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Nestle: Bars In China Were Intended For Italy

March 7, 2013 11:37 am | News | Comments

In a statement issued Thursday, the Swiss food and beverage company said the Fitness Chocolate Hazelnut cereal bars were intended for Italy, where the ingredient sorbitol is approved for use. Chinese authorizes had said earlier this week that it destroyed the bars because they had sorbitol.

Food Fraud: Are Your Ingredients At Risk?

March 6, 2013 2:17 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

The USP defines food fraud as a “collective term that encompasses the deliberate substitution, addition, tampering or misrepresentation of food, food ingredients or food packaging, or false or misleading statements made about a product for economic gain.”

Meat Inspector Furloughs Several Months Away

March 5, 2013 1:56 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Vilsack detailed how the Agriculture Department will move forward on the furloughs at a House Agriculture Committee hearing Tuesday. He said each meat inspector will likely be furloughed 11 or 12 days, instead of 15 days as the Obama administration earlier claimed.

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China Destroys Ikea Cake, Nestle Chocolate

March 5, 2013 8:20 am | News | Comments

The Shanghai quarantine bureau said this week that Kraft cream cheese and 2.7 tons of Nestle chocolate bars also were among dozens of imported products destroyed in its latest round of quality inspections. Chinese authorities have stepped up food inspections in recent years after a series of scandals over fake or shoddy goods.

Taco Bell Drawn Into U.K. Meat Scandal

March 1, 2013 12:03 pm | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

From frozen food at supermarkets to fast food in restaurants and even school food in cafeterias, mystery meat appears to be everywhere. Authorities say the fraudulent labeling poses no health risk, but the scandal has drawn attention to complex and obscure supply chains for meat products.

Q&A: Chances Of A U.S. Horse Meat Scandal?

March 1, 2013 7:41 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The horse meat scandal that is hitting Europe has yet to spread to the United States, allowing American consumers to rest easier when buying ground beef or sitting down for a plate of meatballs at Ikea. The United States has rigorous meat inspections and horse meat isn't readily available.

Portugal Seizes 87 Tons Of Beef With Horse Meat

February 27, 2013 12:03 pm | News | Comments

Portuguese authorities say they have seized 79 metric tons (87 U.S. tons) of beef products containing traces of horse meat in recent days and opened criminal proceedings against five local companies. Horse meat has recently been found mixed into beef dishes sold across Europe, including in frozen supermarket meals.

Suits: More Water, Less Buzz In Bud, Michelob Beer

February 27, 2013 7:21 am | by MaryClaire Dale, Associated Press | News | Comments

Beer lovers across the U.S. have accused Anheuser-Busch of watering down its Budweiser, Michelob and other brands, in class-action suits seeking millions in damages. The suits, filed in Pennsylvania, California and other states, claim consumers have been cheated out of the alcohol content stated on labels.

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FDA Seizes Illegal Dietary Supplements In Florida

February 15, 2013 7:44 am | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration says U.S. marshals have seized illegal dietary supplements from a Florida company because some may contain a dangerous pharmaceutical ingredient. Several of the supplements from Globe All Wellness LLC contain the active ingredient in Meridia, a weight loss drug that was withdrawn from the market in 2010.

Report: Tracking System Needed To Fight Fake Drugs

February 13, 2013 10:55 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The call for a national drug tracking system comes a week after the Food and Drug Administration warned doctors, for the third time in about a year, that it discovered a counterfeit batch of the cancer drug Avastin that lacked the real tumor-killing ingredient.

France: Complex Trading Web In Horsemeat Scandal

February 11, 2013 8:32 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

A maze of trading between meat wholesalers has made it increasingly difficult to trace the origins of food — enabling horsemeat disguised as beef to be sold in frozen meals across Europe. France's agricultural minister said Monday that regulators must find a way "out of the fog."

Poland: Still No Sign Country Source Of Horsemeat

February 7, 2013 7:58 am | News | Comments

Jaroslaw Naze, deputy head of Poland's General Veterinary Inspectorate, said Ireland needed to hand over more documentary evidence, including of labels on the suspected meat supplies, so that Polish officials can complete their own investigation. "I need the details from Ireland," he said.

Customs: Fake Super Bowl Jerseys Seized In Ohio

February 6, 2013 8:38 am | News | Comments

Federal customs officials say bogus Super Bowl jerseys are among $3.4 million in counterfeit goods that have been seized from shipping hubs at two Ohio airports. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Tuesday the jerseys and other items were seized over the past nine days at the DHL hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and the UPS hub at Louisville International Airport.

