A new survey questioned 649 food and drink manufacturers and processors worldwide to identify the needs, effectiveness and challenges of food safety training in the industry. While companies recognized improved product quality and higher employee morale as the greatest benefits of effective food safety training, over 70 percent of those surveyed said finding the time for training was the greatest challenge.
Federal fisheries managers for the West Coast are poised for a major change in the way they make sure that plenty of fish remain in the sea. The Pacific Fishery Management Council is meeting in Portland this week. On Tuesday, it's expected to adopt a new ecosystem management approach to managing the catch off Oregon, Washington and California.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has developed a program to certify processed eggs and egg products for export, providing new opportunities for U.S. food exporters. "This is one more step the Obama Administration has taken to expand exports of high quality U.S. agricultural products," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Federal authorities have ordered a Houston-based producer of egg rolls and other foods to cease operations until it improves products possibly contaminated by "filth." Authorities announced Monday that Chung's Products LP has violated the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Company products are sold in grocery stores and large retail stores nationwide.
A Chinese court says six people have been sentenced to up to five years in prison for collecting used cooking oil and reselling it as new. The recycled oil is known as "gutter oil" and can contain carcinogens. It's typically bought from restaurants, and the black-market trade of it has been a chronic problem in China.
U.S. retail sales of the weight management products and services — including foods and beverages, meal replacements and diet aids, and commercial weight management programs — will reach $38.0 billion in 2013 and $40.9 billion in 2016, according to "Weight Management Trends in the U.S.," a just-released report from Packaged Facts. Foods and beverages represent the largest share of sales, at almost 80%.
Craft Beer is growing rapidly in popularity across the country, but perhaps nowhere more quickly than in Minnesota. Two thirds of the breweries in the state have opened in the past three years. Ryan Petz, the president of Fulton Beer, attributes some of the growth to supportive state and city governments.
Vodka producer Central European Distribution Corp. is seeking bankruptcy protection to cut more than $665 million of its debt. The company is asking a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware to approve a reorganization plan, which would give ownership of the company to Roust Trading. Roust is owned by CEDC Chairman Roustam Tariko.
The H7N9 strain previously was known only to infect birds, and officials say they do not know why the virus is infecting humans now. The virus has been detected in live poultry in several food markets where human cases have been found, leading officials to think people are most likely contracting the virus through direct contact with infected fowl.
The craft brewing scene is exploding in Minnesota as it is across the country: Two-thirds of the breweries in the state have opened just since 2010, according to licensing records. Twenty of those started in the last year alone. Much of that growth has been driven on the local level by city officials, who see a new craft brewery in their town as a cultural and tourism magnet, a job creator and a growing economic engine.
Anheuser-Busch InBev has reached a tentative agreement with the Department of Justice over its disputed $20.1 billion acquisition of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo. The world's largest brewer has been trying since June to buy the half of Grupo Modelo that it doesn't already own. The Justice Department sued to block the deal on concerns that it would stifle competition in the U.S.
Hundreds of thousands of pounds of frozen food recalled amid an E. coli scare may have been served in schools, according to the company that manufactured the items. Buffalo, N.Y.-based Rich Products Corp. has over the past two weeks recalled 10 million pounds of frozen food items after 27 E. coli illnesses in 15 states were linked to their foods.
Nassau Candy announced its market-wide reintroduction of favorite soda varieties from the early- and mid-1900's. The launch portfolio includes Dad's™ Root Beer, Pop Shoppe™, Jackson Hole Soda™, Johnnie Ryan Cane Sugar Soda™, Mexicana Cola™, and Nesbitt's of California™, Moxie, Jelly Belly®, Goose Island, and Bundaberg™, and will grow to include additional favorites to meet anticipated market demands.
Gerber Products Co., Del Monte Foods, Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp. and others are named in a lawsuit filed by Environmental Law Foundation. The group claims that baby foods and juices produced by the companies contain levels of lead that require warning labels under California Proposition 65.
A Utah man is trying to use his recognition as this year's national beekeeper of the year to focus attention on a major threat to the industry: colony collapse disorder. Darren Cox of Cache County, who has 5,000 hives in Utah, California and Wyoming, received the award from the American Honey Producers Association earlier this year.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's statistical arm said it would restore some agricultural reports it had suspended because of automatic federal budget cuts after farmers and others in the dairy industry said the information was crucial to their business.
Harford County public schools have told parents that food served in the cafeterias of more than a dozen schools was recalled because of possible E. coli contamination. Schools spokeswoman Teri Kranefeld said Friday that Rich Products notified the schools Wednesday evening that it had recalled its pepperoni pizzatas. The food had been served in some cafeterias on Wednesday.
Ikea says it has withdrawn 17,000 portions of moose lasagna from its home furnishings stores in Europe after traces of pork were found in a batch tested in Belgium. Ikea spokeswoman Tina Kardum said the product had only been on sale for a month when it was pulled off the shelves on March 22.
The nation's largest baby food makers face a lawsuit by an environmental group aimed at forcing them to alert consumers that some products contains low amounts of lead. The case scheduled for trial Monday will determine whether they should put warning labels on such products sold in California.
Overall coffee consumption jumped by five percentage points this year, according to the NCA National Coffee Drinking Trends (NCDT) market research study. With this increase, 83% of the U.S. adult population now drinks coffee. At the same time, daily consumption remained strong and steady at 63%, while those who drink coffee at least once per week was up slightly to 75%.