Roughly 1 in 4 packages of meat, poultry across U.S. contained multi-drug resistant staph in survey; risk is that we handle it badly, and transfer that staph onto our bodies, into our homes
By Maryn McKenna
Del Monte Fresh Cut Green Beans leads list of processed and fresh foods in BPA content, scientists find in analysis of foods; toxin linked to heart disease, diabetes, reproductive ills
By Eryn Brown
Los Angeles Times 2010-11-02
Fashion for screw-cap wines undermines renewable cork forest management strategy, could lead to extinction of rarest wildcats and loss of 100,000 jobs, experts say
By Louise Gray
Telegraph (UK) 2010-07-16
By Lyndsey Layton
The Washington Post 2010-04-07
Nanotech's promise - and addition to food products - comes with little federal regulation, no labeling despite growing number of studies expressing safety concerns
By Andrew Schneider
AOL News 2010-03-24
Bart Hoebel, senior researcher on study that links high-fructose corn syrup to obesity in rats, parries criticisms of nutrition professor
By Jennifer LaRue Huget
The Washington Post 2010-03-26
Small-scale slaughterhouses ride wave of consumer demand for meat from local farms in reaction to food safety scares, inhumane treatment videos
By Samuel Fromartz
The Washington Post 2010-03-17
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein, subject of recall over salmonella taint, is used in thousands of processed foods as flavor enhancer
By Monica Eng
Chicago Tribune 2010-03-06
Salmonella fears prompt recalls of thousands of processed foods; officials say recall could be largest in history
By Lyndsey Layton
The Washington Post 2010-03-05
By Rory Harrington
nutraingredients.com/Decision News Media 2010-03-04
Two-part tomato scheme included bribes that likely pushed ingredient prices up and shipping of tainted products to Kraft, others
By William Neuman
The New York Times 2010-02-25
USDA updates its "safe and suitable ingredients used in the production of meat and poultry products"
By Kate Kelland
The New York Times 2009-12-21
New York senator proposes ban of BPA (bisphenol A) in food packaging for children aged three and younger. Under BPA-Free Kids Act, children's food, beverage containers containing BPA would be considered a banned hazardous substance; bill also would allow for appropriation of $25 million over five years to fund research into effects of BPA exposure on all age groups and pregnant women. And: BPA commonly found in in coatings for inside of cans containing foods, in water bottles, baby bottles and some dental fillings (click 'See also').
By Rory Harrington
nutraingredients.com/Decision News Media 2009-11-18
E. coli outbreak that has killed two people, sickened 500 others traced to ground beef producer that stopped testing ingredients years ago under pressure from beef suppliers. USDA has banned e.coli 0157.H7 but doesn't require meat companies to test for it; trimmings used to make ground beef are more susceptible to contamination because pathogen thrives in cattle feces that can get smeared on surfaces of whole cuts of meat. Grinders typically use trimmings from multiple suppliers; only ingredient testing, when it uncovers E. coli, enables grinders to identify slaughterhouse that shipped contaminated trim. Slaughterhouses have resisted independent testing by grinders for fear of recalls.
By Michael Moss
The New York Times 2009-11-13
Evidence of harmful effects of BPA (bisphenol A), a synthetic estrogen, isn't conclusive, but justifies precautions. Chemical, found by Consumer Reports in almost all the brand-name canned foods tested, linked to miscarriage, heart disease, diabetes and liver-enzyme abnormalities. We're cutting down on use of plastic containers to store or microwave food, and I'm drinking water out of a metal bottle. In my reporting, I've come to terms with threats from warlords, bandits and tarantulas. But endocrine disrupting chemicals -- they give me the willies. And: Testimony to Congress on BPA vs phthalates (click 'See also').
By Nicholas D. Kristof
The New York Times 2009-11-08
Swine flu, now present in 46 states, plus approaching winter season increases demand for orange juice, but Florida orange crop expected to be 16 percent smaller than last year after cold snaps last winter were followed by drought conditions, citrus disease. And: Immune boosters during cold/flu season include yogurt with probiotics, lemon juice, garlic, and brightly colored fruits and vegetables, especially orange ones like sweet potatoes and carrots (click 'See also').
By Tom Sellen
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2009-11-02
Baobab fruit - with tart flavor between grapefruit, pear and vanilla; and rich vitamin, mineral, antioxidant content - OK'd by FDA as ingredient. Adansonia digitata, or 'upside-down' tree, grows primarily in Africa, is touted as natural, sustainable, fair trade option. And: In Africa, tree leaves are eaten as a vegetable, and the seeds can be eaten raw or roasted, or ground to make an edible oil and thickener for soups and stews (click 'See also'). Fruit can be peeled, sliced and cooked, or roasted, mashed or pureed.
