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How Manufacturers Can Adapt To Shareholder Environmental Concerns

April 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by Patrick Daugherty, Foley & Lardner LLP | Articles | Comments

The long-term success of a manufacturer may depend, in part, on its strategies for sustainability — but these strategies are not created and perpetuated in a vacuum. Increased shareholder activism regarding sustainability has the potential to affect any public company’s approach.

FDA Calorie Labeling Rules May Impact More Than Just Restaurants

April 25, 2014 10:04 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Diners could soon see calorie counts on the menus of chain restaurants. But will they be able to get that same information at other establishments? The food industry is closely watching the FDA to see which businesses are included in the final menu labeling rules, which are expected this year.

Photos of the Day: FDA Backs Off Grain Safety Rule

April 25, 2014 9:49 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it will revise proposed livestock feed rules after hearing objections about the potential cost from brewers who sell grain leftover from making beer to ranchers and dairy farmers.

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FDA Will Revise Animal Feed Rule Affecting Brewers

April 25, 2014 9:36 am | by M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it will revise proposed livestock feed rules after hearing objections about the potential cost from brewers who sell grain leftover from making beer to ranchers and dairy farmers.

Powdered Alcohol Stirs Up Controversy

April 25, 2014 8:00 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Palcohol, a new powdered product that turns water into alcoholic cocktails, is stirring up controversy after the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau reportedly approved the product. The agency has since backtracked, saying that the approvals for Palcohol were issued in error.

Q&A: Pom Wonderful, Coca-Cola Case May Impact Labeling Laws

April 25, 2014 8:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor and Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case in which Pom Wonderful has accused Coca-Cola of misleading consumers with one of its Minute Maid juice labels. Food Manufacturing spoke with attorney Claudia Vetesi about the case and its possible implications for food manufacturers.

Citrus Disease Quarantine Expanded in Texas

April 24, 2014 12:43 pm | News | Comments

The Texas Department of Agriculture has expanded a quarantine area to slow the spread of the citrus greening disease for Cameron and Hidalgo counties. The agency this week advised the counties that the movement of citrus plants and plant materials will be restricted.

GMA: Vt. GMO Bill Sets U.S. on 'Costly and Misguided Path'

April 24, 2014 12:40 pm | News | Comments

The Grocery Manufacturers Association responded to the passage of a GMO labeling bill by the Vermont legislature, saying that the bill "sets the nation on a costly and misguided path toward a 50-state patchwork of GMO labeling policies."

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Chiquita Asks Court To Toss Colombia Terror Payments Case

April 24, 2014 12:28 pm | by CURT ANDERSON, AP Legal Affairs Writer | News | Comments

Chiquita Brands International says the U.S. is the wrong place for lawsuits to be pursued against it by Colombians whose relatives were killed in a bloody civil war. Chiquita once had huge banana operations in Colombia and paid $1.7 million to a paramilitary group responsible for the deaths.

Vt. Lawmakers Pass First State Bill Requiring GMO Labeling

April 24, 2014 10:14 am | by DAVE GRAM and LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods. The Vermont House approved the measure Wednesday evening, about a week after the state Senate, and Gov. Peter Shumlin said he plans to sign it.

Photos of the Day: Irwindale Delays Decision on Sriracha Plant

April 24, 2014 10:11 am | News | Comments

A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between Huy Fong Foods and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy. The Irwindale City Council delayed a decision for two weeks Wednesday night on declaring the Sriracha plant a public nuisance.

Irwindale Calls a Two-Week Truce with Sriracha Maker

April 24, 2014 10:05 am | News | Comments

A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between Huy Fong Foods and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy. The Irwindale City Council delayed a decision for two weeks Wednesday night on declaring the Sriracha plant a public nuisance.

Budget Cuts Could Decrease Food Safety in Vancouver

April 23, 2014 12:44 pm | News | Comments

The Public Service Alliance of Canda says Metro Vancouver became the only major metropolitan center in the country without food inspectors dedicated to consumer protection when the team was disbanded in January. Planned spending on the food safety program will drop by $35 million.

