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Powdered Alcohol Creator Tries to Get Ahead of State Bans

April 16, 2015 8:55 am | by ALANNA DURKIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The creator of powdered alcohol is furiously trying to fend off efforts to ban the product in Maine and across the country before it even hits stores. After winning federal approval last month, Palcohol founder Mark Phillips is preparing to soon begin selling the powder.

USDA to Propose Standards For Organic Seafood Raised in US

April 16, 2015 8:25 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Agriculture Department says it will propose standards for the farmed organic fish year this...

India's Die-Hard Hindus Push For Beef Slaughter Ban

April 16, 2015 8:00 am | by NIRMALA GEORGE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite Hindu beliefs that cows are sacred — and the fact that their slaughter is banned in most...

KIND Bars Maybe Not So Kind After All

April 15, 2015 12:45 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Although KIND bar sales have roughly doubled in size every year for a decade, last month the FDA...

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Forest Service Examines Long-Expired Nestlé Water Permit

April 15, 2015 12:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Forest Service is investigating Nestlé over a report that the company drew water from drought-ravaged California using a long-expired permit.

Sheriff: Purloined Bourbon May Involve Multiple Suspects

April 15, 2015 9:00 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Whoever stole five heavy barrels of Wild Turkey bourbon from a Kentucky warehouse may have taken a lot more liquor than previously thought and the case could result in multiple indictments, according to the sheriff investigating the whodunit mystery in the world's bourbon-making hub.

NY Lawmakers Mull Warning Labels on Sugary Beverages

April 14, 2015 8:00 am | by DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Public health advocates urged New York state lawmakers Monday to require labels on sugary drinks to warn consumers about the dangers of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.

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Egg Executives to be Sentenced Today in Salmonella Outbreak

April 13, 2015 8:00 am | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two former egg industry executives are scheduled to be sentenced this morning for their roles in a 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands. 

Are Current Dietary Guidelines For Sodium, Potassium Resonable?

April 10, 2015 12:25 pm | by UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON HEALTH SCIENCES/UW MEDICINE | News | Comments

To reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, the World Health Organization recommends we consume no more than 2000 mg of sodium a day -- less than a teaspoon of salt. So how are we doing at hitting the WHO targets?

Oregon Ballot Initiative Could Allow GMO Restrictions

April 10, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Activists in Oregon hope to organize a ballot initiative that would eliminate the state's ability to pre-empt local ordinances. Although experts said passage of the proposal would likely affect state laws, proponents focused largely on the potential ability of local governments to restrict GMOs.

Navajo Junk Food Tax Gets Mixed Reviews

April 9, 2015 3:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The sprawling Navajo Nation in the southwestern U.S. implemented a 2 percent sales tax within its reservation on a wide range of products — including desserts, fried foods and sweetened beverages — beginning in March.

Consumer Group Asks FDA, FTC to Investigate Soda Giants For False Advertising

April 9, 2015 9:15 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

How can diet sodas be advertised as "diet" products when artificial sweeteners are linked to weight gain? That's what one consumer advocacy group is eager to know.

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FDA Proposal Would Exempt Certain Farm Sales From Registration Requirements

April 8, 2015 1:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced proposed regulatory changes that would explicitly exempt direct-to-consumer farm sales from federal registration requirements.

Groups Challenge Major USDA Change to Organic Rule

April 8, 2015 9:35 am | by Beyond Pesticides | News | Comments

Organic stakeholders have filed a lawsuit in federal court, maintaining that the USDA violated the federal rulemaking process when it changed established procedures for reviewing the potential hazards and need for allowed synthetic and prohibited natural substances used in producing organic food.

Russia May Consider Lifting Food Ban on Imports From EU

April 8, 2015 9:00 am | by NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hinted that Moscow could lift its embargo on food imports from Greece, which has been hurt by the ban and is embroiled in crucial talks with its European creditors.

Calif. Water Restrictions Largely Avoid Farms

April 7, 2015 3:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

In response to a historic drought affecting nearly all of California, Gov. Jerry Brown last week announced the state's first-ever limits on water use. Although the restrictions mostly target homeowners and businesses — and leave the state's massive agricultural sector alone — farmers are still likely to feel some impact.

