| Jan 8, 2014
| 6:56 PM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture suspended operations at a Foster Farms poultry plant Wednesday because of a cockroach infestation.
The plant, which is located in Livingston, Calif., 25 miles southeast of Modesto, was one of three Foster Farms...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 7:41 PM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's inspector general will investigate a federal agency whose mission is to exterminate birds, coyotes, mountain lions and other animals that threaten the livelihoods of farmers and ranchers.
The investigation of U.S....
| Jan 2, 2014
| 12:43 PM
Eating well in 2014 could get more expensive. Items such as chocolate, beef, bread and cereal are expected to experience price hikes in the new year.
According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report, all food prices are expected to increase by 1.25%...
| Dec 19, 2013
Many Americans would like to know more about what they eat, including whether the food they purchase contains genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. That desire has sparked ballot initiatives and bitter fights in states across the country. But what a...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 1:59 PM
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...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 4:33 PM
A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers is trying to bar Chinese poultry from federal school lunch and other nutrition programs because of China's poor record on food safety.
On Wednesday, 12 Democratic representatives and two Republicans called for...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 10:42 PM
Max Ataka loves insects. All kinds, from the beetles on his T-shirt to the Anise swallowtail butterfly perched on the back of his hand. The 12-year-old loves the colors, the weird behaviors, the fact that he can actually handle them.
"When I was a baby,...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 5:31 PM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has outlined a broad plan to combat salmonella. But some food safety advocates say it doesn't do enough to combat a pathogen responsible for 1.3 million illnesses in the U.S. each year.
The push has taken on new...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 11:12 AM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled a new plan Wednesday to reduce the number of salmonella outbreaks linked to meat and poultry.
The effort comes weeks after Foster Farms chicken was found to have sickened at least 389 people nationwide with...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 8:10 AM
Food expert Marion Nestle asks whether government-shutdown-mandated furloughs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hampered its response to the salmonella outbreak at Foster Farms.
The bacteria traced to three of the firm's California...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 3:23 PM
Several California meatpacking companies that supplied beef to the National School Lunch Program have reached a $3.1-million settlement over allegations of abusive treatment of cattle and other issues. Westland Meat Packing Co., one of the companies...