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Efforts Stall To Restrict Animal Abuse Taping

June 13, 2011 7:57 pm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Efforts to outlaw the undercover recording of animal abuse in livestock operations appear to have stalled in Iowa and other states in the face of complaints that the proposals were intended primarily to protect the industry with little concern for animals' welfare.

Germany Learns Hard Lessons After Outbreak

June 13, 2011 7:55 pm

GEIR MOULSON, MARIA CHENG Associated Press - June14, 2011 BERLIN (AP) — The battle against Europe's deadly E. coli outbreak descended into cacophony and confusion. Now that the crisis is stabilizing, German officials acknowledge lessons to be learned. Among the problems: a tangle of federal and regional authorities, chaotic communication and a system for reporting cases that many say is antiquated.

Scientists Probe E. Coli DNA For Outbreak Clues

June 12, 2011 8:34 pm

LONDON (AP) — Scientists are quickly combing the DNA of the killer bacteria behind the world's worst E. coli outbreak to find clues about how to treat patients and prevent future epidemics. So far, one strain from a German patient has been sequenced by Chinese and German scientists.


Tyson Fined $70K For Fatal Silo Collapse

June 12, 2011 8:32 pm

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Tyson Foods Inc. $70,000 in the wake of a fatal collapse at the company's Nashville, Ark., feed mill. The Texarkana Gazette reports OSHA cited Tyson earlier this month, saying a collapsed grain silo was "structurally unsound.

DeCoster, Land O' Lakes Negotiate Egg Sale

June 12, 2011 8:29 pm

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — New England's largest egg producer is in negotiations to sell its operations to Minnesota-based Land O' Lakes, a Maine lawmaker said during a legislative debate. The possible sale of Jack DeCoster's egg operations in Turner, Maine, came to light while lawmakers debated a bill that would remove the right of DeCoster's workers to unionize.

Nitrate-Tainted Meat Blamed For Chinese Man's Death

June 12, 2011 8:27 pm

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese butcher was sentenced to life in prison on Saturday for adding industrial-grade nitrates to meat that were blamed in a man's poisoning death. The harsh sentence handed down to Gao Yanjun reflects authorities' efforts to crack down on widespread chemical contamination of food and other products that has caused repeated health scares in China and blackened the reputation of the country's exports.

Taiwan Destroys 2.3 Tons Of Chemically Tainted Drinks

June 12, 2011 8:24 pm

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's leader has overseen the destruction of 2.3 tons of beverages believed to be tainted with a dangerous chemical. President Ma Ying-jeou called on makers to improve food safety after the products were dumped into a waste treatment plant Saturday. Authorities have inspected 16,000 stores over the past month and removed drinks, teas and health supplements containing DEHP, a plasticizer added to improve color and texture.


'Super' Wheat Could Ease World Food Crisis

June 10, 2011 5:01 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Scientists say they're close to producing new "super varieties" of wheat that will resist a virulent fungus while boosting yields up to 15 percent, potentially easing a deadly threat to the world's food supply. The research is part of a global drive to protect wheat crops from the Ug99 strain of stem rust.

Brown-Forman 4Q Earnings Jump After Vineyard Sale

June 10, 2011 4:58 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Brown-Forman Corp.'s fourth-quarter profit spiked from the sale of its California-based Fetzer Vineyards, capping a year that showed strong growth for its flagship Jack Daniel's brand and el Jimador tequila. The company, whose brands include Southern Comfort and Finlandia vodka, on Thursday reported a 26-cent-per-share gain from the sale of Fetzer to Chilean wine producer Vina Concha y Toro S.

13 Children Hospitalized From Lead Balls In Chips

June 10, 2011 4:55 am

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rican health officials say 13 children had to be hospitalized after swallowing a lead ball that was part of a toy that a food company included inside bags of corn chips. The children thought it was candy. Authorities say only one of the children remains in the hospital from eating a lead ball.

High Unemployment, Food Prices Slow Economy

June 10, 2011 4:52 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jobs are scarce and food prices are likely to stay high through next year, according to new data that reinforced evidence of a U.S. economy stuck in a weak patch. There was some good news in the spate of reports released Thursday. The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in April after American companies sold more goods overseas and imports fell.

Germany: Sprouts May Have Caused Outbreak, After All

June 10, 2011 4:45 am

BERLIN (AP) — German vegetable sprouts caused the E. coli outbreak that has killed 31 people and sickened more than 3,000, investigators announced Friday after tracking the bacteria from patients in hospital beds to restaurants and then farm fields. Reinhard Burger, president of the Robert Koch Institute, Germany's national disease control center, said the pattern of the outbreak had produced enough evidence to draw that conclusion even though no tests of sprouts from an organic farm in Lower Saxony had come back positive for the E.

Photo Of The Day: Sprouts Again Named As E. Coli Source

June 10, 2011 4:27 am

(AP) — In this June 5, 2011 file picture bean sprouts are photographed in Berlin, Germany. Investigators have determined that locally grown vegetable sprouts are the cause of the European E. coli outbreak that has killed so far 29 and sickened nearly 3,000, the head of Germany's national disease control center said Friday June 10, 2011.


FDA: Chicken May Contain Arsenic

June 9, 2011 5:28 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that some chicken meat may contain small amounts of arsenic, though the agency is stressing that the amount is too tiny to be dangerous to people who eat it. The FDA said Wednesday that a new study developed by the agency shows that an ingredient in chicken feed that contains arsenic, called Roxarsone, may make its way into parts of the bird that are eaten.

Feds Halt Social Campaign To Buy Beer Co.

June 9, 2011 5:24 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — It seemed like an innovative way to buy a beer company: Start an online campaign to purchase the iconic Pabst Brewing Co. and sell shares on Facebook and Twitter to cover the $300 million cost. Michael Migliozzi II and Brian William Flatow found 5 million people who said they would invest a total of $200 million.

Cucumbers Draw New Interest As Possible E. Coli Source

June 9, 2011 5:21 am

BERLIN (AP) — Cucumbers were back on the radar of German health authorities as the possible cause of an E. coli outbreak in Europe that has killed at least 26 people and sickened over 2,700 others. Two weeks ago, investigators blamed cucumbers from Spain for the deadly outbreak and then later ruled them out as the source.

Smucker 4Q Profit Drops After Coffee Deal

June 9, 2011 5:18 am

ORRVILLE, Ohio (AP) — J.M. Smucker Co.'s fourth-quarter profit fell 21 percent as it bought Rowland Coffee Roasters and took additional restructuring costs. The maker of Folger's coffee, Jif peanut butter and its namesake jams said Thursday that its net income fell to $94.9 million, or 82 cents per share, for the quarter ended April 30 from $120.

Dutch Find Different E. Coli, Recall Beet Sprouts

June 9, 2011 5:16 am

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch authorities recalled red beet sprouts from three countries Thursday after samples were found to be contaminated with a strain of E. coli bacteria that was apparently less dangerous than the one causing Europe's deadly E. coli crisis. The Dutch Food Safety Authority said laboratories were still trying to identify the Dutch strain, but there have been no immediate reports of serious illness from it.

Photo Of The Day: Decoding E. Coli

June 9, 2011 5:12 am

(AP) — Scientist Geoff Lowman poses with a chip that reads DNA and is being used to help decode genomes in the outbreaks of E. coli affecting Europe at the Life Technologies laboratory Wednesday, June 8, 2011, in Carlsbad, Calif. The new technology gave way to the development of a rapid test which can be used to determine whether a food source contains the pathogen within 10 to 24 hours.



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