WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is urging meat producers to limit the amount of antibiotics they give animals in response to public health concerns about the drugs. The FDA said antibiotics in meat pose a "serious public health threat" because the drugs create antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can infect humans who eat it.
SEATTLE (AP) — Starbucks Corp. is getting chilly with its Via instant coffee as it tries to capture more of the $23 billion global instant coffee market. The coffee giant announced Tuesday that it is adding iced coffee to the line it launched in the U.S. and Canada last fall. Starbucks said this is the company's first new addition to the line.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Move over, greeting cards with sounds or smells. A new entry from an Ohio company plays to the sense of taste. American Greetings Corp. on Monday announced the launch of Tasties, a line of cards that come with dissolvable flavor strips meant to be eaten by the recipients.
WASILLA, Alaska (AP) — Prepare your palate for carnivorous cocktails. The Alaska Distillery in Wasilla just recently launched its Smoked Salmon Flavored Vodka, about a year after the Seattle-based Black Rock Spirits introduced a bacon-flavored vodka. Both savory spirits were intended to complement Bloody Marys, but are finding wider uses among mixologists.
NORTHFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc. has agreed to sell a Polish candy business it acquired through its acquisition of Cadbury to Japanese conglomerate Lotte Group. The food maker did not disclose terms of the deal for Cadbury's E. Wedel business in a news release Monday. The company, based in Northfield, Ill.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — At Wisconsin farmers markets, vendors no longer need licenses to sell pickles, jams and other canned foods, while small farmers in Maine can sell slaughtered chickens without worrying about inspections. Federal and state laws require that most food sold to the public be made in licensed facilities open to government inspectors.
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Kellogg Co. is voluntarily recalling about 28 million boxes of Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops and Honey Smacks cereals because an unusual smell and flavor from the packages' liners could make people ill, the company said Friday. Kellogg said about 20 people complained about the cereals, including five who reported nausea and vomiting.
NEW YORK (AP) — Brewer SABMiller PLC has won nearly $1 million to develop a beer brewed with cassava and to source the root plant locally to help small-scale farmers in Sudan. The brewer, known for brands such as Miller Lite and Grolsch, said in a news release Friday the money comes from the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund.
NEW YORK (AP) — Russia's decision to lift its ban on U.S. chicken imports will help the U.S. industry and could bolster prices and profit margins, analysts say. THE OPINION: Russia was the second largest importer of U.S. chicken in 2009 — just behind China at $752.5 million in imports but that tumbled sharply after the ban was enacted last winter.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The BP oil spill has hammered the fishing and tourism industries along the Gulf of Mexico. But it appears the economic damage to the rest of the United States will be limited. Analysts say the spill will reduce economic growth by only about one-half of 1 percentage point this quarter, and even less during the second half of the year.
SOUTH GATE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California meat distributor has recalled some 35,000 pounds of ground-beef that might be contaminated with E. coli. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said late Tuesday that no illnesses have been reported from the bulk ground beef and ground beef patties sold by South Gate Meat Co.
ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola Co. CEO Muhtar Kent and Carrefour CEO Lars Olofsson have been named as co-chairmen of The Consumer Goods Forum, a consumer goods network for manufacturers and retailers. Atlanta's Coca-Cola is the world's biggest soft drink maker while France's Carrefour is the second-largest retailer after Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Dairy farmers frustrated with ever-eroding profit margins and possible antitrust violations in the industry will get a chance Friday to voice their concerns to federal regulators in "America's Dairyland." U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Assistant Attorney General Christine Varney, the department's chief antitrust investigator, were scheduled to host the roundtable discussion in Madison, Wis.
ATLANTA (AP) — Most U.S. adults should eat less than a teaspoon of salt each day, but a new government report says just 1 in 18 meet that goal. "This is not good news," said Janelle Peralez Gunn of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lead author of a new study released Thursday.
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Campbell Soup Co. said Thursday it will sell its German Village Products pasta plant in northwest Ohio to Philadelphia Macaroni Co. and have that company supply more of its pasta. Terms of the deal for the plant in Wausen, Ohio, which employs 30 people, were not disclosed.
SEATTLE (AP) — Changes coming soon at a Starbucks cafe on the edge of a trendy Seattle neighborhood eventually could ripple through the nation's coffee house industry. That's because where Starbucks goes, others follow. Dubbed "Olive Way," the store is the biggest percolator yet for the world's largest coffee company's ideas.
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's last cheese plant is closing. Owner and manager Virgil Johnson says dwindling supplies of milk have made it difficult for Dakota Country Cheese in Mandan to operate. He says the cheese market also has gone in the tank. Johnson says Saturday will be the last day the plant will be picking up milk, and the last cheese will be made Monday.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota organic beef company has sued its former chief executive, accusing him of profiting from side ventures, running up more than $67,000 in personal charges on a company credit card and forming a competing company. Howard Venture LLC, doing business as Dakota Beef, filed the lawsuit in U.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Are the toys in your child's Happy Meal making him fat? The Center for Science in the Public Interest says they are. The Washington-based consumer advocacy group threatened to file a lawsuit against McDonald's Tuesday, charging that the fast food chain "unfairly and deceptively" markets the toys to children.
Whether they're deep-fried, baked or served on the half-shell, most of the oysters eaten by Americans start their journey to the gullet in the Gulf of Mexico. But with the Gulf now awash in oil, the supply is down, prices are up, restaurants are going oyster-less, and there appears to be no quick fix to the crisis.