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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2004 | From Associated Press
Federal regulators have accused UC San Francisco researchers of mistreating animals used in experiments over a three-year period. The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued 60 allegations of animal-care violations in a complaint dated Aug. 31, which was made public Tuesday by an animal-rights group.
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NATIONAL
July 22, 2004 | Jia Lynn Yang, Times Staff Writer
Tens of thousands of black farmers have yet to see any of the compensation promised them by the U.S. Department of Agriculture five years ago in one of the federal government's largest-ever racial bias settlements, according to a report released this week by a public interest watchdog group. A two-year probe by the Environmental Working Group and the National Black Farmers Assn. found that the government had denied restitution to 81,000 out of 94,000 black farmers who sought compensation.
NATIONAL
July 14, 2004 | Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, responding to a critical report, defended its testing program for mad cow disease Tuesday, saying the surveillance plan that went into effect June 1 targets "precisely the population of animals we should be testing." The draft report, prepared by the USDA's Office of Inspector General and released by Rep. Henry A.
BUSINESS
May 26, 2004 | From Reuters
American farmers will export a record $61.5 billion worth of agricultural products in fiscal 2004, despite a sharp drop in beef exports because of mad cow disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. U.S. imports of farm goods from other nations were estimated at a record $51.5 billion for fiscal 2004, up $5.8 billion from last year, the USDA's Economic Research Service said in its quarterly forecast of farm trade.
NATIONAL
May 24, 2004 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
John Tarpoff knows his demand is illogical. There is no scientific reason for him to extract a sliver of brain from each steer he slaughters to test for mad cow disease. He kills only young cattle at his processing plant: certified Angus, 12 to 20 months old. Animals that young just don't get the disease -- at least, not at a detectable level. Testing every carcass is "highly unnecessary," Tarpoff said. Still, he's desperate to do it. But the federal government won't let him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Prosecutors opened their case Monday against self-proclaimed "Sausage King" Stuart Alexander by outlining the months the sausage factory owner allegedly spent flouting the law and threatening government health inspectors before he shot and killed three of them. Alexander, 43, faces three counts of murder in the June 2000 deaths of U.S.
NATIONAL
February 18, 2004 | From Associated Press
A House committee on Tuesday questioned the government's credibility in the first U.S. case of mad cow disease, quoting three witnesses who denied Agriculture Department claims that the infected Holstein was lame. The worker who slaughtered the cow, the hauler who delivered it and an owner of the slaughterhouse all recalled seeing the infected animal on its feet, rather than it being the nonambulatory "downer" described by USDA officials. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Ann M.
NATIONAL
October 26, 2002 | From Reuters
The U.S. Agriculture Department said Friday it plans to allow irradiated meat to be served to millions of children in U.S. schools by the end of the year. Irradiation, which has been endorsed by the World Health Organization, exposes food to low doses of electrons or gamma rays to destroy deadly microorganisms, such as E. coli O157:H7 and salmonella. Under the U.S.
HEALTH
October 7, 2002
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's new labels are designed to help consumers figure out--at a glance--the exact organic content of the foods they buy. Only products in the first two categories, in which 95% or more of the ingredients are organic, can bear the USDA organic certification seal. This includes products made domestically and imported from abroad.
HEALTH
October 7, 2002 | LINDA MARSA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shoppers who want to buy organic foods can be bewildered by the labels' often fuzzy claims, and may even suspect that the edibles they're paying a premium for aren't truly pesticide- or hormone-free. After all, terms such as "organically produced," "pesticide free," "100% natural," or even "certified organic" aren't guarantees of purity. But new government-approved labels, which will debut in two weeks, should eliminate some of that guesswork. Under the guidelines, foods must meet strict U.S.
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