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'Horseburger' Firm Blames 170 Tons Of Polish Meat

February 6, 2013 8:28 am | by Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Irish meat company at the center of Europe's "horseburger" scandal on Tuesday blamed the contamination of its hamburger patties on the purchase last year of 170 tons of meat imported from Poland. Poland says its own investigations of slaughterhouses identified by Ireland as suppliers to ABP have produced no evidence they have shipped horsemeat.

New EPA Rules On Cadmium Exposure Raise Liability Risk

February 5, 2013 12:44 pm | by Michael Gruver, Lawyer, Kaye Scholer and Glenn Pogust, Partner, Kaye Scholer | Articles | Comments

Recently, the health risks associated with cadmium exposure has led to increased public attention. For example, in 2010, Wal-Mart and other retailers recalled toy jewelry found to contain high levels of the substance, while that same year McDonalds recalled 12 million collectable drinking glasses after cadmium-containing paint was discovered in the glassware.

PM: Horsemeat Scandal Hurting Ireland's Reputation

February 5, 2013 7:31 am | by Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press | News | Comments

Yet even as Prime Minister Enda Kenny said the problem had been linked to imported offcuts of Polish meat, experts said horse could have been added to burger-bound beef later in the supply chain, — and noted past examples of food-labeling fraud in Ireland's meat industry.

Poland: No Proof Yet Horsemeat Came From Country

January 31, 2013 1:31 pm | by Vanessa Gera, Associated Press | News | Comments

So far, Polish investigators haven't found any evidence to link the country to the horsemeat detected in burgers produced by Ireland's Silvercrest processing plant, said Jaroslaw Naze, the deputy head of Poland's General Veterinary Inspectorate.

ANA To Seek Damages From Boeing For 787 Woes

January 31, 2013 5:10 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Boeing | News | Comments

Japan's All Nippon Airways is prepared to recoup from Boeing whatever damages it suffers from flight cancellations and other costs caused by the worldwide grounding of 787 jets, a senior executive said Thursday. All 50 Boeing 787s in use around the world were grounded earlier this month after a lithium-ion battery in a 787 operated by ANA overheated.

Suppliers, Grocers Turning To DNA Testing On Meat

January 30, 2013 1:51 pm | by Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press | News | Comments

Until now, supermarkets and food processors have not used DNA testing to determine whether food products marked as chicken, pork, beef, lamb or fish contain bits of other animals. Experts say that's because such findings don't affect food safety, only the integrity of labeling.

Gatorade To Remove Controversial Ingredient

January 25, 2013 1:55 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

PepsiCo Inc. is removing a controversial ingredient from its Gatorade sports drink in response to customer complaints.A spokeswoman for the company, Molly Carter, said Friday that the move was in the works for the past year after the company began "hearing rumblings" from consumers about the ingredient.

Burger King Drops Supplier Linked To Horsemeat

January 24, 2013 9:02 am | News | Comments

Burger King says it has stopped buying beef from an Irish supplier after traces of horse DNA were found in beef burgers sold in Britain and Ireland. The fast food chain said in a statement that it had dropped Silvercrest Foods as a supplier for its U.K. and Ireland restaurants as a "voluntary and precautionary measure."

Q&A: Navigating A Regulatory Minefield For Medical Devices

January 18, 2013 11:20 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Medical device manufacturing is subject to a complex network of regulations from a handful of different governing bodies such as the FDA and OSHA. If you’re planning to market and sell a new product, you have to coordinate with the equivalent bodies in every country.

Ireland Recalls 10M Burgers Over Horsemeat Fears

January 16, 2013 2:33 pm | by Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Irish meat processor recalled 10 million burgers Wednesday from supermarkets across Ireland and Britain amid fears that many could contain horsemeat, a discovery that poses no danger to public health but threatens to undermine the beef business central to Ireland's rural economy.

Plant In Peanut Butter Recall Rehiring

January 11, 2013 11:14 am | News | Comments

The country's largest organic peanut butter processor linked to a national salmonella outbreak has hired back some of its employees. KRQE-TV reports that Sunland Inc. in Portales hired back the employees after getting approval from the Food and Drug Administration to allow its processing plant to get back up and running.

Indian Court To Rule On Generic Drug Industry

January 4, 2013 2:41 am | by Nirmala George, Associated Press | News | Comments

From Africa's crowded AIDS clinics to the malarial jungles of Southeast Asia, the lives of millions of ill people in the developing world are hanging in the balance ahead of a legal ruling that will determine whether India's drug companies can continue to provide cheap versions of many life-saving medicines.

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