Chicken companies intend to test every chicken flock in the United States for bird flu before slaughter, an industry group said today. The National Chicken Council said companies that make up more than 90 percent of the nations production have signed up for testing and that more are expected to follow.
Some state and local governments require food makers, restaurants and grocery stores to post warnings about products containing ingredients regulators deem harmful.
Those laws are often tougher than federal Food and Drug Administration rules or cover substances not regulated by federal law. The food industry has been pressing Congress and the federal government to ban such state laws ever since California voters approved what is known as Proposition 65 in 1986. Recently, it has made some progress.
Two consumer activist groups on Jan. 18 announced an unusual new legal approach in their campaign to stop junk-food ads on kids' television programs.They will use state consumer-protection laws to try to stop what they believe is a deceptive and unfair business practice: advertising to young children.
In Louisiana, thousands of workers displaced by Hurricane Katrina are living in trailer parks set up by their employers to get production going again. Domino Sugar has about 200 trailers on-site for employees and their families.
On Jan. 30, Kraft said sluggish sales and rising commodity costs would force it to cut another 8,000 jobs "at all levels of the organization" and close 20 more factories worldwide by 2008.
The Northfield, Ill.-based company said the new cutbacks, which should occur through 2008, should save $750 million a year.
Scientists say aromas often signal compounds with health properties. That is, the odors from foods ranging from garlic and onions to ginger and strawberries may be nutritional signals that the human nose has learned to recognize.