WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A heat wave that has pushed temperatures well over 100 degrees has killed tens of thousands of turkeys and chickens in Kansas and North Carolina and left farmers across the lower part of the country struggling to cool off their flocks. In North Carolina, about 50,000 chickens died at a farm after the power went off for less than an hour.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Parents seeking healthier restaurant meals for their kids can start to look beyond chicken nuggets and macaroni-and-cheese. At least 19 large restaurant chains — including Burger King, Chili's, IHOP and Friendly's — plan to announce Wednesday that they will include healthier options on their children's menus.
(AP) — This image provided by the California Milk Processor Board shows part of a new "Got Milk?" ad campaign. The California Milk Processor Board is encouraging men to buy more milk for their wives and girlfriends, which the campaign says will help them fend off the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
(USDA) —The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today issued instructions to its inspection program personnel in an effort to protect vulnerable consumers after an increased number of products have been recalled in the first half of 2011 due to the presence of undeclared allergens or other ingredients.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Egg producer Cal-Maine Foods Inc. has named Todd Walters as vice president of operations effective Monday. Walters takes over the post from David Jenkins, who is retiring at the end of 2011. Walters will oversee production and processing in Texas and report to Chief Operating Officer Sherman Miller.
PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — Starbucks is realigning its top management to help drive its international growth. The Seattle-based coffee giant said Monday that it is dividing responsibilities for its business into three global regions: Asia, the Americas and a combination of Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
ATLANTA (AP) — The debate about the dangers of eating too much salt has gained a new wrinkle: A federal study suggests that the people most at risk are those who also get too little potassium. Potassium-rich foods, including fruits and vegetables, have long been recommended as a dietary defense against heart disease and other chronic illnesses.
ROME (AP) — As more than 2,000 swimmers, divers and water polo players converge on Shanghai for the world aquatic championships, teams are taking precautions against the threat of eating contaminated Chinese meat. Australia is hoping to eliminate the threat altogether, shipping in all of its meat from home and avoiding all pork products, while other teams plan to eat only in hotels accredited by swimming governing body FINA.
(AP) — In this photo taken on April 18, 2009 and released by China's Xinhua News Agency on Monday, July 11, 2011, children visit a showroom of Chinese confectionery company Hsu Fu Chi in Dongguan, south China's Guangdong Province. Nestle SA, the world's biggest food and drink company, took another big step into the Chinese market Monday with the announcement that it is to buy a majority stake in candy maker Hsu Fu Chi for 2.
The company's Portable Air Division has become the Portable Energy Division, a name to reflect its extended product portfolio, which includes compressors, on-site generators, light towers and pumps. The new division focuses on five pillars: air, power, light, water and used equipment. The extended product offering, along with a greater focus on the construction business as a part of the new Construction Technique business area, is designed to provide customers with the best service.
ATLANTA (AP) — Health officials have confirmed the first American death tied to the food-poisoning outbreak in Europe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said lab tests show an Arizona man was infected with the same E. coli bacteria blamed for the outbreak centered in Germany.
SEATTLE (AP) — Wild-caught Pacific salmon is more myth than reality on some Puget Sound restaurant menus, a study at the University of Washington Tacoma has found. About 38 percent of samples from Tacoma-area restaurants showed a menu was promoting farm-raised Atlantic salmon as wild-caught Pacific salmon, or calling a coho a king.
SAMISH ISLAND, Wash. (AP) — For over 75 years, Blau Oyster Co. has relied on Washington state's cool clean waters to grow the plump oysters that are as prized in the Northwest as salmon and orcas. But too much pollution from animal and human waste has been washing into Samish Bay in north Puget Sound, prohibiting shellfish harvests 38 days already this year.
FUKUSHIMA, Japan (Kyodo) — High levels of radioactive cesium were detected in straw fed to cattle at a farm in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, local officials said Monday, fueling suspicion it was the source of the radioactive contamination found in the meat of cows shipped from there.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The billboard-sized aluminum fisherman standing outside what was the last full-time sardine cannery in the U.S. no longer holds an oversized tin of Beach Cliff sardines. The hulking fisherman is now grasping an old-fashioned wooden lobster trap in his arms.
(AP) — In this photo taken July 1, 2011, Darryl Brown holds some of the Pacific white shrimp he, his wife and son raise at their farm in Fowler, Ind. Brown, who sells the shrimp live for $15 a pound to restaurants, at farmers’ markets and to visitors to his northern Indiana farm, began raising the shrimp last year in an old barn he converted into a nursery for young shrimp.
NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say the owner of a Columbus County hog farm faces up to a year in prison after he pleaded guilty in federal court to violating the Clean Water Act for discharging hog waste directly into a stream that leads to the Waccamaw River. Federal authorities say Freedman Farms Inc.
HONOLULU (AP) — About 1,550 pounds of packaged meals sold in Hawaii 7-Eleven stores are being recalled. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday Honolulu-based Warabeya U.S.A is recalling the meals that may be contaminated with listeria. The recall includes fried chicken and teriyaki chicken boxed meals, known in Hawaii as bentos.
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Sara Lee Corp. has named Maria Henry as its chief financial officer of the company's North American operations. Henry, 44, will also serve as chief financial officer for the entire company after Sara Lee completes a spinoff of its international coffee and tea business in spring 2012.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Threatened with a series of state laws cracking down on cramped cages, the egg industry on Thursday said it would agree to seek federal regulation to improve conditions for egg-laying hens. In an unusual move, the United Egg Producers announced the effort in a joint appearance with the Humane Society of the United States.