Riviana Foods has expanded its production capacity for its microwaveable rice products under the Minute rice brand. This expansion, a $27 million investment that will double current operational output, represents the second time in three years that Riviana has implemented a significant capital project to improve its ready-to-serve production capabilities at its 400,000-square-foot processing and packaging plant located in Memphis, Tenn. As a result of this expansion, approximately 25 additional jobs will be created, increasing the total number of employees at the plant to 384.
This is the fifth expansion at the Riviana complex, which began in 2006 with the purchase of approximately 310 acres of land and the company being granted a 12-year PILOT incentive for its investment to acquire the property and construct and equip the facility. With this most recent expansion, the company secured an additional seven-year PILOT incentive.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is seeking feedback from interested parties on its scientific opinion about public health risks related to the presence of ochratoxin A (OTA) in food.
Hodgson Mill has announced a voluntary national recall of specific lots of its Unbleached All-Purpose White Wheat Flour (5 lb).
The FDA, along with the CDC, and state and local partners, are investigating a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A illnesses in Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin potentially linked to fresh conventional (non-organic) blackberries from the grocery store, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market.
The World Animal Protection, a global animal-welfare organization, has released a new report that finds that bacteria resistant to antibiotics considered highly important or critically important to human health were present in pork products purchased at Walmart stores in the United States.