The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants a judge to dismiss a West Virginia chicken grower's lawsuit over water-pollution orders the agency issued against her then withdrew in December, arguing the case is now moot. But court filings show Eight is Enough farm operator Lois Alt plans to join the West Virginia and American Farm Bureaus in trying to keep the case alive.
In a pushback led by the meat and poultry industries, state legislators across the U.S. are introducing laws making it harder for animal welfare advocates to investigate cruelty and food safety cases. Some bills make it illegal to take photographs at a farming operation. Others make it a crime for someone such as an animal welfare advocate to lie on an application to get a job at a plant.
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Beer maker Anheuser-Busch InBev says there has been substantial progress toward a resolution of the U.S. Justice Department's legal challenge to the company's $20.1 billion deal to buy Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo. The companies and the government have asked a federal court to extend a halt to legal activity in the case from March 19 to April 9, giving the two sides more time to talk.
There's nothing like Derby Pie — and Kern's Kitchen is willing to fight in court to prove that. The Louisville-based company which makes the chocolate-nut pie sued Claudia Sanders Dinner Houses over the use of the name. The suit against the Shelbyville landmark seeks an order stopping the restaurant from using the term "Derby Pie" and more than $335,000 in damages.
A federal judge has awarded attorneys for a group of stores in Kentucky $208,000 in fees in an ongoing battle over the state's ban on grocery stores, gas stations and other retailers selling wine and liquor. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II also granted attorneys for Maxwell's Pic-Pac, and the Food with Wine Coalition $11,000 in costs related to the litigation.
The invasive porkers have made themselves at home across more than three quarters of the U.S. and are responsible for an estimated $1.5 billion in damages each year. Most worrisome is their ability to learn from each encounter with a frustrated human.
A bill before the Legislature would set up a state database to track the use of 19 chemicals in manufactured products shown to be harmful to children, and work with manufacturers to phase out use of the chemicals over five years. The bi-partisan bill is patterned after a law in Washington state.
The USDA has teamed up with the state of New Mexico and others as part of a $1 million pilot project to eradicate pigs from the state. Nationally, federal officials say the feral pig population has ballooned to an estimated 5 million.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday that it's vitally important for America's youth to have healthy eating habits, calling it an issue of national security as well as educational accomplishment and health care. Obesity and hunger affect school achievement and health care in fairly obvious ways, Vilsack said, while speaking to a group at the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center.
Dole Food Company Inc. said Thursday it will appeal a decision by a European court that fined the company €45.6 million ($59.3 million). The European Union fined Dole and several other produce companies in 2008, saying the companies were part of a cartel that fixed prices for bananas in eight EU countries roughly 10 years ago.
A New Jersey maker of muffins and other baked goods has been accused of distributing mislabeled food, including products described as sugar-free but still containing sugar. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that Edison-based Butterfly Bakery has agreed under a consent decree to shut down until it can meet all regulations.
The Maryland House of Delegates amended the state budget on Wednesday to make up to $300,000 available to help a farm family pay its legal bills after it was sued unsuccessfully over alleged poultry pollution. The case, which was filed in federal court in 2010, prompted criticism from Gov. Martin O'Malley and state lawmakers in both parties.
Animal rights activists are up in arms over a Nebraska bill that would require documentation of any incidents of animal abuse to be turned over within 24 hours. Meat processors hope the bill will curb the release of animal abuse videos taken undercover at slaughterhouses, but activists say the bill will cripple their ability to document patterns of abuse.
Animal rights advocates are urging Nebraska lawmakers to reject a measure backed by meat producers that would require incidents of animal abuse to be reported within 24 hours of taking place, saying it would cripple their ability to document patterns of abuse.
Chinese authorities are investigating whether Coca-Cola Co. employees improperly used location-finding technology in violation of restrictions on map-making. Coca-Cola said Thursday it was cooperating with investigators. It said trucks for some of its bottling plants use location technology that is widely available commercially in China to improve the efficiency of deliveries.
From oil in Gatorade to the amount of caffeine and other stimulants in energy drinks and the so-called "pink slime" found in beef, previously unnoticed ingredients are coming under scrutiny as health-conscious consumers demand more information about what they eat and drink, and sometimes go public via social networking and the Internet.
Richard Seeber, the European People's Party Spokesperson on Food and Security, and Tonio Borg, the Eurpoean Commissioner for Health, respond to the recent horsemeat contamination scandal in Europe, with Borg saying that the scandal "is not a food safety issue."
Diners will have to wait a little longer to find calorie counts on most restaurant chain menus, in supermarkets and on vending machines. Writing a new menu labeling law "has gotten extremely thorny," says the head of the Food and Drug Administration, as the agency tries to figure out who should be covered by it.
Despite Mayor Michael Bloomberg's bullishness, political realities and legal questions make for an uncertain future for one of the premier pieces of his legacy: a now-blocked ban on supersized sugary drinks. The city lost no time Tuesday getting started on the next round of the fight after a judge nixed the first-of-its-kind regulation.
Late Monday, New York State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling struck down New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's controversial legislation banning the sale of large sugary beverages in the city. The judge questioned the potential effectiveness of the restriction.
A judge struck down New York City's pioneering ban on big sugary drinks Monday just hours before it was supposed to take effect, handing a defeat to health-minded Mayor Michael Bloomberg and creating confusion for restaurants that had already ordered smaller cups and changed their menus.
A Washington state rule requires that contract stores and buyers of state-owned stores charge a 17 percent fee on sales to bars and restaurants, and restaurateurs are switching to buy from distributors who are not required by law to impose the fee.
Michelle Obama praised the food industry on Friday for its efforts to market healthier foods but said more needs to be done. At a speech before a childhood obesity summit, the first lady encouraged the industry to put better labels on food, limit marketing of unhealthy foods, and do more to promote healthy foods.
Coca-Cola has printed posters explaining the new rules, and a bowling lounge is squeezing carrot and beet juice as a potential substitute for pitchers of soda at family parties — all in preparation for the nation's first limit on the size of sugar-laden beverages, set to take effect Tuesday.