NORTH BRANCH, Mich. (AP) — A public health alert has been issued after cases of E. coli illness have been linked to ground beef from a Michigan meat processor. State health and agriculture officials say Wednesday that five cases have been confirmed and four probable cases reported in Lapeer, Genesee Isabella and Sanilac counties.
BEIJING (AP) — Seven more people have been jailed in China for selling a banned chemical that makes pork leaner but is harmful to humans. The official Xinhua News Agency said Thursday that a court in central Henan province sentenced the seven to jail terms ranging from one to 10 years for selling clenbuterol to farmers.
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Sara Lee Corp. said Thursday that its fiscal fourth-quarter profit fell 41 percent as it continued to sell-off businesses even as revenue rose on strong results from its North American segments and international beverages unit. The results of the Downers Grove, Ill.
(AP) — In this February 2011 file photo, freshly-caught shrimp are seen at the Port Clyde Fresh Catch facility in Port Clyde, Maine. The last noteworthy commercial fishery with open access in the Northeast could soon be closed to new participants as regulators look at new ways to manage the small, sweet shrimp that are caught in the Gulf of Maine each winter.
(Weston A. Price Foundation) — The Weston A. Price Foundation, a consumer nutrition organization, is urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to focus its resources on the large, industrialized food suppliers who pose the highest risk of injury to American consumers. The FDA is holding public meetings and inviting comments on the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which gave the agency broad new powers to regulate the food supply.
YUBA CITY, Calif.(PRNewswire) — Sunsweet Growers Inc. today announced its acquisition of Function Drinks, a Southern California company known for its line of innovative, dietary supplement beverages. The acquisition is part of Sunsweet's ongoing initiative to leverage its unique set of skills and resources to help emerging beverage brands break through to mainstream success.
CAZENOVIA, N.Y. (AP) — Half a world away from the secretive farms that produce Japan's legendary Kobe beef, Jerry Wilson raises the American version of the meat that will become $50 steaks and $13 burgers. The chocolatey brown cattle at Wilson's Meadows Farm don't technically produce Kobe beef — that term is reserved for the Japanese super high-end cut famous for its succulent taste and eye-popping prices.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Snack food maker Snyder's-Lance Inc. posted a loss for its second quarter on Tuesday because of costs tied to the acquisition that combined the two companies. It also announced the acquisition of a distributor. Lance Inc. and Snyder's of Hanover Inc. combined late last year in an all-stock deal.
GENEVA (AP) — Swiss food and drink giant Nestle SA posted a drop in half-year earnings Wednesday, blaming volatile markets, rising commodity prices and particularly the strength of the Swiss franc for dragging down profits. The Vevey-based company said it earned 4.7 billion francs ($6.
(AP) — This Tuesday, June 28, 2011 photo shows Wagyu cattle as they graze in a pasture at Meadows Farm in Cazenovia, N.Y. \ Kobe beef from the United States can't be called Kobe. Because of an import ban, Kobe-style or Wagyu beef is the closest most Americans can come to tasting the legendary meat.
SUGAR LAND, Texas (AP) — Imperial Sugar Co. said Friday that it lost $16 million in the most recent quarter, hurt by competition from other sugar companies as well the rising cost of raw sugar. The news caught analysts by surprise. They had predicted a profit of 46 cents per share, but the loss amounted to $1.
CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area company is voluntarily recalling some cheeses because they have the potential to be contaminated by antibiotic residues. S. Serra Cheese Co. announced the recall in a statement distributed Monday by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's government monopoly over the sale of liquor and wine faces its toughest test in recent memory, but the looming clash in the Legislature is likely to have little impact on the one alcoholic beverage that already has been privatized — beer. Regardless of the state stores' fate, a combination of competition and court rulings is driving a transformation that is giving beer drinkers more options and convenience than they've ever had before.
TOKYO, Aug. 8 (Kyodo) — Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto has instructed his ministry to refrain from claiming the safety of Japanese foods, changing its stance after radiation-contaminated beef was found to have been sold to consumers in Japan, sources close to the matter said Sunday.
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Sara Lee will sell its North American refrigerated dough business to Ralcorp for $545 million, the company said Tuesday, as it moves closer to splitting itself into two separate entities. Sara Lee Corp. has been selling off parts of itself for years and announced in January that it would split its remaining businesses in two by early 2012, with one company focused on coffee and the other largely focused on meat.
(AP) — In this photo taken Aug. 2, 2011, an unidentified worker at Claravale Farm in California’s Panoche Valley pushes a dolly filled with raw milk bottles. The unpasteurized milk, extracted from cows that very morning, will make it to consumers within hours. Claravale Farm is one of California’s two existing raw milk dairies.
PAYETTE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho State Police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the death of a fork lift driver at a food processing plant in Payette. The Payette County coroner tells KTVB-TV (http://bit.ly/pLtNtT ) that 59-year-old Thomas Walker of Payette died Wednesday afternoon when he was hit by a semi tractor-trailer that was backing up in a loading dock area at the Seneca Foods plant.
SAO PAULO (AP) — A judge has ordered the temporary suspension of a $2.53 billion deal that would give Japan's Kirin Holdings Co. a controlling stake in Brazilian beer producer Schincariol. In a court ruling obtained Friday by The Associated Press, Judge Juliana Bicudo accepted the request for an injunction against the transaction filed by Schincariol minority shareholders Gilberto, Daniela and Jose Augusto Schincariol.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tasty Baking Co., the maker of Tastykakes and other packaged sweets, will cut 32 jobs at its former corporate headquarters in Philadelphia, a move decided upon after it was acquired by Flower Foods Inc. this year, Tasty said Friday. Paul Ridder, who oversees the Philadelphia operation and was a former senior vice present and chief financial officer for Tasty, said the cuts were the result of overlap and redundancies in the company.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. filed a federal lawsuit Friday against an Omaha meatpacking plant that it says supplied tainted beef that sickened dozens of people. Cargill said it bought beef trimmings from Greater Omaha Packing Company Inc. and turned them into ground beef for sale to the public.