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Improving State Consumer Protection Acts

December 1, 2014 10:29 am | by Tiger Joyce | Articles | Comments

In recent years, there have been hundreds of often preposterous consumer class action lawsuits that frequently target both food producers and sellers across the country. Recognizing the potential for litigious mischief, Congress purposely limited enforcement of the law to its newly created FTC.

Tentative Deal to Settle XL Foods Beef Recall Lawsuit

November 26, 2014 11:23 am | by John Cotter, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Lawyers have brokered a tentative deal to settle part of a class-action lawsuit filed over an E. coli outbreak and the largest meat recall in Canadian history. The lawsuit is against XL Foods Inc., which operated a meat-packing plant in southern Alberta during the tainted beef recall in 2012.

True Source Honey Issues Alert on Honey Shipped From Turkey

November 26, 2014 9:35 am | by True Source Honey | News | Comments

The True Source Honey CertificationTM Program, whose mission it is to protect consumers, retailers and manufacturers from illegally sourced honey, has issued an alert concerning honey labeled as coming from Turkey. The U.S. has had repeated problems with honey that is illegally shipped from China to avoid anti-dumping duties. 

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Oregon Food Label Measure Headed For Recount

November 26, 2014 8:20 am | by JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Statewide vote totals released Monday show an Oregon ballot measure that would require labeling of genetically modified foods was losing by a mere 809 votes and will go to an automatic recount.             

New FDA Rules Will Put Calorie Counts on Menus

November 26, 2014 8:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FDA announced long-delayed calorie labeling rules requiring establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food "clearly and conspicuously" on their menus, menu boards and displays. Companies will have until November 2015 to comply.

Maui GMO Ban Supporters Seek to Dismiss Lawsuit

November 25, 2014 1:25 pm | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of moms and environmental groups are among those who are asking a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit challenging a new Maui ban on genetically modified organisms. The coalition filed a motion to either dismiss the lawsuit or let a state court decide the issue.

Vermont Auditor Questions State's Role in Liquor Business

November 25, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont state Auditor of Accounts Doug Hoffer is questioning the state's role in the liquor business, and says complete privatization likely would have a neutral revenue impact. Hoffer acknowledges that privatization could result in higher liquor prices to consumers.

Budweiser Clydesdales Receive Pink Slip For the Holidays

November 25, 2014 9:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The country's number three beer brand, Budweiser, says the horses will not appear in its holiday advertising this year. A spokesman for owner Anheuser-Busch InBev was unable to say if the horses would be featured in the Super Bowl advertisements.

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Kids Give Sarcastic Thanks to First Lady For 'Mystery Mush' School Lunches

November 24, 2014 12:05 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

School kids are giving thanks to first lady Michelle Obama with a sarcastic Twitter hashtag about unappealing school lunches. The first lady has become the symbol of healthier school meals as she has pushed standards implemented in 2012 that require more fruits, vegetables and whole grains in the lunch line.

VIDEO: Ban on Half-Gallon Beer Jug Growlers Heats Up

November 24, 2014 9:33 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Craft beer fans love capped jugs known as growlers. They are an efficient way to bring fresh beer home, but in Florida, they are banned, even though it's fully legal to fill jugs that are smaller and larger. Vicente Arenas reports.     

Snack Tax: Navajo Lawmakers OK Price Hike on Junk Food

November 21, 2014 2:26 pm | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The sales tax on cookies, chips and sodas sold on the Navajo Nation is going up. Tribal President Ben Shelly signed legislation Friday to impose a 2 percent sales tax on junk food starting next year. It will remain in effect until 2020. 

Environmental Groups Sue Feds Over Bigeye Tuna Fishing Rule

November 21, 2014 9:40 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental groups on Thursday sued the National Marine Fisheries Service to challenge a new rule for fishing bigeye tuna, a popular species for sushi and fish steaks. The regulation undermines international efforts to end overfishing of bigeye.

