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Labor Day Wish: Workers Want More Control of Schedules

August 29, 2014 12:30 pm | by University of Chicago | News | Comments

Almost half of young workers are given their work schedule with one week’s notice or less, according to the new national study by researchers from the University of Chicago.                            

Exploring Advances in Sustainable Manufacturing

August 29, 2014 10:30 am | by Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies | News | Comments

Experts from a range of disciplines explore the latest research on sustainable manufacturing and...

Chiquita Brands Sued For Deceptive Advertising

August 28, 2014 12:45 pm | by WASH | News | Comments

The lawsuit, filed by Seattle-based Water and Sanitation Health (WASH) claims that Chiquita...

Government Says Tyson Foods Must Sell Sow-Buying Business

August 28, 2014 9:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Justice said Tyson Foods must sell its sow purchasing business, Heinold...

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Potential Added Sugar, Portion Rules May Drive Packaging Changes

August 28, 2014 9:16 am | by Marcelo Ferrer, Director, Contract Manufacturing, Tetra Pak Inc | Articles | Comments

The FDA is intent on improving its labeling standards to encourage healthier eating. The effort, if it happens as proposed, will shine an uncomfortable light on added sugars, calorie counts and portion sizes, and will likely drive changes in formulations and sizing. 

Bad Catch: FDA Investigating Large Maine Processor

August 27, 2014 2:02 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FDA in February sent a letter to Rockland-based Linda Bean's citing the firm for "significant violations" in the way it processed seafood. As one of Maine's largest lobster processors, the company is now under investigation by the federal agency.

Taking Risks in Ice Cream Industry: Ben & Jerry's Includes 'Everything But' GMOs

August 27, 2014 8:00 am | by Daniel Granderson, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Ben & Jerry’s takes the responsibility of providing conscientiously crafted ice cream very seriously. In 2013, the company announced intentions to elminate GMOs from its products. The switch is ongoing with several notable ingredient adjustments already in place.

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Judge: Kauai GMO Law Invalid

August 26, 2014 8:45 am | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren ruled Monday in favor of four seed companies seeking to stop Kauai's new law from going into effect. The companies argued the local ordinance is invalid and unfairly targets their industry.       

Whisky's Worries Mirror Economic Fears in Scotland

August 25, 2014 2:34 pm | by MARTIN BENEDYK, DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Whisky makers are worried about the risks involved in finding themselves overnight in a new country with, among other things, a different currency. Nine out of 10 bottles of Scotch are sold overseas for a value of 4.3 billion pounds ($7.1 billion) a year.

Calif. Co-Owner Pleads Guilty to Processing Cows With Cancer

August 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Co-owner of Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp., a Northern California slaughterhouse, has pleaded guilty to the criminal charges accusing him of processing cows with cancer. Operations were halted in February after a series of recalls.   

Venezuela Proposes Fingerprinting Grocery Shoppers

August 25, 2014 8:50 am | by HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has implemented a mandatory fingerprinting system at grocery stores to help combat food shortages by keeping people from buying too much of a single item. He calls it an "anti-fraud system."     

Lawyer Wants Seized $125K Wine Collection Back

August 22, 2014 12:10 pm | by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | News | Comments

A Pennsylvania lawyer, Arthur Goldman, convicted of selling high-end wine from his home despite state liquor laws is hoping to win back the seized collection. Goldman's collection is estimated to be worth $125,000 or more.      

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3 Things to Consider to Mitigate Risk in the Food Supply Chain

August 22, 2014 9:10 am | by Bill Tomasi, Global Director of Product Management, IBS | Articles | Comments

The government has in recent years boosted its oversight of the food supply chain through the most aggressive regulatory overhaul since the mid-20th Century. Yet, every year hundreds of voluntary recalls threaten the reputation of the brands that sell them.

Top 20 Tips to Mark 20 Years of National Food Safety Month

August 22, 2014 8:30 am | by National Restaurant Association | News | Comments

This year's National Food Safety Month, held annually in September, marks 20 years of commitment to food safety. To commemorate the anniversary, the NRA is featuring the top 20 food safety tips from the past 20 years.        

Regulation Uncertainty Kills A Product Line

August 21, 2014 2:14 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

It appears that the threat of new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations in the cheese industry hasn’t gotten old and moldy just yet, causing cheesemakers to pull popular product lines.               

