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Federal Judges to Review COOL Ruling

April 7, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

A full federal appeals court will review meat labeling rules that would require country-of-origin information on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat. The meat industry went to court in an effort to block the government regulation, which went into effect last year.

NLRB Seeks Injunction to End Kellogg Lockout

April 7, 2014 10:22 am | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Friday authorized its lawyers to seek an immediate injunction in U.S. Federal Court against the Kellogg Company for the food maker's role in the long-running lockout at its cereal plant in Memphis, Tenn.

Sugar Reform Coalition Commends Trade Talk Progress

April 4, 2014 12:58 pm | News | Comments

The Coalition for Sugar Reform represents consumer, trade, and commerce groups, manufacturing associations, and food and beverage companies that use sugar, including confectioners, bakers, cereal manufacturers, beverage makers and dairy companies.

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NY Taco Joint Bans Vladimir Putin

April 4, 2014 9:36 am | News | Comments

Mighty Taco, a Buffalo-based chain of Mexican fast-foot restaurants, has banned Russian President Vladimir Putin from all of the company's 23 locations in western New York. Putin may be ordering around Crimea, but he won't be ordering from their menu.

Manufacturing and the Decline of the Middle Class

April 4, 2014 8:00 am | by Mike Collins, Author | Articles | Comments

It does not appear that the jobs being created in the post industrial economy are going to halt the decline of the middle class or improve living standards in the United States. I believe that to have a chance of reversing this, American manufacturing must rebound.

Neb. Brewers, Farmers Contest FDA's Spent Grain Proposal

April 3, 2014 1:14 pm | News | Comments

The mutually beneficial practice of brewers selling their spent grains to farmers for livestock feed is under scrutiny as the Food and Drug Administration ponders rules that would require the grain to be packaged before sale or sent to a landfill.

Celebrity Chef Denied Entry into U.S.

April 3, 2014 12:38 pm | by JILL LAWLESS and JIM HIRSCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Celebrity Chef Nigella Lawson has been prevented from boarding a plane from London to the United States, according to the U.S. Embassy there. While no official reason for denial of entry was given, there are several speculations involving Lawson's lifestyle.

Antibiotics and Pigs’ Blood: You Are What What You Eat Eats

April 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged | Blogs | Comments

Despite the title, I’m not blogging after too many drinks or while performing some satanic ritual. What I mean to say is: If you are what you eat, then you are also what your food gets its nourishment from. Two recent cases might quell your appetite.

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GMO Salmon Caught in FDA Delay

April 3, 2014 10:12 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Genetically modified salmon are the first GMO animals eligible for human consumption. The fast-growing fish have been caught in a net of delay for four years as the Food and Drug Admnistration stalls in deciding whether it will approve the fish for sale.

Q&A: Prepping for FSMA Whistleblower Provisions

April 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

OSHA is considering comments on its proposed procedures for handling whistleblower provisions provided by the Food Safety Modernization Act. Attorney Jonathan Secrest spoke to Food Manufacturing about the new procedures and how food companies can prepare for the inevitability of more whistleblower claims.

Okla. Manufacturer Recalls 8,700 Pounds of Chicken

April 2, 2014 10:27 am | News | Comments

The USDA says the products from AdvancePierre Foods were formulated with milk and soy, which are not declared on the label. The company with operations in Oklahoma is recalling frozen chicken products distributed to food-service establishments.

German Brewery Cartel Fined $319M for Price Fixing

April 2, 2014 10:18 am | News | Comments

Germany's antitrust authority has fined a group of brewers 231.2 million euros ($319 million) for their part in alleged illegal beer-price fixing — the second round of punishment in the case. Info from the German branch of Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA aided the suit.

Groups Ask FDA to Exempt Brewers from Grain Regulation

April 1, 2014 12:55 pm | News | Comments

The Beer Institute on Monday filed joint comments with the American Malting Barley Association arguing that it is unnecessary for the Food and Drug Administration to add additional regulation to brewers’ spent grain and other brewing by-products.

