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NY Audit: Food Inspections Lagging

January 31, 2014 10:12 am | News | Comments

New York's food inspections have been lagging, allowing 5,000 manufacturers, supermarkets and other businesses to operate last year without updated inspections. The backlog allowed 439 new establishments to open for business without a required initial inspection.

LA Proposes Age Restriction on Energy Drinks

January 31, 2014 8:00 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Amid growing concern over the safety of energy drinks for children, Los Angeles officials have drawn up a proposal that would make the city the first in the nation to ban minors from purchasing the highly caffeinated beverages. KCAL 9's Dave Bryan reports.

UK Men Avoid Charges for Taking Food Waste from Supermarket

January 30, 2014 10:00 am | by JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press | News | Comments

British prosecutors reversed their initial decision and dropped criminal charges against a trio of dumpster-divers who allegedly took discarded food from a trash bin behind a supermarket. The prosecution of Paul May, Jason Chan and William James had drawn widespread criticism.


Dairy Producers Welcome Farm Bill Subsidy’s Overhaul

January 30, 2014 9:58 am | by M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Farmers expressed relief this week that a long fight over federal dairy subsidies ended with an overhaul that most thought would be effective in keeping farms from going under during hard times. The overhaul was a key stumbling block that prevented passage last year of a new, five-year farm bill.

Chobani Loses Greek Yogurt Legal Battle in UK

January 30, 2014 9:46 am | by SYLVIA HUI, Associated Press | News | Comments

A British court has ruled that Chobani, the company leading the burgeoning Greek yogurt market in the U.S., cannot label its products "Greek" in the U.K. because they are made in America. Chobani said it was disappointed with the ruling, but added that "the fight is not over."

Cost of Complying with Food Safety Rules Rising in Canada

January 29, 2014 12:18 pm | News | Comments

A new report suggests it costs Canadian farmers and the agriculture industry $657 million a year to comply with food inspection rules. The figure from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business is based on a survey of agri-businesses across the country.

Supermarket Wine Bill Advances in Tenn. House

January 29, 2014 12:15 pm | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The House committee that killed last year's version of a bill to allow wine sales in Tennessee grocery stores overwhelmingly voted in favor of giving cities the ability to hold referendums on the proposal. The House Local Government Committee voted 13-3 to advance the bill.

House Passes Farm Bill

January 29, 2014 12:12 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearing the legislative finish line after more than two years of bickering, the House passed and sent to the Senate Wednesday an almost $100 billion-a-year farm bill containing a mostly symbolic cut in food stamps and preserving most crop subsidies.


January/February 2014 — LEEDing the Way with Sustainable Packaging

January 29, 2014 11:26 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Nestlé Waters North America is the largest bottled water company by volume in the United States. The company prides itself on its sustainability efforts, including its many LEED-certified facilities and eco-friendly packaging.

Applegate CEO: FDA Enabling Meat Industry’s Drug Addiction

January 29, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

Stephen McDonnell, founder and CEO of Applegate, applauded the Natural Resources Defense Council's report that the FDA ignored its own safety standards in allowing "high risk" antibiotics to remain on the market as additives in farm-animal feed and water.

Utah Liquor Bill Targets ‘Zion Curtain’

January 29, 2014 10:06 am | by ANNIE KNOX and BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Utah's so-called Zion curtain would be torn down and customers wouldn't have to order food to get a drink if one lawmaker has his way in loosening the state's strict liquor laws. The proposal from Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber City, comes just days after the Mormon church urged legislators to keep existing regulations in place.

House to Vote on Final Farm Bill

January 29, 2014 10:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The House is rushing to complete work on a nearly $100 billion-a-year farm bill that would make small cuts to food stamps and continue subsidies for farmers. Leaders scheduled a quick Wednesday morning vote after the bill was introduced Monday, giving opponents little time to build opposition.

Cantaloupe Farmers Get Probation for Fatal Outbreak

January 29, 2014 9:54 am | by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Colorado cantaloupe farmers linked to the nation's deadliest outbreak of foodborne illness in a quarter-century were sentenced to probation and home detention, but the judge said he wasn't sending them to prison so they could work to pay off $150,000 each in restitution.


