TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Tyson Foods Inc. $70,000 in the wake of a fatal collapse at the company's Nashville, Ark., feed mill. The Texarkana Gazette reports OSHA cited Tyson earlier this month, saying a collapsed grain silo was "structurally unsound.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — New England's largest egg producer is in negotiations to sell its operations to Minnesota-based Land O' Lakes, a Maine lawmaker said during a legislative debate. The possible sale of Jack DeCoster's egg operations in Turner, Maine, came to light while lawmakers debated a bill that would remove the right of DeCoster's workers to unionize.
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese butcher was sentenced to life in prison on Saturday for adding industrial-grade nitrates to meat that were blamed in a man's poisoning death. The harsh sentence handed down to Gao Yanjun reflects authorities' efforts to crack down on widespread chemical contamination of food and other products that has caused repeated health scares in China and blackened the reputation of the country's exports.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's leader has overseen the destruction of 2.3 tons of beverages believed to be tainted with a dangerous chemical. President Ma Ying-jeou called on makers to improve food safety after the products were dumped into a waste treatment plant Saturday. Authorities have inspected 16,000 stores over the past month and removed drinks, teas and health supplements containing DEHP, a plasticizer added to improve color and texture.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Scientists say they're close to producing new "super varieties" of wheat that will resist a virulent fungus while boosting yields up to 15 percent, potentially easing a deadly threat to the world's food supply. The research is part of a global drive to protect wheat crops from the Ug99 strain of stem rust.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Brown-Forman Corp.'s fourth-quarter profit spiked from the sale of its California-based Fetzer Vineyards, capping a year that showed strong growth for its flagship Jack Daniel's brand and el Jimador tequila. The company, whose brands include Southern Comfort and Finlandia vodka, on Thursday reported a 26-cent-per-share gain from the sale of Fetzer to Chilean wine producer Vina Concha y Toro S.
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rican health officials say 13 children had to be hospitalized after swallowing a lead ball that was part of a toy that a food company included inside bags of corn chips. The children thought it was candy. Authorities say only one of the children remains in the hospital from eating a lead ball.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jobs are scarce and food prices are likely to stay high through next year, according to new data that reinforced evidence of a U.S. economy stuck in a weak patch. There was some good news in the spate of reports released Thursday. The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in April after American companies sold more goods overseas and imports fell.
BERLIN (AP) — German vegetable sprouts caused the E. coli outbreak that has killed 31 people and sickened more than 3,000, investigators announced Friday after tracking the bacteria from patients in hospital beds to restaurants and then farm fields. Reinhard Burger, president of the Robert Koch Institute, Germany's national disease control center, said the pattern of the outbreak had produced enough evidence to draw that conclusion even though no tests of sprouts from an organic farm in Lower Saxony had come back positive for the E.
(AP) — In this June 5, 2011 file picture bean sprouts are photographed in Berlin, Germany. Investigators have determined that locally grown vegetable sprouts are the cause of the European E. coli outbreak that has killed so far 29 and sickened nearly 3,000, the head of Germany's national disease control center said Friday June 10, 2011.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that some chicken meat may contain small amounts of arsenic, though the agency is stressing that the amount is too tiny to be dangerous to people who eat it. The FDA said Wednesday that a new study developed by the agency shows that an ingredient in chicken feed that contains arsenic, called Roxarsone, may make its way into parts of the bird that are eaten.
WASHINGTON (AP) — It seemed like an innovative way to buy a beer company: Start an online campaign to purchase the iconic Pabst Brewing Co. and sell shares on Facebook and Twitter to cover the $300 million cost. Michael Migliozzi II and Brian William Flatow found 5 million people who said they would invest a total of $200 million.
BERLIN (AP) — Cucumbers were back on the radar of German health authorities as the possible cause of an E. coli outbreak in Europe that has killed at least 26 people and sickened over 2,700 others. Two weeks ago, investigators blamed cucumbers from Spain for the deadly outbreak and then later ruled them out as the source.
ORRVILLE, Ohio (AP) — J.M. Smucker Co.'s fourth-quarter profit fell 21 percent as it bought Rowland Coffee Roasters and took additional restructuring costs. The maker of Folger's coffee, Jif peanut butter and its namesake jams said Thursday that its net income fell to $94.9 million, or 82 cents per share, for the quarter ended April 30 from $120.
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch authorities recalled red beet sprouts from three countries Thursday after samples were found to be contaminated with a strain of E. coli bacteria that was apparently less dangerous than the one causing Europe's deadly E. coli crisis. The Dutch Food Safety Authority said laboratories were still trying to identify the Dutch strain, but there have been no immediate reports of serious illness from it.
(AP) — Scientist Geoff Lowman poses with a chip that reads DNA and is being used to help decode genomes in the outbreaks of E. coli affecting Europe at the Life Technologies laboratory Wednesday, June 8, 2011, in Carlsbad, Calif. The new technology gave way to the development of a rapid test which can be used to determine whether a food source contains the pathogen within 10 to 24 hours.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Microwaving salad fixings with just a bit of radiation can kill dangerous E. coli and other bacteria — and U.S. food safety experts say Europe's massive outbreak shows wary consumers should give the long-approved step a chance. The U.S. government has OK'd irradiation for a variety of foods — meat, spices, certain imported fruits, the seeds used to grow sprouts.
(FDA) — Kashi is recalling approximately 11,000 cases of frozen pizzas, including Mediterranean Thin Crust Pizza, Roasted Vegetable Thin Crust Pizza, and Mushroom Trio and Spinach Thin Crust Pizza due to possible plastic fragments in an ingredient in the pizza crusts. The impacted products include the following individually packaged pizzas: Kashi Mediterranean Thin Crust Pizza packaged in a 12.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Pork industry experts said trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea are imperative for the U.S.'s industry to remain competitive and will likely be at the forefront of discussions when the annual World Pork Expo begins this week in Des Moines. The event is touted as the largest pork trade show in the world and attracts more than 20,000 producers and industry professionals for seminars, exhibitions and breed shows and sales.