ORLANDO, Fla. (PRNewswire) — Wood pallets used to ship food in the Washington Metropolitan Area tested positive for three types of deadly food poisoning bacteria, raising new concerns about the risks wood pallets pose to the nation's food supply. The discovery was made in a new test commissioned by Intelligent Global Pooling Systems (iGPS Company LLC), operator of the world's first pallet rental service providing shippers and receivers with all-plastic pallets with embedded RFID tags.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi company that sells tobacco products wants the state to stop collecting taxes on cigarettes sold at retail outlets outside the state. In a lawsuit filed in Hinds County Chancery Court, the Corr-Williams Co. said a 2009 amendment to the state's tobacco tax policy that applies a $.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A former manager at a kosher slaughterhouse in northeast Iowa is going on trial in South Dakota. Sholom Rubashkin is to go on trial Tuesday in Sioux Falls on 91 fraud-related charges. He is accused of cheating a bank, laundering more than $1 million, concealing months of fraud and failing to pay livestock providers on time.
MT. VERNON, Wash. (AP) — A recent ribbon-cutting for Farm Power's new anaerobic manure digester celebrated a proven green-power technology that proponents say can help dairy farms survive. During the Western Washington event, the crowd of about 250, many of them farmers, fell silent in anticipation as Gov.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A group of dairy farmers is suing four milk marketing firms, saying they've engaged in monopolizing the market into which farmers have had to sell milk, fixed prices and created an economic crisis in the Northeast dairy industry. The Washington-based law firm Cohen Milstein says it expects many farmers will join a class action suit against Kansas City-based Dairy Farmers of America and Dallas-based Dean Foods Co.
McLean, Va. (FPSA) — The Food Processing Suppliers Association announced that David Seckman will join the association as President and CEO this August. He will succeed Dr. George Melnykovich who is retiring this year after 23 years as President of FPSA. In making the announcement, Barry Shoulders, President of Packaging Technologies and Chairman of the Board of FPSA, stated: “We are pleased to have an individual with David’s vast experience and a superb record of accomplishments take the helm at a most significant time in our association’s history”.
Arlington, Va.( PMMI.org ) — Total U.S. shipments of packaging machinery decreased by 0.4 percent to $5.885 billion in machines sold in 2008, according to PMMI’s latest Shipments & Outlooks Study. The annual state-of-the-industry report is based on data supplied by PMMI member companies and other industry sources.
Arlington, Va.( PMMI.org ) — PMMI releases the names of the five packaging industry leaders who comprise the Packaging Hall of Fame Class of 2009: Patrick J. Helm, Balluff, Inc. Mark Jacobson, Econocorp, Inc. Dwight C. Schmidt, Fibre Box Association James E.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dairy farmers suffering from low milk prices would benefit from $350 million in emergency funding approved by the Senate on Thursday as it cleared a $121 billion agriculture spending bill for President Barack Obama's signature. The bill also delivers a record $58.2 billion for the food stamp program, which when combined with benefit increases passed under Obama's stimulus bill earlier in the year would mean a 19 percent increase in food stamp spending above current levels.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Producers of hard red spring wheat in the upper Midwest have reaped one of the biggest harvests in history, but the bin-busting crop isn't of high enough quality to pay the bills for many farmers. The same cool weather that produced the bumper crop reduced the level of protein in the grain used for bread products.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It was a lecture that might have changed the world. Not long after a young Norman Borlaug earned his bachelor's degree in forestry at the University of Minnesota in 1939, he returned for a visit and happened to catch a lecture by professor Elvin Stakman, a pioneer in the school's plant pathology department.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Justice Department is investigating whether Monsanto Co. violated antitrust rules in trying to expand its dominance of the market for genetically engineered crops, the company says. Monsanto has provided interviews and documents to the Justice Department over the past two months, company spokesman Lee Quarles said.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — An Iraq veteran whose military flare sparked a costly fire at a meatpacking plant this summer was sentenced Thursday to jail time, probation and community service. The fire caused at least $50 million in damage at the Patrick Cudahy plant in Cudahy, a Milwaukee suburb. Joshua J.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Cardboard box maker Packaging Corp. of America on Thursday received approval to spend $215 million on projects aimed at reducing energy use in two plants. The company's board cleared plans to install new machinery and paper drying machine improvements at its Valdosta, Ga.
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Virginia's one-of-a-kind Illegal Whiskey Unit — a team of agents dedicated to busting up bootleg stills — has fallen prey to state budget woes, leaving southwest Virginia's elusive moonshiners without a full-time, dedicated foe for the first time in decades. The whiskey unit based in Franklin County, long considered the "moonshine capital of the world," once numbered as many as five agents with expertise in the illicit liquor trade, and their mission — perhaps quixotic — was to quash moonshining.
LOS ANGELES (EPA) — U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced last week in a keynote address at the California Governor’s Global Climate Summit that the Agency has taken a significant step to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the Clean Air Act. The Administrator announced a proposal requiring large industrial facilities that emit at least 25,000 tons of GHGs a year to obtain construction and operating permits covering these emissions.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Monsanto Co., the world's biggest seed maker, said Wednesday its fourth-quarter loss widened to $233 million in the fourth quarter on a decrease in revenue, led by a drop in sales of its Roundup herbicide brand. Its adjusted earnings narrowly beat Wall Street estimates, however.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Premium Protein Products has again extended furloughs that began in June for about 400 workers. Workers received word of the latest furlough extensions via a recorded phone message on Tuesday. The employees of the company's plants in Hastings and Lincoln have been out of work since the furloughs began, and Premium Protein's plants will remain closed at least until Oct.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two food safety experts from the University of Minnesota say better training for meatpacking workers and wider use of irradiation could reduce the danger of illness from E. coli-contaminated beef. Joellen Fiertag, a professor and extension food safety specialist, and Jeff Bender, director of the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety at the university, agreed Tuesday that more can be done to prevent E.