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Food & Beverage

  • 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.

  • September 28, 2011

    NLRB Backs American Crystal Sugar In Union Feud

    American Crystal Sugar Co. said Wednesday that the National Labor Relations Board had rejected union allegations that the company failed to negotiate in good faith before locking out about 1,300 workers across three states.

  • September 28, 2011

    EPA Can't Shake Challenge To Aquatic Pesticide

    An Arizona federal judge on Tuesday denied efforts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to dismiss a lawsuit over its reregistration of the piscicide rotenone, finding that the Endangered Species Act challenge belongs in district court.

  • September 28, 2011

    Tyson Recalls Ground Beef Over E. Coli Test

    Tyson Foods Inc. announced Tuesday that it was voluntarily recalling 131,300 pounds of ground beef sold by Kroger Co. and other retailers after an Ohio agency found E. coli in a sample of the product.

  • September 27, 2011

    EU Lawmakers Pass Palestinian Agriculture Trade Deal

    European Union lawmakers on Tuesday passed a trade deal with the Palestinian government lifting almost all EU tariffs on agricultural and fishery exports from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

  • September 27, 2011

    Syngenta Can't Muzzle Bunge Over Seed Export Claims

    Syngenta Seeds Inc. lost an initial bid Monday in Iowa to force grain elevator company Bunge North America Inc. to stop spreading allegedly harmful claims that Syngenta's genetically modified corn can't be sold in major U.S. export markets.

  • September 27, 2011

    Herd Of Dairy Cos. Funded Cow Killings To Fix Prices: Suit

    Members of animal rights group Compassion Over Killing brought a class action against the National Milk Producers Federation, Land O’Lakes Inc. and other dairy companies Monday, alleging a program that paid farmers to raise milk prices by killing cows violated antitrust laws.