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Industry Groups, Companies Criticize Proposed EPA Chemical Rule

January 29, 2015 2:15 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Numerous industry groups and manufacturers have taken issue with a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the use of 15 chemicals. The groups argue those chemicals have been used by manufacturers for decades.

USDA Revises Maple Syrup Grading With Descriptive Terms

January 29, 2015 8:00 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA is revising the grading standards for maple syrup to match international standards so...

What Can We Learn From EU's New INCO Regulation and its Impact on Business?

January 28, 2015 12:10 pm | by Jean-Christophe Calmejane, VP, Lascom Solutions | Articles | Comments

The U.S. is in the...

States Consider Repealing Prevailing Wage Laws

January 28, 2015 9:15 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Amid strong Republican gains in statehouses nationwide in recent years, debates over "right-to-...

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Fishermen Fear Monopoly By Pacific Seafood Group

January 28, 2015 8:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Some commercial fishermen have won a temporary court order blocking Pacific Seafood Group from taking over Westport, Washington-based Ocean Gold Seafoods. The fishermen fear the acquisition would give Pacific Seafood monopoly power in the fish market.

Water Wars: Nestle, Cascade Locks Try New Tack For Bottling Plant

January 27, 2015 12:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cascade Locks City Council voted to seek the Oregon Water Resources Department's permission to swap a portion of its well water right for .5 cubic feet per second of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's right to draw 10 cubic feet per second from Oxbow Springs.

VIDEO: Hershey's Blocks Cadbury Chocolates From Entering the US

January 27, 2015 11:15 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Cadbury chocolate fans in the U.S. are up in arms about how these British treats will no longer be available across the pond. Hershey's says the chocolate that Cadbury is making for the U.S. market is "too similar" to its own confectionery products.

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Proposed Illinois Legislation Would Ban Powdered Alcohol

January 27, 2015 10:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposed Illinois law would ban the sale of powdered alcohol before it hits store shelves. The bill defines powdered alcohol as "any powder or crystalline substance containing alcohol produced for human consumption."         

China Moves to Accept Imports of All US Apple Varieties

January 27, 2015 8:45 am | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

For the first time in several years, all varieties of apples from the United States will go on sale in China. A deal was reached between officials for the U.S. and Chinese governments to grant access to all U.S. apple varieties.     

Colorado Lawmakers: To Ban or Not to Ban Powdered Alcohol?

January 26, 2015 1:50 pm | by IVAN MORENO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers will consider whether to ban powdered alcohol before the product arrives in stores amid worries that its convenience will make it easy to sneak into schools and sporting events. The product called "Palcohol" is an ounce of rum or vodka in powdered form.

How Drones Are Flying Their Way Into the Food Industry

January 26, 2015 10:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Drone technology is already being used in various countries worldwide. With the possibility of drones showing farmers exactly where to spray, fewer chemicals could be used. This could easily translate to lower costs for consumers and less of an impact on the environment.

Ohio Pot Legislation Movement Has High Ambitions

January 26, 2015 9:55 am | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent | News | Comments

Campaign representative Chris Stock said the Ohio amendment will make marijuana legal for both medical and personal use for those over 21 years old, and set up checks and balances not unlike those that currently exist for alcoholic beverages.

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Listeria Recall: How a Web of Oversight Couldn't Prevent an Outbreak

January 26, 2015 9:20 am | by MOLLY ROSBACH, Yakima Herald-Republic | News | Comments

Since the most recent recall, retailers have pulled Queseria Bendita products. While the cheese shop owners maintain that investigators have not found listeria in their cheese, but only in the Third Street facility — implying their products are safe — experts say the evidence is clear.

Yogurt Founder Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison For Arson

January 26, 2015 8:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle sentenced 56-year-old Edgar Diaz — who formed Three Happy Cows in 2010 — to five years in prison this month on a federal charge of arson and also ordered him to pay $1.5 million in restitution.       

Report Offers Framework to Analyze Effects of Possible Changes to US Food System

January 23, 2015 3:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

To assist U.S. regulators on decisions about the nation’s food system, the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council issued a new report. The study focuses on assessing the health, environmental, social and economic effects of proposed changes to the system.

Calif. Raisin Case Headed to Supreme Court

January 23, 2015 12:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

For the second time, Melvin Horne will defend his rights as a raisin farmer by arguing to the Supreme Court. Under a government program, raisin producers are forced to hand over nearly half of their annual crop without getting paid.     