By Rod Addy
nutraingredients.com/Decision News Media 2009-09-11
Michigan-based Eden Foods made costly switch to bisphenol-A-free can linings for its beans in 1999. The Ball Corporation uses enamel made from vegetable resins. 'I didn't want BPA in food I was serving to my kids, my grandkids or my customers,' says Mike Potter, founder and president. Eden's tomato products still packaged in BPA-containing cans.
By Nena Baker
Environmental Working Group/enviroblog 2009-07-14
As demand for chicken declines, bankrupt Pilgrim's Pride idles Georgia processing plant that provided 1,000 jobs, $300,000 in annual county tax revenues. It also shuns prospective buyers, saying that selling to competitor wouldn't reduce chicken supply. In town, poultry insurer braces for drop in business; hospital girds for more uninsured patients. Most big chicken companies reducing output; chicken prices have increased since Pilgrim's closed its plants.
By Lauren Etter
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2009-06-30
Salmonella-linked Peanut Corporation of America files for bankruptcy. Its Texas plant must recall all products produced there. Company's Virginia plant a concern for scientist. And: Poll finds that many consumers mistakenly believe that major brands of peanut butter have been recalled and also finds low levels of public confidence in groups involved in food production, inspection. (click 'See also').
By Kathy Lohr
National Public Radio/All Things Considered 2009-02-13
Discard every product made in last two years with peanuts processed by salmonella-tainted plant in Georgia, FDA says. Already, more than 400 products have been recalled; now, contamination's impact will reach even more processed food items. One legislator calls for criminal investigation; another introduces bill to increase FDA funding, authority. Outbreak now linked to eight deaths, about 500 illnesses. And: FDA peanut butter product recalls (click 'See also').
By Lyndsey Layton
The Washington Post 2009-01-29
Peanut product plant retested some positive salmonella results but sold products anyway, sometimes after negative finding from different lab, feds say. Disclosure of internal tests not required. FDA delegated inspection to Georgia; in fiscal 2008, FDA inspected 5,930 of country's 65,520 domestic food production facilities. State inspectors test 4,500 samples yearly and have 16,000 food-processing, food-sales stores in state. And: Most of about 50 workers laid off, production shut down at troubled plant (click 'See also').
By Lyndsey Layton
The Washington Post 2009-01-28
Kidney stones a growing problem in children. Main causes are dietary - not drinking enough water, eating too much salt - and sometimes relate to obesity. Physicians cite salty chips, French fries, sports drinks and processed items - sandwich meats, canned soups, packaged meals, sodas. And: As makers of children's cereals cut sugar, they add salt, report says (click 'See also').
By Laurie Tarkan
The New York Times 2008-10-27
Michigan e.coli outbreak traced to California lettuce. Students at Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and inmates at Lenawee County Jail, among others, fell ill. Some lettuce was sold by Aunt Mid's Produce Co., in Detroit.
By Tiffany Hsu
Los Angeles Times 2008-10-10
As climate expert urges less meat consumption at home to reduce global warming, animal welfare group in UK challenges food industry to reduce meat in packaged items and to replace it with more vegetables, 'other more benign materials.' Group also urges using meat from animals raised more humanely. And: It takes seven pounds of grain to produce one pound of beef (click 'See also').
By Jess Halliday
Appeals court says USDA can prohibit testing for mad cow disease. Small Arkansas slaughterhouse wanted to test each cow to prove to foreign markets that their beef was safe. USDA cites 1913 law, also argues that tests can't be used for marketing. And: Editors call ruling 'sane,' because test detects disease months before symptoms appear; disease incubation period is two to nine years.
By Charles Abbott
Nebraska Beef, an Omaha meatpacker recalling 1.2 million pounds of beef - including some from Whole Foods - has history of food-safety and other violations and has fought USDA over plant shutdowns. Last month, it recalled more than 5 million pounds of beef. And: For recall, click 'See also.'
By Annys Shin and Ylan Q. Mui
The Washington Post 2008-08-08
Co-mingling, or repacking, tomatoes from different farms is common practice and a challenging twist to disease sleuths at FDA. It could mean that Mexican tomatoes go to Florida and are sold with tomatoes from Florida. Or box from Florida could easily be refilled with tomatoes from a box from Mexico, and vice versa, says expert. And: sampling of rejected foods from Canada, Mexico and China (click 'See also').
By Sabin Russell
San Francisco Chronicle 2008-06-28
USDA's new faster, more sensitive test for e.coli will likely find more pathogen on beef, officials say. Meat processors could avoid many recalls by waiting for lab results before shipping meat out, but many 'can't afford' delay, USDA says. Meatpackers recalled 33.4 million pounds of beef for possible e. coli contamination last year; 11 of the 21 e.coli-related recalls in 2007 were results of USDA testing.
