China's suppliers of shark fin, abalone, pricey liquor and other luxury items have been taking a beating since new leader Xi Jinping ordered officials to cut out lavish living. The Ministry of Commerce said Wednesday that business for high-end caterers in Beijing has plunged 35 percent since Xi's order two months ago.
Mira Winery of St. Helena, Calif., placed the bottles of wine in yellow steel mesh cages and then submerged them offshore in an undisclosed location. In three months, the wine will be removed and subjected to chemical tests and tasting by experts to see what differences it has from wine aged on land. The winery could produce and sell underwater-aged wine in the future if the trial goes well.
Russia may suspend meat imports from European Union nations because of the horse meat scandal, an official said Thursday. Gennady Onishchenko, Russia's chief sanitary official, told Ekho Moskvy radio that he has sent a letter to the European Commission requesting a guarantee that meat products sold to Russia don't contain horse meat.
Smithfield Packing Co. is recalling about 38,000 pounds of pork sausage that may contain small pieces of plastic, likely from gloves. The Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service reports that the Virginia company recalled certain containers of a product called "Gwaltney mild pork sausage roll."
Bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon in protective steel cages, left, are ready to be loaded onto a boat in Charleston, S.C., on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. Mira Winery of St. Helena, California, submerged four cases of wine in Charleston Harbor on Wednesday to see what effect the ocean has on aging the wine. Similar experiments with ocean aging have been conducted in Europe.
The growing global demand for quinoa by health food enthusiasts isn't just raising prices for the Andean "super grain" and living standards among Bolivian farmers. Quinoa fever is running up against physical limits. The scramble to grow more is prompting Bolivian farmers to abandon traditional land management practices, endangering the fragile ecosystem of the arid highlands, agronomists say.
It's up to a judge whether a first-of-its-kind size limit on sodas and other sugary drinks will take effect in three weeks. Beverage-makers and sellers, seeking to hold off enforcement while a lawsuit plays out, faced off in court Wednesday with city officials. Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling didn't immediately rule or say when he would.
Five people and two companies have been accused of flooding the market with cheaper honey from China and avoiding $180 million in duties, federal officials said Wednesday. The Chinese honey was declared as other commodities and shipped through other countries to the United States to avoid anti-dumping duties, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.
The U.S. Department of Justice is talking with beer makers Anheuser-Busch InBev and Grupo Modelo about potentially resolving a legal challenge to their $20.1 billion deal. The beer companies and the government are asking the court for a stay of all litigation proceedings until March 19. There is no guarantee a resolution will be found.
A federal grand jury indicted four former employees of a peanut company linked to a 2009 salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds, leading to one of the largest recalls in history. The 76-count indictment was unsealed Wednesday in federal court in Georgia.
Food recalls documented by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforcement reports during the fourth quarter of 2012 reached a two year quarterly high, according to the ExpertRECALL™ Index released today. This activity represents an average rate of approximately six food recalls being documented every day in the fourth quarter.
As the Vermont maple syrup industry vies for a bigger place on the world stage, the state Senate has passed a measure along to the House that would revamp the way maple syrup is labeled in the state. The new grading labels would bring Vermont maple producers in line with the way the rest of the world and, legislators hope, make it easier for producers to sell product abroad.
What started years ago as a love of brewing beer and sharing it with friends and family has blossomed into a profitable multistate beer business for a family in St. Martin Parish. The Knott brothers of Arnaudville, Karlos, Byron and Dorsey, and their families on Monday officially welcomed visitors to Bayou Teche Brewing's new facility.
Strong demand for peanut butter and a $6 million tax break persuaded J.M. Smucker to reverse its decision to close its Memphis plant. According to The Commercial Appeal, the Orrville, Ohio-based company announced Monday it will invest $55 million in new equipment at the plant and add 65 jobs.
Would fancy grade maple syrup by any other name taste as sweet? Vermont lawmakers are pondering that question as they consider whether to drop the state's traditional maple labeling system in favor of an international one. The change pits tradition versus a desire to be a bigger player in world markets.
The Czech Republic became the latest country to detect horse meat in food products labeled as beef in a widening European food labeling scandal, officials said Wednesday.The discovery was made by the state-run Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority. DNA tests detected horse meat in lasagna Bolognese made by frozen food processor Tavola S. A. Comigel and sold at a Tesco store in the western city of Plzen.
Kellogg's has issued another cereal recall, this time involving three package sizes of Special K Red Berries due to the possible presence of glass fragments. The Battle Creek, Mich., company said the nationwide, voluntary recall involves 11.2- and 37-ounce packages and a 22.4-ounce twin pack. The packages have specific UPC codes and "Better if Used Before" dates stamped on them.
In this Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 photo, 18 different grades of maple syrup are displayed in East Montpelier, Vt. Vermont lawmakers are considering whether to drop the state's traditional maple labeling system in favor of an international one.
ConAgra Foods is raising its earnings forecast to account for its $5 billion acquisition of food maker Ralcorp and better-than-expected results from its consumer foods and commercial foods segments. The food company, whose brands include Banquet and Chef Boyardee, said Tuesday that it now foresees adjusted earnings of about $2.15 per share for fiscal 2013.
More expensive food and soda helped drive up a measure of U.S. wholesale prices in January, though overall, inflation stayed tame. The producer price index increased 0.2 percent last month, the first increase since September, the Labor Department said Wednesday. Food prices jumped 0.7 percent, after a steep decline in December. Gasoline and other energy prices fell.