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Mexico Surpasses U.S. in Obesity

July 11, 2013 12:26 pm | by MARK STEVENSON,Associated Press

Mexico has surpassed the United States in levels of adult obesity, a dubious distinction that experts attribute to Mexicans abandoning their traditional diet for processed snack foods and drinks. Almost one-third of adult Mexicans, 32.8 percent, are obese compared to 31.8 percent of Americans, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.


Mead Johnson Lowers Baby Formula Prices in China

July 11, 2013 12:24 pm

Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. said Wednesday it is cutting its infant formula prices in China, as several of its competitors have done, amid a government price-fixing investigation. Mead Johnson said it will cut the prices of its main products by 7 to 15 percent starting Tuesday.


Vt. Dairy Farm Settles Drug Residue Case

July 11, 2013 12:22 pm

A Vermont dairy farm and the FDA have reached an agreement prohibiting the farm from selling cattle for human consumption that contain drugs not allowed in the human food chain. Court documents say that between 2002 and 2012, tests by the USDA found illegal drug residue from six animal drugs in tissue samples collected from 10 Lawson Farm animals.


USDA Checks Abuse Complaint about Miss. Slaughterhouse

July 11, 2013 12:20 pm

The USDA says it sent employees to a north Mississippi slaughterhouse Wednesday to check a complaint that pigs were abused before being killed. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a two-minute video that allegedly shows a worker at the plant repeatedly stunning pigs with an electric wand and apparently causing them to suffer.


Daily Sound Bite: Smithfield Works to Ease Concerns

July 11, 2013 11:23 am

Smithfield CEO Larry Pope testified in front of the Senate Agriculture Committee about a pending deal, which would see Chinese meat producer Shuanghui International purchase the U.S. meat company. Pope attempted to waylay concerns as Senators raised questions about the impact the deal could have on the U.S. economy and food supply chain.


Canned Sweet Corn Big Business in Wisconsin

July 11, 2013 9:52 am

A new report from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater says growing and processing sweet corn contributes $130 million to the Wisconsin economy each year. The report was put together by the university's Fiscal and Economic Research Center. Director Russ Kashian said in a statement that in Wisconsin, sweet corn equals jobs because processing vegetables is a big business there.


Smithfield CEO Addresses Concerns over Deal

July 11, 2013 9:50 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM,AP Business Writer

The head of Smithfield Foods Inc. is trying to ease concerns that the proposed takeover of the world's largest pork producer by a Chinese company would pose risks to the U.S. food supply. CEO Larry Pope testified Wednesday at a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on the pending deal struck in May with Shuanghui International, China's largest meat producer.


Republicans Drop Food Stamps from Farm Bill

July 11, 2013 9:48 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

Bruised from the defeat of a massive farm bill last month, Republicans are giving the legislation another chance by bringing a pared-down version to the House floor. The new measure drops the politically sensitive food stamp portion of the bill.


Pig Virus Migrates to U.S.

July 11, 2013 9:42 am | by STEVEN K. PAULSON,Associated Press

Pork prices may be on the rise in the next few months because of a new virus that has migrated to the U.S, killing piglets in 15 states so far. Dr. Nick Striegel, assistant state veterinarian for the Colorado Department of Agriculture, said the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus, also known as PED, was thought to exist only in Europe and China, but Colorado and 14 other states began reporting the virus in April.


First Lady Hosts Dinner for Top Kid Chefs

July 11, 2013 9:36 am | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE,Associated Press

Michelle Obama, who is spearheading a campaign to reduce childhood obesity through diet and exercise, told the winners they overcame tough odds to land a seat at one of 12 round and rectangular tables set up in the East Room, where she and the president often hold equally elaborate dinners for foreign heads of state.


Photo of the Day: Kids' State Dinner

July 11, 2013 9:33 am

 First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed 54 children to the White House for creating winning recipes as part of a healthy lunch contest. One winner was chosen from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories: Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands in the western Pacific. 

Daily Sound Bite: Meat Industry Sues USDA

July 10, 2013 1:02 pm

The American Meat Institue (AMI) and seven other industry groups announced a lawsuit against the USDA over new labeling rules that require labels for steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to detail where animals grown for meat were born, raised and slaughtered. The groups say the rule is too costly and serves no measurable benefit.


Consumer Trends: Healthy Flavors Hit the Soft Drink Market

July 10, 2013 1:00 pm

Healthy flavors, such as herbs and spices, honey and new-generation superfruits will be the next hits in the global beverages market, says Innova Market Insights. While flavor trends can vary markedly by region, research data indicates that rising interest in superfruits is evident globally, with pomegranate still leading the field.


Poland Divided over Religious Slaughter of Animals

July 10, 2013 12:56 pm

Polish farmers marched through Warsaw's streets Wednesday to back government plans to repeal a ban on the religious slaughter of animals. Lawmakers will vote Friday on a government draft law that would reinstate religious slaughter provided it is done only in slaughterhouses and excludes certain forms of immobilizing the animal.


NC Companies May Get Protection from Obesity Lawsuits

July 10, 2013 12:54 pm

North Carolina companies that manufacture, advertise or distribute food could soon have additional legal protections from lawsuits by people claiming their products led to their obesity. The House voted 99-16 Tuesday in favor of minor Senate changes to legislation barring civil actions on claims that long-term consumption of food or drinks led to excessive weight gain and health problems.


Ocean Contamination at Fukushima May Impact Food Chain

July 10, 2013 12:52 pm | by MARI YAMAGUCHI,Associated Press

Japan's nuclear watchdog said the crippled Fukushima power plant is probably leaking contaminated water into the ocean, a problem long suspected by experts but denied by the plant's operator. Officials from the Nuclear Regulation Authority urged plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. to determine where the water may be leaking from and assess the environmental and other risks, including the impact on the food chain.


Ala. Craft Beer, Seafood Industries Teaming Up

July 10, 2013 12:49 pm

Alabama's beer and seafood industries are teaming up for a joint promotion. The Gadsden-based Back Forty Beer Co. will start including the Alabama Gulf Seafood logo on its packaging. The brewery is part of a growing craft beer industry in the state, and the seafood marketing campaign was launched in 2011 in the wake of the Gulf oil spill.


U.S. Lawmakers Holding Hearing on Smithfield Deal

July 10, 2013 12:48 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM,AP Business Writer

The Senate Agriculture Committee says the hearing will examine the pending purchase of the Smithfield, Va.-based company. It also will examine how the government review process of foreign acquisitions of U.S. companies addresses American food safety and the effects of increased foreign ownership on the U.S. food supply.


Maker of Angel’s Envy Bourbon to Open Distillery

July 10, 2013 9:55 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER,Associated Press

A Kentucky bourbon newcomer looking for its own niche in the highly competitive sector announced plans Tuesday to convert a century-old building into a distillery and visitors' center, a venture expected to further lift downtown Louisville's stature as a whiskey producer.


House GOP Leaders Consider Splitting Farm Bill

July 10, 2013 9:53 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

A month after suffering an embarrassing defeat, House Republican leaders are considering a new strategy to try to win support for the massive, five-year farm bill: splitting it into two separate measures, one for farm programs and one for food stamps.



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