Food & Beverage

  • May 25, 2010

    Brazil Steps Up Coffee Quality Enforcement

    Brazil, the world's largest coffee producer and exporter, has unveiled what it said was the first measure of its kind to regulate the flavor and aroma of roasted and ground coffee beans.

  • May 18, 2010

    EU, Central America Shake On Trade Agreement

    The European Union and a bloc of six Central American countries have reached a pact to promote trade and investment between the regions as part of a bilateral association agreement that is nearing completion.

  • May 17, 2010

    Calif. Co. Recalls 27 Tons Of Beef Over E. Coli Fears

    Montclair Meat Co. Inc. is recalling more than 27 tons of ground beef products that could be contaminated with a particularly deadly strain of E. coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday.

  • May 17, 2010

    DuPont Challenges $11M Judgment In Herbicide Fight

    In a bellwether trial over a DuPont Co. herbicide used by the U.S. to rehabilitate burned-out public land in Idaho, the chemical giant has appealed a $10.7 million judgment finding it partly liable for damage to nearby crops.

  • May 13, 2010

    Deere Goes After Great Plains Over Seed Tube Patent

    In a clash of farm equipment heavyweights, Deere & Co. has accused rival Great Plains Manufacturing Inc. of infringing a patent for seed tubes used in agricultural seeding machines.

  • May 13, 2010

    EU Raids Bale Wrap Cos. Over Cartel Suspicions

    The European Commission has conducted surprise raids on several companies that produce bale wrap for the agriculture industry, citing suspicions of anti-competitive behavior.

  • May 12, 2010

    Tannery Owner Off Hook For Ex-Operators' Pollution

    A federal judge has ruled that a Missouri tannery owner isn't liable for actions taken by previous operators of the facility, in a pair of class actions alleging the tannery's toxic chemical byproducts ruined nearby farmland and caused cancer.

  • May 12, 2010

    LA Pushes For High Court To Hear Biosolids Case

    Invoking a high-stakes rift among the appeals courts over the scope of the Interstate Commerce Clause, the city of Los Angeles has made its final play in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take up its case alleging a neighboring county’s ban on its biosolid fertilizer is unconstitutional.

  • May 10, 2010

    DNA Patent In Monsanto Suit Upheld On Re-Exam

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has upheld Genetic Technologies Ltd.'s patent for noncoding DNA technologies, giving more firepower to the Australian company's patent infringement suit against Monsanto Inc., Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. and a slew of rival laboratories.

  • May 7, 2010

    Crawfish Buyers To Appeal Pesticide Suit Loss To Bayer

    A federal judge has thrown out a putative class action against Bayer CropScience LP and Allianz Global Risks U.S. Insurance Co. brought by crawfish buyers who claimed a Bayer pesticide devastated Louisiana's crawfish crops, but a plaintiffs attorney has said the buyers plan to appeal the decision.

  • May 6, 2010

    Brazil, DR Top List For New Sugar Export Allocations

    The Dominican Republic, Brazil and the Philippines have topped the list of countries receiving higher allocations of how much raw cane sugar they can export to the U.S. before being forced to pay higher tariffs.

  • May 6, 2010

    Insurer Freed From Defending Silo Collapse Suit

    A Minnesota appellate court has upheld a decision freeing Western National Mutual Insurance Co. from defending Structural Restoration Inc. in an underlying breach of contract suit alleging the agricultural maintenance company negligently inspected a grain silo that subsequently collapsed, causing $1.6 million in losses.

  • May 5, 2010

    Wash. Beef Plant Fined For CWA Violations

    A Washington state beef-processing plant has agreed to shell out a $750,000 civil penalty and install $3 million worth of new wastewater treatment equipment to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Water Act by discharging slaughterhouse waste into the surrounding waterways.

  • May 5, 2010

    EU Committee Rejects Food From Cloned Animals

    A European Parliament committee has voted overwhelmingly to strike food derived from cloned animals from Europe's list of approved new food products.

  • May 3, 2010

    Meatpacking Giants Subject Of USDA Probe

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is carrying out a comprehensive probe into whether the nation's largest meatpacking companies are illegally driving down the price of cattle, according to the head of a group representing independent cattle producers.

  • May 3, 2010

    ITC To Scrutinize Chinese Agricultural Trade Barriers

    Based on concerns from the Senate Finance Committee, the U.S. International Trade Commission has opened an investigation into whether Chinese trade policies keep American agricultural products from being competitive in China.

  • May 3, 2010

    Earthjustice Pans Calif. Proposal To Allow Pesticide

    Earthjustice has blasted a California regulatory agency's proposal to authorize the use of the pesticide methyl iodide, which the environmental law group is seeking to ban nationwide because of its health risks.

  • April 30, 2010

    Mo. Workers Target Smithfield In Don, Doff Suit

    Smithfield Foods Inc. has been smacked with yet another class action, this time by workers at a subsidiary's Missouri pork processing plant who allege they weren't paid for the time they spent putting on and taking off safety gear.

  • April 30, 2010

    Ex-SK Foods CEO Faces New Antitrust Charges

    SK Foods LP's former CEO has been indicted on additional charges of bid-rigging and price-fixing for his alleged role in a conspiracy to suppress competition in the tomato processing industry.

  • April 29, 2010

    Congress Mulls Opening Cuba To Travel, Trade

    A panel of experts on Cuba and commerce urged a U.S. House of Representatives panel Thursday to support a recent bill aimed at loosening trade and travel restrictions to the Caribbean island as an effort to advance U.S. economic objectives, democracy and human rights.