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Phyllis Schlafly Family in Beer Trademark Spat

March 13, 2014 9:40 am | by ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, Associated Press

An up-and-coming St. Louis brewery is seeking a trademark that would give it the exclusive right to use the Schlafly name to sell its craft beer. But Phyllis Schlafly, a prominent conservative commentator, has asked that the request be denied.


U.S. Senators Call on Kellogg to End Lockout at Memphis Plant

March 12, 2014 1:09 pm

Five U.S. Senators have written a letter asking Kellogg to end its nearly five-month lockout of more than 220 workers at its Memphis, Tenn. cereal production facility. The workers have been locked out of their jobs at the plant since October 2013.


Obama Pushes for More Overtime Pay

March 12, 2014 1:04 pm | by JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

President Obama will direct the Labor Department to strengthen overtime pay protections for millions of workers, a White House official said. The directive is meant to help salaried workers who may be expected to work more than 40 hours a week without receiving overtime pay.


Groups Sue FDA over Petition to Provide Info on Mercury in Seafood

March 12, 2014 1:00 pm

On Monday, consumer protection and environmental advocates filed a lawsuit against the FDA for failing to respond to a July 2011 petition in which the groups asked the agency to give consumers information about mercury levels in the seafood they eat.


U.S. Senate: EU Attempt to Restrict Food Names Is Unacceptable

March 12, 2014 12:55 pm

The U.S. Senate sent a letter saying it will not tolerate the European Union's efforts to restrict U.S. production and exports through use of overly restrictive protected food names. The letter comes as the EU looks to ban the use of European cheese names in the U.S.


Margarine Rejects FDA’s Trans-Fat Rap, Says Butter Isn't Better

March 12, 2014 12:40 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

The margarine industry has submitted comments to the FDA, urging the agency to “stop inaccurately classifying margarine products as a category high in trans fat.” Margarine consumption has taken a hit in recent years as more consumers turn to butter.


Consumer Trends: Functional Foods Fad Boosts Probiotics Market

March 12, 2014 11:06 am

Functional foods are becoming more and more popular with consumers, and the probiotics market is reaping the benefits. Rising levels of health awareness and an aging baby boomer population are also driving growth in the probiotics sector.


Calif. Officials May Move Salmon to Sea by Truck

March 12, 2014 10:09 am

California wildlife officials said that they will consider a plan to transport millions of hatchery-raised salmon by tanker trucks to the ocean if the Sacramento River and its tributaries become too shallow and warm due to the state's drought.


EU Looks to Ban U.S. from Using European Cheese Names

March 12, 2014 9:51 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The EU wants to ban the use of names like Parmesan, feta and Gorgonzola on cheese made in the United States, arguing that the American-made cheeses are shadows of the original European varieties and cut into sales and identity of the European cheeses.


FDA Halts Production at Cheese Plant Linked to Deadly Outbreak

March 12, 2014 9:46 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The FDA has halted operations at Roos Foods after a listeria outbreak linked to the company's cheese killed one person and sickened seven others. This is only the second time the agency has used its authority to close a plant since the Food Safety Modernization Act became law in 2011.


Photos of the Day: Arctic Zero Pushes Its Way onto Wal-Mart Shelves

March 12, 2014 9:42 am

The makers of Arctic Zero started small, selling their frozen dessert to natural food stores and independent grocers in Southern California. But they wanted to get in national chains. It took a year and a lot of traveling to get into Whole Foods. It took four years to get on Wal-Mart's shelves.


Small Food Companies Push into Big Deals

March 12, 2014 9:38 am | by JOYCE M. ROSENBERG, AP Business Writer

The makers of Arctic Zero started small, selling their frozen dessert to natural food stores and independent grocers in Southern California. But they wanted to get in national chains. It took a year and a lot of traveling to get into Whole Foods. It took four years to get on Wal-Mart's shelves.


AMI Opposes Electronic Submission of Injury, Illness Data to OSHA

March 11, 2014 1:06 pm

The American Meat Institute says it opposes a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposal that would require employers to electronically submit injury and illness information currently in the 300A, 300, 301 Forms to OSHA.


UN Warns Asia-Pacific of Impending Food Crisis

March 11, 2014 12:40 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

Asia-Pacific governments must make “major, fundamental decisions” to increase food production, or the region will face critical food shortages and widespread hunger, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations warned Monday.


Mars Announces No-Deforestation Policy

March 11, 2014 12:35 pm

Mars has committed to remove deforestation from all its products by the end of 2015. “Mars joins a growing list of companies including Unilever and Nestlé that are finally promising forest-friendly products to their consumers," said Areeba Hamid, forest campaigner at Greenpeace International.


Steak Laced with LSD Sickens Florida Family

March 11, 2014 12:25 pm

A Florida woman who was 9 months pregnant and her family became sick after eating meat contaminated with LSD. The bottom round steak was purchased at a Wal-Mart in Tampa, and the store has turned over all its meat to police for testing.


Green Mountain Adds 'Keurig' to Company Name

March 11, 2014 12:21 pm

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. announced that it has changed its name to Keurig Green Mountain Inc. The company, known for its single-serve coffee makers, said in January that it planned to alter its name to reflect its Keurig coffee machines.


Consumer Trends: Top Foods and Beverages Offer Healthy Benefits

March 11, 2014 11:53 am

A new report identifies the most successful consumer packaged goods brands. Healthy attributes play a huge role in the success of new food and beverage brands. Seven of the top 10 food and drink products launched in 2013 offer a healthier-for-you benefit.


Heinz Canada Recalls Baby Food

March 11, 2014 9:50 am

Heinz Canada is voluntarily recalling six of its baby food products because a packaging defect could allow microorganisms that spoil food into the containers. The recall was triggered by a consumer complaint, but there are no reports of illnesses so far.


Sbarro Again Files for Bankruptcy

March 11, 2014 9:47 am

Pizza chain Sbarro announced Monday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization for the second time in just three years. The business has struggled to turn its business around amid a decrease in traffic at shopping mall food courts.



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