(AP) — In this photo taken Saturday, April 16, 2011 and released by Capital Animals Welfare Association, dogs rescued by animal lovers are released from their truck at a shelter in Beijing, China. Chinese animal lovers mobilized by online calls for help blockaded a truck of hundreds of dogs being shipped off for food in a rare, permitted display of social action amid a broad crackdown on most kinds of activism.
(FDA) — B&M, Inc. of Mount Vernon, Missouri is voluntarily recalling Archer Farms Ground Turmeric sold at Target stores in glass bottles with a net weight of 2.6 oz. (74g), due to elevated levels of lead. Lead can accumulate in the body over time. Too much can cause health problems, including delayed mental and physical development and learning deficiencies.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana oyster industry leaders say BP PLC has yet to honor a $15 million commitment to help oyster farmers, processors and dealers recover from last year's oil spill. Members of a state oyster task force joined state officials in New Orleans Friday to discuss the spill, which began after the BP leased rig Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20, 2011, killing 11 workers.
ATLANTA (AP) — Half the meat and poultry sold in the supermarket may be tainted with the staph germ, a new report suggests. The new estimate is based on just 136 samples of beef, chicken, pork and turkey purchased from grocery stores in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Flagstaff, Ariz.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A federal judge in Vermont is considering moving forward with a partial settlement of an anti-trust lawsuit in which national dairy processor Dean Foods would pay some northeast dairy farmers $30 million. But U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss said Friday she may defer a decision on part of the settlement that would require Dean Foods of Dallas to change its milk-buying practices in the region for 30 months by buying milk from independent farmers, a controversial provision that the plaintiffs say would jump start competition but a national dairy cooperative says would harm some farmers.
GENEVA (AP) — Swiss food and beverage giant Nestle SA is expanding its reach in China by acquiring a controlling stake in Yinlu Foods Group for an undisclosed amount. The Vevey, Switzerland-based company said Monday it is taking a 60-percent stake in the well-known Chinese brand that already is a co-manufacturer for Nescafe instant coffee in China.
(AP) — In this March 29, 2011 photo, Melvin Barnes, owner of Cuz's Seafood Restaurant and Market in Bay St. Louis, Miss., walks into his seafood market downstairs from the closed restaurant. The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill closed waters that supplied much of the catch sold in the market.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Even preschoolers at Plaza Del Ninos, a Head Start program at Penn Valley Community College, have learned that eating more fruits and vegetables is good for them. But are the apples the food service director buys from a local farmer grown with approved fertilizers and herbicides? Or properly cooled after picking? Or chopped on a cutting board used for fruits and vegetables only, and not raw chicken? A push to get fresh, locally grown foods into school lunch programs is progress for a nation in desperate need of better nutrition, but federal officials insist that when you're feeding 31 million children a day through the National School Lunch Program, you really can't be too careful.
TARRYTOWN, New York (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc. plans to start selling its Gevalia coffee brand in grocery stores in August, raising its stake in the increasingly competitive coffee industry and going up against former partner Starbucks. Gevalia, now sold only online or through mail order in the U.
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Come April 27, there will still be a city with roughly 31,000 residents tucked into the Allegheny Mountains. What there won't be is a city named Altoona. That's because the city has sold its name to make some money — and to help documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock make a point.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — As it turns out, Colonel Harland Sanders wasn't the only one keeping secrets. Newly released documents from the 1970s show the FBI investigated a death threat against the iconic KFC founder and pitchman, creator of the secret recipe for the chain's fried chicken.
GENEVA (AP) — Former UNICEF head Ann Veneman took a seat on the board of Swiss food and drinks company Nestle SA on Thursday despite pleas from nutrition advocates who oppose the company's marketing of breast milk substitutes. Shareholders in the Vevey, Switzerland-based maker of Nespresso, Nescafe, Gerber, Perrier, Jenny Craig and Haagen Daz approved Veneman as the newest member of Nestle's 14-member board.
(AP) — In this photo taken Oct. 17, 2010, Indian workers make mozzarella cheese at a factory in Golpura village in Haryana state, India. Italian Giuseppe Mozzillo, 28, hooked up with an Indian business partner, raised 500,000 euro ($712,000) and took out a 400,000 euro loan to make mozzarella from the milk of the original buffalo, in a nation with scanty refrigeration and little taste for European-style cheese.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — Privately held Cargill Inc. reported net earnings of $1.1 billion for the latest quarter, up 23 percent from a year ago even as the company faces rising commodity prices. The agriculture company has been trimming expenses but also is on a buying spree, purchasing Unilever's condiments business in Brazil this year, along with other acquisitions.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City is getting a $2 million federal grant to help cover the cost of demolishing a former meatpacking plant and redeveloping the site. KCAU-TV says Wednesday that the city's application for an Economic Development Administration grant was approved. The John Morrell & Co.
BEIJING (AP) — State media say police suspect a couple in northwest China poisoned milk from a local farmer, causing three deaths, because of anger over business disputes. Xinhua News Agency quotes police as saying they found nitrite was added to milk from Ma Wenxuan's farm near the city of Pingliang in Gansu province.
PEMBROKE, N.C. (AP) — The economic picture in Robeson County is a little sweeter, thanks to about 340 new jobs coming to Pembroke. Gov. Beverly Perdue announced Tuesday that Steven Roberts Original Desserts and Tickleberry Desserts will open a bakery, with plans to invest $4 million in the facility.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A group of researchers says the threat posed to bats by a fatal disease isn't just a threat to the animals but to American agriculture, one they believe farmers and consumers alike scarcely appreciate. Bats save American farmers at least $3.7 billion a year in pest-control costs by eating insects that feed on crops, a benefit that could be in jeopardy as a disease that has killed more than a million bats in the Northeast spreads to the Midwest, the researchers said in a paper published in the April 1 edition of the journal Science.
TOKYO, April 13 (Kyodo) — Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd., a group company under Suntory Holdings Ltd., said Wednesday it will introduce recycled plastic bottles for part of its soft beverage products in May. Suntory Beverage & Food will become the first Japanese soft drink manufacturer to use recycled plastic bottles as material for new bottles, it said.
NEW YORK (AP) — Consumer packaging maker Silgan Holdings Inc. said Wednesday it will acquire Graham Packaging Co. in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $1.28 billion. The companies say the deal will create a stronger force in creating packaging for beverage, food and consumer products ranging from sports drinks and beer to personal care products and motor oil.