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Thai Junta Leader to Fight Forced Labor in Fish Industry

March 27, 2015 12:15 pm | by TODD PITMAN, THANYARAT DOKSONE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thailand's junta leader has vowed to take legal action against companies using forced labor, after an Associated Press investigation revealed that fish caught by enslaved migrant workers was being exported from Thai ports to global markets.

Lawmakers: Edible Pot Must Look Different Than Regular Food

March 26, 2015 11:35 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The rejection means that marijuana-infused cookies, candies and drinks must have a distinct look...

Large-Packaged Goods & Robinson-Patman: Manufacturers Beware

March 26, 2015 10:20 am | by Ryan Marth and Steve Safranski, Attorneys at Robin Kaplan | Articles | Comments

There is evidence that large-packaged goods, such as mayo, came into existence to help warehouse...

Legislator Looks to Cap Scallop Harvest as Maine Fishery Grows

March 26, 2015 8:35 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The plan has sent waves through Maine's scallop industry, where harvesters wonder what the...

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Bill Would Create Organic-Type Labels for Non-Modified Foods

March 25, 2015 1:15 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The idea is part of an attempt to block mandatory labeling of foods that include genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. The certification would be voluntary, says Rep. Mike Pompeo, a Kansas Republican who is including the idea in legislation he plans to introduce Wednesday.

IDFA Applauds Introduction of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

March 25, 2015 12:59 pm | by International Dairy Foods Association | News | Comments

The International Dairy Foods Association applauded the introduction of bipartisan legislation that will create a national, science-based labeling standard for foods containing genetically modified organisms. IDFA has joined with others to urge Congress to quickly pass the bill.

Prosecutors Demand 5-Year Sentence For Horse Meat Fraud

March 24, 2015 3:05 pm | by AP Exchange | News | Comments

Prosecutors are seeking a five-year prison sentence for the owner of a Dutch meat processing plant who is accused of selling horse meat as beef.

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Fast-Food Ban in LA Fails to Cut Obesity

March 24, 2015 1:30 pm | by Rand Corp. | News | Comments

A Los Angeles ordinance designed to curb obesity in low-income areas by restricting the opening of new fast-food restaurants has failed to reduce fast-food consumption or reduce obesity rates in the targeted neighborhoods.

Meat Industry Exec: Federal Panel Inconsistent in Developing Dietary Guidelines

March 24, 2015 12:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

A meat industry trade group official on Tuesday reiterated the group's concerns about proposed federal dietary guidelines and suggested the committee charged with developing the recommendations applied evidence inconsistently.

Feds Worry About Contamination of Calif. Winery's Sea-Aged Wine

March 24, 2015 8:10 am | by BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

 It seemed like a worthwhile experiment to a small winery: Submerge bottles of wine in sea water to see how they age. But a federal agency is concerned that ocean water could contaminate the wine.

3 Reasons You Should Consider Revamping Your Supply Chain Networks

March 23, 2015 2:20 pm | by Bob Farrell | Articles | Comments

Now is the time for manufacturers to consider revamping how they track supply chain networks. Here are the top three reasons why.   

Dogs Rescued From Asian Meat Farms Brought to Calif.

March 23, 2015 9:35 am | by KRISTIN J. BENDER, AP Exchange | News | Comments

Trembling and with their tails between their legs, the dozens of dogs rescued from a South Korean meat farm were in rough shape both physical and mentally when they arrived in Northern California this week to start new lives.

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Herring Rules Could Change as Feds Look to Protect Key Fish

March 20, 2015 2:20 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

 The health of the Atlantic herring — a little forage fish that lives in massive schools that can number in the billions — is critical to the future of the New England fishing industry, and new steps need to be taken to ensure the strength of the fishery, regulators said.

FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Potatoes, Apples as Safe

March 20, 2015 12:30 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK and KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the genetically engineered foods as safe, saying they are as nutritious as their conventional counterparts. The approval covers six varieties of potatoes by Boise, Idaho-based J. R. Simplot Co. and two varieties of apples from the Canadian company Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc.

