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Peanut exec gets 28 years in prison for deadly salmonella outbreak
A former corporate CEO has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for selling food that made people sick. Two other executives face jail time as well. These jail terms are by far the harshest sentences the U.S. authorities have handed down in connection with an outbreak of foodborne illness.
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New era for food safety: What companies must do
Food Safety News
The processed food industry has evolved over the past several decades to keep pace with food safety advances, including the development of HACCP and, more recently, the implementation of GFSI-benchmarked food safety management programs.
IRS says Coca-Cola owes $3.3 billion in taxes
Food Business News
The Coca-Cola Co. on Sept. 17 received a notice from the Internal Revenue Service that claims the multinational beverage company owes about $3.3 billion in taxes, plus interest, for the tax years 2007-09, according to a Sept. 18 Securities and Exchange Commission filing from Coca-Cola.
Scott Walker, an early contender, makes surprise exit from 2016 race
The Washington Post
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who was once considered a formidable candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, announced Monday that he will quit the GOP race in the face of plummeting support and mounting financial difficulties that left him with slim hopes of finding a path to victory.
Related: Scott Walker, Rick Perry show limits of super PACs (Politico)
GOP wants budget talks with Obama – not Pelosi and Reid
Republicans want President Obama as a negotiating partner when it comes to budget talks, something Democrats are determined to avoid.
Related: Shutdown countdown: Senate to go 1st on stop-gap spending bill, GOP wants Obama to come to the negotiating table and federal contractors get anxious about work stop (The Washington Post)
Dems see Biden entering race – and complicating life for Hillary Clinton
Top Democrats increasingly believe Vice President Joe Biden is going to enter the presidential race, setting up a battle with Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.
Related: Biden insiders feel Clinton stalking (Politico)
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WTO decision on COOL damages set for late November
Food Chemical News
The World Trade Organization is scheduled to make a decision in late November on how much Canada and Mexico would be able to set in retaliatory tariffs for damages from the U.S. country-of-origin labeling program.
U.S. court rejects Hershey, Nestle, Mars collusion charges
The U.S. court of appeals has stuck to its guns over a dismissal of an antitrust lawsuit against confectioners Hershey, Mars and Nestle. An appeal was filed by retailers Kroger, Safeway and Walgreen against a 2014 decision to dismiss the case which alleged the three had conspired to fix prices in the U.S. three times between 2002 and 2007.
Senate OKs extension of grain inspection, price reporting services
The Senate passed a compromise bill reauthorizing grain inspection standards and livestock price reporting, sending the measure to the House for final congressional approval. The bill, which passed with unanimous consent, also includes an extension of the National Forest Foundation Act.
GMO food fight heads to Senate
A House-backed bill to keep states from issuing mandatory labeling laws for foods that contain genetically modified organisms is headed for the Senate, but opponents say they aren’t too concerned. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., is planning to introduce the bill if he can get a Democratic co-sponsor and enough support in the Senate to move it through the upper chamber.
General Mills profit jumps 24 percent
The Wall Street Journal
General Mills Inc. on Tuesday reported a better-than-expected 24 percent jump in profit for its August quarter as the packaged-food company’s restructuring efforts begin to pay off and pricing and volume improve. Still, revenue edged in slightly below Wall Street expectations, and the maker of Cheerios cereal and Hamburger Helper backed its guidance targets for the year.
Coca-Cola: We spent $118.6 million on health efforts in 5 years
The Columbus Dispatch
Coca-Cola disclosed today that it spent $118.6 million on health research and partnerships in the U.S. over the past five years, including funding for a group that was criticized for downplaying the role of sugary drinks in fueling obesity.
ConAgra profit beats estimates on higher sales of food ingredients
ConAgra Foods Inc., reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by a 3.5 percent rise in sales in its commercial foods business, which makes ingredients for other manufacturers and restaurants.
The U.S. egg industry is losing its fight to keep chickens in cages
Things are starting to look up for the U.S.'s flock of nearly 300 million egg-laying hens. Right now, approximately 96 percent of those chickens live in cages, with only about 67 to 86 square inches (170 to 220 cm) of usable space per bird. But that may soon change.
Firms try to revitalize struggling frozen pizza category
Four manufacturers showcasing frozen pizzas at Expo East in Baltimore Sept. 17-19 are hoping their products will help revitalize the stagnant category by offering healthier, innovative options that will stand out from competing legacy brands.
How much do Americans love french fries and ketchup? A lot more than you think.
The Washington Post
Last night at the Emmy's, award winners were served french fries and ketchup behind the scenes. The snack came courtesy of McDonald's, which was promoting the imminent launch of its all-day breakfast. And it was, in all likelihood, irresistible.
Whole Foods' expensive, 'humanely treated' meat is a 'sham,' PETA lawsuit claims
The Washington Post
At the chain — not-so-affectionately nicknamed “Whole Paycheck” — many fork over top dollar for meat raised with animals’ well-being in mind. The store even has a “5-Step Animal Welfare Rating” system. But, in a class action lawsuit filed in California on Monday, a well-known animal rights group alleges that the grocery chain’s attempts to monitor how its suppliers treat their animals are a “sham.” And that its customers are paying for it.
How Hampton Creek is impacting the food industry
An FDA warning letter. Targeted for takedown by the American Egg Board. Negative comments from former employees made public. A lawsuit filed (though later dropped) by one of the world’s largest food companies — Hampton Creek has seen its share of challenges in its first three years as a startup.
Report shows U.S. obesity rates remain stable – but high
Adult obesity rates remained stable - but high – in most of the country this past year, while increasing in Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico Ohio and Utah, according to the 12th annual State of Obesity report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Giant recalls Cravers frozen chicken products
Giant Food is informing customers about the recall of Oven Cravers frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products due to possible Salmonella contamination. Giant has not received any report of illnesses.
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