Nestle Pushes For Humane Treatment of Animals in Supply Chain

August 21, 2014 1:30 pm | by Nestle USA | News | Comments

Thousands of farms that supply Nestle with their dairy, meat, poultry and eggs will now have to comply with tighter animal welfare standards. Nestle has signed an agreement pledging to improve the welfare of the farm animals in its supply chain.

US Foods Worker Indicted on Embezzlement Charges

August 21, 2014 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A 43-year-old worker for U.S. Foods Inc. has been indicted on charges of embezzling more than $400,000. Cesar Raphael Barretto was indicted on nine counts of wire fraud. Barretto worked for the company helping customers place orders.   

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Alberta Court Fines Cargill $80K For Environmental Law Breach

August 21, 2014 9:00 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

An Alberta court has fined Cargill, the largest beef processing plant in Canada, $80,000 for failing to immediately report intentionally diluted wastewater samples from the company's High River plant.             

Seafood Substitutions Expose Consumers to Dangerously High Levels of Mercury

August 21, 2014 8:45 am | by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa | News | Comments

Fishery "substitutions"— which falsely present a fish of the same species, but from a different geographic origin — are the most dangerous mislabeling offense, according to University of Hawai‘i at Manoa scientists. Mislabeling can expose consumers to high levels of mercury.

Report Compares Food Traceability Regulations of 21 Countries

August 20, 2014 2:00 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

A new report evaluates the traceability regulations and requirements of 21 countries, including the U.S., Canada and the EU among others. The authors ranked each country based on aggregated responses to a series of questions developed to assess their policies.

Investing in America’s Manufacturing Future

August 20, 2014 12:20 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

U.S. Senator Chris Coons’ (D-Del.) office announced a bipartisan bill designed to help schools strengthen their engineering programs to meet the growing demands of 21st century manufacturing.  Will these initiatives bring a resurgence to U.S. manufacturing? 

Ex-Peanut Plant Manager Says He Lied About Salmonella

August 15, 2014 1:57 pm | by KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The former manager of the Georgia peanut processing plant blamed for a deadly salmonella outbreak says he lied to investigators to protect the company he worked for but then decided to come clean after realizing how many people had been sickened.

Alcohol Delivery Comes to D.C. Through New App

August 15, 2014 1:38 pm | by Klink Technologies Inc. | News | Comments

For the past year, several U.S. cities have allowed alcohol deliveries through Klink Technologies, an on-demand alcohol delivery business. Washington D.C. is the latest to drive this consumer trend.               

USDA Clips Wings of Misleading Language on Organic Packaging

August 15, 2014 9:50 am | by The Cornucopia Institute | News | Comments

The USDA announced that it would rein-in misleading language on organic packaging that has been suspected of confusing consumers. Specifically, the agency addressed companies that market food products with words like "organic" or "organics" in their brand-name.

Group Challenges Constitutionality of Oregon Right to Farm Act

August 14, 2014 9:58 am | by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuit was brought by 17 residents of the Cedar Valley area north of Gold Beach, who were victims last fall of herbicides meant for neighboring timberlands. The lawsuit seeks a ruling that the immunity granted to pesticide applicators is unconstitutional. 

Experts: Russian Food Ban Attempts to Leverage 'Big Ag' in US

August 13, 2014 12:30 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

Experts from Vanderbilt University say the one-year ban of food imports to Russia is designed to leverage the American agricultural industry's lobbying power in Congress. The food ban was announced last week to deny imports from the EU, US and Canada among others.

Penn. Liquor Board Urged to Boost Markup on Wine, Liquor Prices

August 13, 2014 8:45 am | by PETER JACKSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

PLCB's finance director proposed that the markup be raised from 30 percent to 35 percent. The issue of the markup rate comes amid a high-profile legislative stalemate over the future of Pennsylvania's state-controlled liquor system.    

The $2B Lawsuit Against PepsiCo, Pinnacle Foods and Quaker Oats

August 12, 2014 2:08 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Two great-grandsons of the woman who once served as the face of Aunt Jemima filed a class action lawsuit against Quaker Oats and its parent company, PepsiCo, for exploiting Anna Short Harrington and not paying royalties to her estate.     

VIDEO: Colbert's Take on Vladimir Putin's Food Sanctions

August 12, 2014 10:09 am | by The Colbert Report | Videos | Comments

Vladimir Putin retaliates against economic sanctions by imposing a strict ban on food imports from the West.                           

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