coli were hospitalized, though no one has died because of it, according to the CDC.
As a result, the Los Angeles-based company issued a voluntary recall for a host of products sold retail, and issued a caution for hazelnuts that might have been repackaged from bulk shipments.