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Jurors Told Peanut Salmonella Trial Will Exceed 2 Months

July 30, 2014 2:23 pm | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jurors of the trial involving Peanut Corporation of America's deadly salmonella outbreak were told it may take at least two months. The Georgia-based plant was charged with shipping tainted peanuts and covering up lab results showing nuts tested positive for salmonella.

Organic Study: One Step Forward in Fight Against Deadly Citrus Disease

July 30, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Organic Center | News | Comments

With concerns rising about the heavy spraying of unhealthy chemicals being used to ward off the...

McDonald's Could be Liable for Labor Practices

July 30, 2014 12:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board said McDonald's, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, could be named...

Former Vending Firm Official Sentenced in Pepsi Scheme

July 30, 2014 9:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A former official of a New Jersey-based vending company, 65-year-old Joseph Belasco of Cedar...

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5 Food Reporters Subpoenaed in $1.2B 'Pink Slime' Lawsuit

July 30, 2014 8:20 am | by REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three reporters from the online publication Food Safety News have been asked to supply all communication they had with ABC in 2012. The subpoena comes in lieu of the $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC's coverage of a meat product dubbed as "pink slime."

Meat Industry Upset With Court's Decision to Uphold Origin Labels

July 30, 2014 8:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Meat Institute, which represents the nation's largest meatpackers, is disappointed with a federal appeals court upholding rules requiring country-of-origin labels on meat packages. AMI argues that the paperwork behind the labels is burdensome.

Mushroom Meatballs? School Meal Solutions Dished Up at Senate Hearing

July 28, 2014 12:27 pm | by American Mushroom Institute | News | Comments

Mushroom meatballs are just one example of new products being introduced into school meals to meet USDA nutritional guidelines. Congress is debating the current nutrition guidelines and beginning preparation for the reauthorization of school nutrition programs in 2015.

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US Meat Supplier OSI to Withdraw All Products in China

July 28, 2014 8:30 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

OSI Group, a food company based in Aurora, Illinois, is pulling all products made by its Shanhai Husi Foods unit from the marketplace. Last week, the plant was thrust into the spotlight for repackaging old beef and chicken and calling it new.

Son of Victim to Attend Deadly Salmonella-Tainted PB Trial

July 28, 2014 8:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The upcoming trial of the Peanut Corporation of America's salmonella outbreak of 2008 has a Minnesota son, who lost his mother after she ate tainted peanut butter, hoping to send a message to food manufacturers on peddling contaminated food.

Court Reverses Ruling On Public Hearings About Antibiotics in Livestock Feed

July 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court ruled the FDA isn't required to hold public hearings to evaluate the health risks of widespread use of antibiotics in animal feed. The court said the FDA isn't required to hold hearings because it has made no official finding that antibiotics pose a health risk.

Court Tosses Chiquita Terror Payment Claims

July 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court threw out claims against Chiquita Brands made by relatives of thousands of Colombians killed during years of bloody civil war. The lawsuits accused Chiquita of assisting in the killings by paying $1.7 million to a violent right-wing paramilitary group.

China’s Meat Scandal and Food Fails

July 24, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

This week U.S.-owned meat supplier, Husi Food Co., sold expired beef and chicken to McDonald’s and KFC. As the story continues to unfold, it appears more companies have been affected and are breaking ties with Husi. But one company is vowing to stand by them.

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Lack of Transparency Fuels Corruption Allegations in Organic Governance

July 24, 2014 10:15 am | by Cornucopia Institute | News | Comments

The USDA has been asked to make public all nominations to the National Organic Standards Board after prior appointments, during the Bush and Obama administrations, violated the letter of the law, and congressional intent, by appointing agribusiness executives to fill the slots.

Kauai Seed Companies Try to Stop GMO Law, Calling it 'Unfair'

July 24, 2014 9:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Due to a new law requiring companies to disclose their use of pesticides and GMOs, authorities in Kauai County are dealing with a lawsuit by four seed companies seeking to stop the new law from going into effect next month. The companies argue the ordinance is invalid.

Soda Turns Sour: San Fran. Board Asks Voters to Approve Tax

July 23, 2014 9:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers in San Francisco have agreed to place a per-ounce tax on sugary drinks, including soda, on the November ballot. San Francisco is aiming to become the first U.S. city to pass a tax on sugary beverages, a move that has angered the beverage industry.