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Mexico Food Labeling Rules May Cause High Sugar Intake

April 23, 2014 10:06 am | by MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico's new food labeling rules were supposed to help fight an obesity epidemic, but they may actually encourage the public to consume high levels of sugar. The labels assume an average acceptable daily consumption of sugar is about 360 calories, equivalent to about 90 grams of sugar.

The Importance of Custom, Cost-Effective Food Safety Programs

April 23, 2014 8:00 am | by Ron Shepard, CEO, Shepard Bros. | Articles | Comments

As our food supply has become increasingly global in nature, the challenges to food safety also have become more complex. Companies must have a strong, well-defined food safety program — including cost-effective cleaning and sanitation programs.

Apocalypse Cow: The Bundy Cattle Standoff

April 23, 2014 8:00 am | by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart | Videos | Comments

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is fighting the federal government over his right to graze cattle on public lands. Backed by dozens of armed supporters, Bundy is in a standoff with U.S. officials who say he must remove his herd from federally protected land.

Navajo Advocates Push for Junk Food Tax

April 22, 2014 12:55 pm | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Navajo President Ben Shelly earlier this year vetoed measures to enact a 2 percent sales tax on tax on junk food like chips, cookies and sodas, and to eliminate the tax on fresh fruit and vegetables. This week, tribal lawmakers have a chance to resurrect the proposals.

Powdered Alcohols Lose Label Approvals

April 22, 2014 12:49 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

A product called "Palcohol" gained widespread attention after it was reported that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the powdered alcohol, including vodka and rum varieties. But Bureau representative Tom Hogue said the approvals were issued in error.

U.S. Investigates Mexican Sugar Exports for Unfair Prices

April 22, 2014 12:38 pm | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Commerce Department is investigating allegations by the American Sugar Alliance and other industry groups that Mexico is exporting far more sugar than the country has in the past and selling it in the U.S. at below fair market price.

Idaho Dairy Group Seeks to Join Farm Video Lawsuit

April 22, 2014 10:10 am | by REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Idaho Dairymen's Association is asking a federal judge to allow it to join Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden as a defendant in a lawsuit against a new law that makes it illegal to secretly film animal abuse at agricultural facilities.

Supreme Court Considers Pom Wonderful, Coca-Cola Juice Case

April 22, 2014 10:08 am | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Minute Maid's "Pomegranate Blueberry Flavored Blend of 5 Juices" was the subject of a lively debate Monday as the Supreme Court considered whether to allow false advertising claims by Pom Wonderful against the Coca-Cola Co., which markets the beverage.

Hawaii Is a Hotbed of GMO Debate

April 21, 2014 12:20 pm | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hawaii is so critical to the nation's modern corn-growing business that the industry's leading companies all have farms here. But these same farms have become a flash point in a spreading debate over genetic engineering in agriculture.

Brewers Say Proposed FDA Rule on Spent Grain Would Spike Costs

April 21, 2014 10:06 am | News | Comments

Northwest beer brewers say a proposed rule from the FDA would make it prohibitively expensive for them to recycle spent grain by providing it to dairy farmers. The proposal would classify companies that distribute spent grain to farms as animal feed manufacturers.

Photos of the Day: Colorado Deaths Raise Concerns About Edibles

April 21, 2014 9:47 am | News | Comments

Two recent deaths have stoked concerns about Colorado's recreational marijuana industry and the effects of the drug, especially since pot edibles can be exponentially more potent than a joint. Pot legalization opponents say the deaths are a sign of future dangers.

Colorado Deaths Stoke Fears About Pot Edibles

April 21, 2014 9:44 am | by SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two recent deaths have stoked concerns about Colorado's recreational marijuana industry and the effects of the drug, especially since pot edibles can be exponentially more potent than a joint. Pot legalization opponents say the deaths are a sign of future dangers.

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