TOKYO, Dec. 15 (Kyodo) — Japan's Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry plans to ask the government's food safety panel to assess the safety of imported beef in two cases in which the country allows imports of beef from cattle aged 30 months or younger and from cattle aged more than 30 months, ministry sources said Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two former health inspectors have been accused of accepting bribes in exchange for passing hundreds of restaurants on food safety exams in a city known for its culinary scene, officials said Wednesday. In addition to bribery charges, Ajamu Stewart and Clifton Sanders face felony counts for falsifying public records, said District Attorney George Gascon and City Attorney Dennis Herrera.
(AP) — In this Dec. 14, 2010 file photo, Jack Acree, executive vice president with American Halal Co., Inc., left, and Adnan Durrani, Chief Halal Officer with American Halal Co., Inc, stand near their products in a freezer case at a Whole Foods store in Darien, Conn. The company helped Whole Foods develop its first nationally distributed halal (Islamically permitted) food product called Saffron Road entrees that the food stores started selling in August.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Midwestern farmers who saw their land swamped by summer flooding may be socked again with steep increases in their crop insurance premiums, the expensive result of the failure to fix broken levees before the winter snow and next spring's rains. The Missouri River rose to record levels this year after the U.
Arlington, Va. (BBB) — Five years ago, leading food and beverage companies made a major commitment to be a part of the solution to childhood obesity by agreeing to limit what foods they advertise to children under the age of 12. The Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB) launched the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) in November 2006 with ten charter companies.
NEW YORK (Euro RSCG) — Global integrated marketing communications agency Euro RSCG Worldwide today issued an in-depth look at what’s trending in food for 2012-13. Marian Salzman, CEO of Euro RSCG Worldwide PR, North America, and one of the world’s leading trendspotters, curated the list, which is part of a catalog of more than 150 trends in 32 categories.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The growing microbrewery industry is trying the same kind of I Love New York promotion used to boost tourism and wineries. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and brewers statewide on Wednesday will launch an "I Love NY Brew" promotion. The goal is for the growing New York beer brewing industry to work with convenience stores and New York City bars and restaurants to get more space on shelves and on menus for the state's beers.
OSLO, Norway (AP) — High demand for butter used in traditional Norwegian Christmas dishes has caused a big shortage, leading the government to slash import duties on the cherished product. Butter consumption has steadily increased in the Scandinavian country this year, partly because of the nation's increased popularity of low-carb but fat-rich diets.
HANOVER, Md. (AP) — A Hanover company is recalling Korean Cake, or Gyeong Dan, because the product contains undeclared eggs. Rhee Bros. Inc. said Tuesday that it is recalling its 8-ounce packages of ASSI brand Korean Cake. The cakes were distributed nationwide to Asian food retail stores.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve on Tuesday portrayed the U.S. economy as slightly healthier and held off on any new steps to boost growth. Hiring is picking up and consumers are spending more despite slower growth globally, the Fed said in its policy statement issued after its final meeting of the year.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Thousands of produce traders protested for a third day in Sri Lankan streets Wednesday, halting business at the capital's central market over a new rule changing how they transport their goods. At least 24 people have been hurt and 83 arrested in the protests over a rule that fruit and vegetables be transported in plastic baskets rather than sacks.
NEW YORK (Deloitte) — Excitement over unexpected in-store deals has diminished as discounted prices become an anticipated part of the consumer products shopping experience, according to the Deloitte/Harrison Group annual American Pantry Survey. For nearly one-third (30 percent) of consumers, at least seven of 10 items in their shopping cart is discounted.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Coca-Cola Co. is buying roughly half of Saudi Arabia's Aujan Industries for $980 million, pairing the U.S. soda giant with one of the Middle East's top independent beverage companies. Under the terms of the deal announced Wednesday, Atlanta-based Coca-Cola will get a 50 percent stake in the part of Aujan that holds rights to the company's brands, and 49 percent of its distribution company.
PARIS, France (PRNewswire) — Food Ingredients Europe & Natural Ingredients, in its 25th edition, announced the winners of the Fi Excellence Awards. The Awards, organized every two years, rewarded the major innovations in the food industry in six categories, as well as 'The Most Innovative Food Ingredient', the overall winner of the Fi Excellence Awards.
December 16, 2011 REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. (PRNewswire) — Natural cork remains the overwhelming choice for U.S. wine drinkers because it conveys higher quality than alternative closures, according to a recent survey by Tragon Corp., the Company announced today. According to the survey, 94 percent of respondents said they would be more likely to purchase wine with natural cork.
CHICAGO, Ill. (PRNewswire) — As convenience stores continue offering busy consumers more options for meals and snacks, new research by Technomic finds consumers are taking advantage of the expanding foodservice options, many times at the expense of quick-service restaurants. Of consumers polled on their most recent convenience store foodservice purchase, 27 percent indicated that if they had not bought their meal from the convenience store in question, they would have purchased it from a fast-food restaurant.
DENVER, Colo. (PRNewswire) — Newly released data that looks at the drinking patterns of more than 200,000 criminal offenders monitored 24/7 for alcohol consumption shows that even when Big Brother is watching, drinking increases nearly 27% between Thanksgiving and January 2nd. Denver-based Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers advertised slightly fewer jobs in October, a modest decline from a three-year high hit in the previous month. Companies and governments posted 3.3 million jobs in October, down from 3.4 million in September, the Labor Department said. October's level was the second highest in the past three years.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (PRNewswire) — United Natural Foods, Inc. today announced it has received LEED® Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its Lancaster, Texas distribution center. Demonstrating a long term dedication to sustainability and the environment, this is the Company's fourth LEED® certification.