PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Mike Secondo remembers the days when Plymouth's docks outshone its rock. Tourists swarmed the town pier in the 1970s and '80s, snapping pictures and bantering with commercial fishermen as they unloaded another shimmering haul for Secondo's company, Reliable Fish, to truck to points south.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Shrimpers returned to Louisiana waters Monday for the first commercial season since the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, uncertain what crude may still be in the water and what price they'll get for the catch if consumers worry about possible lingering effects from the massive BP spill.
ATLANTA (AP) — A rare U.S. outbreak of typhoid fever has been linked to a frozen tropical fruit product used to make smoothies, health officials reported Thursday. Seven cases have been confirmed — three in California and four in Nevada. Two more California cases are being investigated.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — MillerCoors has created a separate, independent company to handle its portfolio of craft beers and imports — two segments growing in the otherwise stagnant beer industry. The joint venture between SABMiller's U.S. unit and Molson Coors Brewing Co. said Thursday that Tenth and Blake Beer Company has opened for business.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. corn and soybean farmers are on track to produce the largest crops in history, according to a government report released Thursday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast corn production of 13.4 billion bushels in 2010, with soybean production of 3.43 billion bushels.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An environmental group in Maine has released a report it says documents the dangers of the chemical bisphenol A (BIS'-fen-ahl). The Toxics Action Center released the report in Portland on Wednesday, eight days before the Maine Board of Environmental Protection holds a public hearing on a proposed rule calling for a ban on the use of bisphenol A, or BPA, in reusable food and beverage containers.
KEVIN FREKING Associated Press Writer- A ugust 13, 2010 WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators said Thursday they have reached agreement on legislation designed to enhance the safety of the nation's food supply, setting the stage for the full Senate to take up the measure later this year.
SHANGHAI (AP) — The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says China is improving its oversight of its exporters following a slew of scandals over bogus or substandard drugs and foods ranging from vaccines and infant formula to dog chow. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said Friday that Chinese officials she spoke with during her first visit to China since she was appointed were pursuing a "common agenda" to improve manufacturing practices and regulation of complex supply chains for the food and drug industries.
GENEVA (AP) — Swiss food and drinks company Nestle SA reported Wednesday a 7.5 percent rise in half-year net profit to 5.45 billion Swiss francs ($5 billion) and raised its full-year outlook as global sales increased despite adverse currency exchange rates. The results from the maker of Nescafe, Jenny Craig and Haagen-Dazs beat analyst expectations and compared with a 5.
In a decision announced today, Mexico’s Ministry of the Economy has eliminated anti-dumping duties that have been imposed on imports of U.S. beef for the past ten years. The Ministry's resolution goes into effect tomorrow (Aug. 11, 2010) and eliminates the duties effective April 29, 2010.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A pilot test of two wine vending kiosks at suburban Harrisburg supermarkets has gone better than expected, the head of Pennsylvania's state liquor agency said Tuesday, adding that 98 more machines would likely be approved in two or three weeks. Sales at the two sites have been 20 to 30 percent higher than anticipated, a total of more than 3,300 bottles since June 21, Liquor Control Board chief executive Joe Conti said.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Former President George W. Bush ambled into a steamy, fragrant mango warehouse in Haiti on Tuesday and surveyed several long tables neatly packed with the luscious fruit. He clapped Ralph Perry, the warehouse owner, on the shoulder. He shook hands with farmers, dressed in button-down shirts and ties for the occasion.
SACRAMENTO (CDPH) — California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director Dr. Mark Horton today warned consumers not to eat Transformers ‘Revenge of the Fallen™’ Crunchy Candies from one specific lot after tests found unacceptable levels of lead. Consumers in possession of the candy should discard it immediately.
ATLANTA (AP) — Wendy's/Arby's Group plans to open 180 dual-branded Wendy's and Arby's restaurants in Russia over the next 10 years. The company's international affiliate signed a deal with Wenrus Restaurant Group Ltd., an affiliate of Food Service Capital, in the Russian Federation.
BEIJING (AP) — China is investigating parents' claims that a brand of milk powder has caused a small number of babies to grow breasts, the health ministry said Tuesday. The China Daily newspaper and other state media on Monday said parents of at least three children in the central province of Hubei had made the claims involving formula made by China-based Synutra International Inc.
One of Kellogg Co.'s most popular brands is popping up in Times Square on Tuesday at Pop-Tarts World, with more than 3,000 square feet dedicated to toaster pastries. Customers will be able to eat Pop-Tarts "sushi," order a customized pastry or create a custom box filled with a mix of their favorite flavors.