A pickup in consumer spending and steady home sales helped lift economic growth from October through early November in most parts of the United States, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday. The one exception was the Northeast, which was slowed by Superstorm Sandy.
Farmers are worried about getting paid for their peanuts, nearly a third of the plant's 150 workers have been laid off, and residents wonder what toll an increasingly contentious showdown between the nation's largest organic peanut butter plant and federal regulators could ultimately have on the region's economy.
Lawyers for a South Dakota beef processing company suing ABC News for defamation have asked a federal judge to remand the lawsuit back to state court. Beef Products Inc. sued ABC News Inc. for defamation over its coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime." The company is seeking $1.2 billion in damages.
A national civil rights organization called on U.S. authorities Wednesday to explain their investigation into a leading maker of food for observant Muslims, saying it is troubled by the secrecy surrounding the seizure of the company's bank account and records.
The FDA suspended the registration of Sunland Inc., which is the country's largest organic peanut butter processor. FDA officials found salmonella in numerous locations in Sunland's processing plant after 41 people in 20 states, most of them children, were sickened by peanut butter manufactured at the Portales, N.M., plant and sold at the Trader Joe's grocery chain.
As part of an effort to help consumers better understand a food’s nutrition value, researchers at RTI International developed an algorithm that gives food an overall nutrition score that could make it easier for consumers to make healthy food choices.
Post Holdings Inc. on Wednesday turned a profit for its fiscal fourth quarter as the cereal maker wasn't weighed down by last year's costs for spinning off from Ralcorp and benefited from raising cereal prices. The St. Louis-based company earned $10.8 million, or 31 cents per share, for the quarter that ended Sept. 30.
Another tiny pest capable of carrying and spreading a disease deadly to citrus trees has been found in California's citrus belt. California Department of Food and Agriculture spokesman Steve Lyle says an Asian citrus psyllid was discovered near Terra Bella in Tulare County. The psyllid was identified last week on a trap in a citrus grove.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.'s shares soared 22 percent in after-hours trading Tuesday after the beleaguered coffee company reported fiscal fourth-quarter results and guidance that far exceeded market expectations. The Waterbury, Vt., maker of Keurig single-serve coffee makers said that it earned $91.9 million, or 58 cents per share, for the quarter that ended Sept. 29.
Shares of Monster Beverage Corp. soared as concerns eased about increased regulation for the energy drink maker following a letter, made public Tuesday, from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The letter, sent earlier this month, said that the FDA was studying energy drinks to see if they posed a risk when consumed by "vulnerable groups" such as young people, or in excess.
We appear to be eating much more food, far more frequently, and mostly alone, than at any previous point in American history. The physical act of eating together, or commensality, can serve to regulate food portioning and food consumption. Besides the calorie control factor, commensality also promotes other healthy practices.
Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Tuesday that Protenergy Natural Foods plans to add up to 100 new full-time jobs by April 2013 and hire another 27 employees over the next five years as it increases production capacity to meet growing demands for its soups, broths and sauces.
A new study released Tuesday from the University of Southern California and Oxford suggests that diabetes occurs more frequently in countries with large amounts of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in their food supplies. According to the study, type 2 diabetes occurred 20 percent more often in nations which commonly use HFCS in food.
A federal judge has recused himself from presiding over a $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC because his daughter-in-law works as a producer on one of the network's morning shows. Judge Lawrence L. Piersol recused himself from hearing the defamation lawsuit because his daughter-in-law works as a producer on "Good Morning America."
Fitch Ratings downgraded its ratings on ConAgra Foods and two other rating agencies are reviewing their assessment of ConAgra and Ralcorp, following the food company's announcement Tuesday that it plans to buy private-label food producer Ralcorp for $5 billion.
A 47-year-old business owner from northern Georgia was sentenced to 12 months and one day in federal prison for defrauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Mushtaq "Mike" Mistry, of Lawrenceville, submitted about $300,000 worth of false claims to the USDA.
Cake pops are one of the most popular forms of dessert at parties and gatherings this season. Angie "Bakerella" Dudley created this exclusive recipe — Bakerella's Snowman Cake Pops — in partnership with Betty Crocker for the 2012 Red Hot Holiday Trends.
The University of Tennessee and the state Department of Health are partnering to develop training to improve responses to food-borne illnesses and outbreaks in Tennessee and across the country. The Food Safety Modernization Act directed the CDC to create five Integrated Food Safety Centers of Excellence at state health departments across the country.
A Purdue University agricultural economist says America's role as the world's corn export king is on the decline. Purdue's Philip Abbott says that prior to a 2007-08 spike in commodity prices, the U.S. exported well over half of the corn that entered international markets.
Top lobster scientists are meeting to look at fundamental changes that have affected lobsters in recent years after a summer that featured a potentially record-breaking haul in Maine and Canada and a crash in wholesale prices. The Maine Sea Grant program at the University of Maine is hosting the conference in Portland beginning Tuesday.