On August 17, 2012, the National Fire Protection Association announced its decision regarding an appeal heard during the August 7-9, 2012 NFPA Standards Council meeting concerning possible changes to NFPA 150, Animal Housing Facilities. NFPA 150 currently requires sprinkler protection for Category A animals, comprised of mostly dangerous animals, such as zoo animals and reptiles.
The USDA has filed an administrative action under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act against United Potato Distributors Inc. for failure to make full payment promptly to 39 sellers in the total amount of $759,820.22. The company, operating from Los Angeles, Calif., purchased the produce during the period of November 2010 through January 2012.
A second cruise ship line has agreed to buy lobsters from local suppliers when one of its ships visits Maine in September and October, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree said Wednesday.Celebrity Cruises has agreed to purchase about 3,800 pounds of lobster when the Celebrity Summit visits Bar Harbor and Portland, Pingree said. The 965-foot ship carries more than 2,000 passengers.
A federal jury convicted poultry processor House of Raeford Farms on 10 counts of polluting the local sewer system, but the plant manager was acquitted on all charges.The U.S. Department of Justice said that the poultry producer allowed employees for 16 months to send untreated wastewater contaminated with blood, grease and body parts from slaughtered turkeys directly to the city of Raeford's wastewater treatment plant.
As hot summer days stretch into cool summer nights, OpenTable has announced the 2012 Diners' Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Late Night Dining Restaurants in the United States. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
A former owner of an Ohio hot dog eatery made famous on the TV series "M-A-S-H" is serving up another attempt at regaining control of the company.Robin Horvath is one of two cousins who have fought for more than a year over the ownership of Tony Packo's after a bank foreclosed on its loans and a court-appointed third party was put in charge.
There's a reason Wisconsin is called the cheese capital of America.The Badger State produced 227 million pounds of cheese in June. That was one-fourth of the nation's cheese production that month, and a 2 percent increase over the state's production in June of last year.
Federal regulators who shut down a Central California slaughterhouse after receiving an animal welfare video were investigating whether beef from sick cows reached the human food supply.The video appears to show workers bungling the slaughter of cows struggling to walk and even stand. Under federal regulations, sick animals cannot be slaughtered for human consumption.
Heineken NV continued to inch toward a takeover of Tiger beer maker Asian Pacific Breweries on Wednesday, revealing that it has purchased a 2.68 percent stake in the company for around $290 million, even as it struggles to buy a much larger, controlling stake, from Singapore's Fraser and Neave for $4.7 billion.
Food safety advocates called on federal officials Tuesday to release the name of an Indiana farm that recalled its cantaloupes amid a salmonella outbreak that's killed at least two people and sickened dozens of others in 20 states. Advocacy groups said people have a right to know the farm's name and the details of its cantaloupe distribution network so they can protect their families from the outbreak.
A security guard opens the gate at the Central Valley Meat Co., the California slaughterhouse shut down by federal regulators after they received video showing dairy cows being repeatedly shocked and shot before being slaughtered, on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 in Hanford, Calif. Federal regulators are investigating whether beef from sick cows reached the human food supply.
New Agriculture Department guidelines for school lunches will take effect this fall, including the first national calorie and sodium limits for what can be served on lunch lines. Here is a look at what the new guidelines require, according to the School Nutrition Association.
One of the worst growing seasons most U.S. farmers can remember is coming to an end with a corn harvest that's at least three weeks early thanks to an unusually warm spring and suffocating summer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday in its weekly crop progress report that 4 percent of the corn harvest is complete. Normally, just 1 percent of the crop is in at this point in August.
California farmworkers would be paid overtime after working an eight-hour day or 40 hours in a week, the same as other non-management employees, under a bill approved by the state Senate on Monday over the objections of Republican lawmakers.
From industrial outskirts of Richmond to the pastoral landscapes of the Blue Ridge Mountains and beyond, an army of artisans is turning their love of beer into business.Armed with an arsenal of barley and hops, these craft brewers are looking to cash in on a growing interest in all things local, including alcoholic libations. And recent changes to state law are helping craft brewers grow their business.
The world urgently needs to adopt drought-management policies as farmers from Africa to India struggle with lack of rainfall and the United States endures the worst drought it has experienced in decades, top officials with the U.N. weather agency said today.
"Back to School" is another kind of New Year, and Canadian kids can benefit from a resolution for a healthier start to the day. New polling from the Heart and Stroke Foundation found that while the majority of Canadian parents recognize what constitutes a healthy breakfast, they face challenges getting their kids to eat one.
A Northern California produce supplier said Sunday it is voluntarily recalling romaine lettuce that was shipped to 19 states, Puerto Rico and Canada over fears about possible E. coli contamination. Salinas-based Tanimura & Antle said the recall is limited to a single lot of its Field Fresh Wrapped Single Head Romaine that was available at retail stores starting Aug. 2.
At a School Nutrition Association conference in Denver this summer, food workers heard tips about how to get children to make healthy food choices in the cafeteria. The problem is a serious one for the nation's lunch-line managers, who are implementing the biggest update to federal school-food guidelines in 15 years.
ConAgra Foods closed on its $267 million acquisition of the Bertolli and P.F. Chang's frozen meals businesses.ConAgra announced the deal with previous owner, Unilever, in July. Unilever said that the sale was a part of a broader initiative to get out of the frozen foods business.