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.
PURCHASE, New York (AP) — PepsiCo Inc.'s earnings report on Thursday told two familiar story lines: One was of a U.S. company relying more heavily on customers in emerging markets, as U.S. customers remain shy about spending. The other was of a company raising prices on those same customers, and blaming the higher costs for ingredients.
In this photograph taken by AP Images for Oscar Mayer — Ed Roland, center, Oscar Mayer Experiential Marketing Manager, places a birthday hat on Hotdogger Kylie Hodges as Dylan Hackbarth looks on during the 75th birthday celebration of the world-famous Wienermobile, Monday, July 18, 2011, in New York.
STOCKERAU, Austria (AP) — Austrian police say thieves have made off with an unusual heist — 21 tons of mustard and ketchup. The loot was in a semitrailer parked in a lot over the weekend northwest of Vienna. Police say the truck driver showed up Monday to deliver his cargo only to see the trailer missing.
MEXICO CITY and PURCHASE, N.Y. (PRNewswire) — Grupo Embotelladoras Unidas, S.A.B. de C.V. (GEUPEC), Empresas Polar and PepsiCo today announced that they have entered into an agreement under which they will form a new joint venture, creating a nationwide beverage company in Mexico. The joint venture will combine PepsiCo-owned beverage manufacturing and distribution operations in Mexico with those of GEUSA, the other Pepsi bottler in Mexico and a subsidiary of GEUPEC.
HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — The Hershey Co. is selling off part of its original chocolate plant at the sweet price of nearly $58 million. The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reported Monday that the company wants to sell a part of the century-old building that's being used for office space. Hershey's goal is to lease it back as its corporate headquarters.
ATLANTA (AP) — A Kuwaiti military food supplier accused of defrauding the government of at least $68 million says it's working to resolve the dispute. The statement from Public Warehousing Co. came a week after the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta declined Agility's request to review a ruling that allowed the charges to go forward.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Texas company accused of exploiting mentally disabled men who worked at a turkey plant in Iowa has agreed to follow minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping laws in the future under a settlement with labor regulators. Hill Country Farms of Goldthwaite, Texas agreed to those steps Monday in an injunction approved by a federal judge that settles a complaint brought by the U.
(ZESPRI) — ZESPRI Kiwifruit has an ongoing commitment to understanding and minimizing its impact on the global community. ZESPRI Kiwifruit trains its local growers to use thorough, environmentally savvy practices from the orchard to the supermarkets around the world. The kiwifruit growers’ commitment to helping the environment and growing the sweet and succulent fruit is embedded in Zespri’s strong heritage.