September 23, 2000 |
In the first-ever product recall of a food because of its genetically engineered ingredients, Taco Bell brand taco shells are being pulled from supermarket shelves after tests confirmed the presence of an ingredient not approved for human consumption. The Taco Bell restaurant chain also said that, as a precautionary measure, it has begun substituting taco shells sold in its 7,000 locations nationwide. The Kraft Foods unit of Philip Morris Co.
March 24, 1988 |
Fish oil capsules, promoted as being capable of lowering cholesterol levels, may actually cause harmful side effects including internal bleeding in some individuals. The increasingly popular dietary supplements contain concentrations of omega 3s, a compound in fish that is thought to improve cardiovascular functions. Medical research has shown that omega 3s can facilitate the flow of blood to the heart by reducing accumulations of fat in arteries.
May 29, 2013 |
Smithfield Foods Inc., the world's leading pork producer, is being sold to Shuanghui International Holdings, owner of China's largest meat processing business, for $7.1 billion. Smithfield shareholders, who along with antitrust regulators must still approve the deal, would get $34 per share in cash, a 31% premium over the closing stock price on Tuesday. With 138.8 million outstanding shares, the value of the takeover, sans debt, is $4.7 billion. Hong Kong-based Shuanghui is a majority shareholder of mega-meat company Henan Shuanghui Investment & Development Co., which produces more than 2.7 million tons of meat a year.
October 28, 2013 |
The destructive environmental legacy of Gold Rush mining in the Sierra Nevada could last for thousands of years in the form of ongoing erosion of mercury-laced sediments, according to new research. Mercury, a toxic heavy metal, was used in copious amounts in California's hydraulic gold mining operations in the mid- and late 1800s. Miners blasted gold-bearing sediment out of vast, ancient gravel beds with water cannons. They then added liquid mercury to the slurry, allowing the gold-mercury amalgam to sink to the bottom of troughs.
November 21, 1985 |
New progress was reported Wednesday in secret talks aimed at ending the Southern California supermarket strike-lockout, but tensions continued to flare outside the bargaining sessions and there were more scattered incidents of violence. Negotiators for the Teamsters Union and the Food Employers Council met in their second secret bargaining session within three days. Although both sides agreed that progress had been made, they differed on its significance.
June 7, 1999 |
Egypt, Kuwait and Algeria on Sunday joined the ranks of countries curbing imports of Belgian meat and poultry as Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene halted a reelection campaign to deal with a food contamination scare. The bans were announced despite new measures unveiled by Belgium on Saturday to reassure consumers and control Europe's worst food scandal since Britain's "mad cow" crisis.
June 16, 1985 |
State officials investigating the deadliest episode of food contamination in California history began Saturday dismantling equipment at the Jalisco Mexican Products Inc. factory in Artesia, trying to find the source of the bacteria connected to at least 28 deaths. Authorities said their inquiry covered all facets of cheese production--the raw milk used to make the cheese, the pasteurization and cheese-making process, and the later handling and wrapping.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1986
Landmark pesticide-reform legislation, the product of a laboriously negotiated agreement between manufacturers and environmentalists, has passed its first test in relatively good form. The measure, which would speed the testing of pesticide ingredients, has cleared the House Agriculture Committee intact. The full House and the Senate will take up the measure after the Fourth of July recess; speedy passage would be a clear victory for the public that the measure seeks to protect. The bill would strengthen the pesticide law known as the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, or FIFRA.
October 4, 1988 |
Federal tests detect only about half the pesticides that may contaminate fruits, vegetables and other food, and regulators are relatively unconcerned, a congressional report said Monday. The Office of Technology Assessment, the bipartisan research arm of Congress, found the multi-residue methods the Food and Drug Administration uses for most screening can detect only 163 of 316 pesticides registered with the Environmental Protection Agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1988 |
The Red Onion restaurant chain was ordered Thursday to pay $375,000 in penalties and fees for 28 alleged health and safety violations over the past year, from failing to keep vermin from the premises to blocking emergency exits. The civil settlement was the largest ever obtained by Orange County authorities against a restaurant for health and safety violations, said Bob Merryman, the county's director of environmental health.