A Purdue Extension plant pathologist says the drought and extreme heat this summer have created conditions prime for a condition known as Aspergillus ear rot to develop in corn. Kiersten Wise says there is no cornfield without some potential for developing the fungus.
A California company is voluntarily recalling cantaloupes in several states, including Colorado, because of possible salmonella contamination. Fresno-based DFI Marketing Inc. issued the recall as a precaution after salmonella was found on a single sample of cantaloupe during routine testing.
American children eat as much salt as adults — about 1,000 milligrams too much, or the same amount as in just one Big Mac. Extra salt is linked with higher blood pressure, even in kids, but government research says those who are overweight and obese may be most vulnerable to its effects.
The recent Stanford University study that concluded organic foods were no more nutritious than their conventionally-produced equivalents is unlikely to deter consumers from purchasing organics, according to findings from a soon-to-be-released new report by The Hartman Group.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is getting federal help to more quickly trace contaminated food to grocery stores and other distribution points. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration grants of $600,000 over three years will help the agriculture department quickly remove any contaminated food or recalled products from the marketplace.
Historic preservation is a cause that's close to the heart of Patricia Barnes, founder of Sister Schubert's Homemade Rolls. Her belief in its tenets also could be one of the reasons for the company's success. "If you don't know where you came from, how in the world are you going to know where you're going?" Barnes said.
The Czech Republic has taken an unprecedented emergency measure and banned the sale of spirits with more than 20 percent alcohol content as it battles a wave of methanol poisonings that has already killed 19 people. Health Minister Leos Heger said Friday the ban was effective immediately and applies nationwide.
Workers belonging to Hostess Brands' biggest union on Friday narrowly approved new contract terms, raising the possibility that the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread will stay in business. But another group of employees rejected the contract terms that Hostess says are needed for it to survive.
The Food and Drug Administration is detaining mango imports from a Mexican packing house after the company's mangoes were linked to salmonella illnesses in 15 states. The FDA announced the import alert Friday against Agricola Daniella, a mango supplier with multiple plantations and a single packing house located in Sinaloa, Mexico.
A policeman leads a man accused in the case of illegal alcohol to the court in Zlin, Czech Republic. His arrest is in connection with the latest police discovery. Around 500 bottles and several barrels of illicit booze were found in a garage in the eastern city of Zlin on Thursday. Eighteen people have recently died after drinking liquor tainted with methanol in the Czech Republic.
The Campaign for Real Ale said Thursday that on average three new breweries have opened every week in the United Kingdom in the past 12 months, pushing the total to 1,009, the highest number in more than 70 years and twice as many as a decade ago.
Snack foods company Frito-Lay North America is receiving up to $4 million in tax credits to expand its manufacturing and distribution plant in Killingly. The company plans to spend $38 million for technology for material handling and delivery. State officials said Thursday that the improvements are expected to increase efficiency and improve delivery while also reducing the plant's environmental impact.
One student complains because his cafeteria no longer serves chicken nuggets. Another gripes that her school lunch just isn't filling. A third student says he's happy to eat an extra apple with his lunch, even as he's noshing on his own sub. Leaner, greener school lunches served under new federal standards are getting mixed grades from students piling more carrots, more apples and fewer fatty foods on their trays.
The Dow, perhaps the most widely known barometer of the U.S. stock market, announced Friday that it would boot Kraft Foods to make room for UnitedHealth Group, the insurance company. The change takes effect Sept. 24. S&P Dow Jones Indices, which manages the average, said it was dropping Kraft because it is about to become a much smaller company after spinning off its North American grocery business.
At least 19 people are dead and 24 others hospitalized. Some of them have been blinded, while others have been induced into comas in the hope that doctors can save them. All had drunk cheap vodka and rum laced with methanol, a toxic substance used to stretch alcohol on the black market and guarantee high profits for manufacturers.
In the latest shopper research survey conducted by Perception Research Services International (PRS), results indicate that 4 out of 5 shoppers notice "Made in the USA" claims on packaging — similar to 2011 levels (83% vs. 80%). And most of those shoppers (76%) claim that they are more likely to purchase a product after noticing the "Made in the USA" claim.
Monster Beverage Corp.'s shares fell sharply Wednesday after two U.S. senators urged the Food and Drug Administration to take a further look into the safety of energy drinks. The company is the nation's biggest energy drink maker by volume.
Dole Foods said Wednesday that it's in "advanced negotiations" to sell its packaged foods and Asia fresh businesses to Japanese trading company Itochu Corp. The news sent the Westlake Village, Calif.-based fruit and vegetable company's shares up nearly 10 percent, hitting an all-time high in afternoon trading.
A worldwide liquor conglomerate has been ordered by Louisville officials to cut down on vapors coming from warehouses where it stores bourbon because residents are complaining about odors and a black fungus accumulating on houses. Several bourbon makers are facing lawsuits blaming their storage warehouses for emitting ethanol vapors that promote the growth of a sooty black fungus on nearby properties.
The New York City Board of Health passed a rule Thursday banning sales of large sodas and other sugary drinks in restaurants, delis and movie theaters in the hopes of combating obesity. Here are the rules and the exceptions. They take effect in March.