A federal jury has convicted three people in connection with an outbreak of salmonella poisoning five years ago.
It sickened hundreds of people and was linked to a number of deaths.
Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell was found guilty Friday of conspiracy and other charges after a seven–week trial in Albany, Georgia.
A cheddar cheese from east Georgia is the grand prize winner in this year’s Flavor of Georgia contest. The annual Flavor of Georgia competition brings together culinary entrepreneurs from all over the state for a food judging and public tasting. This year’s contest boasted a number of unique foods and flavors from across the state, but some of these finalists don’t want to stop at just state-wide recognition- they want to be known on a national level.
Georgia farmers sent nearly three times as many peanuts oversees this year than in 2012, though that figure may be a little deceptive. While it's true there are new foreign markets opening up to Georgia peanuts, this enormous year-over-year jump in exports is a product of mother nature, said Tyron Spearman, executive director of the Peanut Buying Points Association in Tifton. "We made a bumper miracle crop last year," he said, explaining that the peanuts that get sold in a given year are usually grown the year before. "We went from about a 3,600 pound average yield per acre to a 4,500 pound average yield per acre, so we had extra peanuts at lower prices and that brought in the world market.
Georgia U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop and 16 of his colleagues have re-formed the “peanut caucus” in the new Congress. It’s an effort to protect the peanut industry in Washington, especially with debate coming on a new farm bill.
Growers are expected to harvest a million more tons of peanuts than they can sell this year. Federal forecasts put the harvest above three million tons, and some in the industry think that’s a low estimate.