DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Environmental groups failed to show that seed plants for sugar beets genetically modified to withstand the popular weed killer Roundup would cause irreparable harm, a federal appeals court said Friday in overturning an injunction that called for the destruction of the plants.
TRACY, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California company has voluntarily recalled products sold at supermarkets across the West because they could contain contaminated broccoli. Tracy-based Taylor Farms Pacific announced the recall this week after a random test by agricultural officials came up positive for the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes.
SODA SPRINGS, Idaho (AP) — Monsanto Co. plans to spend $65 million to build a facility in southeast Idaho that will reduce pollution and haze caused by the process used to produce Roundup herbicide. Waste gas from the company's operation is burned with three flares, putting particulates in the air and causing haze.
(AP) — Chef Wolfgang Puck arrives with a tray of Oscar-themed food that will be served at the Governor's Ball before the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) Heinz To Use Coca-Cola's Plant Bottle For Ketchup U.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — H.J. Heinz Co. says it is making its iconic ketchup bottles a bit more green. The food maker announced Wednesday that it will use Coca-Cola Co.'s plant-based plastic bottle technology for its ketchup. Coca-Cola said it is the first partnership of its kind and they hope to push the use of its plant-based material into other parts of the food industry.
SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal marshals have seized products at a Shelbyville cheese company that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says is rodent infested. An FDA e-mail statement Thursday said marshals seized about $200,000 worth of food products from Bedford Cheese Store Inc.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Frito-Lay hopes to make some big noise with a quieter version of its biodegradable SunChips bag. The company introduced a biodegradable bag for the snacks in April of 2009 with a big marketing effort to play up its environmentally friendly nature as it was made from plants and not plastic and could break down in compost.
NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian state has passed a law allowing residents to seek compensation from soft drink giant Coca-Cola for alleged environmental damage from a former bottling plant. Coca-Cola Co.'s Indian subsidiary, Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages, says the legislation passed Thursday by Kerala state is "devoid of facts, scientific data or any input from or consideration given to" the company.
WASHINGTON (AP) — You may not want to eat genetically engineered foods. Chances are, you are eating them anyway. Genetically modified plants grown from seeds engineered in labs now provide much of the food we eat. Most corn, soybean and cotton crops grown in the United States have been genetically modified to resist pesticides or insects, and corn and soy are common food ingredients.
(AP) — This undated 2010 handout photo provided by AquaBounty Technologies shows two same-age salmon, a genetically modified salmon, rear, and a non-genetically modified salmon, foreground. The Agriculture Department approved more genetically engineered crops in the last month, and the Food and Drug Administration could approve modified salmon for consumption in 2011.
BRUSSELS (AP) — A European Union committee on Tuesday approved rules that would allow the import of animal feed contaminated with small traces of genetically modified crops. The EU Commission and Parliament are expected to accept the rule by this summer, which would change the bloc's attitude toward biotech food.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency has asked China for information on the use of steroids in raising cattle after some athletes blamed their positive doping tests on tainted beef. "There seems to be some evidence that some beef in China may have been stimulated in their growth by the use of steroids," WADA director general David Howman said Tuesday.
MER ROUGE, La. (AP) — A $10 million rice mill will be built in Morehouse Parish, creating 22 jobs, Louisiana economic development officials said Tuesday. The Kennedy Rice Mill, a subsidiary of Kennedy Rice Dryers, will be the only rice mill from the Arkansas border to Interstate 10.
DENVER (AP) — Coke, Pepsi and other soft drinks would get a little cheaper in Colorado under a Republican plan to repeal sales taxes on soft drinks, but the proposal faces an uphill climb against the state's budget crunch and rising obesity rate. Coloradans didn't pay the 2.9 percent sales tax on sodas until March 2010, when lawmakers looking for money and ways to confront obesity levied the tax on soft drinks and candy.
TORONTO (AP) — Molson Canadian is set to become the official beer of the National Hockey League. Current beer sponsor Labbatt Breweries objected, saying it has already agreed to terms on a renewal. Terms of the seven-year deal announced with Molson on Tuesday weren't disclosed. "It's a monster deal," NHL chief operating officer John Collins said in an interview.
(AP) — Plant molecular biologist Janet Slavin holds a yellow woodland variety of strawberry that has been genome sequenced, at the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Md. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. The wild strawberry has been added to the short list of foods whose genomes have been mapped, and scientists say they hope the work will help them produce better strawberries faster than they could with traditional plant breeding.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Campbell Soup Co. sold more cans of soup in its fiscal second quarter, but at such deep discounts it drove down the company's profit. The quarterly decline was expected, but it came with some other bad news from the food maker. The outlook for the rest of the year is cloudy enough that Campbell lowered its full-year earnings and revenue guidance for the second time in about three months.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Sure Puerto Ricans can get fresh beef at the supermarket. But what many crave — and can't get — comes out of a can. A national shortage of canned corned beef caused by a recall has hit especially hard in the U.S. Caribbean territory, a place where the sodium-rich, cholesterol-laden product is a regular part of some beloved local specialties, such as the fritters known as alcapurrias.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A cool microclimate in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains has allowed farmer James Light to grow broccoli in quantity enough to supply a small chain of supermarkets. Along most of the East Coast, however, the broccoli piled up in produce crispers has traveled thousands of miles from the West Coast in refrigerated trucks, typically at a cost of $6,000 a tractor load.