Food & Beverage

  • April 22, 2013

    NY Enviros Hold Noses As Dairy Herd Size Rule Gets OK

    New York environmental groups on Monday questioned the state’s decision to free larger dairy herds from clean water rules, saying the move — designed to help the Empire State’s successful yogurt industry continue its growth — would cause more pollution.

  • April 19, 2013

    Evans Fruit Ducks Retaliation Suit Over Sex Harassment Case

    A Washington federal judge on Friday dismissed a group of Evans Fruit Co. Inc. employees' allegations that the company threatened and intimidated them in retaliation for a sexual harassment suit, finding the workers' claims were based on inadmissible hearsay.

  • April 19, 2013

    Food Biz Gets FDA To Extend Comment Period On Safety Regs

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will extend the comment period for two major Food Safety Modernization Act rules, the head of the agency said Thursday, after food companies complained they needed more time to review the proposals.

  • April 18, 2013

    ITC Probes Transatlantic Trade Pact's Impact On US

    The U.S. International Trade Commission announced Thursday it has launched an investigation into how the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement between the U.S. and the European Union will impact the domestic economy.

  • April 18, 2013

    Chinese Imports Targeted In Honey Laundering Class Action

    Three U.S. honey producers hit alleged Chinese honey smuggler Groeb Farms Inc. with a proposed class action Wednesday in Illinois federal court, accusing the company of defrauding the U.S. government and domestic honey-makers by "laundering" cheap, altered versions of the sweetener to conceal its Chinese origin.

  • April 18, 2013

    Brazilian Antitrust Watchdog Raids Wheat Flour Cartel

    Brazil's antitrust watchdog has raided several flour millers and distributors based on concerns about a conspiracy to fix prices and divvy up market shares, the agency said Thursday.

  • April 15, 2013

    Contractor Says Insurer's Settlement Denial Cost It Millions

    A contractor that was forced to pay $24 million following an Illinois jury verdict over the death of two workers burned in a ConAgra Foods Inc. grain mill explosion sued RSUI Indemnity Co. on Friday over its alleged refusal to settle the case for half that amount.

  • April 12, 2013

    Indonesia To Revise Horticulture Import Rules After US Gripe

    Indonesia said Friday that it will revise rules restricting import volumes on horticultural goods, weeks after the U.S. asked the World Trade Organization to investigate claims that Jakarta's trade controls on plant and animal products discriminate against foreign goods.

  • April 9, 2013

    Agrium Beats Jana Shakeup Plan In Shareholder Vote

    Shareholders in Canadian fertilizer company Agrium Inc. on Tuesday voted to appoint a full slate of board members handpicked by the company, beating out a hotly contested shakeup plan proposed by activist hedge fund Jana Partners LLC.

  • April 9, 2013

    Retailers Urge 6th Circ. To Revive Milk Price-Fixing Suit

    Milk retailers led by Food Lion LLC urged the Sixth Circuit on Friday to revive their proposed class action accusing Dean Foods Co. and others of fixing milk prices, saying the suit was wrongly dismissed despite evidence of collusion and a simultaneous rise in prices.

  • April 8, 2013

    Jana Says 2 Board Picks Approved In Agrium Shakeup Effort

    Activist hedge fund Jana Partners LLC on Monday declared a partial victory in its effort to shake up Canadian fertilizer company Agrium Inc., saying it had attracted enough shareholder support to appoint a pair of its director-nominees to the firm's board.

  • April 8, 2013

    Law Firms Want Judge DQ'd In Bayer Settlement Fund Row

    A group of law firms targeted for their refusal to contribute to a common benefit fund in a multidistrict litigation over crop contamination by Bayer AG's genetically modified rice accused the MDL's presiding judge of bias and demanded her recusal on Friday.

  • April 5, 2013

    Slaughterhouse Funder Says Beef Recall Suit Lacks Damages

    Slaughterhouse financier Cattleman's Choice Inc. is still asking the court for partial summary judgment in a lawsuit over one of the largest beef recalls in U.S. history, insisting Thursday the government has the burden of proof to show damages over meat that allegedly came from mistreated cows, not the other way around.

  • April 5, 2013

    Agrium Shakeup Gets Thumbs Down From Canadian Pension

    One of Canada's biggest pension funds on Friday said it voted against a shakeup at fertilizer company Agrium Inc. ahead of an upcoming shareholder summit, dealing a blow to activist hedge fund Jana Partners LLC and its hotly contested effort to redirect the company.

  • April 4, 2013

    Tyson Foods Exposed Workers To Toxic Gas, DOJ Says

    Tyson Foods Inc. agreed Thursday to a $4.25 million settlement to resolve allegations the same day by the the U.S. Department of Justice that its lax environmental controls at its facilities led to accidental releases of a toxic refrigerant gas that caused dozens of worker injuries in the past five years. 

  • April 4, 2013

    Ex-SK Foods Head Can't Avoid Prison During Restitution Case

    A California federal judge on Thursday rejected a former SK Foods LP CEO's request that his imprisonment be delayed so he can attend court proceedings surrounding the restitution he may have to pay in connection with his price-fixing and racketeering scheme.

  • April 4, 2013

    EEOC Loses Jury Trial In Sex Harassment Case

    A Washington federal jury on Wednesday rejected a suit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of Evans Fruit Co. Inc. workers accusing the apple producer of subjecting female employees to a culture of unwanted sexual advances.

  • April 2, 2013

    USDA Urged To Adopt Country-Of-Origin Meat Labeling Plan

    More than 200 advocacy groups pushed the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday to adopt recently proposed changes to American country-of-origin meat labeling rules — alterations required by a World Trade Organization ruling that the old labels were unfair.

  • April 1, 2013

    Jana Blasts Agrium Over Plot To Sway Votes In Board Row

    New York-based activist hedge fund Jana Partners LLC slammed the management of Canadian fertilizer company Agrium Inc. on Monday for paying investment advisers and brokers to persuade their clients to vote for Agrium board nominees, the latest spat in a fight over Jana's plan to appoint five new directors.

  • April 1, 2013

    Dairy Farmers' Attys Seek $53M Fees In Antitrust Case

    The attorneys for a class of dairy farmers on Wednesday defended their bid for nearly $53 million in fees from a $158.6 million antitrust settlement they negotiated with Dairy Farmers of America Inc. and others over the price of milk in the Southeast U.S., saying the deal and fees should be approved.