By Philip Brasher
The Des Moines Register 2008-03-20
Cow abuse video illustrates role of spent dairy cows in U.S. beef production - what some experts say is an old problem. 'Culled' dairy cows, often emaciated and with calcium deficiency from being milked intensively for years, make up about 17 percent of beef in food supply, Humane Society says. They also could have mastitis, foot rot, or other disorders.
By Stephen J. Hedges
Chicago Tribune 2008-03-01
Financial troubles likely to permanently close slaughterhouse caught in sick cow abuse video that triggered nation's largest beef recall. Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing, one of 10 companies that supply beef for school lunches, received $39 million from USDA in the last fiscal year as part of the program. Sick, or 'downer' cows may not be eaten because of link to mad cow disease, a fatal illness that takes up to 30 years to appear in humans.
By David Kesmodel
The Wall Street Journal (may require subscription) 2008-02-23
Six missing workers found dead after sugar dust exploded at factory silo near Savannah; 42 injured. Site was Imperial Sugar Co.'s largest refinery; analyst says if plant remains closed for more than a few weeks, it could have an effect on domestic sugar prices. Company's brands include Imperial, Dixie and Holly.
By Alistair Holloway and Choy Leng Yeong
Dozens injured and six missing in sugar refinery blast in suburb of Savannah, GA. Imperial Sugar Co., with Imperial Sugar and Dixie Crystals brands, is the largest sugar processor and refiner in the U.S. and is based in Texas.
By Matthew Bigg
In battle against e.coli, a potentially fatal food pathogen sometimes found in hamburgers, Tyson and other processors use hot water, acid and vacuums, but practical solution, except for irradiation, proves elusive.
By Andrew Martin
The New York Times 2007-12-06
House committee contemplates safety and labeling of meats and fish shot with carbon monoxide during packaging to maintain the look of freshness. Tyson Foods, Safeway, Giant Food and Stop & Shop have agreed not to sell such products; Target wants a label, and Hormel and Cargill say they would label gassed products, if necessary.
Thomson Financial; Forbes 2007-11-13
Expected corn harvest, though abundant, is adjusted downward, which will translate to higher production costs for meat, poultry, dairy, egg and processed foods. Iowa projects 2.4 million bushel harvest at 175 bushels per acre, with Illinois next at 2.3 million bushels and 178 bushels an acre.
By Philip Brasher
The Des Moines Register 2007-11-09
As cases of Topps-related e.coli climb, USDA examines reasons why it waited 18 days to announce recall of 21.7 million pounds of New Jersey company's frozen hamburger patties; New York recall went out after first case was confirmed.
By Stephen J. Hedges
Chicago Tribune 2007-10-04
Pending sugar beet harvest and resulting heavy traffic pushes Minnesota to close vital bridge between farms and processing plant after cracks found in span foundation; American Crystal Sugar Co.'s factory processes harvest from nearly 1,000 producers.
Stephen J. Lee
The Associated Press; West Central Tribune (MN) 2007-08-22
Grand Forks city council says sugar beet residue won't smell so sweet, and bans its dumping on rented land west of the city; American Crystal Sugar Co., disagrees, saying that the sugar, which causes odor as it decays, will be gone.
The Associated Press; The Bismarck Tribune 0000-00-00
Genetically modified sugar beet seed designed to resist Monsanto herbicide is gaining popularity among growers and processors, including American Crystal Sugar Co.; Wyoming Sugar Co., and Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative; farmers must pay $60 premium per acre, and GMO sugar won't carry special label.
Associated Press; CNN 2007-08-22
Bumper crop of corn leaves farmers struggling for storage; existing facilities have more business than they can handle, and manufacturers of silos and storage equipment are stepping up production; some farmers may resort to old schoolhouses, airport hangars, caves, or even tarp-covered piles on the ground.
By Shelly Banjo
Wall Street Journal; Pantagraph.com (IL) 2007-08-18
Despite higher profits and rising demand for organic corn and soybeans, few farmers switching over, forcing food companies to import organic soybeans from China and pay nearly double what they paid for organic corn last fall.
By Paula Lavigne
Des Moines Register 2007-08-12
Some swear that Mr. Pastie's English beef-and-potato pies, now sold internationally, have magical powers; at the very least, they connect Gar Sleep, the 78-year-old company owner, to a large part of his family history.
By Sara Jerome
New interactive map allows users to tract proliferation of factory farms by state and county - even number of animals - and it raises questions of whether we pursue the logic of industrialism to its limits, and how badly will it harm the landscape, the people who live in it and democracy itself?
The New York Times (may require subscription)
Coca-Cola, Nestle, and Läckeby Water Group join other food, drink producers in UN agreement to use water more efficiently; lack of access to clean water and sanitation undermines humanitarian, social, environmental, and economic goals.
By Ahmed ElAmin
For mom-and-pop enterprises, food safety isn't important when the question is how to feed the family, so hidden and unregulated businesses spring up at home, behind closed doors - and they thrive.
By Audra Ang