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Northern Beef Packers Received $4.3M in State Aid

April 17, 2014 11:52 am | by DIRK LAMMERS, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Senate candidates talking about the idled Northern Beef Packers plant in northeast South Dakota have tossed out figures for taxpayer losses ranging from nothing to $80 million, but a breakdown from state agencies shows the actual number is closer to $4.3 million.

FDA Closes Puerto Rico Bakery for Multiple Violations

April 17, 2014 10:12 am | News | Comments

Los Genuinos, Inc., a Bayamon, Puerto Rico, food manufacturer, has agreed under terms of a court...

Obama, Biden Announce $600M in Job Grants

April 16, 2014 12:52 pm | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million...

Wash. Company Recalls 83K Pounds of Egg Products

April 15, 2014 12:22 pm | News | Comments

Nutrion LLC, based in Lacey, Wash., is recalling an additional 82,884 pounds of processed egg...

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Photos of the Day: Japan Whaling Supporters Plan to Continue Hunts

April 15, 2014 9:56 am | News | Comments

Hundreds of pro-whaling Japanese officials, lawmakers and lobby group members on Tuesday gathered at a meeting and vowed to continue whale hunts despite an international court ruling that brought Japan's Antarctic whaling program to an abrupt halt.

Japan Pro-Whaling Contingent Vows to Continue Hunts

April 15, 2014 9:51 am | News | Comments

Hundreds of pro-whaling Japanese officials, lawmakers and lobby group members on Tuesday gathered at a meeting and vowed to continue whale hunts despite an international court ruling that brought Japan's Antarctic whaling program to an abrupt halt.

Photos of the Day: State, Federal Lawmakers Combat Seafood Fraud

April 14, 2014 9:44 am | News | Comments

In the United States, 92 percent of all seafood is imported and labeling fraud is common. Both state and federal lawmakers now are moving to pass legislation to help make sure that customers are getting the seafood for which they are paying.

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Lawmakers Fight Seafood Fraud

April 14, 2014 9:39 am | by BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the United States, 92 percent of all seafood is imported and labeling fraud is common. Both state and federal lawmakers now are moving to pass legislation to help make sure that customers are getting the seafood for which they are paying.

GFSI-Recognized Food Safety Schemes Ensure Global Acceptance

April 14, 2014 8:00 am | by Ron Vail, Director, Food Safety and GFSI Education, AIB International and Sonal Sinha, Associate Vice President Industry Solutions, MetricStream | Articles | Comments

The Global Food Safety Initiative acts as an international quality benchmark in the food industry, and helps establish uniform and consistent international food safety standards. The GFSI schemes also enable companies to comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Chobani Founder Accused of Stealing Fage's Greek Yogurt Recipe

April 14, 2014 8:00 am | Videos | Comments

The ex-wife of Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya claims that her former husband stole competitor Fage's secret recipe for Greek yogurt. In a matter of years, Chobani has unseated Fage as the No. 1 brand of Greek yogurt in the United States.

Court Ruling on Whaling Gave Japan's Gov't a Convenient Escape

April 11, 2014 10:25 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The international court ruling against Japanese whaling may have given the government a convenient political out. The Antarctic program was nearly bankrupt, but if the government had overhauled it on its own, it would have incurred the wrath of a strong anti-whaling lobby.

Oregon Gov. Hopes to Frame GMO Laws with Panel

April 11, 2014 10:22 am | by STEVEN DUBOIS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber does not expect his newly created task force on genetically engineered agriculture to produce any specific proposals for next year's legislative session. Instead, he wants the group to frame the issue of GMOs for legislators.

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IDFA Supports Bill to Establish Voluntary GMO Labeling Standard

April 10, 2014 9:54 am | News | Comments

The International Dairy Foods Association supports the introduction of The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014, which would establish a federal standard for voluntary labeling of products made with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).

EU: Russia’s Pork Import Ban Is Illegal

April 10, 2014 9:51 am | News | Comments

The EU is opening a case against Russia to protest a pork import ban that it calls disproportionate and illegal. Russia banned EU pork imports in January following four cases of African swine fever found in boar on the Lithuanian and Polish borders with Belarus.

Irwindale Declares Sriracha Factory a Public Nuisance

April 10, 2014 9:48 am | News | Comments

Irwindale, Calif., declared on Wednesday that Sriracha maker Huy Fong Foods' production plant is a public nuisance. The Irwindale City Council's action gives the factory 90 days to make changes to stop the spicy odors that prompted complaints from residents last fall.

