A prosecutor opened the fraud trial of a California wine dealer on Monday by saying greed motivated him to cheat wine collectors out of millions of dollars, but a defense lawyer said his client was the victim of widespread corruption in the resale market for vintage wines.
A fishing boat captain told a federal judge he tried to sell shark fins to a Honolulu hotel restaurant so he could earn some extra money for his crew. Matthew Brian Case said he finned dead sharks while at sea off Hawaii and planned to sell them "for a few hundred dollars."
The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple "because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage."
The dairy industry is affected by many unique factors, including regulation like the Farm Bill. Food Manufacturing spoke with Bill Brooks of FCStone about the state of the dairy industry and what issues should be top-of-mind for dairy processors.
A bankruptcy judge is allowing an eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant involved in a nationwide salmonella outbreak last year to resume limited operations. Sunland Inc. in Portales closed its doors and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in October.
A possible World Trade Organization deal moved closer to approval Friday after a row over food subsidies was set aside following hours of global negotiations that went late into the night. The deal could boost global trade by $1 trillion and help revive the WTO's broader Doha Round of trade negotiations.
A New Year's deadline that could send the price of milk skyward looms over congressional negotiators as they try to reach agreement on a five-year farm bill. They've been tripped up by differences over the nation's food stamp program and how to restructure farm subsidies.
House Speaker John Boehner says the farm bill should be extended through January while negotiators work out differences on cuts to food stamps and how to restructure farm subsidies. Negotiators are working against a New Year's deadline for expiration of some dairy subsidies.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his office has reached a settlement with Abbott Laboratories over advertising for its Pediasure SideKicks beverages. Abbott has agreed to cease ads with unsubstantiated claims that the sugary drinks with added vitamins and minerals "targeted nutrition" for children's "unique needs."
A discrimination complaint over a Colorado bakery's refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple is being heard in a Denver court. At issue in the complaint from David Mullins and Charlie Craig against Masterpiece Cakeshop is whether religious freedom can protect a business from discrimination allegations from gay couples.
A new lawsuit is seeking $30 million from Morgan Keegan, which has merged with Raymond James Financial Inc., and 10 employees accused of fraudulent business practices in a failed sweetener factory project for Mamtek US Inc. in central Missouri.
In 2008, the Humane Society of the United States released grainy video taken by an undercover investigator posing as an employee that showed crippled and sick cows being kicked, shocked and shoved with forklifts at the Chino-based Westland Meat Co. and Hallmark Meat Packing Co.
The Wisconsin State Journal reported that the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection sent a letter dated Nov. 11 to chef Dan Fox ordering his Fox Heritage Farms to stop selling "misbranded multiple ingredient meat products, specifically pork."
A California slaughterhouse, a meat-packing facility and two companies that provided loans to the operations have agreed to settlements after allegations of inhumane treatment led to a massive recall that included beef sold to the National School Lunch Program.
After weeks of a judicial tug of war, Huy Fong foods, producer of popular Sriracha hot sauce, has been ordered to shut down part of its production facility. Residents in the Irwindale, Calif., neighborhood complained about the smell causing health issues.
A judge ruled Tuesday that the California Sriracha factory that manufactures the trendy hot sauce must partially shut down after neighbors complained of the spicy smells it was producing. Huy Fong Foods must determine what is causing the odor and stop it.
Rules covering the production, testing and labeling of raw milk sold in South Dakota will take effect Dec. 11, the state's agriculture secretary said Tuesday. Raw milk producers argue the milk already safe and the new rules impose too many restrictions.
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 on dairy processing.
Congress members are asking the Food and Drug Administration to allow further comment on sweeping food safety rules that farmers say could drive them out of business. The group asked the agency to propose a second set of rules to implement the 2011 FSMA.
A Frederick scientist says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stole his trade secrets for software to help detect threats to the food supply. He claims the release of the FDA tool has cost him business opportunities and forced him to lay off workers.
A potential ban on plastic foam food containers proved a piping-hot topic among New York City lawmakers Monday, as they debated the material's pros, cons and prospects for recycling. The City Council is looking at proposals that would ban the containers.
An embattled rule that would raise the speed of poultry processing lines and decrease the amount of federal employees inspecting birds is pitting food processors against safety advocates. The rule would expand a pilot program to the entire industry.
It's the half-gallon growler — a 64-ounce container that's popular from coast to coast — that's illegal, thanks to Florida's history of odd bottle laws. After several years, the next legislative session could be the one that sees the containers legalized.
Foods units recalled and the number of international recalls increased during the third quarter of 2013, with one out of every three FDA recalls tracked by the index having an international component, according to the ExpertRECALL Index of recall data.
Oregon workplace safety officials have cited a Springfield meat company for safety violations after a machine fractured an employee's fingers. The state Division of Occupational Safety and Health said on Thursday it fined Bright Oaks Meat Inc. $7,850.