PITTSBURGH (AP) — H.J. Heinz Co.'s fiscal first-quarter net income jumped 13 percent, largely on stronger sales in Asia. The foodmaker best known for its signature ketchup said Wednesday that it earned $240.4 million, or 75 cents per share, for the quarter that ended in late July. That's up from $212.
ROME (AP) — International food prices have risen to their highest level in two years, fueled in part by a drought in Russia that lifted the cost of wheat, a U.N. agency said Wednesday. The Rome-based U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said its food price index shot up 5 percent between July and August.
BEIJING (AP) — China has imposed anti-subsidy duties for five years on imports of U.S. chicken products after concluding producers received improper support, the Commerce Ministry said Wednesday amid a string of trade spats with Washington. Importers must pay tariff rates ranging from 4 percent to 30.
FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) — The family of a woman who died after a pallet of bottled water fell on her at a Kroger store in central Indiana is suing the water bottler, arguing a new eco-friendly bottle design might have contributed to the accident. The lawsuit filed by the husband of 32-year-old Lori Keen is pending in federal court in Indianapolis.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. is seeking a permanent injunction against a western Michigan dairy operation it says sold cows with illegal traces of antibiotics in their bodies. The Justice Department said Tuesday that Scenic View Dairy of Hamilton sold the cows for human consumption.
DENVER (AP) — Federal officials say Muslim Somali workers were denied prayer time and faced harrassment and termination at two JBS Swift & Co. meatpacking plants in Colorado and Nebraska. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission made the allegations in lawsuits filed late Monday in U.
SEATTLE (AP) — About 500 striking western Washington Coca-Cola employees who walked off the job Aug. 23 say they'll return to work Tuesday as a goodwill gesture. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Washington spokesman Bob Phillips said Monday the company has accepted the employees' offer to return.
SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Paleta California Co. of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., has recalled its mamey (mah-MAY') frozen fruit bar because of a possible link to a rare U.S. outbreak of typhoid fever. The company says the "Mamey Supreme Cream Bars" were distributed only in Southern California.
CHICAGO (AP) — Starbucks Corp. is debuting its latest caffeinated concoction — flavored instant coffee. The coffee giant said Monday it is adding four new, slightly sweetened varieties of its successful Via instant brew. The flavored instant coffee is the latest in a series of new products from Starbucks as it tries to find new ways to grow after years of overexpansion of its cafes.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Food and Drug Administration investigators have found rodents, seeping manure and even maggots at the Iowa egg farms believed to be responsible for as many as 1,500 cases of salmonella poisoning. FDA officials released their initial observations of the investigations at Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms on Monday.
The recent Salmonella outbreak in eggs highlights a crucial need for an effective product tracing system. According to the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), a nonprofit scientific society focusing on the science of food, a product tracing system would make it possible to identify food-borne illness outbreaks earlier as well as contain the outbreak faster.
The American Bakers Association’s (ABA) Executive Leadership Development Committee (ELDC) and the Society of Bakery Women (SBW) today announced that Pat Callaghan, president of Pepperidge Farm Inc., will serve as a panelist at the “ELDC & SBW Baking Industry Leadership Forum,” to be held during the International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) on Sept.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is planning to inspect all of the country's largest egg farms before the end of next year following the massive recall of tainted eggs linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened as many as 1,500 people. An Obama administration official says inspectors will visit about 600 large egg farms that produce 80 percent of the nation's eggs.
OZREM, Serbia (AP) — In a remote Serbian mountain village, they're cooking up delicacies to make your mouth water — or your stomach churn. At the seventh annual World Testicle Cooking Championship, visitors watch — and sometimes taste — as teams of chefs cook up bull, boar, camel, ostrich and even kangaroo testicles.
Cargill Meat Solutions Corp., a Wyalusing, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 8,500 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O26, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product subject to recall includes: [ View Label ] 42-pound cases of "GROUND BEEF FINE 90/10," containing three (3) - approximately 14 pound chubs each.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Shawn Mattiuz, manager of the Hapuku Fish Shop in Market Hall, a collection of upscale food purveyors in Oakland's bustling Rockridge district, has been watching the Gulf seafood saga play out in the ice-cooled trays of his display cases. For a few days after the oil spill turned into a crisis this spring, demand stalled as "everybody freaked out," he said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California health officials are warning consumers to avoid an imported grape candy because it contains high lead levels. The Department of Public Health says Cocon Grape Gummy 100 percent candy was found to contain up to 0.19 parts per million of lead — nearly twice the state limit.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Meatpackers, feeders and hundreds of ranchers from around the country packed a workshop Friday to voice concerns about a proposed federal rule that aims to preserve competition in an industry increasingly dominated by a handful of corporate giants. Attorney General Eric Holder and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack opened the daylong workshop at Colorado State University, one of five the administration set this year to hear about competition in a consolidating agriculture industry.
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Umpqua Dairy says it has traced the source of salmonella that triggered a voluntary recall following reports of illnesses. Umpqua President Doug Feldkamp said the salmonella was found in equipment that washes and sanitizes crates receiving packaged milk and juice.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Western Canadian beef producers have found a novel way of putting the "bar" in barbecue. Angus cattle in British Columbia's Okanagan wine and cattle region are being fed red wine with their grain. Chefs in this Canadian Pacific Coast province said it makes for a unique beef taste, but Canadian food inspectors appear to have doubts.