September 13, 2008 |
California's navel-orange crop will be 34% smaller this season after higher-than-normal temperatures in May caused fruit to drop from trees prematurely, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. Growers will pick 32 million boxes of the fruit (1.2 million tons), down from a revised estimate of 48.5 million boxes last season, the USDA said.
February 17, 2006 |
A coalition of farmers, consumers and environmental activists Thursday sued the U.S. government over its approval of a biotech alfalfa that critics say will spell havoc for farmers and the environment. Opening another front in the battle over genetically modified crops, the lawsuit contends that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is improperly allowing Monsanto Co.
January 9, 2014 |
The cockroach infestation that closed a Foster Farms chicken plant in Central California was the latest setback for the giant poultry company, which last year faced a salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 400 people. The U.S. Department of Agriculture suspended operations Wednesday at a Foster Farms plant in Livingston, southeast of Modesto, and the 250,000-square-foot plant remained closed Thursday as the poultry giant tried to remedy the problem. Several food safety experts said they were surprised that cockroaches prompted the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service to take action when it had failed to do so after last year's salmonella outbreak.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1985 |
The Agriculture Department said Thursday that two California poultry companies have been suspended from providing food to the government's school lunch program because of "alleged false representation" that their product met federal specifications. Officials identified the suspended firms as Cal-Pacific Poultry Inc. of Pomona and Beaumont Poultry Inc. of Beaumont. Both companies are under the same management.
December 10, 2004
The Dec. 6 editorial, "New Farmer in Chief," ignores key accomplishments at the Department of Agriculture under the leadership of Secretary Ann M. Veneman. Significant food safety enhancements have helped reduce the prevalence of E. coli and salmonella in raw meat and poultry. Veneman put in place new safeguards against bovine spongiform encephalopathy. New forest rules have resulted in the treatment of a record 4 million acres for undergrowth in 2004 and intensified the fight against invasive species, treating 1.1 million acres.
October 8, 2013 |
A salmonella outbreak in Foster Farms chicken contains several antibiotic-resistant strains that may explain an unusually high rate of hospitalization. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that some salmonella strains found in the outbreak were resistant to one or more drugs -- and that 42% of those sickened have been hospitalized. "That's about double the hospitalization rate of a regular salmonella outbreak," said Caroline Smith DeWaal, food safety director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
December 18, 2013 |
The U.S. Department of Agriculture fined Harvard Medical School $24,036 on Wednesday for 11 Animal Welfare Act violations, including four animal deaths, from February 2011 through July 2012. The government's decision to fine the university wraps up an ongoing investigation of the medical school's animal facilities. One facility, the New England Primate Research Center , located in Southborough, Mass., announced its decision to close in April. In a document sent to the university's Center for Animal Resources and Comparative Medicine, USDA officials outlined the alleged violations.
March 4, 2008
The U.S. Department of Agriculture just issued the biggest beef recall in history. Not really. It was, in fact, the biggest recall, but not by the USDA, which has no power to recall tainted food. The agency has to prod and push meatpackers to do that. It also won't tell consumers in 49 states that they might have bought some of the 143 million pounds of suspect beef from a Chino slaughterhouse. Only Californians have access to such a list. (Go to the state Department of Public Health website, www.cdph.
December 13, 2012 |
The federal government is the ultimate master of the roughly 40 cats, many with six toes, that lounge around the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, Fla. A federal appeals court has ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has the power to regulate the cats, agreeing with a district court that the museum is an animal exhibitor and can be regulated under the Animal Welfare Act. The cats, some of them kin of Ernest Hemingway's six-toed...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1985
This is in reference to John Kendall's article (May 28), "Southland Meat Industry, Inspections Under Probe." As a trade association representing many meat companies in Southern California, we are concerned that the article gives consumers the incorrect impression that bad meat is being shipped from Los Angeles-area meat plants to supermarkets, butcher shops, and restaurants. We are equally concerned about meat companies that do not adhere to the standards required by law. In the meat business, as has so often been the case, one bad actor spoils the whole show.