Are You in Compliance? OSHA's 10 Most Cited Violations

March 20, 2015 9:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Each year, OSHA names the most cited violations it encountered during its workplace safety inspections that year. The seminar, “Avoiding OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations,” provided insight on the most frequently issued citations and industry best practices for reducing the hazards.

Exemption in 'Tennessee Whiskey' Law Raises Legal Flags

March 19, 2015 1:20 pm | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | News | Comments

An embattled state law establishing legal requirements to market spirits as "Tennessee Whiskey" could run afoul of both the U.S. and state constitutions for carving out a special exemption for a single distiller, according to a new legal opinion from state Attorney General Herbert Slatery.

Study: Fast-Food Limits Didn't Cut Obesity Rate in South LA

March 19, 2015 1:10 pm | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A much-hailed law that restricted the opening of new stand-alone fast-food restaurants in one of the poorest sections of Los Angeles did not curb obesity or improve diets, a new study found.

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Wisconsin Likely to Allow Liquor Samples in Stores

March 19, 2015 9:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Wisconsin shoppers will soon be able to add booze to their free sample options in supermarket aisles. The state Senate adopted legislation Tuesday that would allow grocery and liquor stores to provide one half-ounce sample of hard liquor per day to customers.

North American Meat Institute Announces Speakers for Meat Industry Management Conference

March 19, 2015 7:45 am | by NAMI | News | Comments

The North American Meat Institute this week announced key speakers for its upcoming Meat Industry Management Conference, scheduled to take place April 15-18, 2015, in Carlsbad, California. The annual conference will feature education sessions covering an array of topics, including food safety, government regulations, economics, communications and workforce issues. 

Maryland Bill Would Restrict Ingredients, Chemicals in School Meals

March 18, 2015 11:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Legislation under consideration in Maryland would ban a wide range of ingredients and chemicals from meals served in the state's public schools.

More States Targeting Microbeads

March 17, 2015 2:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Personal care products that contain tiny plastic pellets are increasingly in the crosshairs of state lawmakers amid concerns over their environmental impact.  In addition to pollution concerns, scientists said the microbeads' resemblance to fish eggs could lead other animals to eat them, thus introducing them to the food supply.  

Canada's Food Safety Watchdog Suspends Costco Fish Import License

March 17, 2015 12:50 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the retail giant is not following food safety controls on a consistent basis. The agency says Costco is in violation of federal fish inspection regulations and the suspension of its license went into effect on Feb. 26.

Minn. Senator Wants to Train Correctional Facility Inmates to be Butchers

March 17, 2015 10:25 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Warmer temperatures means grilling season is back! But instead of heading over to your local grocery store, you can now pick up some fresh cuts at the Minnesota correctional facility.

EPA, FDA Sign Data Sharing Agreement

March 17, 2015 9:05 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration signed an agreement to share data relating to pesticides and toxic substances.

Meat Industry Fires Back at Federal Dietary Recommendations

March 17, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. meat industry is fighting back against proposed federal dietary guidelines that recommend eating less red and processed meat, which trade groups said go "outside the purview" of nutrition research.

Cuba Requests 20-Year Sentences For Egg Thieves

March 16, 2015 11:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Cuban prosecutors are seeking prison terms of eight to 20 years for nearly two dozen people suspected of conspiring to steal millions of eggs for sale on the black market, official media reported Friday.

Growing Controversy Over Craft Beer Trademarks

March 16, 2015 10:10 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Naming beer is harder than you might think. Passionate brewers are going up against each other over something as simple as the name and image. With more than one new craft brewery opening up in the U.S. every day, that's a lot of competition, and a battle over naming beer is emerging.

GMO Divide Continues Despite USDA 'Workshop on Coexistence'

March 16, 2015 9:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture convened a recent "coexistence" workshop in North Carolina in an effort to bridge the wide gulf between proponents and critics of genetically modified crops.

Litigation Abounds When Competitors Hire One Another's Employees

March 13, 2015 1:00 pm | by Fred Mendelsohn, Partner at Burke, Warren, Mackay & Serritella, P.C. in Chicago | Articles | Comments

A recent case gives flavor to the types of claims that are often brought when one competitor hires one or more employees of another competitor. It also serves as a reminder of the “Do’s” and “Don’ts” when hiring experienced employees.

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