December 21, 2010 SEATTLE (AP) — A 70-year-old Washington state man has been sentenced to a year in prison followed by six months of home detention after admitting the honey he imported was from China — not Thailand or the Philippines, as he claimed. Chung Po Liu of Bellevue also must pay $400,000 in restitution.
December 21, 2010 FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A global beef processor has installed a $4.2 million cow-cleaning system at its Central Valley plant in an effort to improve food safety. The new apparatus at the 60-acre Cargill factory in Fresno uses spinning bristles and high-pressure nozzles filled with anti-microbial solution to remove dirt and debris from cow carcasses before the hides are removed, The Fresno Bee reported.
December 21, 2010 OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Poor shopper response to promotions helped cause ConAgra Foods Inc.'s fiscal second-quarter net income to fall 16 percent. ConAgra initially benefited from the economic downturn as people ate at home more. But increased competition led many food makers and retailers to rely heavily on discounts and other promotions to drive sales.
(AP) — In this Dec. 11, 2010 photo, beekeeper Terry Klein, 70, of TM Klein and Sons Honey, is shown next to a bee hive packed in straw and sheltered for the winter in a barrel on his property in St. Charles, Mich. Klein is one of many Michigan beekeepers worried that efforts to combat an invasive plant that is crowding out native vegetation could leave them without a key source of nectar and pollen that helps keep their honeybees productive and healthy.
The FDA, in cooperation with other state and local public health agencies, is warning consumers not to eat any Sally Jackson cheeses. The products were processed under conditions that create a significant risk of contamination of the unpasteurized raw milk and finished cheese, and Sally Jackson cheeses have been identified as one possible source of eight cases of E.
WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. said Friday it completed the $905 million acquisition of competitor Van Houtte. The deal allows Green Mountain to cement a stronger foothold in the Canadian market. Green Mountain expects the acquisition to slightly weigh on earnings per share in the next 12 months.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a company is recalling thousands of pounds of meat sent to businesses in New Mexico. The agency's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Friday that Dallas-based Winn Meat Co. was recalling 25,600 pounds of ground beef products that were improperly labeled and potentially adulterated.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sara Lee Corp.'s shares surged after a report that it is considering a sale to JBS SA, the world's largest beef company. The Wall Street Journal reported that people familiar with the matter said JBS approached Sara Lee with an offer, and the talks have been off and on for several months.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Sunday passed a sweeping bill to make food safer, sending it to the House in the waning days of Congress. It was the second time the Senate passed the bill, which would give the government broad new powers to increase inspections of food processing facilities and force companies to recall tainted food.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Humane Society of the United States said Wednesday that an undercover worker at a farm owned by the world's largest pork producer saw breeding pigs abused and crammed into small gestation crates. The animal welfare organization released the results of a monthlong undercover investigation at a Waverly, Va.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Korean investors and North Dakota cattle ranchers plan a $90 million beef plant in the state that could process about 1,200 animals each day for overseas and domestic markets. The Kim and Price Corp. plant would export about 60 percent of its beef to South Korea and sell the rest in the U.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A western Minnesota meat processing plant has been given a $20,000 civil penalty for discharges of blood- and manure-contaminated water. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said Wednesday it has reached an agreement with Noah's Ark Processors. The agreement resolves alleged violations of water quality laws and rules at the company's meat processing plant and animal hide storage building in Dawson.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Dannon Co. Inc. has agreed pay $21 million over health claims made for its Activia yogurt and DanActive dairy drink in settlements with state and federal regulators. The food company has claimed that beneficial bacteria in its Activia yogurt helps relieve irregularity and that its DanActive drink boosts immunity.
About 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases, according new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The figures are the most accurate to date due to better data and methods used. The data are published Wednesday in two articles in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases .
(AP) — Humane Society of the United States spokesperson, Paul Shapiro, speaks during a press conference in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. The Humane Society says it has found what it called " unacceptable and systemic abuses " of female breeding pigs at a Virginia factory farm owned by a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods.
(AP) — Employees of the Just Born candy company — which makes Peeps, Mike and Ike’s and other popular candies — are enjoying chilly Fargo, N.D., instead of balmy Hawaii after corporate sales goals weren’t met. Two dozen workers, who are in town for meetings, received fleece jackets and bomber hats.
NEW YORK (AP) -- More top corporate executives expect to hire workers and boost spending on their companies over the next six months. A survey released Tuesday by Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs of big U.S. companies, shows 45 percent of executives say they expect their companies to add more workers.
The international market for dairy snacks, such as cheese strings and yogurt tubes, grew by 7% in 2009 and is heading for a 6% rise this year. The first major study on this sector, by leading food and drink consultancy Zenith International, estimates total volume at 217,000 tonnes in 2010 across 26 countries in North America, Latin America, West Europe, East Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Dozens of helicopters whir above Florida's valuable and sensitive veggie crops, sent up by farmers worried that an uncommon freeze could wipe out their harvests. The choppers hover low over green bean and sweet corn fields, moving back and forth in the early morning hours to push warmer air closer to the plants — and, the farmers hope, save the plants from a deadly frost.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Templeton Rye whiskey, which can be hard to find in some Iowa shops, has been showing up on Internet sales sites in violation of Iowa laws against bootlegging. The Des Moines Register reported that on Monday, a half-dozen or more people had listed the booze on eBay and Craigslist, asking up to $100 a bottle for whiskey that typically sells for $36 a bottle.