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Board Considers Artificial Ingredient Use in Organic Foods

April 29, 2014 12:41 pm | News | Comments

The National Organic Standards Board is meeting this week in San Antonio to deliberate material exemptions for use in organic agriculture and food processing. Exemptions up for discussion include the antibiotic streptomycin, as well as synthetic materials and artificial ingredients.

Anheuser-Busch Gender Discrimination Trial Begins

April 29, 2014 10:04 am | News | Comments

Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a case brought by the former top ranking woman executive at Anheuser-Busch, who accuses the beer maker of wage discrimination for paying her less than half the base salary of her male predecessor.

Sriracha Creator Ready to Fight for Hot Sauce

April 29, 2014 8:00 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The city of Irwindale, Calif., has delayed a decision to officially declare Huy Fong Foods' Sriracha bottling plant a public nuisance. Meanwhile, David Tran, the creator of Sriracha hot sauce, is gearing up for a fight against the city.

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Loading Docks: A Critical Link in America’s Food Supply Chain

April 29, 2014 8:00 am | by John Ritter, Food Industry Specialist, Rite-Hite Company LLC | Articles | Comments

The loading dock is increasingly being regulated by authorities such as the FDA and new laws like the Food Safety Modernization Act. To stay ahead of regulations, safety-minded businesses are proactively addressing a host of potential threats at the loading dock.

Farmers, Brewers Await Revised Rule on Spent Grain

April 28, 2014 12:55 pm | by JOSIE SEXTON, The Coloradoan | News | Comments

Last Thursday, the FDA said it would review and clarify an animal feed rule involving spent grain produced by brewers. When asked what they would do if forced to comply with the rule, New Belgium Brewing and Odell Brewing Co. spokespeople said they likely would send the grain to a landfill.

NYC Big Soda-Ban Effort Bolstered by Health Groups

April 28, 2014 12:48 pm | News | Comments

New York City's push to ban big sodas is getting a boost in court. The National Alliance for Hispanic Health and nine other entities filed a brief Monday calling the rule a "reasonable and measured attempt" at stemming a tide of obesity, diabetes and other illnesses.

USDA Announces Top Scientific Breakthroughs in 2013

April 28, 2014 10:08 am | News | Comments

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new report on scientific breakthroughs discovered by USDA researchers. Innovations range from flour made out of chardonnay grape seeds that prevents weight gain to antimicrobial packets that keep food from spoiling.

Photos of the Day: Gov't to Supply Food Banks with Halal, Kosher Products

April 28, 2014 9:56 am | News | Comments

A measure tucked into the farm bill requires the federal government to purchase and provide food banks with emergency supplies of kosher or halal products, serving a population whose survival could otherwise be at odds with strictures of faith.

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Federal Law to Boost Halal, Kosher Food at Food Banks

April 28, 2014 9:48 am | by JEFF KAROUB, Associated Press | News | Comments

A measure tucked into the farm bill requires the federal government to purchase and provide food banks with emergency supplies of kosher or halal products, serving a population whose survival could otherwise be at odds with strictures of faith.

La. Raw Milk Fight Pits Choice Against Public Safety

April 25, 2014 12:54 pm | by MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Arguments of choice versus public safety are heated in a fight over whether to let Louisiana farmers sell raw milk. The full state House will consider a bill that would allow sales of unpasteurized milk, after it was advanced in a 9-6 vote Thursday by the House Agriculture Committee.

How Manufacturers Can Adapt To Shareholder Environmental Concerns

April 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by Patrick Daugherty, Foley & Lardner LLP | Articles | Comments

The long-term success of a manufacturer may depend, in part, on its strategies for sustainability — but these strategies are not created and perpetuated in a vacuum. Increased shareholder activism regarding sustainability has the potential to affect any public company’s approach.

FDA Calorie Labeling Rules May Impact More Than Just Restaurants

April 25, 2014 10:04 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Diners could soon see calorie counts on the menus of chain restaurants. But will they be able to get that same information at other establishments? The food industry is closely watching the FDA to see which businesses are included in the final menu labeling rules, which are expected this year.

