WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are pushing back against Obama administration efforts to promote healthier lunches, saying the Agriculture Department should rewrite rules it issued in January meant to make school meals healthier. They say the new rules are too costly. The bill, approved by the House Appropriations Committee late Tuesday, also questions a government proposal to curb marketing of unhealthy foods to children and urges the Food and Drug Administration to limit rules requiring calorie counts be posted on menus.
TIPTON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan company is recalling about 900 pounds of ground beef over concerns of E. coli bacteria contamination. U.S. Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Services said Tuesday that the recall by Tipton, Mich.-based Irish Hills Meat Co. includes 10-pound clear polybags packaged in boxes of three to five bags each.
Primal Pet Foods has initiated a voluntary recall of their Feline Chicken & Salmon Formula with a "Best By" date code of 043112-17 because this product may be contaminated with Salmonella. The only product affected is limited to Feline Chicken & Salmon Formula with a "Best By" date code of 043112-17.
MADRID (AP) — Spanish farmers are angry that their produce has been singled out as the possible source of a deadly bacterial outbreak in Europe and are already suffering the fallout, as they throw tons of vegetables away daily due to a slump in foreign demand. The farmers depend on their reputation as providers of quality produce for much of Europe.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A proposal to end workers' compensation in Illinois moved a step closer to reality when it was approved by a state Senate committee. The legislation now goes to the Senate floor. Approval there would put abolition on the governor's desk. The Senate Executive Committee split along party lines in the 9-6 vote.
(AP) — A farm worker stands behind a pile of cucumbers outside of a greenhouse in Algarrobo, near Malaga, southern Spain, on Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Angry Spanish farmers whose produce has been cited as a possible source of the deadly bacterial infection in Europe are watching in despair as machines grind their suddenly unwanted fruit and vegetables into compost and are particularly livid with Germany.
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Sara Lee Corp. said Friday that it has completed its $87 million acquisition of Aidells Sausage Co. Aidells, based in San Francisco, is known for premium sausages such as artichoke and garlic chicken sausage. Sara Lee, which makes frozen desserts, Senseo coffee and other products, had announced the buyout earlier this month.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — BP has agreed to support a $9 million grant to pay for quality testing and marketing of seafood coming out of Alabama's gulf with hopes of reassuring consumers that the state's products are safe to eat. The grant will allocate $4 million toward testing seafood to ensure there are no harmful chemicals or substances in the seafood as an effect of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill last year.
BEIJING (AP) — China's supreme court has ordered judges across the country to issue harsher sentences, including the death penalty, to people convicted of food safety violations as the government struggles to clean up the nation's food supply after repeated scandals. The Supreme People's Court said courts should impose longer jail terms and larger fines on people found guilty of violating food safety regulations and that death sentences should be given in cases where people died.
MIAMI (AP) — Each name is next to a number, in black type on a thick legal document. They are the mothers and fathers, spouses, sisters and brothers of thousands of Colombians who were killed or vanished during a bloody civil conflict between leftist guerrillas and right-wing paramilitary groups whose victims have largely been civilians.
BERLIN (AP) — Two new deaths linked to a mysterious bacterial outbreak in Europe blamed on tainted vegetables were reported Tuesday, including the first outside Germany, as the number of reported cases continued to rise. The deaths brought to 16 the total number of fatalities linked to the E.
(AP) —Lauren Slayton pours goats milk into cheese molds at Blue Ledge Farm on Thursday, April 14, 2011 in Salisbury, Vt. Some U.S. dairy farmers are rethinking their business plan after watching milk prices crash repeatedly and a small number are turning to dairy goats. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot) 2 Plead Guilty In $800M Soft Drink Fraud Heinz Slashes Jobs Amid Soaring Profits Tate & Lyle To Reopen U.
LONDON (AP) — Sugar and sweeteners company Tate & Lyle PLC says it plans to reopen a mothballed U.S. plant to meet surging demand for sweeteners after reporting a strong rise in full-year earnings. The London-based company on Friday reported net earnings of 163 million pounds ($268 million), up from 15 million pounds a year ago.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A large melting snowpack and a cold, wet spring have led to huge water releases on the bloated Columbia River that a company says are responsible for a massive fish kill at its farm south of the Grand Coulee Dam. The operators of Pacific Aquaculture Inc. have sent a letter to the Northwest congressional delegation asking the government to reduce the releases, saying the large amount water is pumping toxic gases into the river that kill 100,000 fish a day.
H.J. Heinz Co.'s global expansion efforts are paying off, driving its fourth-quarter net income up 16 percent. But the world's biggest ketchup maker said it needs to raise prices and cut jobs to continue its profitable path. The company, based in Pittburgh, announced Thursday that it will shed up to 1,000 jobs globally in fiscal 2012 as it closes five factories.
SILVER SPRING, Md. (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — The Food and Drug Administration is seeking public comment on preventive control measures for food facilities through a public docket opened this week as part of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law by President Obama in January.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The brother of the alleged mastermind of an $800 million fraud scheme pleaded guilty Thursday to taking part in the scam to bilk investors in now-defunct soft-drink company Le-Nature's Inc. Jonathan E. Podlucky pleaded guilty before a federal judge along with Donald K.
(AP) — Jose Placencia pours wine on Wednesday, May 26, 2011 at his home in Squaw Valley, Calif. Placencia, a first generation Mexican-American, was turned on to wine when he attended college. He says many Latinos of his generation now make the alcoholic drink a part of their meals and celebrations — a trend the wine industry is trying to tap into.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — At least nine U.S. states and more than a dozen countries have imitated Oregon's bottle deposit system credited with significantly boosting recycling — and some of them made it better. Now Oregon's trying to catch back up and retain its image as a leader in environmental programs.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A long-time employee of Del Monte Foods in Topeka, who was an accomplished dirt track racer, died after being injured at the plant. Del Monte spokeswoman Chrissy Stengel announced Tuesday that 64-year-old Tom Wunder died Saturday at a Topeka hospital. Stengel says Wunder was injured at the plant Friday.