WASHINGTON (USDA) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced that it will be making important nutritional information readily available to consumers on 40 of the most popular cuts of meat and poultry products. Under a new rule, packages of ground or chopped meat and poultry will feature nutrition facts panels on their labels.
WASHINGTON (AP) — When salmonella-laced peanut products sickened hundreds during a recent scare, President Barack Obama said consumers should be able to have confidence that their government will keep peanut butter-eating children safe — and that included his daughter Sasha. "That's what Sasha eats for lunch probably three times a week," Obama said then.
(Uncle Charley's Sausage) — A worker at Uncle Charley’s Sausage manufacturing facility in Vandergrift, PA, grinds and mixes pork with special seasonings in an 11,000 pound stainless steel bowl that will blend the proprietary ingredients for the production of the company’s popular Uncle Charley’s Sausage.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota subsidiary of one of the world's largest beef jerky companies must pay a son of the company's founder more than $16.5 million for his shares of the subsidiary, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Jay Link, a son of Wisconsin-based Link Snacks Inc.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Honey companies and importers are launching a program in January to try to stop the flow of illegally sourced honey from coming into the country. The True Source Honey Initiative is an effort by a handful of producers and importers looking to certify the origin and purity of the honey sold to U.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A California company is recalling approximately 34,373 pounds of organic ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria, federal officials said Thursday. First Class Foods Inc. of Hawthorne reports that each package label bears the establishment number "EST.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — December's wave of unusually cold weather has destroyed much of Florida's green beans and sweet corn, which means shoppers will pay more at the grocery store and see more imports on the shelves. Florida is the nation's largest producer of green beans and sweet corn — the kind of corn we eat, not the kind we put in our gas tanks.
OAKLAND, Ore. (AP) — The 2010 grape harvest on Legacy Vineyards could have been worse. Considering the wet spring, cool summer and late harvest marred by the arrival of hundreds of hungry migrating birds, the 6 tons of tempranillo grapes and 3 tons of pinot noir were a respectable take. But the best news for wine growers Kevin and Karen Kohlman was this: Their vines did not get hit this season by pesticides drifting onto their property from surrounding private industrial forestlands.
(AP) — This Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 photo shows Arturo Cordoba as he hangs up a soy noodle crepe while working on a yuba line at the Hodo Soy Beanery in Oakland, Calif. In Hodo Soy’s 12,000-square-foot factory, organically grown soy beans are soaked, ground and boiled creating a rich soy milk to which the natural coagulant calcium sulfate is added.
NEW YORK (AP) — A Kraft Foods executive acknowledged to Starbucks' CEO nearly a year ago that Kraft had "neglected" their relationship, but the food maker still wants a court to force the coffee chain to pay for ending the distribution pact. Responding to that request, Starbucks said in a filing late Monday with the U.
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Officials announced Tuesday that a long-delayed beef packing plant near Aberdeen will get state financing. The Aberdeen American News reports that state aid will help pay for construction at the Northern Beef Packers plant. Construction has started again at the plant after years of delays since the project first started in 2005.
HARTFORD, Conn. (PRNewswire) — The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, expected to be signed into law shortly by President Barack Obama, will set the bar higher for food manufacturers, processors and importers, as well as retailers of private label products, according to attorney Janice Lai, a partner in LeClairRyan's Hartford office.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The deep snow blanketing the Midwest prairie didn't bother the bison on Ed Eichten's ranch one bit. The hardy animals evolved to survive — even thrive — year-round on the open range, and with their big heads, they can plow right through drifts 5-feet tall or more.
PLANO, Texas (AP) — PepsiCo Inc.'s Frito-Lay North America snack division said Tuesday that by the end of 2011 about half of its snacks, including Lay's potato chips, Tostitos tortilla chips and SunChips, will be reformulated to contain only natural ingredients as it seeks to attract customers looking for healthier eats.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — An elderly North Carolina man battered by an angry bull that escaped from its pasture has died, and the animal is headed to a slaughterhouse. Ricky House of Spring Lake said Tuesday that his 82-year-old father John A. House died last week after life-support machines were removed.
PITTSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Mead, that drink of viking saga and medieval verse, is making a comeback. But this ain't your ancestors' honey wine. "It's not just for the Renaissance fair anymore," says Becky Starr, co-owner of Starrlight Mead, which recently opened in an old woven label mill in this little North Carolina town.
BASTROP, Texas (AP) — Along a stretch of Highway 21, in Texas' pastoral Hill Country, is a vegetative wasteland. Trees are barren, or covered in gray, dying foliage and peeling bark. Fallen, dead limbs litter the ground where pecan growers and ranchers have watched trees die slow, agonizing deaths.
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Northern Beef Packers is scheduled to make an announcement Tuesday on the future of its plant near Aberdeen. Gov. Mike Rounds and other state and local officials are expected to attend. The Aberdeen American News reports that the company's partially built beef packing plant is expected to open next summer.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A federal judge in Vermont is reviewing a proposed settlement of an antitrust lawsuit in which a major national milk processor would pay $30 million to Northeastern dairy farmers and change its milk buying practices in the region, at least temporarily. The proposed settlement between farmers and Dallas-based Dean Foods, made public Friday, is "a major win for dairy farmers in the Northeast who have been squeezed by monopolization and price-fixing," said Benjamin Brown, a Washington-based lawyer for the farmers.
TORONTO ( Canadian Press ) — Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX: MFI) says it will comply with the request of disgruntled shareholder West Face Capital and allow shareholders to vote on some of the activist hedge fund's proposals at its annual meeting. The company says it will hold the meeting April 28 in Toronto to vote on five non-binding resolutions proposed by West Face, which owns about 11.