NRDC: GRAS Process May Allow Dangerous Chemicals into Food

April 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) review process of chemicals used as food additives is “woefully inadequate and may be putting the health of Americans at risk,” according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

The Evolution of FSMA and Track-and-Trace Technology

April 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Johann Heydenrych, Senior Vice President, SAP Solutions | Articles | Comments

The Food Safety Modernization Act has propelled the industry forward through a more holistic approach of track-and-trace requirements throughout the supply chain. While the industry has progressed to meet the more stringent standards, there is still ample room for improvement.

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Japanese Worker Able to Poison Food Under Loose Security

April 9, 2014 12:20 pm | News | Comments

A man who was indicted earlier this year for lacing frozen food products with pesticide at a factory in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, says he had no trouble doing so because of loose security. The food poisoning affected thousands of consumers in Japan.

Ex-Broker Gets Prison Time for Bribing Buyers at Kraft, Frito-Lay

April 9, 2014 10:20 am | News | Comments

Two former officials with one of the nation's leading tomato processing companies were sentenced in a federal price-fixing case. Randall Rahal was sentenced to three years in prison. Prosecutors say the former SK Foods broker bribed buyers at food giants like Kraft Foods, Safeway Inc. and Frito-Lay.

A Buyer’s Perspective on FSMA at the Food Safety Summit

April 9, 2014 9:51 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor | News | Comments

Regulatory compliance and business practices can meld under the Food Safety Modernization Act in the practice of food safety quality assurance, Jorge Hernandez, senior vice president for food safety & quality assurance at US Foods, said Tuesday at the Food Safety Summit.

Industry-Wide FSMA Concerns Arise at Food Safety Summit

April 9, 2014 8:14 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged | News | Comments

An ongoing, open dialogue between food manufacturers and the FDA is vital as FSMA regulations are forged, a vice president of the International Dairy Foods Association said at the Food Safety Summit Tuesday. Key points are the FSVP, auditing and records.

FDA Cracks Down on ‘Honey’ with Added Sweeteners

April 8, 2014 12:31 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to ensure shoppers who buy honey are getting the real deal. New guidance issued Tuesday would prevent food companies from adding sugar or other sweeteners to pure honey and still calling it "honey."

Idaho Asks Judge to Toss Lawsuit on ‘Ag Gag’ Law

April 8, 2014 10:24 am | by REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys for Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter are asking a federal judge to toss a lawsuit challenging a new law that makes it illegal to secretly film animal abuse at agricultural facilities. A coalition sued Idaho last month, asking that the so-called "ag gag" law be stricken down.

EU Seeks Restrictions on Meat Names Like 'Bratwurst' and 'Bologna'

April 8, 2014 10:08 am | News | Comments

The European Union is looking to restrict the use of common meat names, such as "bologna," "bratwurst" and "black forest ham." U.S. senators sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, asking them to defend these names.

How to Manage Mobile ‘Big Data’ Legal Risks

April 8, 2014 8:00 am | by Michael Reif | Articles | Comments

The opportunities accompanying the possibilities of mobile's big data are not limitless. Government policies and privacy laws create very real exposures that food industry members must keep in mind as they seek to leverage mobile big data.

Farmers Face New Conservation Rules Under Farm Bill

April 7, 2014 12:42 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wildlife and environmental groups are claiming victory for conservation practices in the new farm bill. Farmers will be required to use good conservation practices on highly erodible lands and protect wetlands to qualify for crop insurance subsidies.

Infestation Forces Closure of NYC Cronut Bakery

April 7, 2014 12:37 pm | News | Comments

Health officials on Friday shut down New York City's Dominique Ansel Bakery, famous for serving up delicious croissant-doughnut hybrid treats called Cronuts, because of a "severe mouse infestation" that requires professional pest control.

Federal Judges to Review COOL Ruling

April 7, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

A full federal appeals court will review meat labeling rules that would require country-of-origin information on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat. The meat industry went to court in an effort to block the government regulation, which went into effect last year.

NLRB Seeks Injunction to End Kellogg Lockout

April 7, 2014 10:22 am | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Friday authorized its lawyers to seek an immediate injunction in U.S. Federal Court against the Kellogg Company for the food maker's role in the long-running lockout at its cereal plant in Memphis, Tenn.

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