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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.

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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.    

NACD Comments on FDA's Sanitary Food Transportation Proposal

August 1, 2014 12:45 pm | by National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) | News | Comments

The National Association of Chemical Distributors submitted comments to the FDA on its proposed rule of the sanitary transportation of food. The proposed rule would require shippers and receivers to use sanitary practices to ensure the safety of the food they transport.

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USDA to Overhaul Poultry Inspections for First Time in 50 Years

August 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

From a rule that was originally proposed by the USDA in 2012, the Obama Administration is now overhauling chicken plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years. This move could prevent more than 5,000 foodborne illnesses each year.

Extra Jurors Take a Seat in Deadly Salmonella Outbreak Trial

August 1, 2014 12:00 pm | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. District Court trial of the deadly salmonella outbreak traced to a Georgia peanut plant is expected to last at least two months. Because of that timeline, the judge made sure six alternates were selected in addition to the required 12-member jury.

Judge Orders Kellogg to End Memphis-Plant Lockout

August 1, 2014 8:00 am | by BCTGM International Union | News | Comments

A federal judge has granted an injunction that orders the Kellogg Company to end its lockout of 226 workers at its Memphis cereal plant and reinstate them to their jobs within the next five days. The judge states that imposing a lock over non-mandatory terms is unlawful.

GOP Blocks Tax Hike on Firms Moving Overseas

July 31, 2014 11:30 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican senators blocked a bill to limit tax breaks for American companies that wish to move their operations overseas. The bill would have cost U.S. companies that move overseas $143 million in additional taxes over the next decade.

Winemakers Want NY to Deny Gas Storage Permits

July 31, 2014 8:45 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Finger Lakes winemakers are asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to deny permits for natural gas and propane storage facilities in former salt mines along Seneca Lake. Dozens of wineries in the area are opposed to the gas facility because it threatens local business and economy.

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Crystal Sugar CEO Contests Subpoena in Sweetener Lawsuit

July 31, 2014 8:00 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

American Crystal Sugar CEO David Berg is contesting a subpoena to testify in the federal suit filed in California in 2011 by sugar producers. Lawyers for the corn syrup industry say Berg would be a good witness in the lawsuit because he is not involved in litigation.

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 deadly citrus disease, or Huanglongbing, the Organic Center has launched a multi-year study to find safe methods to prevent the disease from spreading. 

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 as a joint employer in several complaints regarding worker rights. The Board said 181 cases involving the restaurant-chain have been filed since 2012.

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 Grove, was sentenced to months in prison for his role in a scheme that defrauded the Pepsi Bottling Group of $2.9 million over a 10-year period.

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.

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 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.

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.

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