NEW YORK (AP) — Americans talk skinny but eat fat. No matter that First Lady Michelle Obama has been on a crusade for a year and a half to slim down the country. Never mind that some restaurants have started listing calories on their menus. Forget even that we keep saying we want to eat healthy.
(AP) — This undated image provided by New Mexico State University shows bulls being rounded up at the university's high altitude beef cattle research facility at the Valles Caldera National Preserve, N.M. New Mexico State University's Top of the Valle research center at the preserve has teamed up with researchers from other universities to study bovine high altitude disease, an illness that costs the beef industry some $60 million a year.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has rejected a complaint by American Crystal Sugar union workers that the company failed to negotiate in good faith. About 1,300 union workers have been locked out of five sugar processing plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa in the company's first labor impasse in 30 years.
TOPPENISH, Wash. (AP) — Call it a hops revolution. Northwest farmers have begun planting new varieties of the key flavor ingredient in beer and working with researchers to develop ways to grow the crop without pesticides. The movement stems from a federal decision last year requiring brewers who label their beer as organic to use organic hops beginning in 2013.
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — The University of New Hampshire's short-lived decision to ban the sale of nonalcoholic energy drinks has created more buzz than the caffeinated beverages themselves. Within four days of announcing it would ban the sale of Red Bull and three other drinks, the university first delayed and then abandoned the plan altogether.
SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — A California farm said Thursday it was voluntarily recalling bags of chopped romaine lettuce because of possible contamination with listeria, though no illnesses have been reported. True Leaf Farms of Salinas announced the recall of 90 cartons that were shipped to an Oregon food service distributor.
HOLLY, Colo. (AP) — Eric Jensen surveys his dusty cantaloupe field and seems equally stunned and puzzled at the fate that has befallen his crop: row upon row of melons rotting on the vine. Jensen is the co-owner of the Colorado farm where health officials say a national listeria outbreak originated, making his withering fields the epicenter of a food scare that has sickened dozens of people from Wyoming to Maryland and caused 16 deaths.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Foam cheeseheads are a perfectly acceptable fashion accessory for Green Bay Packers fans, just not for the Grim Reaper — especially if the angel of death is disparaging cheese in Wisconsin. The company that makes the distinctive yellow wedges wasn't pleased when it heard that a physicians' group planned to use the headwear in an anti-cheese billboard this week near Lambeau Field, home to the Super Bowl champions.
PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) — PepsiCo Inc.'s President of Global Operations, Richard Goodman, is retiring. He will be succeeded by Electrolux executive Enderson Guimaraes. Goodman has worked at the soft drink maker for 17 years, holding various roles such as chief financial officer. He had initially wanted to retire in 2010, but delayed his departure for a year at the company's request, PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi said in a statement on Wednesday.
SILVER SPRING, Md. (FDA) — Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for spinach dip because it may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes. The problem was discovered as a result of routine microbial testing conducted by Publix. The 16 ounce containers of prepackaged spinach dip were sold at Publix retail deli departments with a UPC of 41415-00062 and use by date of OCT 10 C1.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Monsanto Co. said Wednesday it bought a smaller biotech research company that is developing a technology to kill crop pests while protecting the health of bees. Monsanto, the world's biggest seed company, did not disclose terms of the deal to buy the company, called Beeologics.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — First there was Fargo, the movie. Now there's Fargo, the beer. Four native sons are hoping that the name recognition generated from the 15-year-old Coen brothers flick will help launch their fledgling brewing company in North Dakota's largest city. Their first beer is called Wood Chipper, a whimsical reference to the famous prop from the movie.
(AP) — Central Illinois farmers harvest their corn crops Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 near Monticello, Ill. Food prices could rise next year because an unseasonably hot summer likely damaged much of this year's corn crop. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) Louisiana Company Files Suit Over Food Labels CDC: Cantaloupe Outbreak Is Deadliest In A Decade E.
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Tony Chachere's Creole Foods of Opelousas Inc. has asked a federal judge in Lafayette to stop Big Easy Foods of Louisiana from selling products in nearly identical packaging to Chachere's. In its lawsuit, Tony Chachere's alleges Big Easy Foods, of Lake Charles, is violating state law by infringing on Chachere's trademarks and violating the unfair competition federal law.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Health officials say as many as 16 people have died from possible listeria illnesses traced to Colorado cantaloupes, the deadliest food outbreak in more than a decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that 72 illnesses, including 13 deaths, are linked to the tainted fruit.
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's competition regulator approved brewing giant SABMiller's $10.1 billion bid for Australian brewer Foster's on Wednesday, saying the London-based company's proposed takeover would not reduce competition. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said in a statement it would not oppose the deal because the merger was unlikely to seriously lessen competition for the supply of beer in Australia.
MAGNOLIA, Wis. (AP) — John Adams can't see the nearly 3,000 cows on the dairy farm two miles from his Wisconsin home, but when the wind blows he can smell them. The stench gives him and his wife headaches. They blame the big farm for contaminating their air and polluting the groundwater well they use for drinking, bathing and watering their garden.