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U.S. Department of Agriculture

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  • Exotic animals in L.A.'s urban jungle

    Exotic animals in L.A.'s urban jungle
    Residents of Van Nuys discovered this month that an alligator named Jaxson had been living in a neighbor's backyard for the last 37 years. But it is far from the only story of exotic pets living among us in Southern California. Over the years, officials...
  • Reducing pathogens in chicken, other poultry products is goal of proposed govt standards

    A favorite staple of American diets — chicken breasts, legs and wings — could become safer to eat. Standards proposed Wednesday by the Agriculture Department aim to reduce rates of salmonella and campylobacter, another pathogen that can cause...
  • City Council joins puppy mill push

    City Council weighed in on a campaign by the Humane Society of the United States to further regulate puppy mills by unanimously passing a resolution backing federal and state efforts. The resolution was proposed by Deputy Mayor Constance Scott. Two...
  • Dairy industry braces for a bust after 2014 boom; some farmers asked to pour out surplus milk

    Milk sales set records in 2014, but plummeting prices are forcing some dairy farmers to spill the surplus down the drain. Already disheartened by the current glut, which is due to global factors and overproduction, dairy farmers say they worry that...
  • Beekeeping groups call for standard to prevent 'honey laundering'

     Beekeeping groups call for standard to prevent 'honey laundering'
    The honey from local beekeepers Jason and Eunjin Newkirk's hives doesn't look, taste or feel like the golden liquid that comes in a mass-produced plastic bottle at the grocery store. The U.S. government uses no standard definition for honey, leaving...
  • California plant issues massive apple recall due to listeria

    California plant issues massive apple recall due to listeria
    Bidart Bros. has issued a recall of all of its Granny Smith and Gala apples after the Food and Drug Administration found two strains of Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that causes listeriosis, at the company's processing plant in Bakersfield. The...
  • New Federal Farming Grants Aimed At Cutting Long Island Sound Pollution

    New Federal Farming Grants Aimed At Cutting Long Island Sound Pollution
    HARTFORD – Cutting agricultural pollution and improving the use of water by farms in the Connecticut River Valley and the Thames River Valley are the targets for $10.8 million in new federal grants, according to federal and state officials. The...
  • Sukiyaki beef, ginger pork recalled due to possible 'extraneous' metal

    Sukiyaki beef, ginger pork recalled due to possible 'extraneous' metal
    Bell Gardens-based Unibright Foods Inc. is recalling over 48,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat sukiyaki beef and gingered pork products that may be contaminated with “metal extraneous materials,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s...
  • Los Angeles, other school districts serve students dinner as busy, needy families show demand

    Many of the students at Kingsley Elementary School in a low-income neighborhood of Los Angeles eat breakfast and lunch provided by the school. For the nearly 100 enrolled in the after-school program, another meal is served: supper. The nation's second...
  • Genetically modified wheat is in the works again, but are we ready for it?

    CHESTERFIELD, Mo. At the heart of Monsanto's global research operation is a structure with a rather ordinary name. But on the fourth floor of Building GG is a room where the future of wheat may be changing. The facility has dozens of rooms just like it....
  • Just how many alligators and exotic animals live in L.A.?

    Just how many alligators and exotic animals live in L.A.?
    After two alligators were found this week in the San Fernando Valley, it makes one wonder just how many alligators and exotic animals live in L.A.? Animal control officers with the Los Angeles Animal Services Department on Monday found an 8-foot...