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Animal Care Expert Comments On Slaughterhouse Video

August 24, 2012 12:52 pm

Animal care expert, Dr. Dave Daley, Associate Dean for the College of Agriculture at California State University and an active member of the cattle community issued the following statement regarding a Central California slaughterhouse that was shut down after an undercover video surfaced showing alleged abuse to dairy cows.


U.S. Marshals Seize Food From Rodent-Infested Warehouse

August 24, 2012 12:48 pm

U.S. Marshals have seized food products stored in a Fremont, Calif., company’s warehouse after inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found widespread and active rodent infestation. The FDA initiated the seizure of various food products in the warehouse owned by the San Francisco Herb &Natural Food Company on Aug. 21, 2012, under a warrant issued by the U.S. District Court for the Northern of California.


Balkans Region Suffers Worst Drought In Decades

August 24, 2012 12:41 pm | by DUSAN STOJANOVIC,Associated Press

The record-setting average temperatures — which have been steadily rising for years because of global warming, according to scientists — have ravaged crops, vegetables, fruit, and power production in a region that already is badly hit by the global economic crisis.


Consumer Trends: Chefs Turn To Mexican Haute Cuisine

August 24, 2012 12:37 pm | by ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON,Associated Press

Like other top chefs from around the world, Christopher Kostow comes to Mexico to study and experiment with the purity of ingredients and flavors in real Mexican cuisine, now a top export commodity that was dismissed for decades as tortillas suffocated in heavy sauces, cheeses and sour cream.


North Dakota Sugar Plant Expanding

August 24, 2012 9:49 am

Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative is planning a $70 million expansion to its sugar beet processing plant in Wahpeton.The molasses de-sugarization plant that will be built over the next two years will turn byproduct beet molasses into products used in food, pharmaceuticals and feed supplements. The Wahpeton Daily News reports it will create 20 full-time jobs.


Hain Celestial Income Up 82 Percent In 4Q

August 24, 2012 9:47 am

Natural and organic food company Hain Celestial Group Inc. said on Wednesday that its fiscal fourth-quarter net income rose 82 percent as it benefited from growing sales of its products as well as acquisitions. The company's forecast for fiscal 2013 earnings topped analysts' forecasts and its shares jumped almost 11 percent in extended trading.


FDA: SW Ind. Cantaloupes Shouldn’t Be Consumed

August 24, 2012 9:44 am

Tim Chamberlain, who runs the 100-acre Chamberlain Farms at the center of the investigation, said he doesn't know what might have caused the contamination. John Broadhead, an attorney for the farm, said it voluntarily withdrew its cantaloupes last week and that all of its retail and wholesale purchasers complied with the recall.


Calif. Congress Members Ask USDA To Reopen Slaughterhouse

August 24, 2012 9:39 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

Three Central California congressmen cited the region's high unemployment Thursday while asking the federal government to reopen a slaughterhouse at the center of a cruelty and food safety investigation. Republican lawmakers Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy and Jeff Denham signed a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack saying that shutting the plant will do nothing to further the goal of responding to the alleged animal abuse.


Black Licorice Recalled For High Lead Levels

August 24, 2012 9:37 am

Officials are warning consumers against eating black licorice candy produced by a California company because it contains high levels of lead.The California Department of Public Health issued the warning Wednesday against 16-ounce bags of Red Vines Black Licorice Twists with the label "Best Before 020413."


Photo Of The Day: FDA Continues Melon Investigation

August 24, 2012 9:34 am

Unharvested cantaloupes sit in an unidentified field in Owensville, Indiana.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration linked cantaloupes from Chamberlain Farm Produce Inc. in Owensville, Ind., to the salmonella outbreak that has infected 178 people nationwide.


Dole Recalls Bagged Salad

August 23, 2012 1:07 pm

Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling 1,039 cases of bagged salad. The product being recalled due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes. Dole Fresh Vegetables is coordinating closely with regulatory officials. No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.


Drought Worsens In Plains

August 23, 2012 1:04 pm | by JIM SUHR,AP Business Writer

The nation's most withering drought in decades only got worse in several key farming states last week, despite cooler temperatures that at least gave those living there a break from this summer's stifling heat, according to a new drought report released Thursday.


Judge Delays Decision In Monsanto Case

August 23, 2012 1:02 pm

U.S. District Judge Michael Mills in Mississippi has heard arguments from the Monsanto Co., which is seeking $27 million in damages from a Tupelo farm supply business and its owners in an ongoing dispute over saving and selling its patented seeds.


Spam Sales Lift Hormel’s 3Q

August 23, 2012 12:59 pm

Strong sales of Spam and Jennie-O products helped Hormel Foods' net income rise in its fiscal third quarter. The meat producer's revenue came in just above Wall Street expectations. Hormel Foods Corp. said Thursday that it earned $111.2 million, or 41 cents per share, for the quarter.


USDA, McDonald’s Stop Buying From Slaughterhouse

August 23, 2012 12:57 pm | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

Federal officials say nothing they have seen so far in covert video shot in a California slaughterhouse shows meat from cows that may have been sick made it into the food supply.But the federal government and McDonald's Corp. have suspended purchases of meat from the facility.


Consumer Trends: U.S. Wine Consumption Climbing

August 23, 2012 12:54 pm

A still-fragile U.S. economy continued its recovery as the wine industry maintained its upswing to mark the 18th year of growth.  Consumer confidence and innovation by producers contributed to these gains, and new varietals such as sweet reds and higher end blends have engaged consumers.


Smoked Salmon Pulled For Listeria

August 23, 2012 9:55 am

A Massachusetts seafood company is recalling some of its smoked salmon products because of possible contamination by the bacterium listeria monocytogenes.Spence & Co. Ltd. of Brockton said Wednesday that the bacterium was discovered during routine sampling. No illnesses have been reported.


USDA Bought 21M Pounds Of Beef From Slaughterhouse

August 23, 2012 9:53 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

A California slaughterhouse under federal investigation for animal cruelty and possible health issues sold 21 million pounds of beef to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2011 for use in school and other nutritional programs, records show.


Drought Could Produce Good Wine In The Midwest

August 23, 2012 9:48 am | by JIM SUHR,Associated Press

Most of the grapes in Glenn Warnebold's vineyard in Missouri's picturesque wine country are about two-thirds of their usual size. Others have been reduced to raisins by the drought that burned up many crops across the Midwest this summer.Yet Warnebold figures it could be a good year with the drought concentrating the fruit's flavors and sugar, which will turn to alcohol during fermentation.


FDA Names Farm Tied To Tainted Melons

August 23, 2012 9:45 am

The Food and Drug Administration has identified a southern Indiana farm that produces cantaloupes linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak and says the operation has recalled its melons. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that of 178 people infected in 21 states, two have died and 62 have been hospitalized.



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