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Grocery stores specialize to compete in crowded market

Aug. 17, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In the span of a typical week, Courtney Bush will often visit three, sometimes four, different supermarkets to pick up groceries for her family. She'll make a run to Trader Joe's — closest to her home near the Perkins Road overpass — at least once a week for produce,...

Leader of largest US organic food fraud gets 10-year term

Aug. 16, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A judge on Friday sentenced the mastermind of the largest known organic food fraud scheme in U.S. history to 10 years in prison, saying he cheated thousands of customers into buying products they didn't want. U.S. District Judge C.J. Williams said Randy Constant orchestrated a...

O'Rourke visits town targeted by 'terrifying' ICE raids

Aug. 16, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — Beto O'Rourke on Friday became the first Democratic presidential candidate to visit one of the Mississippi towns where federal immigration agents raided chicken processing plants and arrested nearly 700 people — kicking off a new phase of his campaign he says will focus on...

Iowa pork queen lends sow a hand to deliver big piglet

Aug. 16, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A piglet born at the Iowa State Fair has been touched by royalty. The 2019 pork queen for the Iowa Pork Producers Association, Gracie Greiner, kept her tiara atop her head as she reached inside a laboring sow Tuesday and removed the piglet at the fair's Animal Learning Center. The...

Advocates: Mississippi plant fires workers left after raid

Aug. 15, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

A Mississippi chicken processing plant fired most of its remaining workers after nearly 100 accused of immigration violations were arrested last week, witnesses said, an indication that the crackdown could make finding work in the state's poultry industry more difficult for Latino immigrants. Terry Truett, a...

Tyson officials say welding spark likely caused Holcomb fire

Aug. 15, 2019 7:53 AM EDT

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — Tyson officials say a spark from welding during maintenance is the likely cause of a fire that damaged the company's plant in Holcomb. Tyson representatives met Wednesday with state and other government officials to discuss Friday night's fire, which caused extensive damage. No one...

Tofurky asks court to halt enforcement of meat-labeling law

Aug. 14, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A plant-based food producer has asked a federal court to temporarily stop Arkansas from enforcing a law that bans labeling vegetarian and vegan products as meat and advertising them as such while litigation is underway. Hood River, Oregon-based Tofurky Co. told courts Wednesday...

Company blames contractor for Alabama fish kill

Aug. 14, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

HANCEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Tyson Foods is blaming temporary piping installed by a contractor for pollution that killed tens of thousands of fish in a north Alabama river. An open letter posted by an arm of the agricultural company says about 220,000 gallons of partially treated wastewater was released from a...

ICE raids raise question: What about the employers?

Aug. 14, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The images of children crying after their parents were arrested in a massive immigration raid in Mississippi revived a longstanding complaint: Unauthorized workers are jailed or deported, while the managers and business owners who profit from their labor often go unprosecuted. Under...

New Oregon law requires cage-free commercial eggs by 2024

Aug. 14, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's governor has signed a bill requiring eggs produced by commercial farms to eventually be cage-free. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Tuesday that Gov. Kate Brown approved the new law mandating all eggs produced or sold in Oregon must come from cage-free hens by 2024. The...