RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Truckloads of Four Loko and other alcohol-laced energy drinks are being recycled into ethanol and other products after federal authorities told manufacturers the beverages were dangerous and caused users to become "wide-awake drunk." Wholesalers from Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and other East Coast states started sending cases of the high-alcohol, caffeinated malt beverages to MXI Environmental Services in Virginia after the U.
(AP) — In this Dec. 30, 2010 photo, tomatoes in different stages of ripeness are seen in the fields at Martha's U-Pick Vegetable Stand near Homestead, Fla. The plants show damage from recent cold weather. Last January, a nearby farmer, Sam Accursio lost nearly all of his pickling cucumber crop at his Homestead farm during an unusual cold snap.
CARACOLLO, Bolivia (AP) — It's as inhospitable as climates come for crop cultivation, the dry and rocky soils of Bolivia's semiarid altiplain. Miguel Choque can see his breath as surveys his fields of quinoa, the Andean "supergrain." In late March or April, the flowering plants will paint the rugged landscape yellow, green and red.
LONDON (AP) — Britain is calling time on more than 300 years of history, by relaxing rules on pub glass sizes. Pubs will soon be able to serve a smaller beer, holding about 400 milliliters — a measure popular in some parts of Australia where it is known as a schooner. Science Minister David Willetts said Tuesday that centuries old rules governing the sale of alcohol are being relaxed in response to health concerns and following demands from businesses to sell sizes better suited to modern waistlines and wallets.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has terminated the supervised release for a Georgia businessman snagged in a beef plant scandal and convicted of making an illegal campaign contribution to former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove. Nixon Cawood Jr. was charged in the federal investigation into Mississippi Beef Processors LLC, which closed three months after it opened in 2004, costing 400 jobs and sticking Mississippi taxpayers with $55 million for state-backed loans.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ranchers and horse owners in the United States should be allowed to slaughter their animals and sell the meat as food, said dozens of breeders, trainers and lawmakers gathered in Las Vegas this week to revive the nation's shuttered horse processing industry. The first Summit of the Horse on Tuesday drew advocates from across the West who slammed animal rights groups and implored the federal government to once again embrace horse meat as a legal source of nutrition, saying horse meat is already safely consumed in dozens of countries.
TOKYO (AP) — A giant bluefin tuna fetched a record 32.49 million yen, or nearly $396,000, in Tokyo on Wednesday, in the first auction of the year at the world's largest wholesale fish market. The price for the 754-pound (342-kilogram) tuna beat the previous record set in 2001 when a 445-pound (202-kilogram) fish sold for 20.
BEAVERTON, OR – Beaverton Foods plans to expand its presence in the wasabi food products category with the recent acquisition of Florence, OR-based Pacific Farms™. Domonic Biggi, Executive Vice President of Beaverton Foods, said the purchase of Pacific Farms was a natural fit for the 80-year-old family owned and operated manufacturer of hundreds of specialty gourmet condiments.
BOULDER, Colo.(BUSINESS WIRE)--The board of directors of the Brewers Association (BA), the trade association representing the majority of U.S. brewing companies, has voted to change the BA's designation of "small" in its definition of a "craft brewer." The Association's board of directors also has revised its bylaws to reflect the change.
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Construction of what will become a new Vermont yogurt factory is on schedule for a spring opening. Benjamin Johnson of Commonwealth Dairy says the company broke ground last April at a location in Brattleboro and expects to have 25 to 30 people on its payroll by this April.
WASHINGTON (USDA) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced that it will be making important nutritional information readily available to consumers on 40 of the most popular cuts of meat and poultry products. Under a new rule, packages of ground or chopped meat and poultry will feature nutrition facts panels on their labels.
WASHINGTON (AP) — When salmonella-laced peanut products sickened hundreds during a recent scare, President Barack Obama said consumers should be able to have confidence that their government will keep peanut butter-eating children safe — and that included his daughter Sasha. "That's what Sasha eats for lunch probably three times a week," Obama said then.
(Uncle Charley's Sausage) — A worker at Uncle Charley’s Sausage manufacturing facility in Vandergrift, PA, grinds and mixes pork with special seasonings in an 11,000 pound stainless steel bowl that will blend the proprietary ingredients for the production of the company’s popular Uncle Charley’s Sausage.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota subsidiary of one of the world's largest beef jerky companies must pay a son of the company's founder more than $16.5 million for his shares of the subsidiary, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Jay Link, a son of Wisconsin-based Link Snacks Inc.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Honey companies and importers are launching a program in January to try to stop the flow of illegally sourced honey from coming into the country. The True Source Honey Initiative is an effort by a handful of producers and importers looking to certify the origin and purity of the honey sold to U.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A California company is recalling approximately 34,373 pounds of organic ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria, federal officials said Thursday. First Class Foods Inc. of Hawthorne reports that each package label bears the establishment number "EST.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — December's wave of unusually cold weather has destroyed much of Florida's green beans and sweet corn, which means shoppers will pay more at the grocery store and see more imports on the shelves. Florida is the nation's largest producer of green beans and sweet corn — the kind of corn we eat, not the kind we put in our gas tanks.