Stories by Mary Clare Jalonick

Friday, Aug 29, 2014

Officials seize more than 1,200 snails

WASHINGTON - The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders.
By Mary Clare Jalonick

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014

EPA to decide whether to boost use of herbicide

WASHINGTON - Faced with tougher and more resistant weeds, corn and soybean farmers are anxiously awaiting government decisions on a new version of a popular herbicide - and on genetically modified ...
By Mary Clare Jalonick

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Coffee fungus raising prices for high-end blends

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease - and hold down the price of your morning cup.
By Mary Clare Jalonick

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

Number of US farms declines, farmers getting older

WASHINGTON - A government census of agriculture released Thursday shows there were a total of 2.1 million farms in the United States in 2012, down a little more than 4 percent from 2007.
By Mary Clare Jalonick

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014

FDA takes another look at caramel coloring in soda

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Ad­min­istration says there's no reason to believe that the coloring added to sodas is unsafe. But the agency is taking another look just to make sure.
By Mary Clare Jalonick

FDA to revise nutrition facts label

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration says knowledge about nutrition has evolved over the last 20 years, and the labels need to reflect that.
By Mary Clare Jalonick

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

FDA banning trans fat

WASHINGTON - Mindful of the health risks, the Food and Drug Administration is getting rid of what's left of trans fats for good.
By Mary Clare Jalonick

Friday, July 26, 2013

FDA proposes rules for safer imported foods

WASHINGTON - New rules proposed Fri­day by the Food and Drug Administration would make U.S. food importers responsible for ensuring that their foreign suppliers are handling and processing ...
By Mary Clare Jalonick

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Wrigley stops sales of caffeinated gum

The company said Wednesday that it has stopped new sales and marketing of Alert Energy Caffeine Gum "out of respect" for the FDA, which said it would investigate the health effects of added ...
By Mary Clare Jalonick

Friday, Jan. 4, 2013

FDA proposes new food safety rules

The Food and Drug Admin­istration on Friday proposed the most sweeping food safety rules in decades, requiring farmers and food companies to be more vigilant in the wake of deadly outbreaks in ...
By Mary Clare Jalonick

Friday, Oct. 8, 2010

E-mails: Vilsack hastily decided to oust Sherrod

WASHINGTON — Former Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod pleaded with officials to hear her out after she was ousted from the USDA during a racial firestorm in July, internal ...
By Mary Clare Jalonick

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Paine plans furloughs, salary cuts, layoffs

Paine College President George C. Bradley on Friday announced the college will implement furlough days, salary reductions and layoffs to save $2.4 million over the next fiscal year.
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