BEIJING (AP) — A report says a man has received a suspended death sentence for making and selling a chemical that makes pork leaner but is harmful to humans. Tainted pork is among a string of recent food scandals in China. The official Xinhua News Agency said a court in central Henan province sentenced Liu Xiang to death with a two-year reprieve for making and dealing in clenbuterol.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Cal-Maine Foods Inc., the nation's largest egg seller and distributor with about 18 percent of the market, said Monday that its fourth-quarter net income fell 65 percent as feed costs soared. The company said a late Easter boosted egg prices by about 5 cents per dozen for the quarter, but feed costs rose 12 cents per dozen.
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) — After yet another strong quarter for Hershey, the second-largest U.S. candymaker raised its outlook for the full year Tuesday, predicting that sales will rise by 6 percent and earnings will jump by 10 percent. The Hershey Co. nearly tripled its second-quarter profit, largely because of one-time costs that dampened profits a year ago.
(AP) — A South Korean dairy farmer pours milk over his head as others burn a traditional coffin, symbolizing South Korean government and milk processing company during a rally demanding increase of milk price near the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 26, 2011. Thousands of dairy farmers opposed South Korean government signing FTA, free trade agreement, with various countries including the European Union and the U.
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's said Friday that its net income rose 15 percent in the second quarter as it continues to entice customers to buy new menu items even as the sluggish economy forces them to cut back spending in other areas. McDonald's Corp., the world's largest burger chain, has consistently outperformed its fast-food peers throughout the recession and its aftermath even though it's raised prices this year.
(Food & Water Watch) — Today, consumer advocacy organizations Empire State Consumer Project and Food & Water Watch called on the Food and Drug Administration to take long overdue action on contamination of apple juice with heavy metals such as arsenic. The groups sent a letter to the agency that contained new data from testing commissioned by the Empire State Consumer Project, which revealed levels of arsenic contamination in one juice sample that was more than five times higher than what the Environmental Protection Agency would allow in drinking water.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former worker is seeking class status for a lawsuit against Yarnell's Ice Cream, claiming the Searcy company didn't give workers the required 60-day notice that the plant would close. The family-owned company, in business for more than 75 years, abruptly closed its doors on June 30, saying it couldn't get financing to continue operating.
(FDA) — Agromod Produce, Inc. of McAllen, Texas is recalling all Papayas, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella , an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
ATLANTA (AP) — In early May, John Meyer stayed at a lakeside hotel in Hamburg, Germany. He attended a business conference. He went sailing. And he became one of the few U.S. victims in one of the worst food poisoning outbreaks in recent world history. Meyer went to the hospital a week later with what turned out to be a rare and deadly strain of E.
(AP) — In this July 21, 2011 photo, a worker walks through the brew house at the Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company in Kiln, Miss. The microbrewery is getting a $740,000 interest-free expansion loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will let it quintuple production over the next four years.
(FDA) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and federal partners today released the Food Related Emergency Exercise Boxed (FREE-B) set, a Web-based collection of scenarios that will help government regulators, public health organizations and the food industry test their readiness for food-related emergencies, such as a human health emergency caused by an unintentional contamination of produce with E.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department wants consumers to know when there's less chicken in their chicken. A proposed rule aimed at food companies would require that poultry and other raw meats be labeled appropriately when they're plumped up by added solutions such as chicken broth, teriyaki sauce, salt or water.
COLUMBUS, N.Y. (AP) — Agro Farma, maker of Chobani yogurt, is getting $16 million in state incentives for its new dairy processing facility in Chenango County. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the expansion will create 450 new jobs and retain 386 existing ones. Agro Farma is investing $97 million to build and equip the facility in the town of Columbus, 46 miles southeast of Syracuse.
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — An unsteady forklift dropped a container full of fine Australian wine worth more than $1 million, smashing most of the bottles. The winemaker says he's "gut-wrenched, shocked and numb" after the loss of his flagship shiraz. Sparky Marquis of Mollydooker Wines lost a third of his Velvet Glove Shiraz production after the accident that destroyed all but one of the 462 cases bound for the United States.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Responding to a wave of criticism, a California milk board on Thursday modified an advertising campaign that targeted men by promoting milk as a way to lessen the effects of premenstrual syndrome. The California Milk Processor Board decided to alter its two-week-old campaign, which portrayed men as the victims of temperamental women.
(AP) — In this photo taken July 11, 2011, Ganesan Srinivasan tastes corn grown by his students at Fresno State in Fresno, Calif., to see if the field is ready for picking. Srinivasan is director of the University Agricultural Laboratory, where student grown and raised products earned $4.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama's campaign against childhood obesity moved a step forward Wednesday with the announcement that Wal-Mart and other retailers plan over the next five years to open or expand 1,500 stores in areas without easy access to fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthy foods.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. has settled a class-action lawsuit brought by workers seeking back pay for unpaid time they spent preparing for and cleaning up after their shifts at its Schuyler meatpacking plant, according to new court documents. Wichita, Kan.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The owner of a South Carolina dairy says an investigation by two states and the federal government into whether raw milk from her cows made eight people sick is a case of jumping to conclusions. "They didn't wait for all the tests to come in," said Carolyn Adkins, owner and operator of the Tucker Adkins Dairy in York, S.
Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation, a firm with establishments in Mount Pleasant, TX and Waco, TX is recalling approximately 11,240 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.