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WTO Rejects US Country-of-Origin Labels for Meat

October 20, 2014 2:24 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Trade Organization rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identifying where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The WTO said the requirements put Canadian and Mexican livestock at an unfair disadvantage.

Nevada Leads the Nation in School Nutrition

October 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by Voices for Healthy Kids | News | Comments

The American Heart Association is thrilled to...

Judge: Ex-Soldier Should Pay Fees to Burger King

October 17, 2014 1:32 pm | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal magistrate judge is recommending that a...

Hershey Wins Trademark Lawsuit Against Colorado Pot Company

October 17, 2014 9:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Colorado marijuana edibles company must recall or destroy its pot-infused products that...

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Utah Lawmakers Scrutinize Raw Milk Industry After Outbreak

October 16, 2014 3:11 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Utah lawmakers don't want a raw milk-related bacterial outbreak that sickened 80 people and contributed to one death to shut down the fledgling raw-milk industry. The outbreak was traced to unpasteurized milk from a Weber County dairy.   

Va. Consumers Are Sour Over Booze Price Hike

October 16, 2014 2:00 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

As part of a plan to close a $2.4 billion gap in the two-year budget, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has directed the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to hike the costs of liquor.                 

Onion Growers Relieved by Water Rule Change

October 16, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Onion growers say their customers may be more demanding than the federal government has been in setting new rules for irrigation water quality.                              

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Vermont Releases Draft GMO Labeling Rules

October 16, 2014 9:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont's attorney general's office released some of the proposed rules to govern the labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms. The regulations include using a "clear and conspicuous" label.           

Chipotle to Support GMO Labeling Ballot Measure in Colorado, Oregon

October 15, 2014 9:26 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Denver-based burrito giant endorsed ballot measures in Colorado and Oregon that would require labeling of genetically modified food, providing a morale boost for campaigns being heavily outspent by agriculture interests.   

Two Takes on the Soda-Tax Wars

October 14, 2014 3:13 pm | by Cornell University | News | Comments

As San Francisco and Berkeley citizens prepare to vote on a soda tax, two Cornell experts weigh in on the debate.                                      

Oregon's GMO Labeling Measure Attracts Big Money

October 14, 2014 9:34 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

With ballots going out to Oregon voters this week, the two opposing camps combined have reported contributions of more than $12 million and expenditures of more than $11 million. Labeling opponents have reported cash and in-kind contributions of $7.3 million thus far.

Molson Coors and Miller Brewing End Canada Partnership

October 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Molson Coors and Miller Brewing announced that they have settled amicably their litigation in Toronto arising from the Licence Agreement for the Miller trademark brands in Canada. Miller will regain the rights to distribute the beers on April 1. 

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Banning Plastic Bags May Be Bad Science

October 9, 2014 3:08 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Recently, Americans were split on the idea of California Governor Jerry Brown's state-wide plastic ban, also known as SB270. The new ban puts plastic bags provided at grocery store, pharmacy, convenience store and liquor shop check-out counters in the crosshairs.

Mexico's Tax on Junk Food Hits Pepsi, Coke

October 9, 2014 2:46 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Recent declines suffered by Pepsi and Coke in Mexico underscore why the beverage industry is fighting tax proposals on sugary drinks in in San Francisco and nearby Berkeley. It's not yet clear whether the taxes' impact on consumption will last.

Flavors Fuel Food Industry, Remain a Mystery to Consumers

October 9, 2014 2:37 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Five consumer and environmental groups sent a letter to the FDA expressing their concern about the flavor industry, which determines the safety of its own ingredients. The letter noted that safety is sometimes declared based on scientific data that isn't publicly available.

Food Companies Spend Heavily to Defeat GMO Food Labeling Votes

October 8, 2014 3:27 pm | by Cornucopia Institute | News | Comments

Citizen initiatives on the November 4 ballots in both Colorado and Oregon would mandate clear labeling of genetically engineered ingredients on food packages. The pending votes have sparked a high-priced battleground pitting consumer and farmer advocates against multi-billion-dollar agribusiness corporations.

