DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Employees at the Oscar Mayer meat processing plant in Davenport have filed a class action lawsuit seeking compensation for time they spend putting on and taking off their safety equipment. The lawsuit, filed last week in federal court in Davenport, claims employees are not paid while they don and doff uniforms, safety footwear, hairnets, gloves, earplugs, glasses and hard hats before and after their shifts in violation of state and federal law.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's mayor has vetoed legislation that would ban toys from fast-food children's meals, though it's still expected to become law. Earlier this week, city supervisors passed the measure, which prevents toy giveaways for meals that don't meet nutritional guidelines.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A recall of Mauri brand Gorgonzola cheese sold by Costco Wholesale Stores in Colorado because of potentially deadly E. coli bacteria, has been expanded to include additional packages, according to the products distributor. A statement Friday by DPI Specialty Foods of Tualatin, Ore.
The following recall has been announced: About 2,609 pounds of fully cooked, ready-to-eat smoked turkey breast products sold by New Braunfels Smokehouse of New Braunfels, Texas, because they may be contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. The organism can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, or people with weakened immune systems.
NEOSHO, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri egg-production plant has announced plans to expand. The Joplin Globe reports that Newton County residents who live near Moark's current plant recently received letters from Moark that said the company plans to expand current egg-laying operations by 2.
NEW YORK (AP) — The maker of a caffeinated alcoholic drink that has been banned in four states has agreed to stop shipments to New York state. Gov. David Paterson and the State Liquor Authority announced the agreement Sunday with Chicago-based Phusion Projects, which makes the drink Four Loko, and with the state's largest beer distributors to stop selling caffeinated alcoholic beverages.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — While the recession took a toll on manufacturing and other industries, one part of the economy has remained a bright spot over the past few years: food production. Across the nation, food producers are seeing enough growth that many are expanding and investing in new equipment.
CINCINNATI (AP) — A manager at a Cincinnati snack food company says a fire that damaged its potato chip factory has temporarily shut down production. Grippo's Manager Ken Lehmkuhl tells The Cincinnati Enquirer on Wednesday that the Tuesday night fire was caused by grease buildup on a potato fryer and caused about $20,000 damage.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mauri brand Gorgonzola cheese sold by Costco Wholesale Stores in Colorado is being recalled because potentially deadly E. coli bacteria has been found in the product. A statement by DPI Specialty Foods of Tualatin, Ore., says the recalled cheese is packaged in clear plastic in approximately 1-pound wedges.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Food safety and security will be discussed to a symposium in Raleigh with nearly two dozen local and national experts. The four-day meeting begins Thursday at the Raleigh Convention Center. It is sponsored by Sigma Xi, an international honor society of research scientists and engineers with headquarters in Research Triangle Park.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Retailers have a week to clear millions of dollars worth of alcoholic energy drinks from their shelves after state regulators banned them Wednesday, citing the hospitalization of nine dangerously drunk college students last month. The emergency ban, similar to those in Michigan, Utah and Oklahoma, takes effect Nov.
SCHILLER PARK, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago manufacturer of bakery products has been fined for failing to train workers and protect them from safety hazards. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Schiller Park-based Interstate Brands Corp. with 20 alleged safety violations.
REMBERT, S.C. (AP) — A state prison will soon be home to South Carolina's largest dairy under one roof, as a $7 million expansion quadruples the herd at a prison farm and allows the state to sell millions of gallons of excess milk. South Carolina's three prison farms save taxpayers more than $600,000 annually, as inmates work to produce all of the milk, eggs and grits — and some vegetables — served to 24,000 prisoners statewide.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has requested the recall of a batch of smoked salmon from a Fairbanks producer after it found a shipment contaminated with a pathogen. The department has targeted half-pound bags of Santa<s Smokehouse Cajun-Style Smoked Keta Salmon sold between Aug.
BEIJING (AP) — A father who organized a support group for other parents whose children were sickened in one of China's worst food safety scandals was convicted and sentenced Wednesday to 2 1/2 years in prison for inciting social disorder, his lawyer said. Zhao Lianhai had pushed for greater official accountability and compensation for victims and their families after the 2008 scandal that shocked China.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Cal-Maine Foods Inc., the nation's biggest egg seller and distributor, is adding another 120 dozen shell eggs to a voluntary recall announced on Friday. The company said Tuesday that the eggs may possibly be contaminated with salmonella enteritidis. The recall announcement comes four days after Cal-Maine said it found out one of its suppliers had a sample test positive for salmonella enteritidis.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says it supports a ban on arsenic in chicken feed. The foundation issued a statement Tuesday in response to a new report by Food & Water Watch on arsenic in chicken feed that cites an increased risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Federal agriculture officials have released a plan to let farmers plant genetically modified sugar beets while a lawsuit over them is resolved, but farmers fear a partial lifting of a court-ordered ban won't come in time for next year's crop. A federal judge in California issued an order last summer halting the planting of genetically modified sugar beets until the U.
EL SEGUNDO, CA (FDA) – Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market is voluntarily recalling some fresh&easy™ "Ginger Spice Cookie Dough" (16 oz.) because they may contain undeclared peanuts. Individuals who have allergies to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency documents often painted an inaccurate picture of the conditions at some of Canada's meat and poultry plants where sanitation problems persisted, an American audit has found. A recently released audit by the United States Department of Agriculture's inspection service revealed several areas of "systemic concern," though the report notes the Canadian agency has taken significant steps to correct problems.