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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Tyson $4m Penalty, Alcoa Cleanup, BP Appeal

Tyson Foods and several affiliate corporations have agreed pay a $3.95 million penalty, conduct third-party audits and buy $300,000 worth of equipment for chemical emergency first responders, under a settlement to address anhydrous ammonia releases that killed one person and caused multiple injuries between 2006 and 2010, the EPA said. The … Read more »

Tyson Foods Launches Animal Welfare Audit Program

Meat producer Tyson Foods Inc. is to audit the treatment of animals at the livestock and poultry farms that supply the company. The audits – called the Tyson FarmCheck Program – have already begun on a trial basis on some of the 3,000 independent hog farms that supply the company. … Read more »

Midwest Drought Squeezes ADM, Cargill, Other Food Producers

A worsening drought in the Midwest has pushed corn prices to a record high, forcing meat producers to pay more for feed and squeezing profits of grain traders Cargill as well as agribusiness giant and ethanol producer Archer Daniels Midland. Yesterday USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack signed disaster designation for an … Read more »