WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A former kosher slaughterhouse manager convicted on federal financial fraud charges was acquitted Monday in Iowa state court of child labor violations. A jury found Sholom Rubashkin not guilty of all 67 child labor violations he faced involving 26 teenagers from Guatemala and Mexico who worked at the Agriprocessors plant in Postville.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — One of the last citrus processing plant in the Phoenix metropolitan area is closing its Mesa facility after operating since the 1930s. The board of the Mesa Citrus Growers Association decided in May to close the plant as the number of citrus orchards has dwindled and crop prices haven't kept up with production costs.
LORETTO, Ky. (AP) — It seemed like any other day at the Maker's Mark Distillery, as workers dunked tops of whiskey bottles into tubs of red wax. Only this time, the bottles were different — and so was the bourbon. Since the late 1950s, the quaint distillery tucked into the Kentucky hills has churned out just one product — Maker's Mark.
NEW YORK (AP) — ConAgra Foods Inc. said Monday it agreed to sell its Gilroy Foods & Flavors business to Olam International for $250 million. Gilroy Foods makes dehydrated and vegetable products, and ConAgra said it had about $300 million in revenue in fiscal 2010. The deal includes manufacturing facilities in California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Oregon, and a warehouse in California.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez announced plans Sunday to take over more private companies in Venezuela and also said his government should review the use of water by transnational companies like Coca-Cola and Pepsi. Chavez said during his weekly TV and radio program that he has approved decrees for the "forced acquisition" of two companies: Alentuy CA, which makes aluminum cans and other products, and Envases Internacional SA, which makes containers for the food industry.
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — William Mahan bends over a bowl of raw shrimp and inhales deeply, using his left hand to wave the scent up toward his nose. Deep breath. Exhale. Repeat. He clears his palate with a bowl of freshly cut watermelon before moving on to raw oysters. Deep breath. Exhale.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Coca-Cola Co. says it will distribute certain drinks made by Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. as part of a $715 million deal. The agreement was announced Monday morning. Under the terms of the deal, Coca-Cola will distribute Dr Pepper and Canada Dry ginger ale in the U.
DELHI, La. (AP) — Officials say about 1,700 people have applied for 240 hourly jobs at the ConAgra Foods Inc. sweet potato processing plant near Delhi, and the first 80 will be hired by July 12. The opening is expected in September. Plant human resources director Dan Downard and Jeff Lynn, executive director of the state's Fast Start training program, tell The News-Star that about 500 applicants have been invited to a pre-employment class next week.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Two former employees of a now-closed Vermont slaughterhouse have been charged with animal cruelty for the excessive shocking of calves with an electric prod, prosecutors said Friday. The state Attorney General's office issued arrest warrants for Christopher Gaudette, 37, and Frank Perretta, 51, both of Grand Isle.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Eat a shrimp, support a Gulf of Mexico fisherman. That's the thinking behind the "Dine Out for the Gulf Coast" campaign in which restaurants across the country will be putting a little fish philanthropy on the menu. During the event, scheduled for June 10-12, participating restaurants will be donating to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund.
CARMEL VALLEY, California (AP) — Extra virgin, light, with lemon, unfiltered, cold-pressed: the variety of olive oil on most supermarket shelves is dazzling. But what does it all mean? These terms might be common currency among foodies and the farmer's market crowd, but they have never been enforceable, or legally defined in the U.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cadmium has been discovered in the painted design on "Shrek"-themed drinking glasses being sold nationwide at McDonald's, forcing the burger giant to recall 12 million of the cheap U.S.-made collectibles while dramatically expanding contamination concerns about the toxic metal beyond imported children's jewelry.
HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — Workers at the hometown plants of chocolate manufacturer Hershey are voting on a labor deal that could cut hundreds of jobs. Employees began voting Friday morning on a restructuring agreement that would expand one of the plants in Hershey and turn the original factory built by founder Milton Hershey into an office building.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tyson Foods Inc. on Thursday settled a decade-long dispute with the Labor Department by agreeing to pay workers at poultry plants for time they spend putting on and taking off protective clothing. Government officials hope the settlement with Tyson — and a similar agreement reached earlier this year with poultry processor Pilgrim's Pride Corp.
EAST FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Police say two pallets loaded with bottles of vodka sauce have fallen onto a worker at a New York packing plant, killing her. Suffolk County homicide detectives are investigating the death of Yolanda Gonzalez at L&S Packing in East Farmingdale, about 25 miles east of New York City.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A state investigation has found a fifth person who was sickened after drinking raw milk from a dairy farm near Gibbon. The state Department of Health reports Thursday they were sickened by E. coli bacteria after drinking raw milk from the Hartmann Dairy Farm. Four cases were reported last week.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. government has proposed more than $214,000 in fines against a Canadian seafood processing company accused of violations at a New Hampshire plant. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says inspectors found 17 violations of workplace health and safety standards at High Liner Foods in Portsmouth.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Hershey Co. is proposing to slash up to 600 jobs in a move to modernize and expand one of its hometown plants and turn the other — the original chocolate factory built by founder Milton Hershey — into an office building. The plan, announced Tuesday, is part of a tentative agreement with union negotiators and must be approved by a majority of the approximately 1,600 members who work at both factories.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Wildlife scientists think shrimp can survive the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Martin Bourgeois of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says brown shrimp spawn offshore in January, February and March. Once the eggs hatch, the larva count on prevailing winds and currents to carry them to the Louisiana marsh, where they grow until it's time for them to swim back offshore to spawn.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Fans of natural foods have tried for years to push the ubiquitous sweetener high fructose corn syrup off Americans' dinner tables and out of their restaurants and grocery stores. It seems to be working. U.S. use of the sweetener found in most soft drinks, cereals and a range of other products dropped 11 percent between 2003 and 2008, the most recent year figures were available.