Jack Daniel's Turns Back 2nd 'Tennessee Whiskey' Challenge

April 7, 2015 1:45 pm | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jack Daniel's has turned back the latest challenge to a state law that determines which spirits can be marketed as "Tennessee Whiskey." Republican state Sen. Ed Jackson withdrew without debate his bill that sought to repeal the law passed at the behest of Jack Daniel's in 2013.

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US Wants Egg Executives Punished For 2010 Salmonella Outbreak

April 7, 2015 9:30 am | by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jack DeCoster, 80, of Turner, Maine, and 51-year-old Peter DeCoster, of Clarion, Iowa are scheduled to be sentenced April 13 by U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett in a federal courtroom in Sioux City, Iowa. Both pleaded guilty last year to introducing adulterated eggs into interstate commerce and face up to one year in jail.

Consumers Want 'Natural' Foods, But What Does That Even Mean?

April 7, 2015 8:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Consumers are increasingly turning to healthier food choices by avoiding food dyes and additives and instead choosing "natural" foods. But after years of debate, there is still no generally accepted definition of a "natural" food product.

Meat Processor Sentenced to 30 Months For Horse Meat Fraud

April 7, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Dutch court has sentenced a meat processor to 30 months imprisonment for a massive fraud operation in which he illicitly sold horse meat as more expensive beef. 

Feds to Shut Down Sardine Fishing on West Coast

April 6, 2015 8:00 am | by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

West Coast fisheries managers will likely shut down sardine fishing this year as numbers decline, echoing a previous collapse that decimated a thriving industry and increasing worries that other species might be withheld from the commercial market.

US Agency Charges Kraft, Mondelez With Wheat Price Rigging

April 2, 2015 9:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced the civil charges Wednesday against the two companies. The agency said the companies used "manipulative trading strategies" in December 2011 to artificially lower wheat prices on the spot market.

A Look at Microbrewery Laws Being Considered Nationwide

April 1, 2015 12:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers around the country have been taking up various bills that cater to the growing microbrewery industry.

States Increasing Production Caps for Microbreweries

April 1, 2015 8:30 am | by RYAN VAN VELZER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The popularity of microbrews has craft breweries bumping up against the country's longstanding three-tier system that governs the beer industry.

Judge to Hear Arguments in Chobani Lawsuit

March 31, 2015 3:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A New York judge will hear arguments Tuesday in a potentially $1 billion legal fight over control of Chobani Greek yogurt.

'Kids Eat Right' Logo Dropped From Kraft Singles After Uproar

March 31, 2015 9:25 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

A program to put a dietitian group's "Kids Eat Right" logo on Kraft Singles has reached an early expiration date. Kraft Foods and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics decided to end the partnership because "misperceptions are overshadowing the campaign," Kraft said in a statement.

Michigan Entrepreneuer Claiming Idea For Heinz Dip & Squeeze

March 31, 2015 8:40 am | by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Michigan food entrepreneur claims the "Little Dipper" condiment package he patented in 1997 led H.J. Heinz Co. to develop its Dip & Squeeze ketchup packets, which it rolled out in February 2010, lawyers in opening statements told a federal court jury in Pittsburgh on Monday.

EU Dairy Farmers Rally to Protest Removal of Milk Quotas

March 31, 2015 8:15 am | by LORNE COOK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Dairy farmers hit the streets of Brussels Tuesday to protest the lifting of European Union milk quotas, fearing that the move will flood the market with cheap surplus milk.

Distillers: Stiff Whiskey Law Stifles Tennessee Town's Boozy Revival

March 31, 2015 8:12 am | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Booze, bikes and rock 'n' roll. That's the plan for economic development in this otherwise sleepy town of Trimble, Tenn. The only thing standing in the way, say distillers Michael Ballard and Jesse James Dupree, is the state's stuffy law restricting how spirits must be made so they can be marketed as "Tennessee Whiskey."

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