| 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...
| 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 27, 2013
| 1:34 PM
When I tell people I’m taking a canning and preserving course, they often say they’re afraid to make jams or pickles because of botulism, a paralyzing and sometimes fatal illness that can be food-borne. Our teacher, Ernest Miller, took that...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 1:05 PM
A U.S. Department of Agriculture program designed to control invasive streamside trees by releasing exotic leaf-eating beetles has gone awry and is destroying the nesting areas of a federally endangered songbird, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by two...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 2:10 PM
While a great fresh turkey is everyone’s dream for Thanksgiving, they can be hard to find and expensive to buy. But a frozen turkey – one that has been properly handled and has been carefully defrosted – can be almost as good.
| Nov 24, 2013
| 4:19 PM
SAN DIEGO — Jenny Chung is looking at the elephant that killed her sister, a well-known veterinarian in New Zealand who devoted years to the elephant's care after she was rescued from a touring circus.
Chung has no anger toward Mila, the 7,600-...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 10:42 AM
Judge when your turkey is done cooking by taking its temperature rather than by looking at the clock. There are far too many variables for any recipe to be able to accurately predict exactly how long your bird will take. And 5 or 10 degrees is enough to...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 10:20 AM
A year after one of the worst droughts on record, U.S. farm incomes are projected to rebound this year to their highest level in four decades because of a surge in corn and soybean inventories.
Net farm income this year is forecast at $131 billion, up...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...