TAIPEI (Kyodo) — A Taiwan customs official is in custody after allegedly covering up the smuggling of high-grade beef from Japan into Taiwan in defiance of a mad cow disease ban, officials and newspaper reports said. Tang Lung-sheng, a section head at the Taipei Customs Office, is alleged to have protected the smuggling operation that brought in more than 5,000 kilograms of Matsusaka beef over more than a year.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Air officials for years have blamed dairy cow emissions for the unusually high ozone levels in California's San Joaquin Valley, but a new study points more to what goes into the animals than what comes out. The study — funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, California Air Resources Board and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District — initially was intended to measure the impact of animal manure, urine and flatulence on ozone levels.
BALTIMORE (AP) — McCormick & Co. says it is teaming with Constellation Energy to develop Maryland's largest rooftop solar power installation at the spicemaker's Belcamp distribution center. The 1.8 megawatt installation follows a nearly 1 megawatt solar installation at McCormick's Hunt Valley site, also developed by Constellation.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A proposed ban on the sale of energy drinks in Louisiana to children under the age of 16 was soundly rejected Wednesday by a Senate committee, likely scrapping the measure for the legislative session. Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, said he offered the bill on behalf of a constituent who raised health concerns about the drinks and who calls the jolts of caffeine popular with teenagers and college students "speed in a can.
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit, which revolutionized manufacturing with its auto assembly lines, could once again be a model for the world as residents transform vacant, often-blighted land into a source of fresh food. With growing interest in locally raised food, cities including New York, Los Angeles and Seattle are looking at ways to foster and manage urban agriculture.
The growing influence of the senior market will have a very unique and direct impact on food manufacturers — effecting everything from packaging to product development. In the next decade, American baby boomers will drive an estimated $50 billion in incremental CPG growth. According to The Nielsen Company, 2037 will be our “oldest” year, with more than 30% of households headed by a person over the age of 65 – and almost 50% of those households will be a single person.
Medical experts want the FDA to consider new standards for sodium levels in foods.
New Food Safety Act requirements may squeeze small farms out of business.
Computer company tries to make foods imported to the U.S. safer for consumers.
Recent USDA conference focused on social media and the role it could play in promoting food safety.
DAVAO CITY, Philippines (PRNewswire) — A new $5.4 million project aims to increase the incomes and food security of 25,000 farmers in the Philippines by harnessing local value chains to increase opportunities and sustainability in growing high-value crops like cocoa, coconuts and rice.
CINCINNATI (PRNewswire) — The Sunny Delight Beverages Co. (SDBC) announced today that all six of its manufacturing sites have already reached their sustainability goal of sending zero waste to landfills by 2013. This goal was achieved by the company's Anaheim, Calif.; Littleton, Mass.; and Mataro, Spain plants in 2009 — four years ahead of schedule — its South Brunswick, N.
BEAVER, Utah (AP) — It's sweet and has a perfect PH balance — water from southern Utah's Tushar mountain range. The spring water was judged the world's best for bottlers in a prestigious contest. The Tushar water beat out 43 global competitors in a February contest sponsored by a Berkeley Springs, W.
HAMILTON, Ont. (CP) — Labatt Breweries is already stripping equipment from its now-closed Hamilton plant. After suddenly shutting down the Lakeport brewery in Hamilton last Friday, the foreign-owned beer giant started stripping vats and other material from the plant this week. Norm Cooper, chairman of the Teamsters local that represented Lakeport workers, was one of about eight workers still in the plant as the dismantling process began.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Rum giant Bacardi Ltd. has installed two wind turbines to help power its Puerto Rico distillery. Joaquin Bacardi, head of the Bermuda-based rum company, says the pair of 137-foot turbines at the Catano distillery are expected to produce 1 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year.
AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) — Food Processor Hormel Foods Corp. said Tuesday that it will close its plant in Turlock, Calif., later this year, eliminating 163 jobs. The plant, which produces its Valley Fresh canned meats, will close by Oct. 29. Hormel is moving production to another facility, which it said will improve purchasing and distribution.
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Manufacturing, an industry long known as the most vital to the overall economic strength of North America, is faltering. Without the attention it so desperately deserves, it is in grave danger of continual decline. While financial experts claim the economic situation is entering the recovery stage, industries such as manufacturing are still struggling to gain traction.
WASHINGTON (AP) — School lunches have been called many things, but a group of retired military officers is giving them a new label: national security threat. That's not a reference to the mystery meat served up in the cafeteria line either. The retired officers are saying that school lunches have helped make the nation's young people so fat that fewer of them can meet the military's physical fitness standards, and recruitment is in jeopardy.
OTTAWA (CP) — The latest national figures suggest Canadian palettes — at least when it comes to alcohol — are becoming somewhat more sophisticated. Beer and liquor stores and agencies sold $19.4 billion worth of alcoholic beverages during the fiscal year ending March 31, 2009, three percent more than in the previous year.