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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...

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...

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...

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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.

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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.                           

USDA's New Poultry Inspections: Necessary or Problematic?

August 12, 2014 8:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

In a move that is said to result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year, the Obama Administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in half a century. But why are the USDA's new requirements so controversial?

Salmonella Trial Shows Food Safety Relies on Honor System

August 11, 2014 9:22 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Trial witnesses say employees at Peanut Corporation of America knowingly shipped tainted products and sent customers lab results from other clean batches rather than wait for tests to confirm their products were free of deadly bacteria.   

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FDA Says Georgia Plant Waited to Disclose Salmonella

August 8, 2014 12:30 pm | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | News | Comments

A food safety inspector for the FDA was sent to investigate conditions at the Georgia peanut plant that was linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak for its tainted peanuts. The agent said the plant was not fit to produce food for human consumption.

US, Canada Take $17.5B Hit From One-Year Russia Food Ban

August 8, 2014 12:20 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, JUERGEN BAETZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

Many U.S. food companies that sell to Russia have already set up some operations there. A spokeswoman for Mondelez International, Inc., which makes Oreos, Chips Ahoy cookies and Ritz crackers, said the company uses local suppliers and local production facilities.

Marijuana-Laced Chocolate Sold Accidentally at Denver Fair

August 8, 2014 12:00 pm | by KMGH-T, Denver, Colorado | News | Comments

Three people say they were drugged after eating chocolate at the Denver County Fair, with one of them filing a lawsuit alleging the vendor was negligent. Colorado law bars the public consumption of pot, and no actual marijuana was supposed to be offered at the fair.

Utah Judge Refuses to Block Lawsuit Challenging 'Ag-Gag' Law

August 8, 2014 9:03 am | by LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge ruled that animal rights activists can continue their lawsuit seeking to overturn Utah's 'ag-gag' law — a law that criminalizes undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and factory farms. Activists say the law is designed to silence them.

Consumer Group Asks Food Facilities to Accurately Label Sugars

August 8, 2014 8:30 am | by Citizens for Health | News | Comments

One of the country's oldest consumer action groups, the Citizens for Health, has filed a petition with the Food & Drug Administration to compel food manufacturing facilities to spell out the type of sweeteners they add to products.     

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Calif. Collector Who Sold Bogus Wine Gets 10-Year Term

August 7, 2014 2:37 pm | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California collector convicted of making fake vintage wine in his kitchen and selling it for millions of dollars was sentenced for a decade in prison.  The judge said the public needs to know that food and drinks are safe and "not some homemade witch's brew."

Russia Bans US Food Imports in Retaliation to Western Sanctions

August 7, 2014 9:57 am | by VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press | News | Comments

Russian President Vladimir Putin has banned all imports of meat, fish, milk, milk products, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the European Union and other countries. Russia depends heavily on imported food, particularly in the largest city of Moscow.

FDA Rules Ga. Peanut Plant 'Not Fit' to Produce Food

August 7, 2014 9:09 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

A food safety inspector for the FDA was sent to investigate conditions at the Georgia peanut plant that was linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak for its tainted peanuts. The agent said the plant was not fit to produce food for human consumption. 

CRA Continues to Fight 'False Health Concerns' About Corn Syrup

August 6, 2014 2:16 pm | by Corn Refiners Association | News | Comments

A federal judge denied the Corn Refiners' request to amend a counterclaim against The Sugar Cooperative. CRA President John Bode said The Sugar Association purposely misled the public to create false health concerns and fear about high fructose corn syrup.

AB InBev Brewery Cited For Serious Violations Worth $92K

August 6, 2014 12:03 pm | by OSHA | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch is facing fines of $92,400 after one of its breweries was found in breach of eight “serious safety violations” by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The Columbus, Ohio brewery makes Budweiser and Bud Light beers.

Meat Labeling Webinar: How to Comply With COOL Ruling

August 6, 2014 8:04 am | by METTLER TOLEDO | News | Comments

The mandatory country-of-origin labeling ruling for meat and meat products can create confusion on how to properly package products with the label. Mettler Toledo now offers a meat labeling webinar to help ensure retailers are compliant with regulations.

Japan, China Prepare Meeting Over Food Safety

August 5, 2014 9:05 am | by Kyodo News International, Tokyo | News | Comments

Japanese and Chinese governments are preparing to meet later this month on finding ways to meet food safety standards. The meeting follows the recent scandal over expired chicken meat provided by the Chinese food supplier Shanghai Husi Food Co. 

'Gluten-Free' Label Regulations Under Way

August 5, 2014 8:39 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new standard introduced this week requires food manufacturers to ensure that anything labeled gluten-free contains less than 20 parts per million of gluten — ensuring that those products are technically free of wheat, rye and barley, which are often hidden ingredients.

The Fight Continues Over Proposed Changes to Food Labels

August 4, 2014 2:56 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

An article in Chemical & Engineering News points out that while the Nutrition Facts label has remained largely the same for 20 years, nutrition science has not. Industry groups argue that because added and natural sugars are chemically the same, the distinction is unnecessary.

Colorado Panel Considers Labeling for Pot Edibles

August 4, 2014 12:00 pm | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Colorado regulators are looking for ways to make sure no one accidentally eats or drinks marijuana edibles. In a panel that included edible makers and pot critics, many seem to agree that pot cookies and candies should come with identifiable markers or colors.

USDA: Poultry Companies Not Allowed to Speed Up Production

August 4, 2014 9:50 am | by National Council of La Raza | News | Comments

After two years of intense advocacy from workers, the USDA has issued a final rule that will not allow poultry companies to speed up production lines. With line speed being the major factor in injuries among poultry workers, the final rule puts worker safety first.

Prosecutors: Peanut Plant Faked Salmonella Lab Results

August 4, 2014 9:38 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Known as one of the largest food recalls in U.S. history, prosecutors say the Georgia peanut plant Peanut Corp. of America shipped products that were untested and products that it knew were tainted to customers, including food giant Kellogg's.    

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