Food & Beverage

  • May 13, 2013

    Judge Tosses Atty Dispute Over Bayer MDL Settlement Fund

    A Missouri federal judge on Monday dismissed a dispute between several groups of plaintiffs' attorneys over payments into a common benefit fund in a multidistrict litigation related to crop contamination by Bayer AG's genetically modified rice, ruling the court lacked jurisdiction over the suit.

  • May 13, 2013

    Farms Settle EEOC's Sexual Exploitation Suits

    An Oregon farm operator agreed Monday to pay $150,000 to dodge U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims that a supervisor sexually harassed a female employee and encouraged her co-worker husband to kill her, one week after the commission settled a similar suit against another farm for $650,000.

  • May 13, 2013

    Vermont Moves Closer To Enacting GMO Labeling Bill

    The Vermont House of Representatives on Friday voted in favor of legislation that would require the labeling of genetically engineered food, the first of the labeling bills under consideration nationwide to be approved by a state legislative body.

  • May 13, 2013

    Justices Side With Monsanto On Patented Seeds

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that an Indiana farmer violated Monsanto Co.'s patents on herbicide-resistant soybean plants by replanting seeds, striking down his argument that the agribusiness giant had exhausted its control of the genetically modified seeds.

  • May 10, 2013

    German Watchdog Raids 9 Potato Cos. On Cartel Worries

    German officials recently raided nine companies that produce and distribute potatoes for food retailers based on concerns the companies were fixing prices, the country's antitrust watchdog said Friday.

  • May 10, 2013

    ConAgra Loses NLRB Case Over Verbal Union Activity Warning

    A National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge ruled Thursday that ConAgra Foods Inc. violated federal labor law by reprimanding an employee for discussing union activities on the clock and warning employees that union discussions are banned during shifts, saying such speech is protected.

  • May 8, 2013

    WTO Panel To Probe Indonesian Import Restrictions

    The World Trade Organization has established a dispute resolution panel to formally investigate U.S. claims that Indonesian restrictions on plant and animal products discriminate against foreign goods, U.S. trade officials said Wednesday.

  • May 8, 2013

    Bill Would Put Squeeze On FDA Over Antibiotic Resistance

    Bipartisan legislation introduced Wednesday would force the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to provide more information about antibiotics used in livestock, the latest example of concern that medicated farm animals are making humans more resistant to antibacterial treatments.

  • May 8, 2013

    China Dairy Giant Drops $410M To Boost Stake In Supplier

    China Mengniu Dairy Co Ltd., China’s largest milk products supplier has reached a $410 million deal to purchase more than a quarter interest in China Modern Dairy Holdings Ltd., the biggest dairy farming company in the country, the company said Wednesday.

  • May 8, 2013

    Foie Gras Farmers Urge 9th Circ. To Overturn Calif. Ban

    Foie gras producers and buyers asked the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to strike down California's ban on the sale of food products made from the forced feeding of geese and ducks, saying it unconstitutionally extends a state regulatory regime against animal cruelty outside California’s borders.

  • May 6, 2013

    NJ Lawmakers Tackle GMO Labeling Requirement

    Members of the New Jersey Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee on Monday debated legislation that would require labels on all genetically modified foods sold in the state, taking in testimony from biotechnology companies defending the food’s safety and from supporters advocating for consumer choice.

  • May 3, 2013

    White & Case Attys May Be Witnesses In $800M Scam: DQ Bid

    Businesses suing Royal Ahold NV and U.S. Foodservice Inc. over an alleged $800 million price-inflation scheme told a Connecticut federal judge Thursday that White & Case LLP attorneys witnessed the companies' actions and should be disqualified from defending them in multidistrict litigation.

  • May 3, 2013

    BC Partners Offers $1.3B For Livestock Tag Co. Allflex

    BC Partners Ltd. has offered to buy livestock identification tag maker Allflex Holdings from fellow London-based private firm Electra Partners LLP for $1.3 billion, Electra announced Friday.

  • May 3, 2013

    Archer Daniels Reserves $25M For Potential FCPA Settlement

    Archer Daniels Midland Co. told investors Wednesday that it had set aside $25 million to resolve a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation related to its grain and feed exports.

  • May 2, 2013

    Fla. Senate Passes $880M Everglades Restoration Bill

    The Florida Senate voted unanimously Thursday in support of a bill to fund a revised $880 million final phase of work as part of a new plan for restoration of the Everglades utilizing various water treatment strategies.

  • May 2, 2013

    US Preserves Most Claims In $150M Slaughterhouse FCA Suit

    A California federal judge on Tuesday largely refused to trim a False Claims Act suit against parties tied to a slaughterhouse that allegedly supplied the National School Lunch program with beef from sick and disabled cows, saying the U.S. had raised triable issues of fact.

  • May 2, 2013

    Cermaq Spurns $1.7B Takeover Bid From Rival Marine Harvest

    Norwegian fish farmer Cermaq ASA on Thursday rejected a $1.7 billion buyout bid from larger rival Marine Harvest ASA, choosing instead to forge ahead with its plans to acquire a Peruvian fishmeal supplier to build up its global business.

  • May 2, 2013

    Kellogg, Others Face Carcinogenic Cereal Claims

    General Mills Inc., Kellogg USA Inc. and Post Foods LLC were accused in California state court Tuesday of failing to warn consumers about the presence of a carcinogenic chemical in dozens of their popular breakfast cereals like Cheerios and Frosted Flakes.

  • May 1, 2013

    FDA Ignores Toxic Arsenic In Animal Feed, Suit Says

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration was hit Tuesday with a suit in California federal court that seeks to force the agency to respond to a three-year-old petition to ban certain arsenic-based drugs added to animal feed.

  • April 30, 2013

    EPA Sets New Residue Limits For Monsanto Pesticide

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday issued a final rule setting new residue standards for the active ingredient in Monsanto Co.'s widely used pesticide Roundup, limiting its use on various fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products.