Jan 30 (Reuters) – Processing lines at some U.S. hog
slaughterhouses are moving too fast for inspectors to adequately
address contamination and food safety concerns, according to an
advocacy group that says it has obtained affidavits from four
government meat inspectors.
In the affidavits, released Friday by the Government
Accountability Project, a “whistle-blower protection”
organization, the inspectors detail experiences inside
pork-processing plants participating in a pilot program
engineered by the USDA to speed up lines while improving food
safety and trim inspection costs.
Jan 15 (Reuters) – Monsanto Co. received final U.S.
approval on Thursday for herbicide-tolerant crops to be used
with a new herbicide the company says will fight problematic
weed resistance on farm fields, but critics say will only worsen
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service (APHIS) said the genetically modified cotton
and soybean plants are granted “non-regulated” status. Monsanto
is still waiting for final approval from the Environmental
Protection Agency for the herbicide it designed to be used with
Jan 7 (Reuters) – Monsanto Co, the world’s largest
seed company, said on Wednesday profits dropped 34 percent in
the first quarter compared with a year ago, due in part to lower
planted corn acres in South America and a shift in timing of
Monsanto, known for its genetically engineered corn,
soybeans and other crops as well as the popular Roundup
herbicide, said net sales dropped to $2.9 billion in the quarter
ended Nov. 30 compared with $3.1 billion in the year-ago period,
with sales of corn seeds and genetic traits down 12 percent.
Jan 7 (Reuters) – Symbiota, a start-up agricultural plant
health company planning to tweak the capabilities of wheat,
corn, soy and other crops in ways that improve yields, has named
a former pharmaceutical executive as its president and chief
David Perry joined Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Symbiota
this week after leaving Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc, a
company he co-founded and ran from 2002 until last year.
By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – A member of the grand jury that declined to indict the white Missouri police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old sued the prosecutor in the case on Monday, criticizing the way evidence was presented to grand jurors and seeking court permission to speak publicly about the way the case was handled.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in St. Louis against St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch by the grand juror, whose name was withheld and was referred to as “Grand Juror Doe.”
By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – A 7-year-old girl survived when a small plane in which she was flying with her family crashed in the Kentucky woods, taking the lives of her mother and father, an older sister and a teenage cousin, police said on Saturday.
The crash Friday night killed 49-year-old Marty Gutzler, his 45-year-old wife, Kimberly Gutzler, their 9-year-old daughter Piper Gutzler and 14-year-old Sierra Wilder, a cousin, according to Kentucky State Police. The family was from Nashville, Illinois, police said.
By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – More than half of food tested by the U.S. government for pesticide residues last year showed detectable levels of pesticides, though most were within levels the government considers to be safe, according to a report issued Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The USDA looked at fresh and processed fruits and vegetables as well as infant formula, apple juice, and other products.
FERGUSON, Mo (Reuters) – It is hard to find much healing in Ferguson, Missouri.
More than four months after a white police officer killed an unarmed black teenager and sparked nationwide demonstrations over the way police in the United States interact with the black community, anger still simmers in the city of 21,000 mostly black residents.
By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday ordered St. Louis area police to issue warnings and give crowds reasonable time disperse before firing tear gas, following complaints by activists over heavy-handed police tactics during ongoing race-related protests.
The protests erupted in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson in August after white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, an African-American who was unarmed.
By David Beasley and Carey Gillam
ATLANTA/KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) – A Georgia death row inmate was executed on Tuesday for murdering a sheriff’s deputy by shooting him in the head after a convenience store robbery in 1995.
Another execution was due to take place in Missouri early on Wednesday.
Robert Wayne Holsey, 49, was put to death in Georgia by lethal injection at 10:51 p.m. EST, state Attorney General Sam Olens said in a statement.