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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Public health experts urged the Food and Drug Administration Tuesday to force food makers to gradually cut the salt hidden inside their products, something the agency is considering. Americans eat about 1½ teaspoons (7 grams) daily, more than double what they need for good health — and high enough to increase risk of high blood pressure and other problems.
WASHINGTON (USDA) — The 17-member Dairy Industry Advisory Committee appointed by Secretary Tom Vilsack has completed its first meeting, held here April 13 - 15. Secretary Vilsack charged the members with working together quickly to create recommendations to address critical dairy industry issues, including price volatility and dairy farmer profitability and their impact on the entire dairy industry.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan suspended beef exports Tuesday after detecting suspected cases of foot-and-mouth disease in several cows in the south of the country, officials said. Three of 16 beef cows raised at a farm in Miyazaki developed mouth ulcers — a typical early symptom of the disease — earlier this month, prompting authorities to impose a ban that will last at least three months, said Agriculture Minister Hirotaka Akamatsu.
WASHINGTON (International Brotherhood of Teamsters) — A delegation of Teamster workers and representatives will attend the Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola Enterprises Annual Meetings of Shareowners in Georgia this week to raise concerns about mismanagement throughout the Coca-Cola system that threatens to destroy good jobs, undermine workers' rights, and create large-scale inefficiencies in its product distribution system.
BOISE, Idaho (PRNewswire) — WinCo Foods announced Saturday that it is issuing an expansion of the Class 1 recall on all fresh ground beef products sold at all WinCo Foods stores: The original recall issued on April 10, 2010 was for ground beef sold from it's Modesto store only. Originally an independent lab had tested two samples of ground beef purchased at the Modesto, California store to be positive for E.
LANDOVER, Md. (PRNewswire) — Following notification from its supplier, Giant Food of Landover, MD announced a voluntary recall of Giant Food Frozen Spinach & Artichoke Dip. The product was removed from sale due to possible contamination with listeria monocytogenes. The following product was removed from sale: Giant Food Frozen Dip Spinach & Artichoke UPC‥ 6 8826702988 2, 8oz.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — As popular as Maine lobster is, fans of the delicacy might be surprised at how limited their options are. That's going to change come July 1. Tens of millions of pounds of Maine-caught lobster are shipped each year to Canada, where they are turned into value-added products that can be processed there — but not in Maine.
NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — Dean Fleck put in an urgent phone call to his purchasing agent on Thursday. The manager of the Newport branch of Englund Marine Supply was fresh out of two different sizes of troll wire, a critical piece of gear for the Chinook salmon fleet, which is back in business for the first time in three years.
FAIRFAX, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., plans to unveil a bill he's introducing that would create a growth management program for the U.S. dairy industry. In an appearance Friday at a Fairfax dairy farm, the Democratic representative heard dairy farmers on the topic of price volatility.
WASHINGTON (FDA) — On April 13, 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published guidance for small egg producers to help them comply with a 2009 federal egg safety regulation designed to prevent Salmonella Enteritidis in shell eggs during production, transportation, and storage. Entitled “Guidance for Industry: Prevention of Salmonella Enteritidis in Shell Eggs During Production, Transportation, and Storage - Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG),” the new guidance is intended to set forth, in plain language, the requirements of the 2009 egg safety regulation in order to help small businesses comply with that regulation.