BARATARIA, La. (AP) — To assess how heavy a blow the BP oil spill has dealt the Gulf of Mexico, researchers are closely watching a staple of the seafood industry and primary indicator of the ecosystem's health: the blue crab. Weeks ago, before engineers pumped in mud and cement to plug the gusher, scientists began finding specks of oil in crab larvae plucked from waters across the Gulf coast.
CHICAGO (AP) — McDonald's lesson from July: If you want to start selling cold, fruity drinks, pick one of the hottest months in U.S. history. The fast-food giant posted its biggest monthly increase in more than a year in an important U.S. sales figure as U.S. as the fast-food chain's new fruit smoothies and ice-cold frappes got a warm reception from customers.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sara Lee Corp. Chairman and CEO Brenda Barnes will step down permanently to focus on improving her health following a stroke, the food maker said Monday. Barnes, 56, had been on temporary medical leave since May 14. She will also leave her position on Sara Lee's board of directors.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Monday that this year's wheat harvest will be off more than a third, down to 60 million tons. Last year, the world's third largest grain exporter harvested 97 million tons of wheat and exported 21.4 million tons. Putin said in televised remarks that his government will not lift its ban on wheat exports until the end of the year.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Those who rely on the Gulf of Mexico's rich fishing grounds say there's a new crisis brewing — convincing skeptical consumers that the seafood they harvest and sell is safe to eat. The Gulf's fisheries are beginning to reopen more than three months after the oil began gushing from the sea floor, but those in the seafood industry say that doesn't mean everything has returned to normal.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The co-owner of a defunct Vermont slaughterhouse who is wanted on animal cruelty charges has been arrested in New York, near the Canadian border. The Vermont attorney general's office says 51-year-old Frank Perretta of Grand Isle was arraigned Friday in St.
CHICAGO (AP) — Fido's food may be making kids sick, a government report warns, detailing the first known salmonella outbreak in humans, mostly young children, linked to pet food. The outbreak sickened 79 people in 21 mostly eastern states, between 2006 and 2008. Almost half of the victims were children aged 2 and younger.
NEW YORK (AP) — Meat producer Tyson Foods Inc. posted an 89 percent jump in third-quarter net income, helped by higher beef and pork prices and a chicken business that's recovering. The company has been working through an industrywide downturn brought on by a combination of higher production costs and slumping demand as shoppers cut back on trips out to eat.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A meat processor recalled about 1 million pounds of ground beef products Friday after seven people were sickened by E. coli contamination. Valley Meat Co., of Modesto, sold the potentially contaminated beef patties and ground beef in California, Texas, Oregon, Arizona and internationally, the U.
Minneapolis – Recent analysis of responses to McGladrey’s fifth annual Manufacturing and Wholesale Distribution Survey show that the Food and Beverage industry leads all other industry segments when it comes to weathering the economic downturn, with 49 percent indicating their companies are “thriving and growing.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — For two days, employees at a beer distribution company puzzled over why an easy-going co-worker with no history of violence would go on a rampage, fatally shooting eight men and wounding two others before killing himself. Then, the shooter himself told them why.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — China could be about to increase its corn imports, offering American farmers a chance for greater profits but making it likely U.S. meat producers who use the grain for feed would have to raise their prices. U.S. farmers said they're cautious but hopeful about doing more business with China, which needs more corn to feed the expanding livestock herds that supply meat to its growing middle class.
MUMBAI, India (AP) — A wheat stockpile in India that could feed 210 million people for a year is starting to spoil because the government lacks enough warehouses to store it — a lightning rod for local discontent that could send ripples through the world market for the grain.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pizzas and hamburgers in the school lunch line would be healthier under child nutrition legislation passed by the Senate Thursday, a key part of first lady Michelle Obama's campaign to end childhood obesity. The $4.5 billion legislation passed by voice vote would create new standards for all foods in schools, including vending machine items, to give students healthier meal options.
CDC is collaborating with public health officials in multiple states, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA/FSIS) to investigate two multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections, each involving a different Salmonella serotype: Hartford and Baildon.
CROTON, Ohio (AP) — Winds reaching 70 mph knocked over three barns being renovated Wednesday at the state's largest egg farm, killing two workers, authorities said. Two construction workers who were laying concrete blocks at Ohio Fresh Eggs were killed in one of the barns, said Bill Schwaderer, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
JAY LINDSAY Associated Press Writer- August 4, 2010 BOSTON (AP) — The nation's top fishery managers met Tuesday with industry leaders from California to Maine to discuss ways to improve the troubled fishery law enforcement system amid findings of mismanagement, misspending and questionable fines.
LONDON (AP) — Meat from the offspring of a cloned cow in the United States entered the British food chain without official authorization, the UK's Food Standards Agency said Tuesday. The agency carried out its investigation after media reports said milk from a cow produced from a cloned parent was sold in Britain.
Atlanta, GA (CDC) — The number of states with an obesity prevalence of 30 percent or more has tripled in two years to nine states in 2009, according to a CDC Vital Signs report. In 2000, no state had an obesity prevalence of 30 percent or more. The report, "State-Specific Obesity Prevalence Among Adults – United States, 2009," also finds no state met the nation's Healthy People 2010 goal to lower obesity prevalence to 15 percent.
DALLAS (AP) — Dean Foods Co.'s second-quarter net income fell 30 percent and the nation's largest milk maker offered third-quarter guidance that could fall below estimates because it expects the competition eating into its sales to continue. Shares slumped on the news, falling $1.