Recent food recalls involving bacterial contamination, together with the threat of viral, bacterial or fungal disease transmission through contaminated products, have caught the attention of the news media. The resulting product recalls and adverse publicity have negatively impacted both corporate profits and reputations (1, 2).
Martha Stewart and Rachael Ray you expect. But Steve Jobs on a list of the 50 most powerful people in food? The idea was to choose people "that directly or have the ability to directly affect what and how we eat," explains Colman Andrews, editorial director of TheDailyMeal, a new site that aims to be a clearinghouse of all things food-related, from recipes to restaurant reviews and more.
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area man who says he was knocked unconscious by an exploding lid has settled his lawsuit against a grocer and a food company. Trial was scheduled last week in federal court. But Darryl Alexander's attorney, Mark Miller, said Tuesday he reached an agreement with Kroger Co.
VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — While Florida farmers have lost much of their crop to cold weather for the second year in a row, they say a fast-spreading, incurable bacteria presents a greater threat to their trees and the citrus industry. Citrus greening has destroyed groves in the U.S., Brazil, Asia and Africa.
VERNON, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California supplier is recalling approximately 7,875 pounds of ready-to-eat Angus Beef patties that may be contaminated with the Listeria bacterium. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall Tuesday. The products affected are 22.
(American Meat Institute)-- The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has issued a draft guidance for the organic industry to address the labeling, composition and use percentage statements in "made with organic (specified ingredients or food groups)" products According to the guidance, products within the "made with organic (specified ingredients or food group(s))" labeling category must contain at least 70 percent certified organic agricultural products.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Forty-five-year-old J.P. Stathakis never thought he'd find himself in the legion of the unemployed, but there he was, a graduate of The Citadel, sucked under in the recession's tidal wave in 2009. Now he is thankful for his job on the maintenance crew at Borg Warner in Seneca, where he operates a forklift, among other duties.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Workers at Venezuela's Coca-Cola bottler are striking to demand salary increases and contract changes. Union leader Alexander Cedeno says over 1,000 employees at the company's bottling plant in the city of Valencia will continue the work stoppage until their demands are met.
NEW YORK (AP) — The bigger-is-better concept seems to be striking a chord among some Starbucks customers. Starbucks will begin a phased-in nationwide rollout Tuesday of its Trenta cup size that can be filled with just shy of a quart's worth of iced beverages such as coffee, tea and lemonade.
New York, N.Y. (PRNewswire) -- The Summer Fancy Food Shows will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. for the next two years, July 10 – 12, 2011, and June 17 – 19, 2012. “Metropolitan Washington and the Middle Atlantic region are strong markets for specialty foods,” says NASFT President Ann Daw.
(AP) — This Jan. 16, 2011 photo shows bottles of vodka, wine and beer from Diageo alongside proposed nutrition labels in Concord, N.H. A proposal being considered by the federal Tax and Trade Bureau asks for the nutrition labels found on nearly all food and beverages also be included on alcoholic beverages where they are presently absent.
SHELTON, Conn.(PRNewswire) -- For the third straight year, the percentage of US consumers purchasing Organic products has held steady in the 38-39% range, reports Shelton, CT-based marketing research and consulting company, TABS Group, Inc. ( www.tabsgroup.com ). While there has been no growth in the buyer count of Organic products since last year, there was a considerable shift in outlet patterns towards Mass Market and away from Natural Foods.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have genetically engineered chickens that can't spread bird flu to their neighbors. The experiment is a first step in exploring new ways to thwart a type of influenza that experts fear might one day spark a pandemic. But it would need lots of additional research to see if the resulting chickens and their eggs would be safe to eat.
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Two years after Peanut Corp. of America was blamed for a nationwide salmonella outbreak, the company's former president would like to rebuild his reputation and his career. However, Lynchburg resident Stewart Parnell feels his hands are tied. Occasionally, relatives or lawyers of people who suffered from salmonella publicly blame Parnell and call for his arrest.
(AP) — In this file photo from Nov. 12, 2003, rows of Tastykake products are seen at a convenience store in Philadelphia. Tasty Baking Co., based in Philadelphia and the maker of Tastykakes, says it has secured a new line of public and private financing that will give it some $6.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's dioxin-tainted food scandal widened Saturday, as authorities banned another 934 farms from selling eggs, poultry and pork after finding out that one company had hidden its deliveries of possibly contaminated livestock feed. Prosecutors in Lower Saxony state opened an investigation and police searched several of the feed producer's offices, Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner said.
OTTAWA — A voluntary recall has been issued for all Toxic Waste brand Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars, imported from Pakistan. The recall was announced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency late Friday. It says testing by the California Department of Public Health indicated some cherry flavoured bars might contain elevated levels of lead that could cause health problems, particularly for infants, small children, and pregnant women.
NEW YORK (AP) — Coffee chain Starbucks Coffee Co. said Thursday that it signed a memorandum of understanding with Tata Coffee Ltd., an Indian coffee bean provider, as it eyes expanding to India. Starbucks could sell coffee roasted in Tata's India plant, Starbucks said, and the two companies plan to jointly develop Starbucks stores in India.