Food & Beverage

  • November 13, 2009

    EPA Strikes Back At Bee Activists' Pesticide Claims

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has admitted that it failed to timely publish certain notices in the Federal Register, but argued that should not be enough to overturn the approval of spirotetramat, a new pesticide marketed by Bayer CropScience AG that allegedly harms the nation's dwindling honeybee population.

  • November 12, 2009

    Growing Safe Food Act Vows Aid To Small Farms

    Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., has introduced a new food safety bill promising support for small farmers, some of whom had balked at the pending FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which remains stalled in Senate committees behind the debate over health care reform.

  • November 12, 2009

    Importer Sues US Over Duties On Thai Vegetables

    A vegetable importer has filed suit against the United States in the U.S. Court of International Trade, challenging the government's 11.2 percent ad valorem duty rate on vegetable imports from Thailand.

  • November 6, 2009

    Poultry Workers' FLSA Suit Survives Bid To Toss

    A federal judge has kept alive a suit filed on behalf of hundreds of poultry processors in Illinois who say their employers, JCG Industries Inc. and Koch Meat Co. Inc., failed to pay them overtime, but she threw out their claims under state minimum wage laws.

  • November 5, 2009

    Agrium Sues Ex-Sales Rep, Rival Over Trade Secrets

    Agricultural products producer Agrium Inc. has launched a lawsuit against a former sales representative and rival Blue Water Agronomy Inc., claiming the ex-employee misappropriated Agrium's trade secrets and breached his employment contract when he went to work for Blue Water.

  • November 5, 2009

    Senate Bill Puts USDA In Charge Of Emissions Offsets

    Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., has introduced legislation that would reportedly put the U.S. Department of Agriculture, rather than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in charge of most domestic offsets under a cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas emissions.

  • November 5, 2009

    Agrium Ups Hostile Bid For CF Industries To $4.5B

    Canadian agricultural giant Agrium Inc. has thrown all its cards on the table, boosting its hostile takeover bid for CF Industries Holdings Inc. to $4.52 billion in a last-ditch effort to snag the U.S. rival.

  • November 4, 2009

    Bayer CropScience Buys Athenix For $365M

    Germany-based Bayer CropScience AG has completed its $365 million acquisition of biotechnology company Athenix Corp., a portfolio company of private equity firm Boston Millennia Partners.

  • November 3, 2009

    Dairy Farmers Win Access To Docs In Milk Antitrust Suit

    Dairy farmers who brought a multidistrict lawsuit over alleged anti-competitive practices in the milk industry have won over a federal judge, who agreed to a protective order modification that would allow access to some sealed documents.

  • November 3, 2009

    US, Africa Trade Talks Focus On Food Security

    At a meeting with officials from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, U.S. officials have underscored a push to expand the partnership between the U.S. and the African economic organization on issues such as biotechnology development and trade-related food security issues.

  • November 3, 2009

    US Hails Taiwan's Lifting Of Ban On American Beef

    The U.S. government has welcomed an official announcement by the Taiwanese government that it will expand access for American beef importers to the Taiwan market.

  • November 2, 2009

    Canada Protests EU Ban On Seal Products To WTO

    Canada has accused the European Union of violating its trade obligations in a formal complaint to the World Trade Organization, in protest of a ban on imported seal products that could cost Canada nearly $5.6 million in trade deals.

  • November 2, 2009

    Garlic Duties Stink, Chinese Exporters Say

    Two Chinese companies have filed suit over the U.S. Department of Commerce's decision to place anti-dumping duties on imported garlic, challenging certain aspects of final new shipper review results.

  • October 30, 2009

    Monsanto Retirees Appeal Tossing Of ERISA Action

    Plaintiffs in a long-running dispute over pension plans for employees of agricultural giant Monsanto Corp. and two spinoff health care companies have appealed a district court decision tossing their class action claims that the pension plans improperly calculated their benefits in violation of federal law.

  • October 30, 2009

    Bayer Seeks To Toss Rice Farmers' Damage Claims

    With the first bellwether trial looming in multidistrict litigation over losses related to genetically modified rice in the long-grain rice industry, Bayer CropScience AG has asked a judge to throw out a group of rice farmers' claims for damages allegedly incurred after the 2008-2009 crop year.

  • October 29, 2009

    Atrazine Among 67 Pesticides To Be Tested By EPA

    Controversial chemical atrazine is among seven pesticides that will undergo preliminary screening by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for potential effects on human and animal endocrine systems, the agency announced Thursday.

  • October 29, 2009

    China Agrees To End H1N1 Ban On US Pork

    U.S. officials say China has pledged to end its ban on the import of American pork products and live animals, a measure it enacted because of fears about the spread of the swine flu virus.

  • October 29, 2009

    Foreign Shrimpers Jump Into Thai Duty Collection Feud

    A group of foreign shrimp producers has won court approval to intervene as a defendant in an ongoing court battle over lowered anti-dumping duties levied on frozen warmwater shrimp imported from Thailand.

  • October 29, 2009

    Bayer Unit Sues Rivals Over Fungicide Patents

    Bayer CropScience LP has accused two other environmental companies, Tessenderlo Kerley Inc. and Phoenix Environmental Care LLC, of copying its ingredients for fungicides for grasses, plants and crops and using a brand name that is similar to Bayer's.

  • October 27, 2009

    Sheetz Settles Salmonella Suit With Coronet Foods

    Pennsylvania convenience store chain Sheetz Inc. reportedly has reached a settlement with Coronet Foods Inc., a now-bankrupt supplier that allegedly provided Sheetz with tomatoes tainted with salmonella.