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Food & Beverage

  • June 19, 2012

    AMA Support For Bioengineered Food Will Hurt Labeling Drive

    The American Medical Association's adoption of a platform on Tuesday that upholds the safety of genetically engineered foods will stymie a ballot initiative in California and other efforts by consumer groups to require the labeling of the products, attorneys say.

  • June 19, 2012

    Monsanto Targets DuPont Over Seed Selection Tech IP

    Monsanto Co. on Monday in Missouri federal court accused rival DuPont Co. and its hybrid agricultural seed producing unit Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. of infringing its patents covering seed development technology to help improve the genetic quality of its seeds.

  • June 19, 2012

    Canada To Drop WTO Case Against Korea Over Beef Trade

    Canada moved on Monday to terminate its trade dispute pending before the World Trade Organization against South Korea after the two countries reached an agreement earlier this year that ended the Asian nation's ban on Canadian beef imports.

  • June 14, 2012

    Food Safety Amendments Slow Down Senate Farm Bill

    A nearly $1 trillion bill establishing U.S. agriculture policy, known as the farm bill, remained stalled in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, held up by proposed food safety amendments that would increase criminal penalties for violations and repeal catfish import reforms, among other measures.

  • June 12, 2012

    Jury Awards $6M To Egg Co. In IP Row With Michael Foods

    Michael Foods Inc. must pay $5.8 million in damages, a Wisconsin federal jury decided Monday, after the food processing company was found to have infringed three patents held by competitor National Pasteurized Eggs Inc.

  • June 12, 2012

    Energy Groups Sue EPA In DC Circ. Over Biofuel Decision

    A pair of energy industry groups on Monday took aim at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Renewable Fuel Standards, lodging a suit with the D.C. Circuit over the EPA's decision to require refiners to blend fuel with ethanol or pay the agency for waiver credits.

  • June 11, 2012

    EU May Relax Rules On Unapproved GM Food

    The European Commission may soon consider easing restrictions on the importation of unapproved genetically modified food, a spokesman said Monday.

  • June 7, 2012

    Cargill Can't Shake Counterclaims In E. Coli Suit

    A Nebraska federal judge on Thursday refused to toss an Omaha beef packing company's counterclaim against Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. in a breach of contract suit brought by Cargill and its insurer over E. coli-tainted meat that forced a 2007 recall.

  • June 6, 2012

    House Panel OKs Bill Blocking Court Bans On GE Crops

    A U.S. House subcommittee approved an agriculture appropriations bill on Wednesday that would allow farmers to continue using a genetically engineered crop even if a court invalidates its approval over environmental concerns, a provision critics deride as an unconstitutional overreach.

  • June 5, 2012

    FDA Must Act On Livestock Antibiotics, Judge Says

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has done “shockingly little” to address human health risks caused by overtreatment of livestock with antibiotics and must consider revoking approval for such use of bacteria-killing medicines, a New York federal judge said Friday.

  • June 4, 2012

    Dole, Shell, Others Exposed Banana Workers To DBCP: Suit

    More than 40 banana plantation workers in Latin America lodged a suit against Dole Food Co. Inc., Shell Oil Co., Dow Chemical Co. and others in Delaware federal court Friday, alleging they were exposed to the pesticide DBCP, which caused cancer and sterility as well as long-lasting environmental damage.

  • June 1, 2012

    Calif. Assembly Passes Farm Worker Litigation Bill

    A measure that would let California farm workers sue an employer that fails to make water and shade accessible during their shifts cleared the state Assembly on Thursday, but critics claim the measure's heat safety rules are too burdensome and its potential penalties against employers too severe.

  • June 1, 2012

    Dairy Farmer Subclass Gets Recertified In Antitrust MDL

    A Tennessee federal judge on Friday recertified a subclass of dairy farmers in their antitrust class action against various food providers, saying they had replaced the counsel they once shared with another subclass and that the conflict between the two was resolved.

  • June 1, 2012

    ConAgra Blast Victims Win $180M Jury Award

    An Illinois federal jury awarded more than $180 million on Friday to three workers who were burned in an explosion at a grain mill owned by ConAgra Foods Inc.

  • May 30, 2012

    Dole Likely Escapes Colombian Banana Death-Squad Suit

    A California judge on Wednesday tentatively refused to resurrect a lawsuit accusing Dole Food Co. Inc. of paying Colombian paramilitaries to kill nearly 170 people near South American banana plantations, finding the plaintiffs inexcusably missed a deadline after an appellate court revived the case. 

  • May 30, 2012

    Fiat Proposes Merger With Equipment Unit CNH

    Fiat Industrial SpA on Wednesday unveiled plans to merge with Burr Ridge, Ill.-based agriculture and construction equipment company CNH Global NV in a deal that would give CNH's largest shareholder full ownership of its global operations.

  • May 29, 2012

    DuPont Unit's Pannar Buy Gets OK From S. African Court

    A South African appeals court on Monday cleared DuPont Co. unit Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. to buy a majority stake in Pannar Seed (Pty) Ltd., overruling two competition agencies that had blocked the acquisition for fear it would jack up prices in South Africa's $300 million hybrid corn seed market.

  • May 29, 2012

    Marubeni's $3.6B Gavilon Buy Grows Grain, Oil Network

    Japan's Marubeni Corp. will pay $3.6 billion for commodities trader Gavilon Holdings LLC, one of America's biggest movers of grain, fertilizer, oil and gas, the company said Tuesday.

  • May 25, 2012

    Calif.'s Proposed Wildfire Liability Cap Sparks Criticism

    The U.S. attorney in Sacramento on Thursday attacked a provision in Gov. Jerry Brown's revised California budget seeking to limit damages from wildfire liability, claiming the measure pandered to the timber industry and would undermine the federal government's suit against Sierra Pacific Industries Inc.

  • May 24, 2012

    ConAgra, P&G, Others Eye Ind. Superfund Settlement

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday sketched out a proposed settlement with ConAgra Foods Inc., Procter & Gamble Co. and 19 other companies to help cover cleanup expenses triggered by hazardous waste discharged into the Wabash River at an Indiana Superfund site.