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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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BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
February 17, 2006 | From Reuters
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1985 | Associated Press
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.
OPINION
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.
BUSINESS
May 10, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The American Meat Institute is striking back at reports that “meat glue,” a binding agent often used to patch together pieces of beef and other protein, is unsafe and unnatural. In an occasionally touchy conference call Thursday, the trade group said that the USDA considers such substances to be safe and requires its presence to be noted on retail labels. The product, however, isn't always disclosed when it's served at restaurants and other food service outlets, experts said.
NATIONAL
December 18, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
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.
BUSINESS
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.
OPINION
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.
NATIONAL
December 13, 2012 | By Andrew Khouri
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...
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