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Food & Beverage

  • October 21, 2011

    Mo. Judge Trims 4 Bayer GM Rice Cases

    A Missouri federal judge on Friday struck down several Bayer AG defenses in four cases brought as part of multidistrict litigation over the company's genetically modified rice, which contaminated U.S. crops, but also dismissed several of the plaintiffs' claims.

  • October 21, 2011

    Senate Confirms Punke As Deputy US Trade Rep.

    In a move applauded by business trade groups and government leaders, the U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed former Mayer Brown LLP partner Michael Punke as deputy U.S. trade representative, in which role he will continue to serve as the permanent representative to the World Trade Organization in Geneva.

  • October 21, 2011

    EU Strengthens Animal Feed Testing Rules

    The European Commission has voted to amp up testing requirements and other regulations for the animal feed industry as a way to prevent dioxin contaminations like the one that struck German meat and egg farms last winter, the agency announced Friday.

  • October 19, 2011

    AgFeed Misled Investors On Financial Health: Suit

    An AgFeed Industries Inc. shareholder filed a putative class action in Tennessee on Tuesday accusing the animal nutrition and commercial hog-production company and its executives of making false and misleading statements about the company’s financial health.

  • October 18, 2011

    BNP Paribas Defrauded Federal Credit Program: US

    The U.S. sued BNP Paribas SA and others in Texas federal court Tuesday, claiming the bank set up a scheme in which an executive allegedly took kickbacks for defrauding a U.S. Department of Agriculture credit program by fraudulently obtaining government financing for international shipments.

  • October 18, 2011

    DuPont Unit Targets Monsanto Over Maize Seed Patents

    A DuPont Co. subsidiary sued Monsanto Co. in Ohio federal court Tuesday, accusing it of violating patents for a maize seed production technique that aims to boost the quality of the seeds.

  • October 18, 2011

    Alaska Sens. Press On In 'Frankenfish' Fight

    Continuing their quest to prevent the sale of genetically engineered salmon, Alaska's U.S. senators unveiled legislation Monday that would ban interstate trade of genetically modified fish and bar the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from funding approval of the fish.

  • 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.