VIDEO: Land of the Free Market? Not When it Comes to Beer Trade

July 23, 2014 8:20 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

While most beers sold in the U.S. are named either Coors Light or Bud Light, craft brews are growing. How did we end up with an explosion of craft brews, but when it comes to buying them from other states, you find nothing but restricted markets.

Wyo. Issues 39 Citations Against Western Sugar Cooperative

July 21, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Wyoming Occupation Safety and Health Administration has issued 39 citations against Western Sugar Cooperative, fining the company $194,000 for numerous fall hazards, inadequate signage and failing to place safety guards around moving equipment.

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Ag-Gag Laws Face Challenges in Federal Court

July 21, 2014 10:19 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse in farm organizations and livestock producers is moving from state legislatures to federal courts. Half of U.S. states have attempted to pass so-called ag-gag laws, but only seven have been successful.

First Lady: Healthy Foods Belong in Schools

July 21, 2014 8:05 am | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

First Lady Michelle Obama's junior cooks contest was put together to show the nation that if a 10 year old kid can cook and happily eat a healthy meal, then there is no reason why every school in the country shouldn't be including nutritious food into their menus.

Do We Really Need a Nutrition Label to Tell Us What's Unhealthy?

July 17, 2014 2:28 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

The Nutrition Facts label facelift is getting a lot of attention lately. Health experts say consumers need a label with a clear statement telling them whether a food is healthy. I’ll let you in on a little secret: I've never read the Nutrition Facts label on my food.

Soda Tax Advances in San Francisco

July 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A soda tax is making its way forward to San Francisco voters as the Board of Supervisors endorsed the proposed measure. With sugary drinks having been under the fire for years, San Francisco aims to become the first city to pass a per-ounce soda tax.

Minn. Creates Coalition to Protect Food Industry

July 17, 2014 10:50 am | by A Greater Minnesota | News | Comments

To help ensure sustainability in the farm and food production industry, a new coalition called A Greater Minnesota has been created to inform Minnesota residents about the issues surrounding food production and the economic impacts to the state. 

Health Advocates: Nutrition Labels Are Not Enough

July 17, 2014 9:00 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials say the nutrition facts on food labels do not provide enough information to help consumers make healthy choices. They would like to see labels on the front of products with a clear statement of which ingredients are good and which should be avoided. 

What ISO 21469 Lubricant Standard Means for Food Safety

July 17, 2014 8:30 am | by Toby Porter, Food Market Manager, Klüber Lubrication North America, L.P. | Articles | Comments

Compared to the existing H1 lubricant standard, the NSF ISO 21469 standard is a significant advancement. NSF ISO 21469 improves formulation and label review, requires manufacturing risk assessments and involves analytical product testing. 

Product Imaging in Russia Likely to Open Doors for Food Companies

July 17, 2014 7:45 am | by Canadean | News | Comments

Research from Canadean predicts that the new amendments on using product images on packaging proposed by Russia's Federation Council will change the FMCG market rules in Russia by creating better conditions for smaller businesses and new entrants.

French Law Kicks Packaged Food Out of the Kitchen

July 16, 2014 10:08 am | by LOUISE DEWAST, Associated Press | News | Comments

French restaurants have added a symbol on their menus, a skillet with a house on top, to indicate the choice is made in-house. This move is part of a new law meant to battle against the surprising amount of factory-made, pre-packaged foods in French restaurants.

VIDEO: Can Traceability Prevent Seafood Fraud?

July 16, 2014 8:00 am | by Lexicon of Sustainability | Videos | Comments

Did you know one third of all fish you buy isn't what you think it is? Approximately 57 percent of the time, what is labeled as White Tuna is actually Escolar, a fish that is dangerous enough to cause serious health concerns. So, what's the solution to seafood fraud?

Infographic: Modernization in Poultry Inspection

July 15, 2014 8:45 am | by National Chicken Council | News | Comments

Since 1999, a pilot program in 20 chicken plants, called HACCP-Based Inspection Models Project, has been studied and reviewed in depth for more than a decade to assure its effectiveness as to how best modernize chicken inspection while improving food safety.

Canada's Health Minister Proposes Changes to Food Nutrition Labels

July 15, 2014 8:30 am | by Health Canada | News | Comments

Canadian Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose, proposed changes to the format of the Nutrition Facts table, the list of ingredients, the list of nutrients and the Daily Values. The changes are hoped to improve the way nutrition information is presented on labels.

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