LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 20-foot shipping container of rice has been returned to India after customs authorities in Los Angeles found evidence of a destructive beetle in the shipment. Customs officials said Friday that dead larvae were found on the outer seam of a bag of rice in an inspection earlier this month.
DENVER (AP) — A multistate Listeria outbreak linked to a Colorado farm has the state's melon farmers worried that their prime selling season has been ruined. In Rocky Ford, farmer Greg Smith this week laid off his lone farm stand employee because he said customers all but vanished when news of the outbreak spread.
(AP) — An operator of a fruit and vegetable stand near Denver holds a California-grown cantaloupe for sale at her business on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011. Federal and state officials have isolated a deadly outbreak of listeria to one cantaloupe farm near Holly, Colo. They have ordered a recall of 300,000 cases of melons grown on the Jensen Farms.
GENEVA (AP) — The popular "dolphin-safe" labels used to market tuna sold in the U.S. are illegal because they restrict too much trade, a World Trade Organization panel ruled Thursday in handing a partial victory to Mexico. The WTO panel concluded the labels authorized by the U.
Arsenic in apple juice! Fed to babies! And it probably came from China! Television's Dr. Mehmet Oz is under fire from the FDA and others for sounding what they say is a false alarm about the dangers of apple juice. Oz, one of TV's most popular medical experts, said on his Fox show Wednesday that testing by a New Jersey lab had found what he suggested were troubling levels of arsenic in many brands of juice.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Diamond Foods Inc. reported a 27 percent jump in its fourth-quarter net income as it sold more of its nuts, popcorn and recently acquired Kettle brand chips. The company, based in San Francisco, raised its full-year outlook. Its shares jumped in after-hours trading.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Calorie by calorie, first lady Michelle Obama is chipping away at big portions and unhealthy food in an effort to help America slim down. In the year and a half since she announced her campaign to curb childhood obesity, Mrs. Obama has stood alongside Wal-Mart, Olive Garden and many other food companies as they have announced improvements to their recipes — fewer calories, less sodium, better children's menus.
HONOLULU (AP) — A spat involving Safeway and Hawaii coffee growers is still brewing, even after the supermarket giant agreed to change labeling on its Kona blend coffee. A $5 million class-action lawsuit was filed in federal court in Northern California claiming Safeway profited off the reputation of Kona coffee while selling an inferior product with very little Hawaii-grown coffee.
(AP) — A jar of apple juice is posed with apples in Moreland Hills, Ohio on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011. The federal Food and Drug Administration and a leading doctor are disputing suggestions by television show host Dr. Mehmet Oz that trace amounts of arsenic in many apple juice products pose a health concern.
NORWALK, Conn. (PR Newswire) — For the fourth year in a row, the beer industry has continued its declines and lost 1.9% to total 2.8 billion cases. According to the Beverage Information Group's recently released 2011 Beer Handbook, continued declines in the Light segment continue to contribute to the overall losses in the industry.
SILVER SPRING, Md. (FDA) — Fine Mexican Food Products, Inc. (FMP) located in the City of Ontario in California is recalling 1,423 Cases of 12/2 lb. Frozen Avocado Pulp and 1,820 Cases IQF 8/3 lb. IQF Avocado Halves as distributed since June/2010 because of the possibility to be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A recent attempt by the corn industry to change the name of a widely used but increasingly controversial sweetener was misleading and could have robbed consumers of important information, a top official at the Food and Drug Administration said in documents obtained by The Associated Press.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Carbon dioxide piped through gas lines to a soda fountain leaked in a McDonald's Corp. restaurant in Georgia and sickened 10 people, including a woman who later died after being found unconscious in a restroom, police said Wednesday. Investigators determined a leaky gas line between the walls caused the gas, used to pump carbonation into sodas, to build up a week ago to the point where people inside were unable to breathe.
PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) — PepsiCo Inc.'s North American beverage chief, who joined the company last year when it bought its two biggest bottlers, will step down late this year, the soft drink company said Wednesday. Eric Foss will be replaced by Al Carey, a 30-year PepsiCo veteran who now runs the Frito-Lay North America snacks unit.
(AP) — School food service worker Alina Mendoza stands in the kitchen of Scott Elementary School in Topeka, Kan., Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011. Mendoza was excited this summer when a federal grant provided money for her daughter and other children to pick up backpacks full of food each Friday from a local elementary school.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Max Baucus says Congress is moving closer to allowing U.S. horses to be slaughtered primarily for their meat with a move that allows inspections of the facilities. The Democratic senator has been backing an idea to allow the U.S. Department of Agriculture to again start inspecting horse slaughter plants.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — ConAgra Foods Inc. on Tuesday gave Ralcorp Holdings Inc. a week to start talking about its takeover proposal. The ultimatum sent Ralcorp's shares down $7.68, or 9 percent, to $77.46 in aftermarket trading. ConAgra, which owns brands like Chef Boyardee, Orville Redenbacher's and Healthy Choice, repeated its latest bid for $5.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of the deepest fears sweeping a shattered nation following the Sept. 11 attacks was that terrorists might poison the country's food. Hoping to ease people's anxieties about what they were eating, President George W. Bush vowed to draw a protective shield around the food supply and defend it from farm to fork.
SILVER SPRING, Md. (FDA) — There has been a lot of publicity recently over the amount of arsenic in the apple juice that many children drink. But the Food and Drug Administration has every confidence in the safety of apple juice. Donald Zink, Ph.D., senior science advisor at FDA's Center for Food Safety and Nutrition, explains that arsenic is present in the environment as a naturally-occurring substance or as a result of contamination from human activity.
DENVER (AP) — Health officials have issued a warning for cantaloupes from a revered melon-producing area of the U.S. state of Colorado amid a bacteria outbreak blamed for four deaths in the state and New Mexico, troubling farmers who depend on sales of the fruit. The warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came after numerous cases of a strain of Listeria were reported in six states, including at least 11 from Colorado, 10 from New Mexico, two from Texas, and one each from Indiana, Nebraska and Oklahoma.