Photos of the Day: FDA Backs Off Grain Safety Rule

April 25, 2014 9:49 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it will revise proposed livestock feed rules after hearing objections about the potential cost from brewers who sell grain leftover from making beer to ranchers and dairy farmers.

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FDA Will Revise Animal Feed Rule Affecting Brewers

April 25, 2014 9:36 am | by M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it will revise proposed livestock feed rules after hearing objections about the potential cost from brewers who sell grain leftover from making beer to ranchers and dairy farmers.

Q&A: Pom Wonderful, Coca-Cola Case May Impact Labeling Laws

April 25, 2014 8:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor and Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case in which Pom Wonderful has accused Coca-Cola of misleading consumers with one of its Minute Maid juice labels. Food Manufacturing spoke with attorney Claudia Vetesi about the case and its possible implications for food manufacturers.

Powdered Alcohol Stirs Up Controversy

April 25, 2014 8:00 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Palcohol, a new powdered product that turns water into alcoholic cocktails, is stirring up controversy after the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau reportedly approved the product. The agency has since backtracked, saying that the approvals for Palcohol were issued in error.

Citrus Disease Quarantine Expanded in Texas

April 24, 2014 12:43 pm | News | Comments

The Texas Department of Agriculture has expanded a quarantine area to slow the spread of the citrus greening disease for Cameron and Hidalgo counties. The agency this week advised the counties that the movement of citrus plants and plant materials will be restricted.

GMA: Vt. GMO Bill Sets U.S. on 'Costly and Misguided Path'

April 24, 2014 12:40 pm | News | Comments

The Grocery Manufacturers Association responded to the passage of a GMO labeling bill by the Vermont legislature, saying that the bill "sets the nation on a costly and misguided path toward a 50-state patchwork of GMO labeling policies."

Chiquita Asks Court To Toss Colombia Terror Payments Case

April 24, 2014 12:28 pm | by CURT ANDERSON, AP Legal Affairs Writer | News | Comments

Chiquita Brands International says the U.S. is the wrong place for lawsuits to be pursued against it by Colombians whose relatives were killed in a bloody civil war. Chiquita once had huge banana operations in Colombia and paid $1.7 million to a paramilitary group responsible for the deaths.

Vt. Lawmakers Pass First State Bill Requiring GMO Labeling

April 24, 2014 10:14 am | by DAVE GRAM and LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods. The Vermont House approved the measure Wednesday evening, about a week after the state Senate, and Gov. Peter Shumlin said he plans to sign it.

Photos of the Day: Irwindale Delays Decision on Sriracha Plant

April 24, 2014 10:11 am | News | Comments

A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between Huy Fong Foods and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy. The Irwindale City Council delayed a decision for two weeks Wednesday night on declaring the Sriracha plant a public nuisance.

Irwindale Calls a Two-Week Truce with Sriracha Maker

April 24, 2014 10:05 am | News | Comments

A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between Huy Fong Foods and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy. The Irwindale City Council delayed a decision for two weeks Wednesday night on declaring the Sriracha plant a public nuisance.

Budget Cuts Could Decrease Food Safety in Vancouver

April 23, 2014 12:44 pm | News | Comments

The Public Service Alliance of Canda says Metro Vancouver became the only major metropolitan center in the country without food inspectors dedicated to consumer protection when the team was disbanded in January. Planned spending on the food safety program will drop by $35 million.

Mexico Food Labeling Rules May Cause High Sugar Intake

April 23, 2014 10:06 am | by MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico's new food labeling rules were supposed to help fight an obesity epidemic, but they may actually encourage the public to consume high levels of sugar. The labels assume an average acceptable daily consumption of sugar is about 360 calories, equivalent to about 90 grams of sugar.

The Importance of Custom, Cost-Effective Food Safety Programs

April 23, 2014 8:00 am | by Ron Shepard, CEO, Shepard Bros. | Articles | Comments

As our food supply has become increasingly global in nature, the challenges to food safety also have become more complex. Companies must have a strong, well-defined food safety program — including cost-effective cleaning and sanitation programs.

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