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October 24, 2013 | By David Pierson
Mexico has blocked imports of Foster Farms chicken from three Central California processing facilities linked to an outbreak of salmonella. The Mexican government told the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday that it was removing from its list of approved exporters two Foster Farms plants in Fresno and one in Livingston, where the poultry company is headquartered. The blocked three plants were identified by the USDA as the likely origins of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 338 people across the U.S. since March.
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October 24, 2013 | By Diana Marcum
STEVINSON, Calif. -  A leggy bridesmaid smoothed her Grecian-pleated dress and stuffed lipstick and two cigars into her cowboy boots.  Over by the horses, the best man slipped a flask out of his vest and offered a mare a sip. The preacher was late, but everything else was on schedule for the sunset wedding at the Double T. The cows had been herded from the pasture to make room for cars, and the barn was hung with white lights and Mason jars....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Julie Cart
The mission of America's 400 national parks is to reflect the country's history - no matter how uncomfortable or unflattering - which is why some contain depictions of slavery, the fight for women's suffrage, Japanese internment and the struggle for civil rights. Now that archive could include the contributions of Latinos through the telling of the often tempestuous story of Cesar Chavez. The National Park Service on Thursday announced plans to establish the Cesar Chavez National Historic Park, to recognize the achievements of the activist and the farm labor movement he led. Chavez, who advocated for fair wages and humane conditions for field workers in California and elsewhere, also will be honored as an environmentalist and nonviolent human rights advocate.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2013 | By David Pierson
Mexico has blocked imports of Foster Farms chicken from three central California processing facilities linked to an outbreak of salmonella. The Mexican government told the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday it was removing from its list of approved exporters two Foster Farms plants in Fresno and one in Livingston, where the poultry company is headquartered. The three plants were identified by the USDA as the likely origins of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 338 people across the U.S. since March.
NEWS
October 22, 2013 | By Christopher Reynolds
Here comes Halloween, bearing down upon us like a hearse with bad brakes, and your family is way behind in its fall rituals. No worries. Here are three farms, all within 90 minutes of Los Angeles, that are all tricked out for the season with corn mazes, hay rides, pumpkin patches and something called a “pumpkin cannon.” Go forth next weekend -- or during the week, if you're unbound by traditional school schedules -- and make hay while the...
NEWS
October 18, 2013 | By David Pierson and Tiffany Hsu
LIVINGSTON, Calif. - With his company's poultry sales plunging after a salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds of consumers, the head of Foster Farms has apologized for the biggest food safety lapse in the family firm's history. The Merced County producer was thrust into the national spotlight this month when chicken from its three Central California plants was found to be contaminated with a particularly virulent strain of salmonella that has proved resistant to antibiotics.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2013 | By David Pierson
Foster Farms said it was working hard to repair its tarnished image after a salmonella outbreak linked to its chickens sickened more than 300 people nationwide. In one of the first interviews since the outbreak was announced earlier this month, Foster Farms President Ron Foster told The Times the company had implemented a series of new safety measures to reduce the instances of salmonella on its poultry parts to significantly below the industry standard. The announcement comes two weeks after the U.S. Department of Agriculture threatened to shutter three of the company's facilities that are tied to the outbreak.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The driver of a tractor-trailer was killed early Friday when his big rig slammed into a pole on northbound Highway 99 in Central California, swamping traffic during the morning rush hour. California Highway Patrol Officer Kirk Arnold said initial reports indicated that it was a Foster Farms truck that caught fire after it struck a large pole on the highway at about 3:09 a.m. near Floral Avenue in Selma. A photo posted by the Fresno Bee showed a Foster Farms truck along the side of the road, it's front end collapsed and charred.
BUSINESS
October 11, 2013 | David Pierson, Diana Marcum and Tiffany Hsu
For years, Foster Farms wanted consumers to know its poultry was farm fresh, all natural and, most important, safe to eat. But the ongoing salmonella outbreak linked to three of its central California processing plants is threatening to tarnish the company's image and raising hard questions about gaps in the nation's food safety laws. Considered among the industry's leading producers with state-of-the-art facilities, Foster Farms is an example of how salmonella has become an increasingly potent threat to consumer safety.
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