| Oct 12, 2013
| 7:51 PM
WASHINGTON — Rep. Devin Nunes was a low-profile Republican from California's Central Valley, perhaps best known for his battles with environmentalists over water, including once bringing a bowl of fish to a Capitol Hill hearing to argue that their...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 6:07 PM
For years, Foster Farms wanted consumers to know its poultry was farm fresh, all natural and, most important, safe to eat.
But the ongoing salmonella outbreak linked to three of its central California processing plants is threatening to tarnish the...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 12:37 PM
The federal government’s partial shutdown has led to a partial return of furloughed workers, including some workers needed to investigate an outbreak of salmonella in chicken.
One of the ironies of the shutdown is how the politics have been...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 6:05 PM
A U.S. Department of Agriculture letter to Foster Farms highlights a series of food safety violations that may have led to the recent outbreak of salmonella that has sickened nearly 300 people across the nation.
Foster Farms was cited 12 times between...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 4:02 PM
With Cronuts, ramen burgers and calorie-laden mash-ups dominating our current food culture, it should come as no surprise that as a country we're not scoring high marks for healthy diets.
According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest's...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 2:26 PM
Sell by, use by, best by. Most consumers use the dates stamped on foods to decide what to toss out — and they are often discarding food that’s good to eat, according to a report out Wednesday.
Those dates are manufacturers’ suggestions...
| Aug 17, 2013
| 4:49 PM
WASHINGTON — It was not surprising that Texas held out.
For years, Texas was among a handful of states that required every resident seeking help with grocery bills to first be fingerprinted, an exercise typically associated with criminals....
| Aug 20, 2013
| 2:37 PM
Despite President Obama’s mention during his 2012 victory speech that “one dog’s probably enough,” apparently it wasn’t. The Obamas have expanded the first family with another Portuguese water dog, which they named Sunny. All...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 7:41 AM
Talk with Times reporter Evan Halper at 9 a.m. about California’s food stamp program, which ranks among the stingiest in the nation enrollment-wise.
Liberal California discourages eligible people from signing up for food stamps at rates...
| Aug 2, 2013
The debate in Congress about cutting the food stamp program has sparked predictable clashes between those who want to help the poor and those who want to cut government spending. But strangely missing from the arguments is a shocking fact: The public,...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 1:30 PM
Parents can expect to shell out $241,080 to care for a baby born last year. And those expenses are doubled if that child goes to college.
Taking care of a kid has never been more pricey, with child-rearing expenses jumping 2.6% from 2011, according to a...