Governors of three states got up close with "pink slime" Thursday, touching and examining treated beef at a plant and eating hamburgers made with it in a bid to persuade grossed-out consumers and grocery stores the product is safe to consume.
The European Egg Processors Association says that EU-wide production of eggs since the Jan. 1 legislative change has dropped by 10 to 15 percent, or about 200 million eggs a week.
The U.S. beverage and food company, based in Purchase, N.Y., said in November that it planned to swap its holdings in its mainland China bottling operations for a stake in Tingyi to beef up its distribution in the fast-growing Chinese market.
The new research suggests the chemicals used in the pesticide — designed to attack the central nervous system of insects — reduces the weight and number of queens in bumblebee hives. These pesticides also cause honeybees to become disoriented and fail to return to their hives, the researchers concluded.
Demand for eggs traditionally reaches its peak around the Easter holiday. This year, the egg industry has been hit by the European Union's new requirements for bigger, more animal-friendly cages for hens. The changes it brings have affected production and, combined with high feed cost, boosted consumer prices.
The Sweetener Users Association (SUA) today sent a letter to Acting Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse, urging USDA to take immediate action on April 1 to ensure U.S. industry adequate supplies of sugar at reasonable prices by increasing the tariff rate quota (TRQ).
Officials say 230 people will lose their jobs when the Bremner Food Group plant closes in Poteau. The company laid off 100 workers Wednesday night and says the plant will shut down on June 29. The plant produces snack foods, including crackers.
A bill that would allow Pennsylvanians to have domestic wines shipped directly to their homes won the state Senate's unanimous approval Wednesday, but it faces obstacles in the House.
A South Dakota regulatory commission has abandoned its attempt to seek the assets of a sunflower seed company that owes farmers in South Dakota and North Dakota an estimated $4 million.
South Carolina resident Daelyn Fortney launched a campaign on Change.org following allegations that Starbucks quietly replaced ingredients in its strawberry flavoring to include cochineal extract, a product made from crushed insects.
Craft brewers saw volume rise 13 percent, with a 15 percent increase in retail sales from 2010 to 2011, representing a total barrel increase of 1.3 million. “While the overall beer market experienced a 1.32 percent volume decrease in 2011, craft brewing saw significant growth, surpassing five percent total market volume share for the first time,” said Paul Gatza, director, Brewers Association.
The Club Caribe LLC distillery in Cidra is expected to open later this year at the site of a former pharmaceutical plant. The company is affiliated to Cc1, a Puerto Rican company that distributes Coca-Cola products locally.
A $2.5 million U.S. Department of Agriculture grant has university researchers from a dozen states gathering information about cold-hardy grapes and teaching viticulturists and winemakers how to improve their products and market them to a wider audience. Led by Cornell University, the Northern Grapes Project will work with more than 330 wineries and 1,300 growers managing more than 3,000 acres of grapes from the Upper Midwest to New England.
With 1.3 billion people, China has 20 percent of the world's population but only 7 percent of the world's farmable land, the governor said. South Dakota, with efficient, mechanized farms, can provide the food and other agricultural products China wants to buy, he said.
The British government's intention to tax the humble Cornish pasty, a cheap pastry savory snack much beloved by workers and students, has opened a new front in the country's never-ending class war.
The main producer of "pink slime" and the politicians defending the company will have a hard time persuading consumers and grocery stores to accept the product, even if the processed beef trimmings are as safe as the industry insists.
A bunch of cold-hearty Marquette grapes grow on a vine in Carver County, Minn. Marquette is the newest of four grape varieties developed by the university to resist temperatures that can dip into the negative-30s.
Investors are gobbling up shares of pasta maker Annie's Inc., the latest sign of the pull of natural and organic foods for consumers.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is not yet saying whether he'll sign or veto a bill that would allow the sale of stronger beer in the state, including some craft brews that have been unavailable because of current regulations.