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Anti-GMO Measure Allowed on Maui Ballot

September 17, 2014 9:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Monday's decision dissolves a temporary restraining order after those who support genetically modified organisms sued to remove the measure. They argued its wording was deceptive, misleading and would confuse voters.         

OSHA's Top 10 Violations of 2014

September 17, 2014 9:15 am | by National Safety Council | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced the preliminary top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2014.                      

Burger King Wants Hawaii Needle Lawsuit Dismissed

September 16, 2014 1:18 pm | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Clark Bartholomew sued after he said he was injured in 2010 when he bit into a Triple Stacker from a Burger King on a Hawaii base. The former Army sergeant's lawsuit said one needle pierced his tongue and another was lodged in his small intestine.

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When a Worker Loses an Arm, Who Knows About it?

September 16, 2014 1:13 pm | by Dr. David Michaels | Articles | Comments

Starting on Jan. 1, 2015, all employers under federal OSHA jurisdiction will be required to report not only all work-related fatalities within eight hours, but also in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and loss of an eye within 24 hours.

Supermarkets Launch Anti-Bottle Deposit Campaign

September 16, 2014 9:16 am | by STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press | News | Comments

Supermarket chains are launching an ad campaign in hopes of persuading voters to reject a ballot question that would expand Massachusetts' bottle deposit law to include bottled water and other non-carbonated beverages.         

Salmonella-Tainted Peanuts Case in Hands of Jury

September 15, 2014 1:00 pm | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell has been on trial since Aug. 1, accused of shipping tainted peanuts and peanut butter to customers. This is the first time a U.S. food producer has been tried in U.S. District Court in a food poisoning case.

Challenges With Sugared Beverages Being Ignored

September 15, 2014 12:00 pm | by Nestlé Waters Canada | News | Comments

A recent survey on behalf of Nestle Waters Canada reveals that, on average, mothers are consuming between three to four soft drinks per week.                               

Penn. Liquor Board Returns $2.4M in Licensing Fees to Communities

September 15, 2014 8:00 am | by Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board | News | Comments

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board oversees the regulation of more than 18,000 liquor licenses and permits statewide, including clubs and beer distributors. As part of the annual license renewal or validation process, licensees pay a fee ranging from $125 to $700.

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Research Center Now Offers HACCP Award for Food Companies

September 12, 2014 9:45 am | by Leatherhead Food Research | News | Comments

Leatherhead will now be offering Level 4 Award in HACCP Management for Food Manufacturers with HABC, as well as Level 3 Award in HACCP for Food Manufacturing.                                 

Manufacturers Should Prepare for EU Food Labeling Directive Compliance

September 11, 2014 9:43 am | by Videojet Technologies | News | Comments

Manufacturers producing food items for sale in the EU will be required to clearly indicate and highlight certain information within ingredients lists starting December 13, 2014.  This includes manufacturers located within and outside of the EU. 

Salmonella Defendant Claims He Was a Customer, Not a Conspirator

September 11, 2014 8:45 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors say the Parnell brothers conspired to ship contaminated peanuts and hide positive salmonella tests from customers. The attorney for one of the three people charged in the deadly outbreak says his client was a customer, not a co-conspirator.

Most Consumers Don't Know Their Daily Calorie 'Budget'

September 10, 2014 9:45 am | by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health | News | Comments

A 2,000-calorie benchmark is what the FDA considers a reasonable daily calorie intake for adults. Nutrition labels on food sold in the U.S. are based on it. The key to translating labels and using them to make healthy food choices may be understanding this fact.

CDC: More Than 40 Percent of Sodium Comes From 10 Common Foods

September 10, 2014 8:50 am | by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) | News | Comments

This report provides the most recent data detailing how much sodium school-age children eat and where it comes from. Researchers determined that about 43 percent of sodium eaten by children comes from the 10 foods they eat most often.    

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Infographic: Traceability For Standard Compliance, Process Improvement

September 9, 2014 2:30 pm | by Mettler Toledo | News | Comments

Good traceability helps a manufacturer comply with legal and regulatory requirements and also shows how the right systems and equipment can contribute to production efficiency. Find out more by taking a look at this infographic from Mettler Toledo.

Parents Support Healthier School Food Policies

September 9, 2014 2:15 pm | by Voices for Healthy Kids | News | Comments

The findings come as school districts implement the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Smart Snacks in School” nutrition standards, which set basic limits on the fat, salt, and calories in foods and beverages sold through vending machines, school stores, and a la carte cafeteria menus.

McDonald's Aug. Sales Continue to Plummet From China Scandal

September 9, 2014 9:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

McDonald's Corp. said earlier this month that it will monitor its suppliers in China more closely after a food-safety scandal in the country hurt its sales and reputation.                     

Monarch Beverage Co. Keeps Up Indiana Liquor Law Fight

September 9, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Indianapolis-based Monarch Beverage Co., the state's largest beer distributor, has filed documents seeking a liquor wholesaler's permit for a separate corporate entity.                  

Infographic: America's Most Wanted Food Labels

September 9, 2014 8:20 am | by Consumer Reports | News | Comments

How's a consumer to know all the standards and regulations (or loopholes, for that matter) behind the seal itself? Consumer Reports gives us this simple, exhaustive infographic that breaks down the pluses and minuses of the most common animal welfare labels.

Obama Administration to Limit Profitability of Overseas Shifts

September 8, 2014 12:30 pm | by STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A growing number of U.S. companies are shifting their addresses abroad in an effort to reduce their U.S. taxes. The maneuver is known as a corporate inversion. The Obama administration is deciding what actions to take to make it less profitable for companies to shift overseas.

Pesticide Drift is Persistent Problem For Organic Farmers

September 8, 2014 12:00 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Organic growers are trying to profit off the rising consumer interest in locally grown, natural foods. But those smaller farms are often islands surrounded by a sea of conventionally grown crops that get sprayed with herbicides, insecticides and fungicides.

VIDEO: How Food Regulations Make Us Less Healthy

September 8, 2014 10:17 am | by Learn Liberty | Videos | Comments

How do you choose what to eat? Most people don't realize what big impact government policy has over the food they buy and consume. Rentseeking, lobbying and regulatory barriers all change the way food is produced.                   

Technological Advances in Food Processing Creates Regulatory Gaps

September 8, 2014 10:05 am | by Eric Esson, Rite-Hite, Machine Guarding National Sales Manager | Articles | Comments

New industrial safety regulations are always coming down the line and it’s critical that managers of food manufacturing and storage facilities keep up on the latest safety technologies available to match the right product to the right process.   

Dietary Recommendations May Be Tied to Increased Gas Emissions

September 5, 2014 12:30 pm | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

Martin Heller and Gregory Keoleian of U-M's Center for Sustainable Systems looked at the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of about 100 foods, as well as the potential effects of shifting Americans to a diet recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Peanut Allergies and the Nutty Truth

September 5, 2014 9:04 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

According to a report from the Center for Disease Control, the prevalence of food allergies among children increased 50 percent from 1997 to 2011. When I was in school, it was a rarity to see kids with severe allergies. Now, they are everywhere. What happened?

Fast-Food Protesters Cuffed at Higher-Pay Rallies

September 4, 2014 11:00 am | by JOSEPH PISANI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Several protesters in New York and Detroit were handcuffed in their latest attempt to escalate fast-food companies to pay their employees at least $15 an hour. Since the protests began in late 2012, organizers have switched up their tactics every few months.

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