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Chefs Fight for Bare-Hand Contact in California

March 25, 2014 9:37 am | by FENIT NIRAPPIL, Associated Press | News | Comments

California is a straggler in banning bare-hand contact with ready-to-eat food. Forty-one other states have a version of the legislation signed last year by Gov. Jerry Brown, which will require California chefs to wear gloves or use utensils in food and drink preparation starting in July.

Food Safety Exchange

March 24, 2014 5:15 pm | Events

Mettler Toledo Product Inspection invites you to attend the third annual Food Safety Exchange conference, held this year on June 17 and 18 at the Hilton Philadelphia City Hotel in Philadelphia, Pa.

Q&A: Improving Plant Safety

March 24, 2014 1:00 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing spoke with Heather Marenda, Client Services Engagement Manager for Brady, about the top steps food manufacturers can take to improve plant safety for workers, including lockout/tagout procedures, safety audits and plant security.

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Canadian Officials Want to Fine Meat Plants for Food Safety Problems

March 24, 2014 12:43 pm | by John Cotter, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is proposing to give itself the power to fine meat processors that break hygiene and other operating rules meant to protect human health. But meat industry representatives and a food safety expert say they are skeptical. 

Photos of the Day: Mich. Pot Bills Address Edibles

March 24, 2014 9:46 am | News | Comments

Two Republican House bills would clarify Michigan's medical marijuana law by legalizing dispensaries and edibles. Michigan food safety organizations oppose the legislation because it doesn't apply state food law to dispensaries. The groups say any business that sells food should be licensed and inspected.

Mich. Pot Bills Would OK Edibles

March 24, 2014 9:41 am | by EMMA FIDEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Republican House bills would clarify Michigan's medical marijuana law by legalizing dispensaries and edibles. Michigan food safety organizations oppose the legislation because it doesn't apply state food law to dispensaries. The groups say any business that sells food should be licensed and inspected.

Tenn. Governor Signs Supermarket Wine Bill

March 21, 2014 12:01 pm | by LUCAS L. JOHNSON II, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday signed a law allowing supermarket wine sales in the state. However, the earliest wine can be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores is the summer of 2016 — or a year later if they are located near an existing liquor store.

Hawaii House Revives, Quickly Kills GMO Bill

March 21, 2014 11:54 am | by CATHY BUSSEWITZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

An effort to require labels on genetically modified foods in Hawaii was brought back to life in the state legislature, but it died in committee on Thursday almost as quickly as it was revived. Representative Jessica Wooley gutted an agriculture bill to replace it with the GMO-labeling requirements.

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Explorers Club Sues Diageo over Whisky Brand

March 21, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

The famous Explorers Club in New York City has filed a lawsuit against Diageo, the parent company of Johnnie Walker, for using its name on a new whisky brand. Diageo's line of "Explorer's Club" whiskies was launched in duty-free-shops in late 2012.

U.S. Officials to Meet with China on Shellfish Ban

March 20, 2014 9:56 am | News | Comments

U.S. officials are traveling to Beijing this week to discuss China's ongoing import ban on geoduck clams and other shellfish from the U.S. West Coast. China imposed a ban in December on the import of clams, oysters, mussels and scallops harvested from Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Northern California.

Former Food Exec Gets Prison Time for Fraud

March 20, 2014 9:54 am | News | Comments

David Andrew Kirkland, former executive for Birmingham-based Adams Produce Company, has been sentenced to a year and one day in prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to overcharge the federal government for fruits and vegetables.

Sharing a Century of Seafood

March 20, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Northern Fish Products, Inc. in Tacoma, Wash., is the oldest seafood business operating in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout its 102-year history, the company has supplied fresh, quality fish and seafood throughout the United States and abroad.

Food Safety Update: HACCP Planning

March 19, 2014 1:00 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged | Articles | Comments

The Food Safety Update section of Food Manufacturing is designed to offer our readers insight into the state of food safety concerns across the industry. We received hundreds of responses to this month’s survey regarding HACCP Planning.

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Food Safety Summit

March 19, 2014 10:43 am | Events

The Food Safety Summit is a solutions based conference and expo designed to meet the educational and information needs of the entire food industry including growers, processors, retailers, distributors, foodservice operators, regulators and academia.

Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo (FA&M)

March 19, 2014 10:41 am | Events

The Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo (FA&M) is a 2 ½ day event that brings food and beverage processors and suppliers together to gain valuable information on the latest trends and technologies in manufacturing, automation, sustainability and food safety.

Diageo Fires Back at Jack Daniel’s over Tenn. Whiskey Law

March 19, 2014 9:52 am | News | Comments

Responding to Jack Daniel's opposition of proposed changes to a law defining Tennessee whiskey, competitor Diageo said it believes a single company should not be able to determine the definition of an entire beverage category. Diageo called Jack Daniel's actions "anti-competitive and protectionist."

The Strict Control of Tennessee Whiskey

March 18, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

In a story similar to the European Union’s cheese naming rights, Jack Daniel’s is fighting proposed changes to the distilling processes of Tennessee whiskey. In both cases, consumers and their pocketbooks may get to decide if any of it matters.

Colo. Supreme Court OKs GMO Ballot Title

March 18, 2014 12:30 pm | News | Comments

The Colorado State Supreme Court on March 13 affirmed the title for Ballot Initiative 48 to label the presence of genetically modified foods, or GMOs, on food packaging. Colorado joins more than two dozen other states calling for GMO labeling legislation.

Mich. Teacher Gives 5th Graders O’Doul’s

March 18, 2014 12:24 pm | News | Comments

A Michigan teacher made a poor choice by giving O'Doul's non-alcoholic beer to a class of fifth graders as part of a history lesson, a school official said. Superintendent Ed Koledo said the teacher allowed students to sample the drink, brought to school by a student on March 6.

Former Pa. Liquor Officials Owe Thousands for Ethics Violations

March 18, 2014 12:17 pm | by MARC LEVY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three former top officials at the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board must pay the state thousands of dollars for various gifts, such as dinners and golf trips, they accepted from alcohol marketers and others, the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission said Monday.

Beef Jerky Recalled for Safety Concerns

March 18, 2014 9:49 am | News | Comments

Health Officials recalled Krave Jerky's garlic chili pepper beef jerky processed at Rancho Feeding Corporation. The company halted operations last month after a series of recalls, including one for 8.7 million pounds of beef that had been processed from diseased animals.

Fast-Food Workers Protest ‘Wage Theft’

March 18, 2014 9:46 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Fast-food protests are planned for about 30 U.S. cities Tuesday, as labor organizers look to draw attention to practices they say illegally deprive workers of their wages. The protests are part of an ongoing campaign to build support for pay of $15 an hour.

ACLU, PETA Join Suit Against Idaho over 'Ag Gag' Law

March 18, 2014 9:42 am | by REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A coalition of animal activists, civil rights groups and media organizations on Monday sued Idaho over a new "ag gag" law that makes it illegal to secretly film animal abuse at agricultural facilities. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Idaho are among the plaintiffs.

Group Calls for Common Sense in EU Cheese Name Talks

March 17, 2014 12:56 pm | News | Comments

Cheese is in the spotlight with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership currently under negotiation. The American Cheese Society is calling for a common sense approach to cheese names, saying that many European names have become generic in the minds of consumers.

Jack Daniel’s Fights Changes to Tenn. Whiskey Law

March 17, 2014 12:37 pm | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tennessee lawmakers are considering relaxing some requirements for Tennessee whiskey that they say make it too difficult for craft distilleries to market their spirits as such. But Diageo PLC, the makers of Jack Daniel's, are fighting the changes.

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