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Food & Beverage

  • February 26, 2010

    Leaner Class OK'd In Smithfield Don, Doff Action

    A federal judge has agreed to cut certain job categories from a collective action accusing Smithfield Packing Co. Inc. of failing to pay overtime wages to hog processing line production employees for time spent donning and doffing gear.

  • February 25, 2010

    Bayer To Contribute To Fees Fund In Tainted Rice MDL

    The federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation over Bayer AG's genetically modified long-grain rice has agreed to the creation of a common benefit trust fund to pay plaintiffs' lawyers, which will require Bayer to contribute a portion of funds it owes in federal but not state court settlements.

  • February 25, 2010

    DOJ Blesses $1.2B Bemis-Alcan Union With Divestitures

    The U.S. Department of Justice has greenlighted Wisconsin-based packaging giant Bemis Co. Inc.'s $1.2 billion acquisition of Alcan Packaging Food Americas from Rio Tinto PLC, but not without requiring Bemis to sell off certain of Alcan's assets.

  • February 25, 2010

    Plumped Chicken Needs Better Labeling: Sen. Boxer

    Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., has called for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to take another look at regulations that allow chickens injected with saltwater — a process known as plumping — to be labeled “100 percent all natural.”

  • February 24, 2010

    Italy Launches Antitrust Probe Over Bayer Fungicide

    Italy's competition regulator has launched a probe into whether Bayer CropScience AG abused its dominant position in the market for grapevine fungicide by delaying competitors' attempts to gain regulatory approval to sell the chemicals.

  • February 19, 2010

    Shrimp, Dairy Groups Size Up Proposed Pacific FTA

    Trade groups representing U.S. shrimp and dairy producers have weighed in on the U.S. International Trade Commission's probe of the consequences of a potential U.S. free trade agreement with seven countries in the Asia-Pacific region, expressing some qualms over the proposal.

  • February 18, 2010

    Black Farmers, US Settle Loan Bias Claims For $1.3B

    The U.S. government said Thursday it will pay $1.25 billion to settle allegations the U.S. Department of Agriculture discriminated against tens of thousands of black farmers by denying them farm loans.

  • February 18, 2010

    EPA Imposes Emissions Rules On Generator Engines

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced new emissions standards for stationary diesel engines, such as those that power industrial and agricultural generators, imposing measures to reduce polluting chemicals including formaldehyde, benzene and acrolein.

  • February 17, 2010

    Judge Explains $24M Soybean Export Ruling

    Agricultural exporter AWB Ltd. concealed critical details of a transaction with Standard Chartered Bank involving contracts related to soybean exports to Indonesia, a federal judge has said in explaining his $24 million award to Standard Chartered after finding AWB breached its contract with the bank.

  • February 17, 2010

    All American, Plainview Hit With Suit Over Milk Product

    A nutritional supplements maker that bought a calcium supplement that became the subject of a recall has tied All American Dairy Products Inc. and Plainview Milk Products Cooperative into a suit alleging breaches of implied warranty and strict liability.

  • February 16, 2010

    Class Certified In Nebraska Beef Donning, Doffing Suit

    A federal judge on Tuesday granted class certification to current and former employees of Nebraska Beef Ltd. accusing the meatpacker of not paying them for time spent putting on and taking off protective equipment and performing other tasks required for work.

  • February 16, 2010

    Monsanto, Others Sued Over DNA Patent

    Australia’s Genetic Technologies Ltd. has accused several rival laboratories and two major biotech companies — Monsanto Inc. and Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. — of infringing a patent for noncoding DNA technologies.

  • February 12, 2010

    2nd Circ. Stays Order Barring Bayer Pesticide

    A federal appeals court has granted Bayer CropScience LP a reprieve in its battle to keep its pesticide spirotetramat on the market, temporarily staying a lower court's order vacating the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's registration of the chemical.

  • February 11, 2010

    DOL Boosts Restrictions On Foreign Farm Workers

    The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a new rule regarding visas for temporary agricultural workers, imposing tougher restrictions on employer requests to hire foreign workers and seeking to ensure higher wages for farm labor.

  • February 11, 2010

    Chinese Chicken Tariffs Draw Ire Of US Poultry Cos.

    China's recent imposition of steep anti-dumping duties on U.S. chicken products could shut out virtually all U.S. chicken exports to China in the foreseeable future, according to the head of the U.S. Poultry and Egg Export Council, who has urged Chinese officials to reconsider their “baseless” ruling.

  • February 11, 2010

    Agriculture Cos. Brace For More Antitrust Scrutiny

    With federal regulators set to take a renewed look at competition issues in the U.S. agriculture business this year, many are betting that a significant uptick in antitrust enforcement and a closer look at new mergers in the industry is sure to follow.

  • February 10, 2010

    Hartford Challenges Surety Bonds On Garlic Imports

    Hartford Fire Insurance Co. has initiated the latest in a string of court actions claiming it owes no money under surety bond obligations to the U.S. government for the period when anti-dumping duty proceeds stopped being treated as U.S. revenue.

  • February 10, 2010

    Ocean Spray Popped With IP Suit Over Energy Drink

    Trivitis Inc. has accused Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. of infringing a patent covering the delivery of therapeutic agents through the manufacture and sale of its Cranergy Energy Juice Drink.

  • February 9, 2010

    Judge Upholds DOC's Duties On Chinese Crawfish

    A federal judge has affirmed a U.S. Department of Commerce decision to impose strict anti-dumping duties on a company that imports freshwater crawfish tail meat from China.

  • February 8, 2010

    EPA Set To Nix Approval For Bayer Pesticide

    Having failed to prolong a stay for an appeal, Bayer CropScience LP will soon have to quit selling its pesticide spirotetramat while the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voids Bayer's registration for the pesticide and starts the approval process anew.