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Q&A: Will Court Ruling End Japan’s Whaling?

April 1, 2014 12:42 pm | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's whaling program is at a crossroads after the International Court of Justice halted the program, concluding that the supposed research program is a guise for commercial whaling. This week's ruling cannot be appealed, but Japan has other options to consider.

Vertical Expansion: Building Up, Not Out

April 1, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO, @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

For many manufacturers, there comes a time when the lack of adequate space leads to disorganization and inefficiency. Vertical expansion, in the forms of elevated work platforms, multi-level racking systems, and automated storage and picking solutions, is a great solution for many manufacturers.

Oregon Officials Drop Proposed Ban on Pot-Laced Foods

April 1, 2014 10:13 am | by CHAD GARLAND, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials backed off their proposal to prohibit sales of pot-infused treats at Oregon medical marijuana stores after receiving hundreds of emailed comments opposing the ban. A March 19 draft of the rules would have banned the sale of all cakes, cookies, candy and gum that contain the drug.

George Dickel Sues Tennessee over Liquor Storage Requirement

April 1, 2014 10:03 am | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Whiskey maker George Dickel is suing to overturn a Tennessee law that requires liquor to be stored in or around the county where it is distilled. The lawsuit comes following a legislative fight over the state's legal definition of Tennessee whiskey.

Brewers Boil over Proposed FDA Rule on Leftover Grains

March 31, 2014 12:40 pm | News | Comments

The FDA has proposed a rule that would make it more difficult for breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed. Beer makers say that if the new rules are adopted, they would be forced to dump millions of tons of grains into landfills.

ABC Prepares To Be (Pink) Slimed by Lawsuit

March 31, 2014 12:00 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology, @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

While pink slime might leave its own bad taste in your mouth, the idea that one investigative news story can put a viable business at risk is also enough to induce vomiting. Is the media just lifting the veil on a product that is simply, by its composition, pretty off-putting? Or are they adding fuel to the fire?

Court Slaps Japan’s Antarctic Whaling with Injunction

March 31, 2014 11:49 am | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The International Court of Justice on Monday halted Japan's Antarctic whaling program, ruling that it is not for scientific purposes as the Japanese government claimed. Australia sued Japan at the U.N.'s highest court in hopes of ending whaling in the icy Southern Ocean.

Groups Push for More Humane Poultry Slaughter

March 31, 2014 11:46 am | by FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Animal welfare groups and lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to improve the treatment of poultry at slaughterhouses, citing statistics that show hundreds of thousands of chickens being accidentally dropped alive into scalding tanks every year.

Chicago Company Recalls Herring Products

March 31, 2014 10:25 am | News | Comments

Vita Food Products, Inc. of Chicago is recalling 2,280 individual plastic jars of 12-ounce Elf Herring Fillets in Wine Sauce that actually contain herring fillets in sour cream. The recalled products include milk not declared on the label.

Ind. Fish Farm Expansion Approved Despite Complaints

March 31, 2014 10:19 am | News | Comments

An Indiana county approved Bell Aquaculture's plans to build a feed mill as part of a $30 million expansion supporters say will help turn the area into an aquaculture hub. The approval came despite neighbors' complaints about the stench produced by the farm's fish feces lagoon.

Greek Bakers, Milk Producers Oppose Trade Reform

March 31, 2014 10:14 am | by DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Greek associations of bakers and milk farmers expressed angry opposition to plans to overhaul trading rules, fearing they will wipe out independent stores and producers — as unions and opposition parties readied new anti-austerity protests.

Canadian Chicken Producer Convicted of Animal Cruelty

March 31, 2014 10:03 am | by Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Maple Lodge Farms, one of Canada's biggest chicken producers, will have to spend at least $1 million over three years to ensure compliance with federal rules after an Ontario judge convicted the company of causing undue suffering to the birds.

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