GARNER, N.C. (AP) — Production of Slim Jim snacks is ending at a plant in Garner where an explosion killed four people in 2009. The closing of the ConAgra plant Friday puts 200 employees out of work. ConAgra announced in February it intended to close the plant. Investigators have said contractors were purging gas lines at the time of the blast, causing the building's roof to collapse.
(AP) — In this Thursday, April 14, 2011, file photo Tom Haas stands in his Cherry Hill Orchards in Lancaster, Pa. Stink bugs wiped out up to 40 percent of Haas’ peaches last season. The peaches looked so bad that he let the fruit fall to the ground, where it rotted away over the winter.
(FDA) —“Quenby Hall Blue Stilton Cheese” is being recalled by Schratter Foods Incorporated, a Fairfield, New Jersey-based food distributor, because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) — After leading The Hershey Co. to three years of strong performances, CEO David West is leaving to take the top job at the smaller Del Monte Foods Co., a surprise move that sent the candy maker's shares plummeting Wednesday. Del Monte Foods, the San Francisco-based food processor, said that West will become its CEO on Aug.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The maker of Jack Daniel's said Monday it is rolling out a taller, slimmer bottle and simplified label for the popular whiskey made in rural Tennessee. The new packaging for Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 -- known as Jack Daniel's black label -- accentuates the bottle's familiar square shoulders.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A California beer maker that produces some potent suds is seeking a site for a new brewery, and some Tennessee lawmakers are pushing legislation that they hope will persuade the company to build it in East Tennessee. Tennessee's Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday voted 10-0 to advance the bill establishing state guidelines for high-alcohol beer to a full floor vote.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Fond du Lac man has filed a federal lawsuit accusing Kraft Foods of firing him rather than accommodating his bad back. James L. Brown was hired in 2001 at a Kraft frozen-pizza facility in Little Chute. His lawsuit says he missed a few days of work in 2008 to get treatment for chronic back pain.
(AP) — In this file photo taken April 6, 1988, Ronald McDonald watches as about 20,000 balloons head skyward at the opening of the 10,000th McDonalds restaurant worldwide, in Dale City, Va. Some branding experts think the McDonald’s Corp. clown's floppy red shoes and flaming-red hair are too hackneyed for iPod-savvy kids.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — General Mills says it has signed a deal to buy a controlling stake in French yogurt company Yoplait for about $1.15 billion. The deal protects General Mills' U.S. yogurt business. The food maker has sold the world's second-largest yogurt brand under license in the U.
BRUSSELS (AP) — A U.S.-based organization of environmental activists plans to steam into Libyan waters to stop poachers from netting bluefin tuna. The organization, called Sea Shepherd, will send two boats into the war zone — the 58-meter (190-foot) Steve Irwin, named after the Australian conservationist, and the 35-meter (115-foot) Gojira — said Paul Watson, the organization's founder.
VERSAILLES, Ohio (AP) — Authorities estimate that about 83,000 chickens were killed in a barn fire at a western Ohio egg farm. WHIO-TV says about 70 firefighters were called out shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday to fight the fire near Versailles. The barn is on a farm owned by Kissinger Brothers Poultry and was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Often maligned, the french fry is fighting back. The spud has had a tough time lately. In the last year, it has been marginalized by new school lunch rules, demonized by a popular television program and blamed for the nation's obesity epidemic. Health advocates and government officials have pushed to take them off lunch lines, where kids often reach for the crispy treats instead of greener vegetables.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The national beef industry has enlisted college students across the country in its public relations fight for America's hearts, minds and stomachs. The Masters of Beef Advocacy program also recruits farmers, ranchers, high-end chefs and school dietitians to spread the gospel of red meat consumption.
(AP) — In this May 13, 2011 photo, farmers clear out watermelons from their rented greenhouse that had burst in Danyang city in eastern China's Jiangsu province. Watermelons have been bursting by the score in eastern China after farmers gave them overdoses of growth chemicals during wet weather, according to state media reports, Tuesday, May 17, 2011.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (American Meat Institute) — New federal data show that E. coli O157:H7 is found in less than one quarter of one percent of ground beef samples, a 72 percent decline since 2000 in ground beef samples testing positive for the pathogen. The data are from Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) 2010 year end results of microbiological samples for raw ground beef products analyzed for E.
BEIJING (AP) — Watermelons have been bursting by the score in eastern China after farmers gave them overdoses of growth chemicals during wet weather, creating what state media called fields of "land mines." About 20 farmers around Danyang city in Jiangsu province were affected, losing up to 115 acres (45 hectares) of melon, China Central Television said in an investigative report.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A hearing seeking a new trial for a former Iowa kosher slaughterhouse executive convicted of financial fraud is scheduled before the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Documents filed Monday show a hearing before the St. Louis court is set for June 15. Former Agriprocessors Inc.
ATLANTA (AP) — Food processors in Georgia who don't conduct mandatory tests for contamination or hide the results would face thousands of dollars in fines under proposed regulations. Officials at the Georgia Department of Agriculture said Monday they are taking public comments on regulations implementing the fines, which were part of legislation passed by lawmakers.
HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Poultry producer George's Inc. is seeking to expedite a federal antitrust lawsuit challenging its purchase of a Tyson Food Inc. plant in Harrisonburg. George's says in court documents filed Monday that local poultry farmers could be harmed if the case is delayed.
(AP) — In this photo taken May 3, 2011, Mexican cattle is dipped in insecticide during a USDA inspection in Laredo, Texas. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has shifted some of its cattle inspection stations from Mexico into the United States after concerns about drug cartel violence.