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Food & Beverage

  • October 17, 2011

    Egg Producers' Bid To Nix Price-Fixing Suit Rotten: Judge

    A Pennsylvania federal judge refused Monday to dismiss a multidistrict litigation alleging a conspiracy to fix egg prices, saying Michael Foods Inc. and other egg producers sought to dismiss purported claims that did not accurately reflect direct purchaser plaintiffs' arguments.

  • October 17, 2011

    EPA Calls Planned Farm Dust Rules A Myth

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency attempted once again Monday to put an end to the story that it is secretly planning to tighten regulations on farm dust, releasing a statement and a letter to Congress calling the idea a “common myth.”

  • October 14, 2011

    Iran Claims Immunity From $44M Dairy Payout In DC Circ.

    Iran on Friday tried to dodge a $44 million judgment against it for expropriating McKesson Corp.’s share in an Iranian dairy more than 30 years ago and failing to pay dividends to the company, claiming its sovereign immunity shields it from the decision.

  • October 13, 2011

    ConAgra GMO False Marketing Actions Joined In Calif.

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Thursday consolidated in California six proposed class actions against ConAgra Foods Inc. accusing it of misleadingly labeling cooking oils as 100 percent natural when they were made from genetically modified plants and grains.

  • October 12, 2011

    377K Pounds Of Beef Recalled Over E. Coli Risk

    A California meat supplier announced Tuesday that it was recalling more than 377,000 pounds of ground beef products over concerns of possible E. coli contamination.

  • October 12, 2011

    Pacific Fruit Faces €8.9M EU Fine For Chiquita Cartel

    The European Commission on Wednesday fined the Pacific Fruit group more than €8.9 million ($12.3 million) for allegedly fixing prices for bananas sold in southern Europe with Chiquita Brands LLC, which won immunity for tipping the watchdog off to the cartel.

  • October 7, 2011

    Death Toll From Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak Up To 21

    A nationwide listeria outbreak traced to cantaloupe has now claimed 21 lives, government health authorities announced Friday, a day after a New York fruit seller recalled 5,000 packages of cut cantaloupe because of the deadly bacteria.

  • October 7, 2011

    Enviros' Suit Over Altered Eucalyptus Trees Uprooted

    A federal judge on Thursday mulched the remaining claim in the Center for Biological Diversity’s lawsuit alleging the U.S. Department of Agriculture skirted environmental requirements in allowing ArborGen Inc. to plant genetically engineered eucalyptus trees in seven southern states.

  • October 6, 2011

    Bankrupt Chicken Processor Townsends Jumps To Ch. 7

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday granted poultry processor Townsends Inc.'s request to convert its bankruptcy from Chapter 11 to a Chapter 7 liquidation, but gave the company a week to tie up loose ends before putting a trustee in charge.

  • October 6, 2011

    Nonprofit Contractor Can't Reverse USDA Suspension

    A nonprofit government supplier of vegetable oil for export and domestic use that claims the U.S. Department of Agriculture unfairly suspended it over the actions of its bankruptcy trustee lost a bid in Tennessee federal court Thursday to bar the suspension.

  • October 4, 2011

    Mexico Can't Duck $77M Award In Cargill Corn Syrup Case

    A Canadian appeals court on Tuesday rejected Mexico’s request to overturn part of a NAFTA arbitration panel’s $77 million award for treaty violations stemming from the country’s efforts to block Cargill Inc. from importing U.S.-produced high fructose corn syrup.

  • October 4, 2011

    FDA Urged To Mandate Labels On Genetically Altered Food

    The Center for Food Safety on Tuesday petitioned federal regulators to mandate labeling of all foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, arguing a lack of disclosure misleads customers into buying food that potentially endangers the environment and their health.

  • October 4, 2011

    House Dems Press For Probe Into Listeria Outbreak

    Two Democratic lawmakers on Monday asked for a probe and hearing before a U.S. House of Representatives panel over a listeria outbreak from cantaloupes at a Colorado farm that has infected at least 84 people and killed at least 15.

  • October 3, 2011

    Cargill Hedge Fund Buys Stake In AgriNurture For $30M

    Cargill Inc. subsidiary Black River Asset Management LLC will acquire 28 percent of Philippine fruit wholesaler AgriNurture Inc. for $30 million, AgriNurture said Friday in a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange.

  • October 3, 2011

    Dairy Co., Insurers Settle Organic Claims Coverage Row

    Aurora Dairy Corp. on Monday settled consolidated suits in Colorado federal court alleging a group of insurers had a duty to defend the company in a slew of consumer class actions claiming its milk was falsely certified as organic.

  • October 3, 2011

    Listeria Worries Prompt Lettuce Recall In 19 States

    California-based True Leaf Farms on Thursday recalled nearly 2,500 cartons of romaine lettuce from 19 states and Canada over fears the produce could be tainted with Listeria.

  • October 3, 2011

    Pilgrim's Ordered To Pay $26M For Price Manipulation

    A Texas federal judge on Friday fined Pilgrim's Corp. $26 million, saying the poultry producer violated antitrust law when it suspended operations at a plant during the company’s bankruptcy proceedings, artificially driving up the price of chickens while leaving contracted growers out in the cold.

  • October 3, 2011

    Troutman Sanders Guides Agco In $940M GSI Buy

    Agco Corp. said Monday it would buy grain storage and protein production company GSI Holdings Corp. from affiliates of private investment firm Centerbridge Partners LP for $940 million in order to move deeper into high-growth sectors and enhance cash flow.

  • September 30, 2011

    China Stops Imports Of Oysters From Washington State

    A Chinese regulator said Friday it had halted imports of raw oysters from Washington state in response to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s announcement that people became sick after eating oysters from a region of the state that were contaminated with a certain type of bacteria.

  • September 29, 2011

    Del Monte Drops Lawsuit After FDA Ends Melon Ban

    Del Monte Fresh Produce NA Inc. on Tuesday dismissed its lawsuit in Maryland against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after the FDA dropped a ban on cantaloupes imported by Del Monte from a farm in Guatemala.