The Gulf oil spill probably won't steal shrimp from your plate, but it may take a bigger chunk out of your wallet to get them there. Though much of the Gulf of Mexico remains open to commercial fishing, Louisiana's biggest seafood item is down to just 30 percent of normal production, according to the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board.
WASHINGTON (AP) — An advisory panel is encouraging the government to recommend that Americans reduce their salt intake — even though they acknowledge that it won't be easy. The panel, appointed by the Agriculture and Health and Human Services Departments, makes dietary recommendations every five years that serve as the basis for the government's popular food pyramid and for a range of federal nutrition programs, including school lunches.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The food industry and government regulators have focused for years on finding the most virulent strain of E. coli bacteria, which has killed hundreds of people and sickened thousands every year. But they don't regularly test for six less common E. coli strains that can cause illnesses equally as serious.
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Campbell Soup Co. said Tuesday that it will begin shipping 21 varieties of its lower sodium soups this month. The company has been gradually reducing the amount of sodium in its products over several years and said these soups have 25 to 45 percent lower sodium than earlier levels.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale prices fell for a second straight month in May, the first time that has happened in a year, reflecting big declines in the cost of energy and food. The Labor Department says wholesale prices dropped 0.3 percent in May following a 0.1 percent decline in April.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — FIFA is defending itself for questioning more than 30 young, blonde women who showed up for a World Cup match in orange mini-dresses that are the symbol of a beer advertising campaign in the Netherlands. Soccer's governing body says the outfits, which the women wore to the Netherlands-Denmark game Monday at Soccer City, were an ambush marketing campaign by the Dutch brewery Bavaria NV.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Call it the EVOO evolution. Extra-virgin olive oil, once the domain of Spain and Italy, is popping up in surprising new places. It's on the up-and-up Down Under, growing in Croatia and is becoming such an industry in South America that a Chilean producer is bringing two products to the U.
ROME (AP) — The rising economies of Brazil, China, and India will see strong growth in their agricultural sectors in the next decade as output remains stagnant among big importers in Western Europe, international experts forecast Tuesday. Russia and Ukraine will also make big gains while high prices, which had caused riots over the cost of staples like rice and bread in some developing countries in 2008, will likely ease somewhat, according to a report by the U.
NEW YORK (AP) — The soft drink industry has to work together to make sure proposed soda taxes never come to pass, the chief financial officer of soft drink giant Coca-Cola Co. said Monday. Gary Fayard told analysts at a meeting that shoppers will continue to buy soft drinks even if prices go up — which taxes would do — but the industry's profits would be hurt and it doesn't want to see taxes passed.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — ConAgra Foods Inc. said Monday it's acquiring American Pie LLC, a maker of desserts and frozen dinners under the Marie Callender's and Claim Jumper brand names. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close in 30 days. American Pie makes pies, fruit cobblers and pie crusts under license from Marie Callender's and Claim Jumper.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Chocolate maker The Hershey Co. said Monday it will spend $250 million to $300 million to modernize several facilities and cut costs as part of a plan that is intended to save $80 million a year and could mean big changes for the company's hometown. Hershey made the announcement after its board unanimously approved the plan.
SAN PIERRE, Ind. (AP) — Larry Wappel strode into one of his peppermint fields, stirring up a refreshing fragrance as he brushed past deep-green plants holding the potent oil that gives a cool burst of flavor to toothpaste, candies and other products. When Wappel planted his first peppermint fields in northern Indiana's mint-growing region in 1988, the U.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The world knows Coca-Cola by its bottle. The contour container of "The Real Thing" is unmistakable, the most famous product package in history. People even can recognize it by touch in the dark. Ironically, the real story of its creation has been clouded for decades by "myths, misconceptions, inconsistencies and contradictions," as Seattle-based author Norman L.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The New York Times reports that the Agriculture Department has banned a leading American inspector of organic foods in China for conflicts of interest. The Organic Crop Improvement Association of Nebraska allegedly used Chinese government employees to inspect farms and food processing facilities that are state controlled.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jimmy Dean, a country music legend for his smash hit about a workingman hero, "Big Bad John," and an entrepreneur known for his sausage brand, died on Sunday. He was 81. His wife, Donna Meade Dean, said her husband died at their Henrico County, Va., home. She told The Associated Press that he had some health problems but was still functioning well, so his death came as a shock.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Chris Botticella knows the secret to those "nooks and crannies" in Thomas' English Muffins — the way they cradle butter and jam, and after a good toasting, produce just the right crunch. It's a secret that the muffins' makers have gone to great lengths to protect over 75 years, allowing it to rack up $500 million in sales annually of the toaster treats.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bimbo Bakeries USA is recalling some of its bread distributed in California and three other states after discovering the label did not indicate the product contained milk. The company said Saturday that it has not received any reports of illness from the mislabeled bread, but warned that people who are allergic to milk could experience serious or even life-threatening reactions if they eat it.
MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio dairy farm worker accused of abusing cows in an undercover video has pleaded not guilty to 12 counts of cruelty to animals. An attorney for 25-year-old Billy Joe Gregg Jr. entered the plea Wednesday. Gregg appeared on a video conference Thursday in a separate court to plead not guilty to a felony gun charge.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio regulators are disputing a claim by the Human Society of the United States, which alleged that farms in the state are producing 350,000 eggs a year that are contaminated with salmonella. The Ohio Department of Agriculture says data indicate that Ohio farms produce about 35,000 bad eggs annually, a tiny percentage of the 7 billion eggs produced here each year.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Procter & Gamble Co. said Wednesday that it's recalling Iams ProActive Health canned cat and kitten food in 3-ounce and 5.5-ounce cans that expire September 2011 to June 2012. Tests have shown the food contains insufficient levels of Vitamin B1, which is essential to feline health.