Hundreds of Egyptian students angered by a mass outbreak of food poisoning at a Cairo university stormed on Tuesday the offices of the country's top Muslim cleric, who presides over the institution. The Monday outbreak at al-Azhar University forced the hospitalization of 479 students, health ministry official Khaled el-Khateib said. It occurred after a meal served at the university dormitories in Cairo's Nasr City district.
Five tons of ice cream made by Iranian Choopan dairy is displayed during a ceremony at the Tochal mountainous area of northern Tehran, Iran, Monday, April 1, 2013. Choopan dairy unveiled five tons of chocolate ice cream, the largest in the world, according to the factory officials.
Allen Harim Foods says it is negotiating the purchase of the former Pinnacle Foods facility near Millsboro where Vlasic pickles were produced until November. The News Journal reports the firm plans to expand its operations with a $100 million investment. It would employ about 700 people at the facility.
A survey shows U.S. manufacturing activity expanded more slowly in March than February, held back by weaker growth in production and new orders. But factories hired at the fastest pace in nine months, an encouraging sign ahead of Friday's report on March employment.
At the National Pork Industry Forum, pork producers approved a resolution reaffirming the industry's position that producers should be able to select a sow housing system, including gestation stalls or individual maternity pens, which best promotes employee safety and animal care while ensuring a reliable supply of pork for consumers.
Cal-Maine Foods Inc. said Monday that its fiscal third-quarter net income climbed 17 percent, bolstered by increased selling prices and improved sales of specialty eggs. For the period ended March 2, the egg producer earned $30.6 million, or $1.27 per share. That compares with earnings of $26.1 million, or $1.09 per share, a year earlier.
Rhode Island health officials say some of the frozen snack foods linked to an outbreak of E. coli that has sickened at least 24 people around the country may have been shipped to stores in the state as well as neighboring Massachusetts and Connecticut.
A new study found that rebates on healthy food purchases cause people to put healthier food in their grocery carts. Led by the nonprofit research organization the RAND Corporation, the analysis examined the purchases of more than 170,000 South African households, of which 60 percent participated in Discovery Vitality' s HealthyFood program and were eligible for a cash-back rebate of up to 25 percent for healthy food purchases.
Boston Market is expanding beyond its well-known rotisserie chicken offering for a new meat: ribs. The Golden, Colo.-based chain hopes the ribs, its biggest new food launch in six years, will help bring new customers into its restaurants. It's kicking off the launch with a tax-themed ad campaign starting Monday with the slogan, "The Big Rib-ate."
The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster but still anemic rate at the end of last year. However, there is hope that growth accelerated in early 2013 despite higher taxes and cuts in government spending. The Commerce Department says the economy grew at an annual rate of 0.4 percent in the October-December quarter.
Florida is one of only three states where it's illegal to fill one 64-ounce beer container, known as a growler. Customers can get as many of the 32-ounce containers filled as they want, and Florida breweries can also fill unlimited 128-ounce growlers for customers to take home. But the size preferred by most beer enthusiasts is banned.
Unlike maple syrup-drenched Vermont and lobster-rich Maine, New Hampshire doesn't have much to call its own in the food world. But it could find a future claim to fame in birch syrup, a nontraditional but increasingly popular product pulled from New Hampshire's state tree.
Oklahoma's 50-year-old ban on horse slaughtering was lifted Friday when the governor signed a new law that will allow facilities to process and export horse meat, despite bitter opposition by animal rights activists. Supporters argue that a horse slaughtering facility in Oklahoma will provide a humane alternative for aging or starving horses, many of which are abandoned in rural parts of the state.
In this Friday, March 29, 2013 photo, a 32-ounce bottle, known among beer enthusiasts as a growler, is filled at the Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville, Fla. Quart and gallon growlers are legal in Florida but half-gallon growlers are illegal.
A bill to privatize the sale of beer and wine has passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives but is making some breweries and beer sellers nervous. The State Senate will likely ammend the bill and plans to hold hearings on the bill, which has been criticized by some lawmakers.
Would you like cheese with that? According to a recent survey, 96 percent of Americans are cheese eaters and most of them would rather be stripped of connectivity or coffee than having this favorite food staple removed from their diet. So, to celebrate this unprecedented love of cheese, Kraft is hitting the streets with the Fresh Take Fresh Possibilities Tour.
As the American consumer's palate evolves toward a more global and expansive diet, enjoying foods from around the world, soybean growers are hoping to capitalize. Though currently the vast amount of soybeans grown in the U.S. are used for cooking oil and animal feed, a growing number of farmers are experimenting with edible soybeans as Americans' interest in edamame increases.
Pennsylvania's breweries and beer distributors are worrying about how state lawmakers may liberalize the Depression-era system of selling beer and wine and whether they will be forced to compete for sales at a disadvantage with bigger, better-prepared rivals.
Farmers intend to plant 97.3 million acres of corn this year, the most since 1936, the USDA's spring planting survey said Thursday. The overall corn acreage forecast is up slightly from last year's 97.2 million acres and reflects a shift in where the grain is grown. Acreage in some states hit hardest by last year's drought retreated, while Southern states such as Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas are shifting cotton acres to corn.
A right-to-work law is on the books in Michigan, but those considering opting out of paying union dues will have to wait months or years to do so. The law, which lets workers choose not to pay to the unions that bargain on their behalf, applies to labor contracts that are extended or renewed starting Thursday — meaning many employees will not be affected until existing collective bargaining agreements end.