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  • Black Panther Dec 19, 2019

    Wakanda, Fictional Home of Black Panther, Listed as Free Trade Partner by USDA

    Wakanda’s free trade agreement with the United States wasn’t forever.

    Until Wednesday afternoon, the fictional country from the popular 2018 Marvel superhero movie “Black Panther” was listed as a free trade agreement partner of the United States on the Agricultural Tariff Tracker maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service.

  • Danielle Abreu Nov 25, 2019

    Stop! Washing Your Thanksgiving Turkey Could Spread Germs

    Go ahead and rinse your cranberries, potatoes and green beans. But food say experts say don’t — repeat don’t — wash the turkey before popping it in the oven on Thanksgiving Day. They say that could spread the germs lurking on your turkey in the kitchen sink or nearby food. But it’s been a challenge trying to convince cooks to...

  • United States Nov 22, 2019

    Tuna Maker Bumble Bee Foods Files for Bankruptcy

    Tuna maker Bumble Bee Foods said Thursday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, with an agreement from Taiwan-based FCF Fishery, its largest creditor, to purchase its assets for roughly $925 million. The bankruptcy proceedings are meant to reduce Bumble Bee’s debt burden caused by “recent and significant legal challenges” and help facilitate the sale. In 2017, the...

  • VMS Oct 25, 2019

    US House Members Attempt to Block Transfer of USDA Jobs From DC to Kansas

    U.S. House members are trying to block the transfer of U.S. Department of Agriculture jobs from D.C. to Kansas even though some of the move has already begun. Scott MacFarlane reports.

  • United States Oct 16, 2019

    Trump Rule May Mean 1 Million Kids Lose Automatic Free Lunch

    Nearly a million children could lose their automatic eligibility for free school lunches under a Trump administration proposal that would reduce the number of people who get food stamps. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released an analysis that says as many as 982,000 children could be affected by the change. About half would have to pay a reduced price...

  • Danielle Abreu Aug 20, 2019

    Should You Wash That Chicken? The USDA Says ‘No'

    Should you rinse raw poultry? Advice over the years has been conflicting. Even cooking legends Julia Child and Jacques Pepin disagreed, but a new study from the Department of Agriculture has a definitive answer: Don’t do it! “The sink could be a source of cross contamination,” warns the USDA’s Dr. Mindy Brashears.

  • NBC Jul 30, 2019

    Trump Plan Didn't Note Threat to 500K Free School Lunches: Dems

    The Trump administration determined that more than 500,000 children would no longer be automatically eligible for free school meals under a proposed overhaul to the food stamp program, but left that figure out of its formal proposal, NBC News reported, citing House Democrats. The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to crack down on eligibility for food stamps, estimating that 3.1...

  • Maryland Jul 8, 2019

    Maryland Officials Kill Almost 400 Geese as Population Booms

    Maryland wildlife officials say they’ve euthanized almost 400 geese in an effort to curb excessive population growth.

  • Virginia Jun 13, 2019

    Snake Stows Away in Man's Bag on Trip From Florida to Hawaii

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the 20-year-old Virginia man was not aware of the animal until it emerged after he arrived at a vacation rental property.

  • food Jun 6, 2019

    ‘Sell By' Or What? US Pushes for Clarity on Expiration Dates

    If milk is a few days past its “Sell By” date, is it safe to drink? U.S. regulators are urging food-makers to be more consistent with labeling terms like “Best By” and “Enjoy By” that cause confusion. By clarifying the meaning of such dates, they are trying to prevent people from prematurely tossing products and to reduce the mountains of...

  • CHEF Jun 3, 2019

    Perdue Recalls Over 31,000 Pounds of Chicken Strips, Tenders and Nuggets

    Perdue Farms, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has recalled 31,703 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products, including gluten-free chicken nuggets sold under their Perdue Simply Smart Organics brand. Announced in a news release Friday, the recall applies to Perdue’s Simply Smart Organics refrigerated gluten-free breaded chicken breast tenders, refrigerated whole grain chicken breast strips, and refrigerated whole grain...

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Apr 25, 2019

    Food Poisoning Remains Persistent Problem, US Report Finds

    As recent illnesses tied to raw turkey , ground beef , cut melon and romaine lettuce suggest, U.S. food poisoning cases don’t appear to be going away anytime soon. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report Thursday that the frequency of several types of food poisoning infections climbed last year, but that the increases could be...

  • Reporter Apr 21, 2019

    Quest for Food Stamp Data Lands Newspaper at Supreme Court

    In the summer of 2010, reporters at South Dakota’s Argus Leader newspaper decided to request data about the government’s food assistance program, previously known as food stamps. They thought the information could lead to a series of stories and potentially help them identify fraud in the now $65 billion-a-year program. They sent a stream of what they thought were routine...

  • Canada Apr 15, 2019

    Mainstream Retailers Embrace CBD Despite Murky Status

    Mainstream retailers are leaping into the world of products like skin creams and oils that tout such benefits as reducing anxiety and helping you sleep. The key ingredient? CBD, or cannabidiol, a compound derived from hemp and marijuana that doesn’t cause a high. Retailers are taking advantage of the booming industry even as its legal status and health benefits remain...

  • food Apr 5, 2019

    It's Not You. Allergy Seasons Are Getting Longer and Worse

    If it feels like the annual allergy season is getting longer and worse, it’s because it is. Climate researchers say rising temperatures and higher concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are prolonging the pollen production seasons and increasing the amount of pollen plants produce.

  • Virginia Apr 2, 2019

    Florida Woman Rescues Snake Stuck in Beer Can

    A Florida woman came across a snake with its head stuck in a beer can and what she did next is different from what many of us would do. She very carefully rescued the reptile. Rosa Fond, the owner of an animal rescue, told WPTV that she waited until the racer snake calmed down then picked up the can.

  • Maryland Mar 26, 2019

    Union Seeks Answers About Shoppers Food Warehouses Being Sold

    Employees of local Shoppers Food Warehouses say the grocery store chain’s parent company isn’t telling them much about their plans for selling stores, which has the union seeking answers.

  • VMS Mar 26, 2019

    Shoppers Warehouse Being Sold, Union Wants Answers

    Employees of local Shoppers Food Warehouses say the grocery store chain’s parent company isn’t telling them much about their plans for selling stores, which has the union seeking answers. Prince George’s County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports.

  • United States Mar 19, 2019

    Cat Cannibalism: Report Discloses ‘Questionable' Gov't Animal Experiments

    U.S. government scientists bought hundreds of dead dogs and cats from “Asian meat markets” and conducted experiments that included feeding their remains to healthy lab cats for needless research, according to a disturbing watchdog report being released Tuesday. Other experiments at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s lab in Maryland included feeding dog remains to cats and injecting cat remains into...

  • United States Mar 13, 2019

    Achoo! Why Your Allergies May Be More Intense This Spring

    Your seasonal allergies may be more intense and last longer because springtime has warmed in D.C. by nearly 1.5 degrees since 1970. News4’s Amelia Draper explains, and shows why you may be sniffling and sneezing already.

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