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US Halal Food Supplier Indicted Over Beef Exports

October 24, 2014 1:00 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The founder of a popular brand of food for observant Muslims has been indicted on charges that he shipped beef to Malaysia and Indonesia that didn't meet those countries' import requirements.             

Think Discrimination Claims Will Never Be Filed Against Your Business?

October 24, 2014 12:40 pm | by FrankCrum | News | Comments

Running a business is hard enough without...

Strategic Growth: Should You Retrofit or Build a New Facility?

October 24, 2014 12:34 pm | by Michael Smith, Director of Project Development, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

The question of whether to renovate an existing...

The Perils of Navigating Legal Issues in Bringing a New Product to Market

October 24, 2014 12:00 pm | by Glenn Pogust, Kaye Scholer LLP | Articles | Comments

One of the most notable areas in dispute is the...

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FDA Develops Online Module to Help Ensure Proper Seafood Labeling

October 24, 2014 9:29 am | by FDA | News | Comments

Proper identification of seafood is important throughout the seafood supply chain to ensure that appropriate food safety controls are implemented and that consumers are getting the type of seafood they expect and for which they are paying.  

Colorado GMO Labeling: Food Giants Spend Big Money to Defeat Measure

October 24, 2014 9:17 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Colorado and Oregon are battlegrounds in a national war over genetically modified organisms, or organisms that have been altered at the molecular or cellular level. So-called GMOs now make up almost the entirety of many staple crops, such as corn and soybeans, which are used in many items on grocery store shelves.

Food Giants Funding State Ballot Initiatives

October 23, 2014 9:34 am | by PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The millions of dollars paying for ads on ballot measures to be considered next month come from large companies and national advocacy groups. Food industry giants Monsanto, the J.M. Smucker Co., Coca-Cola and Pepsi are spending $3 million opposing an Oregon ballot measure that would require vendors to label genetically modified foods.

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Trick or Treat: Concerns Over Children Receiving Pot-Infused Candy

October 22, 2014 2:33 pm | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Colorado and Washington state will soon celebrate Halloween for the first time since marijuana became widely available in stores. Police are warning parents to check their kids' bags for pot-laced candy. Barry Petersen reports.      

Does America Deserve a Raise?

October 22, 2014 2:04 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO Magazine | Blogs | Comments

With an economy that is tentatively getting back on its feet, it only seems appropriate that minimum wage become a point of focus. Currently the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, however, this may soon be a figure of the past.    

Anheuser-Busch Sues Kenutcky Over Beer Distribution

October 22, 2014 1:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch, one of the largest beer brewers in the country, is suing Kentucky to force the approval of a distributor's license. The company claims the Alcoholic Beverage Control has passed the statutory deadline for either approving or rejecting the application in 60 days. 

FDA Reminds Egg Product Exporters of New USDA Procedures

October 22, 2014 11:14 am | by FDA | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reminds exporters of food products containing eggs or egg products regulated by FDA that export certificates for these products will be issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) as of November 10, 2014. 

Ban on GMO Plants Advances in L.A.

October 22, 2014 10:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Los Angeles has backed a plan for a ban on cultivating or selling genetically modified plants, including varieties of corn and other crops that are designed to resist pests or pesticides. Critics say genetically modified crops haven't been proven safe.

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Organic Trade Group Reaches Out to More Farmers

October 21, 2014 4:03 pm | by Organic Trade Association | News | Comments

The Farmstead Membership is open to organic farmers whose annual income from organic sales is less than $250,000 and who have current membership in one of the farmer-driven organizations with which OTA's Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) has formed a strategic alliance.

Meat Labeling Gets Push Back From WTO

October 21, 2014 3:10 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

The World Trade Organization announced that it has rejected U.S. rules that would require labeling packaged beef and pork products identifying where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. Did the WTO come to the right decision concerning meat labeling rules? 

2nd Guilty Plea in Calif. Tainted Beef Case

October 21, 2014 2:28 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Eugene Corda, an employee of Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp., entered the plea to one count of aiding and abetting in the distribution of adulterated, misbranded and uninspected meat earlier this month.           

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 share that the Nevada Department of Agriculture recently adopted a new and robust School Wellness Policy that provides two key provisions that help our kids grow up healthy.   

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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 former soldier suing Burger King for swallowing needles in a sandwich pay attorneys' fees and costs to the defendants for not showing up at a settlement conference.         

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 resemble iconic Hershey treats as part of a settlement agreement with the chocolate company. Hershey filed a federal trademark infringement lawsuit in June.

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.                              

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. 

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.

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