VIDEO: How Technology Could End Illegal Fishing

January 23, 2015 11:30 am | by The Economist | Videos | Comments

There is a good chance that one in five fish sold in a store or served in a restaurant has been caught illegally. That would amount to 26 million tons — the weight of nearly 500 Titanics — of fish a year. But clever use of technology could help prevent this pillage.

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2015: The Year for Strategies to Mitigate and Defend Against Food Labeling Challenges

January 23, 2015 8:45 am | by David L. TerMolen, Freeborn & Peters LLP | Articles | Comments

Food companies continued to see significant risks associated with the labeling and marketing of food products in 2014, highlighted by the continued deluge of consumer class action lawsuits. Although these risks will remain substantial in 2015, the coming year should see significant breakthroughs in labeling and legal strategies to mitigate and defend against those risks.

Stricter Regulations Imposed to Protect Whales From Commercial Tuna Fishing Methods

January 22, 2015 12:30 pm | by NOAA FISHERIES WEST COAST REGION | News | Comments

Commercial fishermen have known for some time that tuna, along with other species of fish, congregate around objects drifting on the ocean surface. Since tuna are naturally attracted to whale sharks, the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission adopted a resolution. 

FDA Removing Non-Renewed Food Facility Registrations from its Database

January 21, 2015 1:42 pm | by Registrar Corp | Articles | Comments

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires food facilities to renew their FDA registrations every even-numbered year between October 1 and December 31. Any food facility that did not renew its registration by December 31, 2014 should re-register with FDA before it continues to ship food products to the United States, as its registration is now invalid.

Food Industry Executives Should Look Out: The Gov't Might Come A 'Knocking

January 21, 2015 1:40 pm | by Angela T. Puentes-Leon, Marissel Descalzo, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt | Articles | Comments

The Government is using a new tool to attack companies and executives in the food industry — prison.  Food industry executives are appearing to be easy targets to the Government, resulting in several high profile criminal prosecutions in recent years.

European Food Experts Explain the Safety of BPA

January 21, 2015 8:25 am | by American Chemistry Council | News | Comments

Based on a re-evaluation of BPA exposure and toxicity, EFSA experts concluded that BPA poses no health risk to consumers of any age group at current exposure levels. The report covered BPA on Food Contact Materials, Flavorings, Enzymes and Processing Aids. 

EU Won't Ease Russia Sanctions as Ukraine Conflict Rages

January 20, 2015 3:00 pm | by RAF CASERT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's foreign ministers ruled out any easing of sanctions against Russia as long as fighting rages in eastern Ukraine. French food producers have been especially affected by the sanctions, and European officials are working to address these issues.

Tyson Foods to Pay $539K For Spill in Southwest Missouri

January 20, 2015 2:10 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Tyson Foods Inc. will pay more than $530,000 for a chemical spill that killed more than 100,000 fish and caused a southwest Missouri town's wastewater treatment system to fail, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced.      

The State of the Obama Economy

January 20, 2015 12:45 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

With the economy turning around, President Obama will probably do some gloating in tonight's State of the Union address. According to a new poll, 45 percent of Americans say they're satisfied with the state of the economy — that’s the highest number in 11 years.

Beastie Boys Seek Additional $2.4M in Monster Energy Drink Suit

January 20, 2015 12:10 pm | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Beastie Boys want to force the maker of Monster Energy drink to pay nearly $2.4 million in legal fees and costs so the rappers' $1.7 million jury award is not dwarfed by expenses in a copyright violation case, lawyers say.      

Report Says TTIP Would Undermine Toxic Pesticide Regulations

January 20, 2015 11:30 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Articles | Comments

Many Europeans have voiced concerns that the new agreement will lower the EU's standards for environmental and food safety. A new report takes aim at just that — saying that proposals for TTIP could translate into more pesticides making their way into EU food markets.

New Rules Could Open Cuba to Wide Range of American Trade

January 16, 2015 12:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Obama administration's new guidelines regarding relations with Cuba take effect today, potentially opening the Caribbean nation to a wide range of American products. Analysts warn, however, that companies looking to expand into Cuba should proceed with caution.

VIDEO: What Food Items Will Cost More in 2015?

January 16, 2015 9:20 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Consumers paid more for groceries in 2014, and they most likely will again this year. Droughts, animal activists and trade agreements are just a few of the reasons why Americans may pay more in food prices in 2015.         

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