NSF International Partners with American Feed Industry Association to Provide Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification

November 20, 2014 2:30 pm | by NSF International | News | Comments

The SF/SF Certification Program was developed to further enhance consumer confidence in the feed and food supply industry by establishing food safety guidelines. Adherence to these guidelines will help ensure continuous improvement in the delivery of a safe and wholesome feed supply essential for the growth and care of animals.

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Country of Origin Label For Meat Cuts Endangered

November 20, 2014 9:47 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. is running out of options in its effort to tell consumers where fresh cuts of meat originated after a successful challenge to package labeling by Canada and Mexico. A 2008 farm law requires that packages of steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identify where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

Regulators Cut New England Cod Quota

November 19, 2014 2:30 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Regulators said the reduction in quota is necessary to rebuild the struggling fishery, on which Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts fishermen all rely to harvest the popular food fish. Many fishermen were prepared for the blow after recent emergency actions by the federal government to restrict the fishery.

Governments Pledge More to Prevent Malnutrition

November 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by Nicole Winfield and Trisha Thomas, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 170 governments pledged Wednesday to do more to prevent malnutrition around the globe, adopting voluntary guidelines to promote healthy diets and reduce levels of obesity at the start of a three-day U.N. summit.    

Syngenta Faces Dozens of Lawsuits Over GMO Seed

November 19, 2014 8:30 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Agrochemicals giant Syngenta is facing a growing number of lawsuits challenging its release of a genetically modified corn seed that China had not approved for import, with losses to farmers estimated to be at least $1 billion.     

Cost of Booze Set to Rise in Virginia After Board Vote

November 19, 2014 8:10 am | by LARRY O'DELL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginians will pay at least 24 cents more on average for a bottle of booze starting Dec. 8 as a result of action taken by the board that oversees the state liquor monopoly. The increase is a part of a broader plan to plug the $2.4 billion gap in the budget. 

Calif. Restaurant Owner Pleads Guilty to Serving Endangered Whale Meat

November 18, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

The parent company and owner of a now-closed Southern California restaurant have pleaded guilty to serving meat from an endangered whale. Typhoon Restaurant Inc. and owner Brian Vidor were charged with serving meat from the Sei (say) whale. 

Vermont Fights Attempt to Block Food Labeling Law

November 18, 2014 9:17 am | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont is asking a federal judge to throw out a food industry lawsuit that seeks to block the state's new GMO labeling law from taking effect. The Grocery Manufacturers Association and National Association of Manufacturers are suing to overturn the law.

Colorado Panel Makes No Progress on Marijuana Edibles

November 18, 2014 9:10 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The group of regulators, law enforcement, parent groups and edible-pot makers has mostly argued about whether it would be possible to make sure pot products don't look like regular foods. Instead, marijuana regulators decided to send lawmakers several proposals.

US Producer Prices Rise 0.2 Percent in October

November 18, 2014 9:08 am | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Inflation picked up in October due to higher prices that U.S. companies received for new model cars, beef, pork and electric power. The producer price index increased 0.2 percent in October from the previous month, the Labor Department said. 

VIDEO: Brewery Serves $15 Hot Pockets to Get Around Law

November 17, 2014 2:22 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The Sun King Brewery in Indianapolis is offering a new menu in order to comply with Indiana state law. The law requires food to be available in order to serve liquor by the glass; two of the items on the menu are Hot Pockets and Cup of Noodles.  

'Red Warning Lights Are Flashing' For Global Economy

November 17, 2014 1:51 pm | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hours after the leaders of the world's 20 most developed economies sought to boost confidence by promising to increase global output by $2 trillion over five years, Japan said it had fallen into recession.           

Marijuana Edibles May Face Scrutiny By Colorado Health Officials

November 17, 2014 9:32 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Marijuana-infused foods and drinks have been a booming sector in Colorado's new recreational marijuana market. But lawmakers feared the products are too easy to confuse with regular foods and drinks and ordered regulators to require a new look for pot edibles.

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