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Russia Tightens Ban on European Food Imports

April 27, 2015 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Russia is set to tighten its ban on food imports from Europe by restricting re-exports of fruit and vegetables through European countries.

My First Experience at the Food Safety Summit

April 27, 2015 12:50 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

In just a few hours, I will be boarding a plane to Baltimore, MD., where I will be joining more...

Fishing Regulators Approve Some New England Habitat Changes

April 24, 2015 11:40 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal fishery regulators say they will keep much-debated protections for Cashes Ledge in the...

Is the FDA's GMO Safety Declaration Misleading the Nation?

April 23, 2015 12:10 pm | by Institute for Responsible Technology | News | Comments

The FDA's declaration that the genetically engineered non-browning apple and potato "are as safe...

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Officials: Rogue Workers Targeted Big Bourbon Distilleries

April 22, 2015 2:10 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bourbon theft ring targeting the Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey distilleries operated for years as a lucrative business, involving tens of thousands of dollars in whiskey, and the scheme began to unravel only when stolen barrels were discovered behind a shed, officials said.

Food Companies Mark Earth Day With Lobbying Effort

April 22, 2015 11:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Several large food companies, including Kellogg, Unilever, PepsiCo, Starbucks, Nestlé and Mars, will send representatives to Washington this week to urge Congress to combat climate change.

EU Executive Body Wants Member States to Rule on GM Crop Ban

April 22, 2015 9:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union has started legislative work that would allow individual nations to ban the imports of genetically modified crops even if approved by the food safety authority of the 28-nation bloc.

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What Makes Chipotle Pork So Special?

April 21, 2015 3:00 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

In January, Chipotle halted sales of pork at hundreds of its restaurants, saying one of its suppliers wasn't adhering to its strict standards. Just what makes Chipotle's pork so special? Bloomberg's Julie Hyman traveled to Iowa to find out.

Vermont Adopts GMO Labeling Rules

April 21, 2015 1:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Vermont is one step closer to becoming the first state to require companies to clearly label food produced with genetic modification. The office of Attorney General Bill Sorrell formally adopted rules to implement the labeling law this week.

US Senator Says School Yogurt Program is Expanding Nationwide

April 21, 2015 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says the federal program adding Greek yogurt to items available for school lunches is expanding nationwide. The federal Department of Agriculture pilot program began in 2013 with New York, Tennessee, Idaho and Arizona, adding eight more states last year.

The Most Expensive Regulation in Manufacturing History

April 20, 2015 3:10 pm | by NAMvideo | Videos | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers released a new study that confirms our worst fears: the ozone regulation under consideration by EPA right now will be the most expensive regulation of all time. This could cost manufacturing and the total U.S. economy a solid $140 billion per year.

Authorities Close to Revealing Details of Bourbon Theft

April 20, 2015 12:40 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The mystery of who's been spiriting away barrels of Kentucky bourbon might soon have a resolution, as authorities seem close to revealing details about a possible theft ring.

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Canadian Shrimp Imports Increase as Maine Fishery Remains Closed

April 20, 2015 8:55 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian imports of the sweet, quarter-sized crustaceans are turning up more in American restaurants and seafood markets since a ban on fishing for Maine shrimp dried up local sources. The value of Canada's shrimp imports to the U.S. grew nearly 20 percent from 2013 to 2014.

Maui Farmers, Fishermen Sue Over Stream Diversions

April 20, 2015 8:20 am | by MELISSA TANJI, The Maui News | News | Comments

A&B, through its subsidiaries, East Maui Irrigation Co. and Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co., diverts around 164 million gallons per day from the East Maui streams for its 36,000 acres of sugar cane fields and provides water for Upcountry residents.

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 year. That means the seafood could be available in as few as two years — but only if USDA moves quickly to complete the rules and seafood companies decide to embrace them.

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 of the country — India is the world's fifth-largest consumer and second-largest exporter of beef. 

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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 sent a warning letter to the company for labeling several of its fruit and nut bars as "healthy"- because they do not meet federal standards.

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.

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.

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.

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