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Report: USDA Won't Investigate Organic Farm Allegations

May 21, 2015 2:15 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Wisconsin-based Cornucopia Institute released springtime aerial photographs of the operations late last year, none of which showed livestock or poultry roaming the grounds. Federal organic regulations stipulate that animals be given access to the outdoors.

Calif. Decision on Farmer Water Cuts to Apply Broadly

May 21, 2015 9:15 am | by FENIT NIRAPPIL, SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Water Resources Control Board Director Tom Howard said that whatever he decides will apply to...

Consumer vs. Industry Perspectives on a Partnership in Food Safety

May 20, 2015 9:10 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

“Today, we talk to our kids about stranger danger and Internet safety,” Darin Detwiler said. “...

House Panel Votes to Repeal Country-Origin Meat Labeling Law

May 20, 2015 8:25 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The House Agriculture Committee voted 38-6 to repeal a "country-of-origin" labeling law for meat...

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In the News: FDA Proposes to Know More About Antibiotic Use in Animals

May 20, 2015 7:30 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Find out everything you need to know by browsing this compilation of media coverage.

US Dairy Companies Urge Congress to Act Now to Reform COOL and Protect American Jobs

May 19, 2015 11:45 am | by International Dairy Foods Association | News | Comments

The World Trade Organization's final ruling Monday against the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling rule will cause severe economic harm to U.S. manufacturing and agriculture without immediate congressional intervention, said the International Dairy Foods Association.

New Law Affects Chicken Farms in Calif.

May 19, 2015 10:30 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

A new law that took effect this year requires farmers to house hens in cages with enough space to stretch their wings. The new standard is backed by animal rights advocates, but there had been worries about higher egg prices.

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Wine Institute Urges Congress to Prevent COOL Retaliation, Damage to US Wine Exports

May 19, 2015 8:20 am | by Wine Institute | News | Comments

U.S. wine producers export more than $500 million of wine to Canada and Mexico annually and Canada is now the single largest export market for U.S. wine. 

World Trade Body Rejects Country of Origin Labels on Meat

May 18, 2015 12:45 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Labels on packaged steaks and other cuts of meat in the United States that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered will have to be dropped or revised after a World Trade Organization ruling. The office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Monday that the WTO has rejected a final U.S. appeal, deciding that the U.S. "country of origin" labels put Canadian and Mexican livestock at a disadvantage.

States Saying 'No' to Cities Seeking to Regulate Businesses

May 18, 2015 8:45 am | by DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alarmed about cities trying to outlaw plastic bags, the director of the Missouri Grocers Association decided to do something about it. So Dan Shaul turned to his state legislator — himself — and guided a bill to passage barring local governments from banning the bags.

USDA Rules Will Require Safety Labels on Tenderized Beef

May 14, 2015 9:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Agriculture Department said Wednesday the labels will be required starting in May 2016. Mechanically tenderized meat is poked with needles or blades to make it tender, a process that can transfer bacteria from the outside of the cut of beef to the inside. Since many people eat cuts of meat that aren't fully cooked in the center, that bacteria can pose a safety hazard.

House Votes to Block EPA Regulation of Streams, Wetlands

May 13, 2015 7:15 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The rules proposed last year by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have fueled political anger in the country's heartland, becoming a top issue of concern for many farmers and landowners who say there are already too many government regulations affecting their businesses.

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Organic Sector Petitions USDA for Organic Check-Off

May 12, 2015 11:10 am | by Organic Trade Association | News | Comments

In a groundbreaking move for the nation's organic sector, the Organic Trade Association, in collaboration with the GRO Organic Core Committee, on Tuesday formally petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to begin steps to conduct a vote on and implement a research and promotion check-off program for the organic industry.

Tyson to Curb Antibiotics in Poultry For Schools, Hospitals

May 12, 2015 9:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The country's largest meat producer recently announced plans to limit the use of antibiotics in poultry destined for institutions such as schools and hospitals. Tyson Foods Inc. indicated it would conform to the Certified Responsible Antibiotic Use standard.

Farmers Worry Over Reach of EPA Water Rules

May 12, 2015 8:35 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency rules proposed last year have become a top issue of concern for many farmers and landowners who say there are already too many government regulations that affect their businesses.

Oregon Wine Industry Wants in on Obama's Trade Agreement

May 11, 2015 8:00 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oregon's wine industry has come into its own in recent years, spurring the growth of wineries and newly planted acres of vineyards. Now the wine industry wants in the trans-Pacific trade agreement that President Barack Obama came to Oregon to promote.

