Food & Beverage

  • August 26, 2009

    FDA Seeks Comment On Possible Acrylamide Guidance

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is asking food manufacturers and other interested parties for data and comments on strategies to reduce levels of the suspected carcinogen acrylamide in food as the agency considers issuing guidance on the chemical.

  • August 25, 2009

    SK Foods Ex-VP Pleads Guilty To Tomato Plot

    A former executive at tomato grower and processor SK Foods LP has pled guilty to conspiracy and agreed to cooperate in the U.S. government's ongoing investigation of an alleged bribery and price-fixing scheme involving the sales of processed tomatoes to major food vendors.

  • August 25, 2009

    FDA Moves Closer To Regulating Tobacco

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday moved one step closer to regulating tobacco following landmark legislation in June that gave it this new authority.

  • August 24, 2009

    Cargill, Others Seek To Intervene In Citric Acid Suit

    Archer Daniels Midland Co., Cargill Inc. and Tate & Lyle Americas Inc. have filed a motion to intervene on behalf of the U.S. International Trade Commission in a case involving imports of citric acid and citrate salts from Canada and China.

  • August 24, 2009

    Neb. Beef Workers Seek Class Cert. For Don, Doff Suit

    Plaintiffs in a lawsuit accusing meatpacking company Nebraska Beef Ltd. of not paying workers for time spent putting on and taking off personal protective equipment, sharpening knives, and performing other tasks have asked a judge to certify the case as a class action.

  • August 21, 2009

    All Claims In Deere ERISA Action To Head To Trial

    A federal judge has decided that the full battery of claims will go to trial in a class action accusing farm equipment manufacturer Deere & Co. of violating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and the terms of health benefit plans by cutting back or eliminating benefits.

  • August 21, 2009

    Dow Takes NMFS Pesticide Challenge To 4th Circ.

    Dow AgroSciences LLC and two other chemical manufacturers have announced they will appeal a federal judge's dismissal of their suit challenging findings on pesticides by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

  • August 21, 2009

    Tyson Unit Offers $2M To End Animal Waste Claims

    A Tyson Foods Inc. unit has agreed to fork over $2 million to settle claims by the U.S. government that its meat-processing plant dumped harmful amounts of animal waste into the Missouri River.

  • August 20, 2009

    Australian Sen. Panel Urges Fertilizer Market Tweaks

    An Australian Senate committee has recommended that the country's antitrust laws related to restrictive trade practices be reviewed and amended to ensure they can properly address abuses of market power, as part of a final report issued Thursday examining price increases in the fertilizer market.

  • August 20, 2009

    DOC Staff Shortage Doesn't Excuse Missed Work: Judge

    The U.S. Department of Commerce cannot use staff problems as an excuse to shirk work, the U.S. Court of International Trade has ruled in a case over Chinese honey dumping duties.

  • August 19, 2009

    Feds Take Aim At SK Foods Ex-VP In Tomato Probe

    A former vice president at vegetable grower and processor SK Foods LP has agreed to plead guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy for his role in an alleged kickback scheme involving sales of processed tomato products.

  • August 19, 2009

    Monsanto Accuses DuPont Of Smear Campaign

    The head of Monsanto Co. has fired off a scathing letter to the chairman of rival DuPont Co., accusing the company of launching a coordinated, covert attack over the past few years that seeks to paint the agricultural giant as an unlawful monopolist.

  • August 19, 2009

    Injunction Granted In India Shrimp Duties Case

    The federal government is now barred from assessing lowered anti-dumping duties on frozen warmwater shrimp from India, after a federal judge granted an injunction requested by domestic shrimp processors who sued the U.S. for decreasing the duties.

  • August 14, 2009

    Schreiber Foods Faces Donning, Doffing Suit

    Employees at Schreiber Foods Inc. have filed a proposed collective action complaint against the cheese producer, alleging they were not paid for time spent donning and doffing uniforms and cleaning equipment.

  • August 14, 2009

    USDA Appeals Roadless Rule Ban To 10th Circ.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has appealed a 2008 injunction overturning the Clinton administration's "roadless rule" within two weeks of a federal appeals court decision in a separate case reinstating the regulation protecting swaths of undeveloped areas in national forests from construction and logging.

  • August 13, 2009

    'Two Buck Chuck' Maker Hit With Trademark Suit

    Casella Wines Pty Ltd., the Australian maker of Yellow Tail wine, has sued Bronco Wine Co. for allegedly infringing the “[yellow tail]” trademark and engaging in unfair competition with the introduction of its new “[Down Under]” Australian wine with a similar label.

  • August 13, 2009

    Del Monte Torture Claims Shifted To Guatemala

    An appeals court has sided against seven Guatemalan banana plantation workers who said they were tortured in retaliation for their participation in a labor union, ruling that their claims against Del Monte Fresh Produce Co. and its Guatemalan subsidiary should not be litigated in the United States.

  • August 12, 2009

    Wage Suit Against Calif. Dairies Not Covered: Judge

    A judge has largely dismissed a lawsuit brought by California Dairies Inc. against its liability insurer RSUI Indemnity Co. seeking coverage for an employment-related class action filed against the dairy company, but has left in play a claim that a waiver might bar one of the policy exclusions.

  • August 11, 2009

    Ill. Enacts New Green Laws For Water, Drugs

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed three new environmentally friendly bills into law, prohibiting health care institutions from dumping pills into the public water system, requiring owners of large wells to report water usage to the state and compelling state agencies to purchase environmentally friendly supplies.

  • August 11, 2009

    Kraft Mgr. Gets 27 Months, $2M Fine For Tomato Scam

    A former Kraft Foods Inc. senior purchasing manager was sentenced Tuesday to 27 months in prison and $1.858 million in fines for his role in an alleged bribery scheme involving California tomato processor SK Foods Ltd.