CHICAGO (AP) — Quaker Oats Co. issued a voluntary recall of its Quaker Chewy Smashbar Graham Pretzel snack bars, citing an undeclared milk allergen that is not listed on the label. The company, a unit of beverage company PepsiCo Inc., said the recall was initiated after it was discovered that the "may contain milk" disclaimer required for the product was omitted from the package.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a settlement in a civil lawsuit filed by the government against a Kansas winery over claims about the medicinal benefits of elderberry juice concentrate. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson on Friday signed the consent decree hammered out by the Food and Drug Administration and Wyldewood Cellars of Peck.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Uncle Sam wants you to know more about what you're eating. The Food and Drug Administration wants to revise the nutrition facts label — that breakdown of fats, salts, sugars and nutrients on packaging — to give consumers more useful information and help fight the national obesity epidemic.
MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — With the lockout of about 1,300 American Crystal Sugar Co. workers entering its second month and no negotiations in sight, the company is ready to start the harvest season with inexperienced replacement workers. Company officials say it will be business as usual when processing begins this week at plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa.
(AP) — In this Aug. 10, 2011 photo, designer Renee Walker poses next to her food label samples in San Francisco. Nutrition and design experts want to overhaul the "nutrition facts" panel found on packaged foods to make it easier to understand what a food's value is — and, hopefully, make healthier choices.
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — More than 600 companies set up tents and booths at the annual Farm Progress Show, but a list of the companies that didn't get in gives you an idea of the strength of the country's farm economy. "We had calls from companies that sell hot tubs, or companies that sell exotic cars, some lawnmower companies," said Matt Jungmann, the show's national manager.
WASHINGTON (BUSINESS WIRE) — A comprehensive investigative review of all scientific studies on bisphenol A (BPA) conducted in Japan characterized possible risks from BPA exposure as "very small." The report was prepared by the Research Institute of Science for Safety and Sustainability (RISS), a division of AIST, a publicly funded research organization that conducts risk and hazard assessments of chemicals.
KAMPERLAND, Netherlands (AP) — Adri Bout trawled Dutch waters for 25 years until he recognized the ocean's limits. Now he raises 100 tons of turbot a year in a unique high-rise tank that has overcome some of farmed fishing's most persistent problems. "I knew 20 years ago there is an end.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (Plex Systems Inc.) — Plex Systems Inc., provider of Plex Online FSMS , the leading enterprise Food Safety Management System (FSMS), announced Thursday a new webinar focused on helping food and beverage processors jump-start their food safety initiatives. Free registration is now available for the “Getting Started With Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)" food webinar on Wednesday, Sept.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Bob McDonnell says Virginia wine sales are at an all-time high. McDonnell said Thursday that 462,112 cases of wine were sold in fiscal 2011. That's up 11.4 percent from the 414,785 cases sold in fiscal 2010. The state collected almost $1.8 million in wine liter tax revenue, up from about $1.
CLAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Cookies convey innocence. You ate them in kindergarten at snack time and, if you behaved yourself, for a treat at home. So it's fitting as serving cookies with milk that the innocent approach of Shirley's Cookie Co. Vice President for Sales Patty Shaw helped connect the company with Walmart, which has given the cookie company nationwide presence for two of its products within the last two years.
ATLANTA (AP) — Half of Americans drink a soda or sugary beverage each day — and some are downing a lot. One in 20 people drinks the equivalent of more than four cans of soda each day, even though health officials say sweetened beverages should be limited to less than half a can. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the figures Wednesday in a report said to be the government's first to offer national statistics for both adults and kids.
WASHINGTON (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — In response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief, "Consumption of Sugar Drinks in the United States, 2005-2008," the American Beverage Association issued the following statement: "Contrary to what may be implied by the introductory statement of this data brief that reaches back 30 years, sugar-sweetened beverages are not driving health issues like obesity and diabetes.
NEWARK, N.J. (PRNewswire) — Nestle Waters North America Inc. is not only the largest bottled water company in the U.S. with 41 percent of the nation's market, the giant corporation is defrauding its customers, according to a class action complaint filed Wednesday by its customers in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A major fruit company's lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration could have a chilling effect on regulators' efforts to get tainted food off the market. Florida-based Del Monte Fresh Produce is striking back at the FDA with a lawsuit after the agency halted imports of its Guatemalan cantaloupes, saying they may be contaminated with salmonella.
On the last Friday of each month (or sometimes, two days late...), Food Manufacturing looks back at the most surprising or unusual food-related stories of the month. Here are our top picks for August: Owners of a Hawaiian vegetable farm went on trial for human trafficking .
(AP) — In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, cows lie dead at a farm in Tomioka town, Fukushima, northeastern Japan. Dead cows rot where they were left to starve in their pens since farmers had to evacuate the town sandwiched between the doomed Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station to the north and another sprawling nuclear plant to the south due to the government order.
(AP) — Jim Andrew holds soybeans on his farm Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, near Jefferson, Iowa. Soybean growers are hoping the government will approve a new genetically modified soybean they say will produce oil that is lower in saturated fat, allowing people to eat healthier, including fried foods they may have given up as they tried to reduce fat in their diet.
BRYAN, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Spangler Candy Co. is adding jobs and space to produce more candy canes sold under brand names such as Jelly Belly and Cinnabon. The company said in a statement Monday that it will spend $400,000 to upgrade and install two candy cane production lines at its plant in Bryan, the northwest Ohio community where Spangler is based.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuadorean authorities are trying to buy back half a million bottles of contaminated alcohol and end an outbreak of alcohol poisoning that has killed 48 people and sickened hundreds. The country's health minister says the liquor is tainted with methanol, or wood alcohol, which is used for industrial purposes.