The FDA issued the fewest number of warning letters in the last decade, with only 72 food-safety warnings sent during the first eight months of 2007, according to a Bloomberg analysis. The agency has cut its inspection staff by 28% over the last four years and visited fewer facilities within the U.S. and abroad.
Thirty-five percent of adults in San Francisco used organic food products during the past month compared with 17% of all adults in the U.S., a recent study by Scarborough Research reveals. Five of the top six organics cities in the U.S. are on the West Coast, and organic food consumers spend 10% more on their grocery bills each week, according to the study.
Sugar cane and sugar beet farmers have lobbied for an ethanol deal to help keep prices at fair levels with anticipated expanded sugar imports from Mexico. The proposal, part of a farm bill in Congress, has critics who say the deal could become very expensive for the U.S. government.
Costco's store in San Luis Obispo, Calif., will be equipped with solar rooftop panels in an attempt to offset a quarter of its annual power use. The solar power installation, which has become a trend among U.S. retailers to save on energy, is part of the company's "green" technology program.
Carlsberg said Wednesday it is forming a consortium with Heineken to bid on U.K. brewer Scottish & Newcastle. A successful joint bid would give Carlsberg full control of Baltic Beverages Holding, a venture it shares equally with S&N, and would place Heineken at the top of S&N's Britain and European market operations. S&N, however, described the news of the possible acquisition bid as "unwelcome."