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Three States Sue 5-Hour Energy Makers For ‘Deceptive’ Advertising

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Oregon, Washington and Vermont have filed lawsuits against the makers of the energy drink 5-Hour Energy for making “deceptive” marketing claims. More states are expected to follow. The defendants in the cases are Living Essentials, which manufactures, markets, distributes, advertises and sells 5-Hour Energy, and Innovation Ventures, which developed the formula for the drink in… Continue Reading

Wisconsin Appeals Court Upholds Dairy Farmer’s Misdemeanor Guilty Verdict

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Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon D. Hershberger has lost his appeal of the misdemeanor guilty verdict imposed last year by a jury and Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Guy D. Reynolds. In a 25-page opinion issued Thursday, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals upheld Hershberger’s conviction for violating a Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection… Continue Reading

Groups Ask OMB, USDA to Release Revised Poultry Rule for Public Comment

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Organizations representing workers and consumers want the Department of Agriculture to follow the Food and Drug Administration’s lead by releasing the revised poultry inspection rule for public comment. Last week, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) submitted a draft final version of its Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection rule to the Office of Management… Continue Reading

Three Members of Congress Seek Ban on BPA in Food Packaging

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Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Reps. Lois Capps (D-CA) and Grace Meng (D-NY) are calling for a ban on Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used to harden plastics and commonly found in food packaging. “The dangers of BPA have been well demonstrated,” the three wrote in an opinion piece for Roll Call. “Exposure, even… Continue Reading

FSIS Proposed Rule Requires Source Records for Ground Beef Products

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing to require all makers of raw ground beef products to keep records of the meat’s sources. Retail outlets regularly make ground beef by mixing cuts of beef from various sources. This proposal, if finalized, will require them to keep clear records identifying the source, supplier, and names of… Continue Reading

Phony Health Claims About Cactus Juice Result in $3.5-Million FTC Settlement

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TriVita Inc. of Scottsdale, AZ, will refund $3.5 million to consumers for marketing its cactus juice as a cure-all for pain, inflammation, and respiratory and skin problems. All those health claims are unfounded, according to a unanimous Federal Trade Commission. The marketers of the cactus-based fruit drink have agreed to the refunds to settle FTC… Continue Reading

Low-Budget Poultry Inspection – Ready or Not

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Now that FSIS is moving forward with the Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection rule, it’s time that all stakeholders face the issues identified in recent months. Standardizing industry training and methods of carcass sorting, worker safety, changing the carcass-by-carcass law, and classifying Salmonella as an adulterant are issues that have not been properly addressed by… Continue Reading

Snails Seized at LA Airport for Threat to Public Health, Agriculture, Economy

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U.S. officials confiscated 67 giant African snails at the Los Angeles International Airport on July 1, citing a triple threat to public health, agriculture and the economy. The snails, weighing 35 pounds total and coming from Nigeria, are prohibited in the U.S. because, among other things, they carry parasites that can lead to meningitis in… Continue Reading

USDA Names Retailers Possibly Receiving Recalled Chicken

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On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture posted a list of retail outlets in a dozen states which may have received chicken products recalled by Foster Farms last week after being conclusively linked to a specific case of illness in an ongoing Salmonella outbreak. The list is not comprehensive, USDA noted, and may not include… Continue Reading

USDA Sends Poultry Inspection Rule to OMB

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture submitted a draft final version of its Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection rule to the Office of Management and Budget for review today. The proposal to build on the HACCP Based Models Project (HIMP) has been a controversial one. Critics such as Food & Water Watch are concerned that the program… Continue Reading