With 2010 drawing to a close, Food Manufacturing brings you our requisite top ten list, complete with 2010's most-viewed news stories. Without further ado:
10. Judge Fines McDonalds For Making Worker Fat: A Brazilian court ordered McDonald's to pay a former franchise manager $17,500 because he gained 65 pounds while working there a dozen years.
9. One Million Pounds Of Ground Beef Recalled: A meat processor recalled about 1 million pounds of ground beef products in August after seven people were sickened by E. coli contamination.
8. Bottled Water Company Sued In Worker's Death: The family of a woman who died after a pallet of bottled water fell on her at a Kroger store in central Indiana is suing the water bottler, arguing a new eco-friendly bottle design might have contributed to the accident.
7. Chavez Orders Takeover Of Container Manufacturer: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ordered the expropriation of U.S.-based glass container manufacturer Owens-Illinois Inc.'s subsidiary in the South American country.
6. U.S. Marshals Seize Estrella Family Creamery Cheeses: On Oct. 22, 2010, the United States Marshals Service seized all cheeses, including in-process and finished products (labeled and unlabeled), held on the premises of the Estrella Family Creamery.
5. Heinz Revamps Ketchup Packets: The ketchup packet has been around for more than 40 years, and complaints about it for nearly as long: too messy, too small, too hard to open. Ketchup giant H.J. Heinz Co. unveiled the first major packaging change to the to-go condiment.
4. Feuds Led Kraft Worker To Shoot Colleagues: A Kraft Foods plant worker who had been suspended for feuding with colleagues executed two of them with a single bullet each and critically wounded a third.
3. Family Finds Dead Mouse In Milk: A Kentucky family sued Wal-Mart, saying they found a dead mouse in a milk container the family had been drinking from for three days.
2. Woman Kills 2 At Kraft Cookie Plant: Minutes after a woman was suspended from her job at a Kraft Foods Inc. plant and was escorted out, she returned with a handgun and opened fire, killing two people and critically injuring a third before being taken into custody.
1. Worker Crushed To Death At Nabisco Factory: Investigator say a 62-year-old worker was crushed to death in an accident at a Nabisco factory on Chicago's southwest side.