The USA Rice Federation, which represents U.S. rice growers and all segments of the U.S. rice industry, yesterday issued a statement in response to a Consumer Reports article on arsenic in rice. The group begins by saying, "We understand that 'arsenic' is an alarming word, but we believe it is important for consumers to know that arsenic is a naturally occurring element in our air."
Microbreweries and home-brewers across the nation may soon be looking to Skagit Valley for one all-important ingredient needed for their varieties of beer: malt. Thanks to a partnership among entrepreneurs, grain researchers, local farmers and the Port of Skagit, Skagit Valley Malting, LLC will soon start moving equipment into a 11,745-square-foot building at the Bayview Business Park in Burlington.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has again expanded its health hazard warning about ground beef products from XL Foods of Alberta. The warning about the beef sold is a variety of stores across much of the country is due to concerns about possible dangerous E. coli contamination.
A suburban Denver man who was diagnosed with "popcorn lung," possibly from inhaling the artificial butter smell of the microwave popcorn he regularly ate, has won a $7.2 million verdict against Gilster-Mary Lee Corp., The Kroger Co. and Dillon Companies Inc.
Heineken NV says it has taken another step closer to winning its struggle to take over Asia Pacific Breweries, maker of Tiger beer. The Dutch brewer said Wednesday it has agreed to buy an 8.6 percent stake in APB from Thailand's Kindest Place Group Ltd. for around $960 million.
The U.S. seafood catch reached a 17-year high last year, with all fishing regions of the country showing increases in both the volume and value of their harvests. Commercial fishermen last year caught 10.1 billion pounds of fish and shellfish valued at a record $5.3 billion, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Kroger is recalling Kroger Fresh Selections Tender Spinach sold at grocery stores in 15 states due to possible Listeria contamination. The grocer said Wednesday that if customers did buy the recalled product, they should return it to stores for a full refund or replacement.
The U.S. seafood catch reached a 17-year high in 2011, with all fishing regions of the country showing increases in both the volume and value of their harvests. New Bedford, Mass., had the highest-valued catch for the 12th straight year, due largely to its scallop fishery.
The Hershey Company today announced that the world’s most technologically advanced chocolate making facility — a $300 million investment in Hershey, Pa., that positions the company for its next 100 years of global growth — is officially “open for business.”
An $18 million settlement has been reached between New York and a food company that serves 39 school and public lunch programs statewide after an investigation into seven years of overcharges. The settlement with Compass Group USA Inc. requires that it repay almost $3 million to the schools for vendor discounts that by law should have been passed on.
An American Crystal Sugar Co. executive says the company's replacement workers are doing well in handling this fall's sugar beet harvest. The company locked out its regular workers almost 14 months ago in a union contract dispute. On Tuesday, attorneys for the company and the locked-out employees argued in the North Dakota Supreme Court about whether the workers should get unemployment benefits.
The Czech prime minister says any new hard liquor produced in the country needs to have a detailed certificate of origin — a move that comes after at least 23 people who drank bootleg booze tainted with methanol died. In response to the deaths, the government banned the sale of spirits with more than 20 percent alcohol content. But that ban has been criticized by many, including President Vaclav Klaus.
A Texas company that profited for decades by supplying mentally disabled workers to an Iowa turkey plant at wages of 41 cents per hour must pay the men $1.37 million in back wages, a federal judge ruled late Tuesday. The 32 employees had been paid $65 per month to work the processing line at a huge turkey plant in West Liberty, Iowa.
With all snacking and impulse food markets set to grow faster in the future, it is paramount to understand the key consumer groups and consumer trends driving these markets in order for products to realize their full potential. A new report offers a completely fresh look at consumer's Snacking and Impulse food habits, allowing marketers to understand people's consumption patterns like never before.
A beer created by the brewmaster at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Williamsburg is part of a Budweiser limited-edition sampler pack this fall, the company announced Tuesday. The beer named for the 23185 ZIP code was part of a promotion called "Project 12," in which brewmasters at 12 of its breweries created small-batch beers using yeast that is directly descended from the original Budweiser recipe from 1876.
From the culinary Slow Food movement to the Friends of the Earth environmental group, eight major groups set up the march to push demands to drastically revamp policy away from industrial farming. The coalition united under the slogan "EU farm policy must be fundamentally changed" regarding a new seven-year program kicks in after 2013.
"Due to inherent, fundamental limitations in this study, it is incapable of establishing any meaningful connection between BPA and obesity," said Steven G. Hentges, Ph. D., of the Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group of the American Chemistry Council.
Consumer groups are pressuring the Food and Drug Administration to set federal guidance on allowable levels of arsenic in rice, prompting the agency to study the issue and consider possible new standards. So far, FDA officials say they have found no evidence that suggests rice is unsafe to eat.
The CEO of a failed artificial sweetener company was charged Tuesday with theft and securities fraud in Missouri for allegedly using bond revenues to avoid foreclosure on his Beverly Hills, Calif., home and misleading financiers about the company's troubled operations.
Farmers and activists from all over the continent converged on European Union headquarters Wednesday to push for a food policy that is fairer to family farmers and kinder to the environment and developing nations.