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November 27, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
Flexing its new enforcement muscle from a 2011 food safety law, the Food and Drug Administration on Monday shut down operations of the largest organic peanut butter processor in the country after discovering salmonella, the Associated Press said .  The FDA halted production at Sunland Inc.'s New Mexico plant after 41 people in 20 states were sickened by peanut butter from the plant, sold at Trader Joe's grocery stores. The food safety law gave the FDA authority to suspend a company's registration - preventing production and distribution - when food made there has a "reasonable probability" of causing serious health problems or death.
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NEWS
November 20, 2012 | By Eryn Brown
Ah, the holidays.  Such a cozy time - filled with turkey and stuffing, cranberry sauce and bonhomie.  And such a potential minefield for your health.  For every delicious meal, there are pounds to pack on and food-borne creepy-crawlies to avoid; for every long-awaited reunion, emotional stress to keep at bay.   In keeping with the spirit of the season, experts have loaded up the Web with heaping helpings of holiday advice.  Some of...
BUSINESS
November 6, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
New York Atty. Gen. Eric T. Schneiderman is launching an investigation into price gouging in the wake of Hurricane Sandy after receiving hundreds of recent complaints from consumers paying exorbitant amounts for gasoline, food, batteries and other necessities. Reports of long lines at gas stations, pumped-up prices for hotel rooms and $10 bottled water have run rampant in the aftermath of the super storm. Schneiderman also said that the costs of generators, food and even taxi rides have surged.
OPINION
November 1, 2012
Re "Closer look at 4 measures," Column, Oct. 29 The near-unanimous support for Proposition 40 and the fact that its own sponsors have abandoned it, coupled with the murky and costly effects a "no" vote would bring, provide a rare insight into our electorate. When all the votes are counted, we will not have a consensus on redistricting in California; what we will have is a precise tally of the percentage of citizens who have the slightest understanding of the propositions on which they are voting.
BUSINESS
October 29, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Hurricane Sandy is bearing down hard on the East Coast. Atlantic City, N.J., casinos have been evacuated. Jersey Shore is abandoned. Some Manhattan streets are starting to flood. The mega-storm has already smashed through construction sites, shut down stores and Wall Street and left even jaded residents slightly panicky. Vendors of essential items such as food, water, gas and batteries are prohibited from price-gouging during the tempest, warned New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
OPINION
October 28, 2012
Re "In defense of modified foods," Oct. 25 Regardless of the safety and science behind genetically engineered foods, the unnatural growing process should be enough to necessitate proper labeling. Displaying such a label does not automatically insinuate that the product is dangerous and should not be consumed. The long-term health ramifications are debatable. Either way, this should not be the deciding factor in one's decision on Proposition 37. After all, if scientists widely concur that genetically modified crops are as safe as any and in some cases even make for improved environmental conditions, would not people then perhaps buy a product merely because it displays this label?
OPINION
October 11, 2012 | By Daniel Imhoff and Michael R. Dimock
In America we hold a consumer's power of choice at the checkout line nearly as sacred as that of a voter at the ballot box. In November, California voters will be asked to protect the right of food buyers to make informed purchases. Passing Proposition 37 could change the future of food in this country. The initiative is rooted in a simple premise: Consumers have the right to know if their food is produced using genetic engineering, which manipulates DNA or transfers it from one organism to another.
NEWS
October 9, 2012 | By Mary MacVean
Will Allen -- urban farmer, MacArthur "genius grant" winner and author of "The Good Food Revolution" -- is to join students at John Muir High School in Pasadena and other volunteers next month to build a hoop house for indoor growing and education at the school's gardens. The event is to kick off the second Good Food Festival and Conference , scheduled for Nov. 2-4. The weekend is set to include panel discussions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on issues such as jobs in the food industry, as well as genetically modified crops and Proposition 37, the ballot measure on labeling of GMO foods.
BUSINESS
August 27, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Central Valley Meat Co., the California slaughterhouse shut down by regulators last week after undercover video footage showed apparent animal abuse, reopened Monday morning after promising to change its ways. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it had “concluded its evaluation of the extensive corrective action plan” submitted by the slaughterhouse to address “recent humane handling violations.” The company, according to the agency's Food Safety and Inspection Service, will add more training for employees along with other safeguards to ensure that “only ambulatory animals are processed.” Workers will not be allowed to pull, drag or lift the cows, and may use electric or vibrating prods only sparingly, and never on sensitive body parts such as the face, the slaughterhouse promised.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Major food growers and processors are pumping millions of dollars into an increasingly hefty war chest to fight a November ballot measure that would require labels on genetically engineered foods. In all, they've collected $25 million, the most for any ballot initiative this fall. Anticipating the need for a high-dollar media campaign to fight the measure, agribusinesses, biotech corporations and manufacturers of some of the bestselling grocery products are bankrolling the effort.
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