NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Scientists are reporting early signs that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is altering the marine food web by killing or tainting some creatures and spurring the growth of others more suited to a fouled environment. Near the spill site, researchers have documented a massive die-off of pyrosomes — cucumber-shaped, gelatinous organisms fed on by endangered sea turtles.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — General Mills Inc.'s products continue to gain momentum at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., BMO Capital Markets analyst Kenneth Zaslow said in a research note Tuesday. THE OPINION: General Mills, which makes products such as Cheerios cereal and Yoplait yogurt, generates 23 percent of its sales from Wal-Mart, Zaslow said.
NEW YORK (AP) — Management of Campbell Soup Co. knows what it needs to do to have a better soup season this fall and restore volume growth without sacrificing profits, an analyst said Tuesday. THE OPINION: Last year's soup season — roughly fall and winter — was a tough one for the nation's top branded soup maker as shoppers traded down to less expensive products to save money.
Less than 10 percent of U.S. adults limit their daily sodium intake to recommended levels, according to a new report, "Sodium Intake in Adults – United States, 2005-2006," published today in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report . The report also finds that most sodium in the American diet comes from processed grains such as pizza and cookies, and meats, including poultry and luncheon meats.
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Forty years ago there were 40 dairy farms in the small town of Rochester, Vt. Now there's just one. "We are the last one left in our valley. We want to stay there," said Beth Kennett, who milks 100 cows with her husband and two sons. Newly introduced legislation aimed at stabilizing milk prices is giving them hope that they will survive, she said Monday.
DALLAS-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — Eliminating chocolate and other flavored milks from school cafeteria menus resulted in a dramatic drop in milk consumption along with a substantial reduction in nutrients - which are not easy or affordable to replace, according to a new study presented today at the School Nutrition Association's Annual National Conference.
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The Campbell Soup Co. is introducing still more beverages aimed at getting people who don't like vegetables to eat them anyway. The maker of V8 V-Fusion juices, as well as more traditional canned soup and other snacks, told analysts Monday that its new line of V8 V-Fusion teas will hit stores next month.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A child obesity epidemic fed by fast food, sugary drinks and too much television threatens to create the first generation of American youths who live shorter lives than their parents, Michelle Obama said Monday. The first lady was keynote speaker at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's national convention in Kansas City.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Spirits have gone premium. Bartenders have turned artisan. Even ice has become a little cooler. So, it only makes sense that mixers are getting a makeover with upscale versions promising to bring chic cocktails to a fridge near you. "Consumers just seem to get it immediately," says Jordan Silbert, founder of Q Tonic, an all-natural product introduced a few years ago.
Nearly 1 out of every 25 restaurant-associated foodborne outbreaks with identified food sources between 1998 and 2008 can be traced back to contaminated salsa or guacamole, more than double the rate during the previous decade, according to research released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases .
WASHINGTON – Popular technology will now help Americans verify what they eat is safe. The U.S. Government's Products Recall app for the Android smartphone is now available at the revamped USA.gov website, and the apps for Blackberry and iPhone are soon to follow.
WASHINGTON – President Obama has announced progress on his pledge to double U.S. exports over the next five years, including the development of a new presidential advisory council on exports. The announcement comes amid reports of a multimillion dollar trade deal to facilitate New Zealand beef exports into China as a result of a recent bilateral trade agreement.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says egg safety rules that just took effect could prevent thousands of cases of salmonella poisoning each year. The new rules were announced by the Obama administration last year and went into effect Friday. The FDA says they could reduce the number of salmonella illnesses by nearly 60 percent.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It's been barely a year since Luis Miranda began selling organic produce at farmers markets near his home in California's Central Valley, but he's already seen every trick in the book. Scanning the stands recently at a market in downtown Sacramento, Miranda pointed out a half-dozen examples of misleading signs and labels.
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials have found 76 tons of milk powder and dairy products laced with a deadly industrial chemical in at least three provinces that was apparently left over from a milk scandal in 2008 that killed six babies and sickened hundreds of thousands. The discovery shows that toxic milk remains a danger in China despite a crackdown in which dozens of people were arrested and two — a dairy farmer and a milk salesmen — were executed for producing or selling toxic milk.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — With a drive-through seemingly on every corner, you might think the market for burgers long ago reached saturation. But the fastest-growing restaurant chain in America last year was Five Guys, which specializes in double-pattied behemoths the size of a softball.
SILVER SPRING, Md. /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that it is inviting the public to submit comments and information to help the agency implement a new federal law that requires the posting of calorie content and other nutrition information on menu items at certain chain restaurants and similar retail food operations and vending machines.
LAREDO, Texas (AP) — Mexican rancher Isidro Gutierrez watched with disgust as federal inspectors here chalked a long stripe on his steer's hindquarter. The animal could not be imported because its breed can be vulnerable to disease. If inspections were still being done across the Rio Grande in Mexico, routine rejections like that would be just an inconvenience.
JAKARTA, July 8 (Kyodo) — U.S. retail giant Walmart is following other major companies in stopping buying products from Indonesian agribusiness giant Sinar Mas Group over charges by environmental group Greenpeace the company continues to destroy Indonesia's rainforests. "Walmart does not support deforestation and, as Greenpeace's report shows, our largest markets do not source product from APP, and in the remaining markets that do, we have taken the steps to stop development on private brand products with APP and are looking at what measures can be taken regarding branded products," Walmart said in a press statement, referring to Sinar Mas Group's pulp and paper arm Asia Pulp and Paper.
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) — Swipe your driver's license, look into the camera, blow into the breath sensor and — voila! — you have permission to buy a bottle of wine from a vending machine. Pennsylvania, which has some of the most Byzantine liquor laws in the U.S.