TOKYO (AP) — Japan is ordering more tests on rice growing near a crippled nuclear plant after finding elevated levels of radiation, government officials said Saturday. A sample of unharvested rice contained 500 becquerels of cesium per kilogram, they said. Radioactive cesium was spewed from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant after it was damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11.
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — A worker helping build a beef packing plant in northeastern South Dakota fell off a structural beam, tumbling 25 feet to the ground. But company officials at the Northern Beef Packers plant near Aberdeen say Jeong Su Han was not seriously hurt in the fall. The Aberdeen American News reports that the accident happened as workers were going on break Friday.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Sen. Susan Collins, who hails from Maine's potato country and picked potatoes as a girl, is working to restore some respect for the humble spud, which is on the verge of being virtually banished from the nation's school lunch programs. New guidelines from the U.
NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — Pepperidge Farm Inc. is recalling 261,000 packages of its Baked Naturals Sesame Sticks due to the possible presence of small, thin pieces of wire, the snack maker said Friday. Four consumers reported minor scrapes in and around the mouth from trying to eat the product.
(AP) — In this Sept. 14, 2011 photo, Peter McDaniel eats some fries during lunch at Gardiner High School in Gardiner, Maine. New guidelines proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture would eliminate potatoes altogether from school breakfasts and drastically reduce the amount of potatoes served in lunches.
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — "There's only one Budweiser beer," according to the Anheuser-Busch advertising jingle. But that's not the case in Britain, as an EU court ruled Thursday that Anheuser-Busch and the Czech brewer Budvar can both continue to use the Budweiser trademark. British beer drinkers are well used to there being two Buds.
ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola Co. said Thursday that it will lower the recommended price for a pack of mini soda cans, touting the move as a way to help customers with portion control. But the company is also trying to lure budget-conscious customers wary of spending on non-necessities like soda.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico school district's food warehouse is infested with rodent droppings, food hazards and improperly placed rat poison, and district officials refused to discard the food in question, according to a memo from a state inspector. In the document written after a Sept.
September 23, 2011 WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Slaughtering operations have resumed at a Tyson Foods plant in Waterloo after being temporarily suspended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The suspension was reported by KWWL-TV in Waterloo on Thursday. Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson says production in the slaughter part of the plant was temporarily suspended for a few hours due to "USDA concerns over a procedural matter.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The operator of the Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut fast-food chains said Thursday that it has found buyers for its Long John Silver's and A&W Restaurant chains. Yum Brands Inc., based in Louisville, put the brands up for sale in January, saying the move will help it focus on international business, where it has seen dramatic growth.
(AP) — In this photo released by Paraguay's National Animal Health Office, SENASCA, workers and soldiers bury cattle that were killed after some tested positive for foot and mouth disease on the Santa Helena farm some of 350 kilometers north of Asuncion, Paraguay, Thursday Sept. 22, 2011.
NEW YORK (AP) — General Mills Inc.'s fiscal first-quarter net income fell 14 percent as one of the nation's biggest food companies continued to deal with high ingredient and energy costs. But adjusted results beat Wall Street's expectations as revenue climbed on increased prices, solid consumer demand and new products.
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese police have rejected speculation that a journalist was murdered because of his reporting, saying Wednesday that he was killed while being robbed. Internet users and some news reports had suggested that Sunday night's attack in which television reporter Li Xiang was stabbed at least 10 times was linked to an ongoing scandal involving recycled food oil.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board's one-year experiment with wine vending machines at grocery stores is over, at least for now, because of a financial dispute with the contractor, agency officials said Tuesday. Monday was the last day to resolve the dispute with contractor Simple Brands LLC and keep the machines operating, and liquor board CEO Joe Conti said he could not foresee the program being revived.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The death toll has risen to eight in an outbreak of listeria traced to Colorado-grown cantaloupes, officials said Wednesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that a person in Maryland died from eating the tainted produce. Four deaths have been reported in New Mexico and two in Colorado, and one person has died in Oklahoma.
SYDNEY (AP) — London-based SABMiller's $10.1 billion takeover of brewer Foster's Group creates an opportunity for Australian beers to gain greater global acceptance, Foster's chief executive John Pollaers said Thursday. SABMiller said Wednesday that it had won the support of the Foster's board for the takeover after increasing its offer.
(AP) — In this Jan. 12, 2010 file photo, Asian bighead carp swim in an exhibit at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. Illinois officials say the solution to two major problems — the Asian carp's threatening of the Great Lakes and record numbers of people facing hunger — could be simple.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A quirky Wisconsin law intended to protect the state's dairy industry by making it illegal for restaurants to serve margarine as a replacement for butter is being targeted for repeal. The 44-year-old law that's little known to most diners is celebrated by some as a colorful part of the Dairy State's past, even inspiring the state Historical Society to sell T-shirts reprinting the language of the law on a yellowish, buttered-colored background.
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A federal workplace-safety agency has cited City Brewing Co. for 16 serious safety violations at its La Crosse brewery. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the violations include failure to comply with certain safety standards, resulting in workers being exposed to ammonia during the maintenance of pipe lines.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor announced that Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. has agreed to pay more than $2 million to settle sex discrimination cases at four Midwest plants. The Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based company has agreed to enter into two consent decrees to pay $2.