WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says egg safety rules that just took effect could prevent thousands of cases of salmonella poisoning each year. The new rules were announced by the Obama administration last year and went into effect Friday. The FDA says they could reduce the number of salmonella illnesses by nearly 60 percent.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It's been barely a year since Luis Miranda began selling organic produce at farmers markets near his home in California's Central Valley, but he's already seen every trick in the book. Scanning the stands recently at a market in downtown Sacramento, Miranda pointed out a half-dozen examples of misleading signs and labels.
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials have found 76 tons of milk powder and dairy products laced with a deadly industrial chemical in at least three provinces that was apparently left over from a milk scandal in 2008 that killed six babies and sickened hundreds of thousands. The discovery shows that toxic milk remains a danger in China despite a crackdown in which dozens of people were arrested and two — a dairy farmer and a milk salesmen — were executed for producing or selling toxic milk.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — With a drive-through seemingly on every corner, you might think the market for burgers long ago reached saturation. But the fastest-growing restaurant chain in America last year was Five Guys, which specializes in double-pattied behemoths the size of a softball.
SILVER SPRING, Md. /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that it is inviting the public to submit comments and information to help the agency implement a new federal law that requires the posting of calorie content and other nutrition information on menu items at certain chain restaurants and similar retail food operations and vending machines.
LAREDO, Texas (AP) — Mexican rancher Isidro Gutierrez watched with disgust as federal inspectors here chalked a long stripe on his steer's hindquarter. The animal could not be imported because its breed can be vulnerable to disease. If inspections were still being done across the Rio Grande in Mexico, routine rejections like that would be just an inconvenience.
JAKARTA, July 8 (Kyodo) — U.S. retail giant Walmart is following other major companies in stopping buying products from Indonesian agribusiness giant Sinar Mas Group over charges by environmental group Greenpeace the company continues to destroy Indonesia's rainforests. "Walmart does not support deforestation and, as Greenpeace's report shows, our largest markets do not source product from APP, and in the remaining markets that do, we have taken the steps to stop development on private brand products with APP and are looking at what measures can be taken regarding branded products," Walmart said in a press statement, referring to Sinar Mas Group's pulp and paper arm Asia Pulp and Paper.
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) — Swipe your driver's license, look into the camera, blow into the breath sensor and — voila! — you have permission to buy a bottle of wine from a vending machine. Pennsylvania, which has some of the most Byzantine liquor laws in the U.S.
TORONTO — Canada's biggest soft-drink maker, Cott Corp. (TSX:BCB), is hoping that the acquisition of a privately-held U.S. juice giant will give it a major boost on store shelves. Chief executive Jerry Fowden told analysts in a conference call Thursday that the purchase of Cliffstar Corp.
IRWINDALE, Calif. (AP) — Ready Pac Foods Inc. announced that it is recalling of 702 cases of bagged spinach salad after federal investigators confirmed the presence of E. coli in a random sample test. The Irwindale-based company said in its announcement Wednesday that no illnesses have been reported in connection with the Spinach Temptations line of six-ounce bagged salads it is recalling.
WASHINGTON, DC (NCBA) — Members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the largest organization dedicated solely to representing the interests of U.S. beef producers, are gearing up for their Summer Conference in Denver, Colo., July 28 through Aug. 1, 2010. According to NCBA President and Illinois cattle producer Steve Foglesong, the Summer Conference is “where the rubber meets the road” regarding industry priorities.
WASHINGTON, DC (FDA) — For up-to-date information regarding the Gulf Coast seafood industry, visit the FDA's Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill Update page. A: Fish and shellfish harvested from areas unaffected by the closures are considered safe to eat. NOAA is closely monitoring the surface and subsurface movement of petroleum and is expanding the closed area as needed.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Asia and the Pacific, home to two-thirds of the world's one billion hungry people, need increased investment in agriculture of $120 billion a year for the next 40 years to contain hunger and future spikes in food prices, United Nations and Asian Development Bank officials said Wednesday.
Two sheep dogs' attack on a Colorado mountain biker has prompted ranchers in the West to seek better ways to manage the large dogs that protect their herds against predators. The American Sheep Industry Association has been working with state groups and federal agencies to address the problem as more people make their way into once-remote areas where sheep graze.
NORTHFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc. has agreed to sell a Romanian confectionary business it acquired when it bought Cadbury to the international investment fund Oryxa Capital. The food maker did not disclose terms of the deal for Cadbury's Kandia-Excelent business, which makes chocolate, soft cake and confections.
ROME (AP) — Thousands of Italian farmers and farm activists massed at Italy's border with Austria on Tuesday to protest the importation of what they called sub-quality foods pretending to be from Italy. The protest at the Brenner Pass through the Alps was sparked by the blue mozzarella scandal, in which imported batches of the creamy white cheese, a food Italians consider one of their country's hallmarks, turned blue because of bacterial contamination.
MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The owner of a central Ohio farm won't face charges in connection with a video showing cattle being beaten and poked with pitchforks, a prosecutor announced Tuesday. A Union County grand jury decided not to indict Gary Conklin of Plain City after investigators and veterinarians studied the video and concluded Conklin acted appropriately, County Prosecutor David Phillips said.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top court says Monsanto Co., the world's biggest seed maker, cannot block Argentine farmers from exporting to Europe soy meal containing the company's patented genetic modifications. A ruling Tuesday by the EU Court of Justice says Monsanto's European patent for the plant genes can't stop sales of the processed final product.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Chesapeake Bay oysters appear to becoming more resistant to diseases that have caused their numbers to decline in recent years, and states should expand sanctuaries that allow resilient oyster populations to expand, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
HENDERSON, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado company has recalled 66,000 pounds of bison meat sold nationwide after federal agriculture officials linked it to E. coli sicknesses. Rocky Mountain Natural Meats in Henderson recalled the ground and tenderized bison after it was linked to sickening five people in Colorado and one in New York, the U.