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Food & Beverage

  • May 22, 2012

    Md. Bans Use Of Pfizer Affiliate's Chicken Feed Additive

    The governor of Maryland signed a bill Tuesday banning the use of an arsenic-containing chicken feed additive, made by Pfizer Inc. subsidiary Alpharma LLC, on the basis of food safety and environmental concerns.

  • May 22, 2012

    EPA Grants New Pesticide Rule Exemptions

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday eased a pair of pesticide rules, granting a tolerance exemption for a polymer used in pesticide chemical formulations and establishing a time-limited tolerance for residues of a fungicide on apples, grapefruits and pears.

  • May 16, 2012

    Schumer Says 'Extra Virgin' Test Bad For NY Olive Oil Biz

    A push by California growers for more rigorous quality tests to be performed before olive oil can be labeled "extra virgin" could threaten New York-based Sovena USA Inc., the nation's largest olive oil importer, Sen. Charles Schumer said Wednesday.

  • May 11, 2012

    Force-Fed Foie Gras Violates Law, Threatens Health: Suit

    Animal advocacy groups sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture in California on Wednesday, alleging that the department has violated the Poultry Products Inspection Act by allowing the sale of force-fed foie gras, which they say necessarily comes from diseased birds and is unfit for human consumption.

  • May 11, 2012

    South Korea To Continue Importing US Beef After Review

    South Korea said Friday that it would continue to import beef from the U.S., finding that despite a confirmed case of mad cow disease in the U.S., the beef did not pose a threat to public health and safety.

  • May 10, 2012

    Bayer, Pharmacia To Pay $4M To Settle Superfund Suits

    Bayer CropScience Inc. and Pharmacia Corp. have agreed to pay $4.25 million to resolve lawsuits by the U.S. and Massachusetts over natural resource damages at the Industri-plex Superfund site, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.

  • May 9, 2012

    Westfield Sues GE Over Coverage For Hog Farm Fire

    Westfield Insurance Co. on Tuesday sued General Electric Co. and manufacturer CTB Inc. to recover money paid out to settle claims stemming from an Illinois hog farm fire allegedly caused by a faulty motor in a grain feed system used at the farm.

  • May 8, 2012

    Hawaii Fed. Court To Hear Pollution Suit Against DuPont

    A putative class-action complaint filed by more than 100 Hawaii residents was transferred to Hawaii federal court Friday, alleging DuPont's Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. is creating pollution and health hazards to island residents with its genetic engineering crop facility.

  • May 4, 2012

    Calif. Lawmaker Asks USDA To Investigate 'Meat Glue'

    A California state senator sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday expressing concern over growing food industry use of transglutaminase, also referred to as “meat glue,” and asking the agency to investigate the material's health effects.

  • May 3, 2012

    Kashi Can't Call Cereal With GMOs All Natural, Suit Says

    A pair of disgruntled consumers lodged a putative class action against The Kellogg Co. subsidiary Kashi Co. in Florida federal court Wednesday accusing the company of misleading customers by touting a cereal product as being all natural even though it contains genetically modified organisms.

  • May 3, 2012

    Groups Fear Obama Order Sends Excessive Power Overseas

    President Barack Obama’s executive order this week seeking streamlined international regulations has led to an uncommon meeting of the minds among activists of vastly different political stripes worried about excessive deference to foreign prerogatives on drug safety, pollution and other matters.

  • May 2, 2012

    USDA Takes Steps To Speed Up E. Coli Tracking

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to enact new trace-back measures to speed up the government's response to E. coli contamination and prevent more foodborne illnesses and outbreaks, the agency announced Wednesday.

  • May 1, 2012

    Big Biz Hails Obama's Order To Align International Regs

    Targeting a worldwide web of red tape, President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued an executive order seeking to standardize international regulations, winning cheers from the business community.

  • April 30, 2012

    Farmers Push USDA To OK Dow's Genetically Modified Corn

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture closed the comment period Friday on Dow AgriScience LLC's petition to introduce genetically engineered corn resistant to the herbicide 2,4-D, with the American Farm Bureau Federation arguing that critics of the allegedly toxic chemical were voicing their concerns to the wrong agency.

  • April 27, 2012

    DOL Withdraws Controversial Child Farm Labor Rules

    Under pressure from conservative lawmakers and farming groups, the U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday withdrew a proposed rule that would have tightened the restrictions on child labor in the agricultural industry.

  • April 26, 2012

    Egg Cos. Beat Indirect Buyers' Federal Price-Fixing Claims

    A Pennsylvania federal judge said Tuesday that price-fixing allegations brought by indirect purchasers against half a dozen egg producers were insufficient to sustain federal antitrust claims, but was not convinced that those producers and others should be released from state law claims.

  • April 25, 2012

    As NY Eyes Fracking, Foes Attack Economic Benefit Claims

    As New York appears to inch toward allowing hydraulic fracturing, foes of the practice on Wednesday blasted industry studies that claim job creation and higher property values are happy byproducts of the oil and gas recovery method.

  • April 25, 2012

    EU Won't Impose Beef Restrictions After US Mad Cow Case

    The European Union said Wednesday that it would not take any protective measures in response to U.S. confirmation of the discovery of a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, in California.

  • April 24, 2012

    DynCorp Must Give Up Docs In Colombian Drug Spraying Row

    DynCorp International Inc. must hand over flight location records to about 3,200 Ecuadoreans who say the government contractor unleashed a harmful herbicide on their lands while conducting aerial spraying to kill drug crops in Colombia, according to a ruling published Monday.

  • April 24, 2012

    FDA To Improve Regulation Of Imported Products

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is adapting to a growing supply of regulated products imported from abroad by working with mail and border officials and using portable instruments to screen products in the field, according to a report issued Monday.