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States are moving to ban alcohol in powdered form before the product goes on sale out of concern it will increase underage drinking. The product, called "Palcohol," is touted by its inventor as a convenient way to mix a drink.
A food supplier for several years falsely marketed beef to Muslims as meeting strict halal standards. Midamar Corp., based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, sold at least $4.9 million in beef to customers in Malaysia, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates.
A Utah woman has reached a settlement with a Dickey's Barbecue where she unknowingly drank iced tea mixed with chemicals and nearly died. A worker had inadvertently mixed an industrial cleaning solution into an ice tea dispenser at the barbecue chain restaurant.
A European rule requiring restaurants, bakeries and supermarkets — or anyone else mass-producing meals — to list any of 14 allergens that might appear on their menus is being met with confusion.
A folk artist who became a folk hero to some after picking a fight with fast-food giant Chik-fil-A over use of the phrase "eat more kale" — similar to their trademarked "eat mor chikin" — has won his legal battle.
Proponents of an Oregon ballot measure requiring labels on genetically modified foods are conceding defeat. The proponents say they drew strength after coming close to victory but stopped short of promising another attempt in the 2016 election.
For the first time, low-income women would be able to pay for potatoes with government-subsidized vouchers issued by the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program. The potato industry has aggressively lobbied for inclusion in WIC for years.
The court argued that the constitution guarantees the freedom of religious practice. It is a victory for Poland's small Jewish and Muslim communities and for the agricultural industry, which in the past profited from the production of meat for export to Jewish and Muslim communities.
A massive year-end spending bill released Tuesday doesn't allow schools to opt out of healthier school meal standards championed by first lady Michelle Obama, as House Republicans had sought. But it would ease standards that require more whole grains in school foods.
Recent criminal prosecutions indicate the maturation of the organic food regulatory program and the exponential growth of the industry. As in other industries that undergo rapid expansion, the lure of increased profits creates incentives for bad actors to engage in fraud.
The FDA typically has shied away from the subject, leaving the issue of labeling GMO's to the states. But Congress has weighed in as the food industry has faced a potential patchwork of state laws requiring the labeling.
Because caffeine powder is sold as a dietary supplement, it's not subject to the same federal regulations as certain caffeinated foods. Users add it to drinks for a pick-me-up before workouts or to control weight gain, but it is almost impossible to measure with common kitchen tools.
Regulators found five safety violations after a 23-year-old worker died earlier this year at Michael Foods Inc.'s operation in Wakefield, Nebraska. The Labor Department has proposed fining the MInnesota-based company $30,900 for violations found after the June 19 death.
Recent guidance from the United States' Affordable Care Act and the United Kingdom's Responsibility Deal encourage calorie labeling in chain restaurants, yet there have been mixed results as to the effects of calorie labeling on consumers' meal choices and weight status.
With 2014 dwindling to its last months, it's time to think about what the future will hold. And for those working in manufacturing, the 2015 rules and regulations from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) are something to follow.
In an additional list of so-called nontariff barriers recently submitted by the 28-country bloc, the EU wants Japan to change rules regarding imports of alcoholic beverages such as beer, as well as food additives not permitted or limited for use in Japan.
The school meal rules, phased in since 2012 and championed by first lady Michelle Obama, require more fruits, vegetables and whole grains in the lunch line. The standards also limit sodium, sugar and fat.
The European Union is taking a big step toward giving EU member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops in their countries even if it's been approved by the 28-nation bloc.
Some business groups have started a new push aimed at ending Indiana's longtime ban on Sunday alcohol sales at retail stores. Liquor store owners have opposed lifting the Sunday ban, arguing the change would benefit large chain grocery and convenience stores.
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is deciding whether to sign a closely watched bill involving pig cages. The bill would ban pig farmers in the state from using devices called gestation crates. Pork producers say the bill would hurt their plant operations.
Looking back on the year, the food industry has seen changes to the FSMA proposed rules, a rising number of food safety issues across the supply chain, and an increasing adoption of technology. We spoke with Keri Dawson about what she predicts for 2015.
The FDA announced new regulations requiring chain restaurants, movie theaters and other retailers of prepared foods to include calorie labels on all menus. I believe the overhaul will act as a great source of information, but only for those who care.
The United States is appealing a World Trade Organization decision that would make it harder for U.S. consumers to know where meat in the grocery store came from. The WTO in October rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat.
In recent years, there have been hundreds of often preposterous consumer class action lawsuits that frequently target both food producers and sellers across the country. Recognizing the potential for litigious mischief, Congress purposely limited enforcement of the law to its newly created FTC.
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