MOSCOW (AP) — Russia could lift its ban on grain exports later this year when final harvest figures come in, President Dmitry Medvedev was quoted as saying on Tuesday. Medvedev's statement carried by Russian newswires contrasted with statements by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who has said earlier that the government might extend the ban until the next harvest to ensure the stability of the domestic market.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The maker of Cheerios cereal, Yoplait yogurt and other food products reported Wednesday that better cereal and organic and natural product sales drove its fiscal first-quarter net income up 12 percent. General Mills Inc. has been one of the strongest performers in the sector during the recession because of brand loyalty and cost controls.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The owner of an Iowa egg company says in testimony prepared for a House hearing that he was "horrified" to learn that his eggs may have sickened as many as 1,600 people in an outbreak of salmonella poisoning this summer. Austin "Jack" DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, are scheduled to testify before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee Wednesday.
TUCKER, GA - Delegates to the 40th Biennial Conference of the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) voted to adopt a U.S. Salmonella Enteritidis Monitored Program for multiplier meat-type breeder chickens. The program was developed by a committee organized by Dr. Alling Yancy, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association vice president for food safety and production programs.
DENVER (AP) — Molson Coors Brewing Co. has completed its $40 million agreement to buy a majority, controlling interest in Hebei Si'hai Beer Co. in China. The move announced in May lets Molson expand distribution of its flagship Coors Light brand. The new Molson Coors Si'hai Brewing Co.
BOSTON (AP) — An environmental group says populations of river herring and shad are being decimated by commercial fishing along the Eastern seaboard. Earthjustice demands in a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Washington that the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission develop a plan to protect those species.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Friends and colleagues say Austin "Jack" DeCoster, owner of an Iowa egg farm at the heart of a massive salmonella recall, is at once a stubborn and "ruthless" businessman and a community benefactor who shares his wealth and counsels inmates about Christianity.
Melissa Kushi, owner of Sustainable Sourcing LLC, manufacturer of the premier brand of Himalayan Salt, HimalaSalt ™, has filed a federal lawsuit against the proprietors of WBM International, makers of Salt 84. The suit alleges instances of false advertising, fraud, and unfair competition on the part of WBM.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As fall returns in North America, the lunch boxes and Halloween candy bags of America’s children will be filled with Hershey Bars, Hershey’s Kisses, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and other confections of the Hershey Company. But what most American parents don’t realize is that “halfway across the globe, there is a dark side to Hershey.
FPSA welcomed its members to Chicago, IL for the 2010 Financial Strategies Seminar developed by members of the Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance (MISA). Topics included planning and forecasting, foreign capital preservation, leasing and financing, and risk management. Speakers included Patrick McNally and Steven Baer from Blackman Kallick, Lynn Durning from Wells Fargo, and Bob Seeds from the International Financial Services Corporation.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit that accused Dole Food Co. of making payments to illegal far-right Colombian militias that killed thousands of people in banana-growing regions, the company said. The lawsuit claimed Dole paid some $10 million to the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC, with the intention of "keeping unions out of Dole's banana plantations by murdering effective union leaders and using terror tactics to discourage workers from joining the unions.
TROY, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area company is recalling cookies sold in Michigan and Ohio because they contain undeclared walnuts. Dough Masters Inc. of Troy said Friday it's recalling all lots of its Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and Chocolate Chunk Cookies. The company says people who have allergies to walnuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they eat the cookies.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tinker with the genetics of salmon and maybe you create a revolutionary new food source that could help the environment and feed the hungry. Or maybe you're creating what some say is an untested "frankenfish" that could cause unknown allergic reactions and the eventual decimation of the wild salmon population.
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese dairy company executive and six other people were arrested after authorities discovered 26 tons of milk powder tainted with a toxic chemical, the latest incident highlighting the country's enduring struggle with food safety, a report said Monday. The Jinfulai Dairy Company in Yangquan city of Shanxi province traded fresh milk for expired milk powder that contained high levels of the industrial chemical melamine, according to JCRB.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Pepperidge Farm, Inc. says it will cut the sodium levels in the majority its breads, rolls and bagels by 2011, making it the latest of many food makers to respond to demands for healthier products. The company, owned by Campbell Soup Co., said the reductions will ultimately result in sodium levels 10 to 33 percent lower in 69 of its U.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A lawsuit accusing two Iowa farms at the heart of a recall of 550 million eggs linked to salmonella illnesses of safely negligence has been filed and is seeking class-action status. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Chicago on behalf of six people who became ill after eating eggs produced at Wright County Egg near Galt, Iowa, and Hillandale Farms of Iowa, near New Hampton.
MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press Writer- September 17, 2010 WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator is threatening to hold up food safety legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration more power to prevent outbreaks, saying Democrats must find a way to pay for it.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles company says it is voluntarily recalling ginger candy it imported from China because of an elevated level of lead. Anhing Corp. announced Wednesday it is recalling DaiJyoBu Ginger Candy after it was informed by the California Department of Public Health that the candy contained lead above the state's legal level.
BEIJING (AP) — China warned Thursday that the worst offenders of food safety rules would get the death penalty in a new crackdown on an industry that has spawned embarrasing and deadly scandals in products ranging from seafood to baby formula. Chinese authorities already have used capital punishment in some of the most egregious food safety violations, but appeared to be expressing their intention to become even more aggressive in prosecuting such cases.