Grocers Appeal Vermont GMO Law Ruling

May 8, 2015 3:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Grocery Manufacturers Association will appeal a federal court ruling allowing a Vermont food labeling law to proceed.

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NAMI Highlights Importance of Nutrient Dense Foods Such as Meat and Poultry as Foundation for a Healthy Diet

May 8, 2015 1:47 pm | by North American Meat Institute | News | Comments

Nutrition guidance recommending nutrient dense foods such as meat and poultry products, including red and processed meats, should be the foundation of government nutrition policy, the North American Meat Institute said Friday in comments submitted to the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services regarding the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Scientific Report.

Purina: Blue Buffalo Admits By-Products a 'Substantial' Portion of Their Pet Foods

May 7, 2015 2:25 pm | by Nestle Purina PetCare | News | Comments

On May 6, 2014, Purina filed a lawsuit against Blue Buffalo for false advertising after testing revealed the presence of poultry by-product meal in some of Blue Buffalo's top selling pet foods. Blue Buffalo's CEO responded by immediately claiming the testing was "Voodoo Science."

Federal Charge Filed Against Former MillerCoors Official

May 7, 2015 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A former vice president at MillerCoors and seven other defendants are facing federal charges, accused of defrauding the company of at least $7 million, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago announced Wednesday.

US Gives Farmers Approval to Spray Crops From Drones

May 6, 2015 12:00 pm | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Smaller drones weighing a few pounds had already been approved for limited use to take pictures that help farmers identify unhealthy crops. The RMAX is the first time a drone big enough to carry a payload has been approved.

FSMA 101: 'You Are What Your Records Say You Are'

May 6, 2015 11:25 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Over the past few years, the entire food industry has been invested in understanding the mandates of the FSMA and how it might affect their companies. With the proposed rules in progress and deadlines quickly approaching, there is no better time than right now to start thinking about how your business will work to implement the rules. 

USDA Report: Labeling Costs Producers Without Benefits to Consumers

May 5, 2015 11:50 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal officials reported that country-of-origin-labeling requirements cost the agricultural sector billions without any measurable benefit to consumers. The COOL mandate requires meat producers to label where animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

Coca-Cola Accepts Challenge to Commit to GMO Education

May 5, 2015 9:30 am | by The National Center for Public Policy Research | News | Comments

At last week's annual meeting of Coca-Cola shareholders in Atlanta, Georgia, the National Center for Public Policy Research urged the beverage giant's CEO, Muhtar Kent, to do far more to promote the safety and benefit of GMOs, as the food industry is under near-constant assault from activists who seek to demonize these ingredients.

Washington State Officials Withdraw Shellfish Spray Permit

May 4, 2015 9:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Washington's Department of Ecology has canceled a permit to spray pesticides over shellfish beds in two areas, officials said Sunday. The decision to halt the practice in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor is part of an agreement between the local oyster growers association and the state. 

New England's Cod Fishing Cutbacks Take Effect

May 1, 2015 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators reduced the Gulf of Maine cod catch limit from 1,550 to 386 metric tons for the fishing year that started Friday. The quota cutback is needed because the level of cod spawning in the Gulf of Maine is a fraction of target levels, regulators have said. The cut means fishermen will also be restricted in how much they can catch of other popular food species like haddock and hake.

'Top Chef' Judge Simmons Joins NY School Nutrition Effort

May 1, 2015 8:05 am | by KAREN MATTHEWS, Associated Press | News | Comments

"Top Chef" judge Gail Simmons is joining anti-hunger advocates and the officials who serve 850,000 New York City school meals a day to raise awareness of child nutrition issues as Congress prepares to reauthorize the federal law that governs school meals.

Labor Organizers Seek Unusual Ally in Fast-Food Franchisees

April 30, 2015 11:15 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The Service Employees International Union plans to announce Thursday that it is launching a website in hopes of building a national network of fast-food franchisees who want stronger protections for their businesses. The push has the potential to create more unrest within the ranks for companies like McDonald's, which are already dealing with ongoing demonstrations calling for higher pay and a union for workers.

Nevada Assembly Panel Considers Ban on Powdered Alcohol

April 30, 2015 7:55 am | by RILEY SNYDER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nevada lawmakers are considering a ban on the sale and possession of powdered alcohol. Powdered alcohol is a beverage mix that can be blended with a liquid to create an alcoholic drink. It's banned in six states and heavily regulated in several others.

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