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Nation Jun 10Congress may repeal meat labeling law
House Republicans are hoping to repeal a law requiring country-of-origin labels on packages of meat to avoid costly trade retaliation from Canada and Mexico.
Politics Jun 06New sexual assault claims against Hastert jarring, former colleagues say
Dennis Hastert's former House colleagues say the emergence of sexual abuse allegations against him has been jarring, at odds with a reason they anointed him speaker in the late 1990s - his squeaky-clean reputation.
Nation May 29EPA proposes lowering requirements for ethanol in gas
WASHINGTON — The nation's gasoline supply likely will have more ethanol in coming years — but not as much as was required by federal law.
Nation May 27EPA issues final rules protecting drinking water, streams
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration issued new rules Wednesday to protect the nation's drinking water and clarify which smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands are covered by anti-pollution and development provisions of the Clean Water Act.
Nation May 21Federal investigators find hygiene issues at Ohio ice cream plant
A government investigation of Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams found inadequate testing and cleaning in its Columbus plant before listeria was discovered in some ice cream pints.
Health May 14USDA develops first government label for GMO-free products
WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department has developed the first government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients.
Health May 13USDA to require safety labels on mechanically tenderized beef
The government will soon require labels on packages of beef tenderized by machines so shoppers know to cook it thoroughly.
Nation May 07Investigators say Blue Bell ice cream had evidence of listeria in 2013
Blue Bell ice cream had evidence of listeria bacteria in its Oklahoma manufacturing plant as far back as March 2013, a government investigation released Thursday says. The company then continued to ship ice cream produced in that plant after what…
Health Apr 24Two Listeria recalls raise questions about ice cream manufacturing
Blue Bell Creameries of Texas and Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams of Ohio — extremely popular brands in their home states — took all their products off shelves this week. Blue Bell ice cream is linked to 10 illnesses in four…
Health Apr 23Jeni’s ice cream recalls all products for possible listeria contamination
A second ice cream company has shut down production this week after health officials found listeria in a sample of its frozen treats.