Horse: The Other… Meat?

January 28, 2014 2:09 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor | Articles | Comments

The idea of munching on horse meat triggers the gag reflex of most Americans and Europeans, a reaction rooted in tradition. The taboo surrounding horses as food in the West is deeply rooted in history and the close humans-equine relationship, though lack of an alternative forced tastes to change at times.

2 Charged with Insider Trading in Burger King Deal

January 28, 2014 12:36 pm | News | Comments

U.S. federal prosecutors have charged two Brazilian nationals with insider trading in connection with 3G Capital's acquisition of Burger King in 2010. The complaint alleges that Waldyr Prado, a former Wells Fargo financial adviser, and one of his brokerage clients illegally profited from insider information about the Burger King deal.

U.S. to Reduce Longline Tuna Catch

January 28, 2014 12:31 pm | News | Comments

Hawaii's longline fishing boat owners expect their sales of ahi will drop by millions of dollars under an agreement in which the U.S. will reduce its longline tuna catch for three years starting in 2015. U.S. longline fishing boats in the western and central Pacific must cut their catch of bigeye tuna by 10 percent.

Farm Bill Would Cut Food Stamps by $800M

January 28, 2014 10:08 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Farm-state lawmakers are pushing for final passage of the five-year farm bill as it heads to the House floor Wednesday. There are cuts to the food stamp program — $800 million a year, or around 1 percent — for Republicans who say the program is spending too much money.

Dairy Exporters Must Register to Sell to China

January 28, 2014 10:03 am | News | Comments

Wisconsin companies that export dairy products to China must register with the FDA as part of a process aimed at improving food safety in China. The agency will provide China with a list of companies that have been inspected and licensed.

How Dangerous Are Energy Drinks for Kids?

January 27, 2014 3:09 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Prosecutors in New York and San Francisco are investigating whether Monster Beverage is marketing its caffeinated drinks to kids. Dr. David Agus talks to "CBS This Morning" about the potential health risks of energy drinks, especially to children.

Investments in MIS on the Rise

January 27, 2014 12:00 pm | by John Tertin, Director of MIS, ESE, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Food safety. Quality standards. Yield management. Waste control. Cost containment. The list goes on. With so many competing requirements, manufacturers' need for more timely and accurate process data is accelerating both the interest and demand for Manufacturing Information Systems — or MIS solutions.

Mormon Church Defends Strict Utah Liquor Laws

January 24, 2014 2:05 pm | News | Comments

The Mormon church issued a sweeping defense of Utah's famously strict liquor laws, drawing a line against the tourism, restaurant and bar industry that helped ease alcohol regulations in recent years. Liquor licenses are issued based on population quotas.

PepsiCo Drops 'Natural' Labeling for 'Simply' Descriptor

January 24, 2014 1:13 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

PepsiCo has quietly gotten rid of the word "Natural" in some of its products and instead is going with "Simply." The company changed its "Simply Natural" line of Frito-Lay chips to simply be called "Simply," although the ingredients remain the same.

Miss. Craft Breweries Seek Permission for On-Site Sales

January 24, 2014 9:40 am | by EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state's eight craft breweries want permission to sell some of their beer where it's made. Currently, craft brewers can provide samples on-site after brewery tours, but can't sell cans or bottles of their beer there; only in restaurants or stores.

FDA to Overhaul Nutrition Facts Labels

January 24, 2014 9:35 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nutrition facts label on the back of food packages is getting a makeover. Knowledge about nutrition has evolved since the early 1990s, and the Food and Drug Administration says the labels need to reflect that. More people may be reading labels.

Anheuser-Busch Drops 'Hold My Beer and Watch This' after Craft Brewer Sues

January 23, 2014 1:07 pm | by JIM SALTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. has removed the "Hold my beer and watch this" videos from its Bud Light YouTube page, and the craft brewer that sued over use of the phrase has dropped the legal action. Big Sky Brewing Co. sued Anheuser-Busch in December.

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