Regulators Consider Options For Maine's Elver Fishing

October 8, 2014 9:29 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Elvers, also called glass eels, are sold overseas as seed stock for Asian aquaculture companies that raise them to maturity and sell them as food. Prices topped $1,800 per pound in 2012 and 2013, and the fishery is Maine's second most valuable, behind only lobsters.

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3 Lawsuits Pending, Whiskey-Maker Responds to Allegations

October 7, 2014 1:44 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Whiskey maker Templeton Rye has been under scrutiny after revealing they use a stock rye whiskey from an Indiana distillery before blending it with more ingredients in Iowa. At least three lawsuits claiming the company deceived customers are pending. 

Coca-Cola to Settle Lawsuit Over Glacéau Vitaminwater's Marketing

October 7, 2014 9:33 am | by Angeion Group; The Coca-Cola Company and Energy Brands Inc. | News | Comments

The Coca-Cola Company announced the preliminary approval of a settlement agreement in a class action lawsuit concerning the labeling and marketing of Glaceau vitaminwater brand beverages. The hearing on final approval of the settlement is scheduled for Dec. 2. 

Sugar Showdown: 'We Haven't Even Achieved Type 3 Diabetes Yet!'

October 6, 2014 2:23 pm | by PBS NewsHour | Videos | Comments

As a vote on whether to raise the tax on sodas, teas, energy drinks and any others that contain added sugar sold in San Francisco draws near, advocates for the beverage industry and public health arena weigh in on how this tax would affect consumers. 

Illinois Considers Raw Milk Regulations

October 6, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Food and Drug Administration data show between 300,000 and 400,000 Illinoisans drink raw milk. Regulations are necessary to make raw milk safer for consumption, Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said. 

GMO Ban Impractical? Maui Mayor Says Yes

October 6, 2014 9:20 am | by The Maui News, Wailuku, Hawaii | News | Comments

Maui Major Alan Arakawa has ruled a proposed moratorium on genetically modified crops as impractical. The moratorium would make it illegal to cultivate, grow or test genetically modified crops in the county until companies could prove their practices are safe.

Two Calif. Cities to Vote on Soda Tax

October 6, 2014 9:12 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Voters in San Francisco will decide whether to make distributors pay a tax of 2 cents an ounce on sugary drinks, with the revenue used to fund programs promoting healthy eating and physical activity. Berkeley voters will decide on a proposed tax of 1 cent an ounce.

Judge Tosses Lawsuit Challenging Calif. Egg Laws

October 3, 2014 9:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller dismissed the suit Thursday, giving California a major victory in a cross-country battle that pitted animal protections against the economic interests of farmers in the South and Midwest.      

FDA Registration Renewal Period For Food Facilities Begins Oct. 1

October 1, 2014 10:00 am | by David Lennarz, Vice President, Registrar Corp | News | Comments

The registration renewal requirement was established by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2011 and requires that food facilities renew their FDA registrations between October 1 and December 31 of every even-numbered year.   

Group Tries to Make Food Policy Morph into a Political 'Kitchen Table' Issue

October 1, 2014 9:17 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Americans don't normally think about food policy when they vote. A group of food advocates is trying to figure out how to change that. They're putting organizational effort into elections for the first time.   

Hawaii Restaurant Fined for Removing Sign Stating Violations

September 30, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Hawaii Department of Health fined a Honolulu noodle restaurant for breaking food safety rules and for taking down a sign that stated the violations. Officials say a restaurant manager removed the sign for a weekend.     

The Inversion Crackdown is in Full Swing

September 29, 2014 8:38 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO Magazine | Blogs | Comments

It looks like the Obama administration has finally thrown down the gauntlet with companies moving their headquarters overseas.                                      

Groups Launch Oregon Campaigns on GMO Labeling

September 29, 2014 8:00 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Pres | News | Comments

If adopted, the initiative by Oregon GMO Right to Know would require manufacturers, retailers and suppliers to label raw and packaged foods produced entirely or partially by genetic engineering. It would be effective January 2016.  

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