United States Department of Agriculture

Oranges ripen in a grove Dec. 11, 2013, in Plant City, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Feds joins battle on citrus disease

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The federal government is getting involved in the fight against citrus greening disease, in hopes of saving Florida’s — and possibly the entire nation’s — citrus crop. The U.S. Department […]

12/12/2013

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US inspectors recall prosciutto shipped to Calif.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is recalling 2,600 pounds of prosciutto (pro-ZHOO-toh) because of possible contamination with a potentially deadly pathogen. The agency said Friday that it is recalling the whole […]

12/08/2013

US inspectors recall prosciutto shipped to Calif.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is recalling 2,600 pounds of prosciutto because of possible contamination with a potentially deadly pathogen. The agency said Friday that it is recalling the whole boneless […]

12/07/2013

Historic slaughterhouse settlement is reached

Settlement reached in Calif. slaughterhouse probe

CHINO, Calif. (AP) – Several California slaughterhouses and meat-packing facilities have agreed to a multimillion-dollar settlement after allegations of inhumane treatment at their facilities led to a massive beef recall that included meat sold to […]

11/27/2013

A police officer gently eases her patrol car through an intersection in Staten Island, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in New York in a neighborhood where a large population of feral turkeys have established residence. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Is NYC for the birds? Wild turkeys spur tension (Photo Gallery)

NEW YORK (AP) — Say “wild” and “New York City,” and few might fill in these blanks: a flock of feral turkeys causing a flap in a city that defines urbanity. Yet a population of […]

11/21/2013

Ore. sanctuary: No gate problem in cougar attack

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The owners of a suburban Portland wild cat sanctuary where a longtime employee was mauled to death by a cougar this weekend said Tuesday that a gate to a smaller cage […]

11/12/2013

Calif. company recalls prepackaged salad, sandwich

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — More than 90 tons of ready-to-eat salads and sandwiches by a California catering company are being recalled after 26 people in three states were sickened by a bacterial strain of E. […]

11/11/2013

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NoCal Costco recalls chicken linked to outbreak

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A Northern California Costco store has recalled nearly 40,000 pounds of rotisserie chicken linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened nearly 300 people nationwide. Federal officials announced the recall Saturday […]

10/12/2013

Protestors demonstrate against the government shutdown outside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Government health and safety efforts have been slowed or halted

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown has slowed or halted federal efforts to protect Americans’ health and safety, from probes into the cause of transportation and workplace accidents to tracking foodborne illness. The latest example: […]

10/08/2013

Patricia Jones, 34, center, poses for a photo outside of her home in Newark, N.J., with her children, clockwise from top, Nature Harris, 15, Latrell Armstrong, 2, Dashaquan Armstrong, 6, and Pashalae Armstrong, 4. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Shutdown jeopardizes nutrition program for poor

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Jacob Quick is a fat and happy 4-month-old with a big and expensive appetite. Like millions of other poor women, Jacob’s mother relies on the federal Women, Infants and Children program […]

10/03/2013

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Small number of schools drop out of lunch program

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Agriculture Department says 524 schools – out of about 100,000 – have dropped out of the federally subsidized national school lunch program since the government introduced new standards for healthier foods […]

09/30/2013

This handout photo provided by the Agriculture Department's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services shows an inspection of a dog kennel in Lancaster, Pa. (AP Photo/Agriculture Department's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services)

USDA cracks down on Internet pet sales

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department is cracking down on dog breeders who sell puppies over the Internet, issuing new regulations that will force them to apply for federal licenses. The rules announced Tuesday would […]

09/10/2013

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