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February 12, 2014 | By David Pierson
The developing world has largely usurped U.S. manufacturing, but emerging economies are increasingly big customers of American farmers. Between 2000 and 2013, American fruit, grain, meat and dairy sold overseas nearly tripled to $140.9 billion, making agricultural products one of the hottest exports in the last decade, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released Wednesday. Developing countries with growing middle-class populations and strengthening currencies powered the binge on U.S. food, which has been a boon for California almond growers, Iowa soybean farmers and others.
October 17, 2013 | By David Pierson
Costco extended a recall of rotisserie chicken products Thursday from a South San Francisco store because of an outbreak of salmonella that has sickened at least 317 people nationwide. The recall targets 13,455 units of Kirkland Signature Foster Farms rotisserie chickens and 638 total units of Kirkland Farm rotisserie chicken soup, rotisserie chicken leg quarters and rotisserie chicken salad purchased between Sept. 24 and Oct. 15. This is in addition to a recall announced Saturday targeting nearly 40,000 pounds of rotisserie chicken products sold between Sept.
May 3, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
The battle over the opening of the nation's first domestic horse slaughterhouse since a government ban six years ago has ramped up as a company in Roswell, N.M., moves closer to reinstituting the practice. Activists throughout the West say they are preparing for a public-relations battle if the owners of Valley Meat Co. receive a federal permit to begin killing horses. “This is going to happen and we need to stop it for so many reasons -- moral, healthwise, economic, the whole ball of wax,” animal advocate Yvette Dobbie told the Los Angeles Times.
May 13, 1993
I'm tired of the media and newspaper people putting down the USDA. I'm referring to your article "Consumer Advocate to USDA" (April 8). In the article the reporter refers to "the beleaguered meat and poultry inspection program." I'm a USDA food inspector in the L.A. area and we have been taking a lot of heat because of this E. Coli outbreak. We see that the product is safe, wholesome and properly labeled. We also have a lot of other responsibilities. What you people are leaving out is the part about the county health inspectors.
December 24, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Food inflation in 2009 may fall to 4.5% amid lower dairy costs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. The forecast for inflation, estimated at as high as 6% this year, is falling as commodity prices drop, the USDA said in a monthly report. Crude oil has plunged 73% from its July peak of $147.27 a barrel. Corn, wheat and soybeans are all at least 46% below their all-time highs. Prices for dairy products, which rose as much as 9% this year, may fall as much as 4% next year, the USDA said.
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.
April 9, 1997
Dr. Samuel Epstein is off base on his views about the current trade dispute between the U.S. and the European Union over the use of animal growth promotants ("None of Us Should Eat Extra Estrogen," Commentary, March 24). For the record, the EU ban is an unfair trade barrier. The EU's original intent was to protect European beef producers due to large surpluses of beef produced in Europe. The joint United Nations committee that prepared the report determining the safety of growth promotants was described by Epstein as having "minimal expertise in public health" and "high representation of . . . senior FDA and USDA officials."
June 14, 1985
The Southern California area produces millions of pounds of beef every day and feeds millions of people throughout Southern California, the nation and the world. The meat industry in conjunction with USDA inspection procedures has provided the consumer with a wholesome and nutritious product in the past and will continue to do so in the future. The Times article cited a report put out by the USDA, which is based on inspections of meat houses in January and February of 1985. The public needs to be made aware of what the figures presented actually mean to them.
September 13, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
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.
April 24, 1986
After a three-month absence from the U.S. market, the Soviet Union purchased 200,000 metric tons of corn--about 7.9 million bushels--for delivery through Sept. 30, the Agriculture Department said. Officials said the sales were reported to the USDA by private exporters as required by law. No prices or other details were disclosed.
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