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    Motif FoodWorks continues to challenge Impossible Foods’ patents

    After the European Patent Office revoked one of the plant-based meat maker’s patents, the food tech company objected to four others filed in the U.S.

    By Dec. 7, 2022
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    FDA needs to restructure Human Foods Program, report says

    After reviewing the Reagan-Udall Foundation’s recommendations, Commissioner Robert Califf said he’s committed to making changes starting in early 2023.

    By Dec. 7, 2022
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    McDonald’s sues meat companies for accusations of pork price-fixing

    Smithfield, Tyson, JBS and Hormel are among the processors the fast food giant claims have worked together since 2008 to inflate the price of pork.

    By Nov. 29, 2022
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    Biden and food industry groups call on Congress to prevent rail shutdown

    The president said he’s been advised that “there is no path to resolve the dispute at the bargaining table” before the Dec. 9 deadline.

    By Sarah Zimmerman , Nov. 29, 2022
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    For food industry to reach climate goals, COP27 highlights areas of improvement

    As companies work to improve sustainability goals, activist groups and world leaders call for more reductions in emissions and waste.

    By Nov. 22, 2022
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    Race for regulation of cell-based meat

    Upside Foods gets FDA greenlight for cultivated chicken

    The California company received the first U.S. regulatory approval of any kind for meat grown from cells. It awaits a decision from the USDA before it can serve its products to consumers.

    By Updated Nov. 16, 2022
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    FDA publishes final food traceability rule

    New recordkeeping requirements as items such as produce, cheeses and eggs move through production and supply chain will go into effect in 2026.

    By Nov. 16, 2022
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    Beyond Meat partners with American Cancer Society on research

    The meat analog company will help facilitate data collection to see if plant-based alternatives could be linked to the prevention of chronic disease. 

    By Nov. 15, 2022
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    Food prices put Democrats at a disadvantage in midterm elections, analysts say

    Political scientists said inflation widely gives Republicans an advantage with voters, but some argue shifting the focus to corporate power in the food industry could help Democrats.

    By Nov. 7, 2022
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    Sponsored by Flavor Producers

    How to create value

    With sustained increase in the costing of utilities, purchasing habits by “trading down” in food and beverage options is not only real, it’s upon us.

    By Simon O’Brien Senior Creative Manager at Flavor Producers • Nov. 7, 2022
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    Impossible Foods’ patent affirmed in legal battle with Motif FoodWorks

    While the ingredient company’s challenge to the plant-based meat maker’s intellectual property was not reviewed, the litigation between the two parties continues. 

    By Oct. 31, 2022
  • DOJ investigating poultry payment practices, Pilgrim’s Pride says

    The poultry giant said it learned of the government’s civil investigation earlier this month. It warned any action from the review could impact its operations.

    By Oct. 28, 2022
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    Constellation transitions to passive role at Canopy Growth

    As part of a deal, the alcohol giant would keep its existing 35.7% stake, but no longer be allowed to nominate representatives to the board or approve certain transactions.

    By Oct. 25, 2022
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    Tyson will pay $10.5M to settle Washington poultry price-fixing suit

    The state-level lawsuit includes 16 other chicken producers, which the attorney general says drove up consumer prices since at least 2008.

    By Oct. 25, 2022
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    Big CPGs have not been making food and drink healthier, study finds

    The Access to Nutrition Initiative found the 11 largest U.S. manufacturers increased their commitments to affordable, more nutritious products, but have largely not translated those promises into action.

    By Updated Oct. 17, 2022
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    USDA proposal focuses on reducing salmonella in poultry

    The department’s proposed framework includes requiring breeders to test birds for the bacteria before selling it to meat companies in order to prevent outbreaks.

    By Oct. 17, 2022
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    FDA leaders say the agency is ‘focused on food’

    Commissioner Robert Califf and safety and nutrition head Susan Mayne told a conference this week how they plan to use policy to improve what people eat amid unhealthy diets and poor nutrition.

    By Oct. 13, 2022
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    U.S. Supreme Court weighs impact of California animal welfare law on industry, retail prices

    The justices asked lawyers representing the pork industry and the state about the impact Proposition 12 will have on small producers and interstate commerce.

    By Oct. 12, 2022
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    Arkansas plant-based meat labeling restrictions are unconstitutional, judge rules

    The court said terms like “burger” and “hot dog” on Tofurky’s clearly labeled plant-based items aren’t deceptive and provide consumers with important information about the products.

    By Oct. 11, 2022
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    How the Supreme Court animal welfare case could reshape the pork sector

    The Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on a challenge to California’s Prop 12, which defines how much space breeding pigs, veal calves and egg-laying hens should have in captivity. 

    By Oct. 10, 2022
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    Tyson employees’ COVID lawsuit reinstated

    A federal appeals court resuscitated the case after being dismissed by a district court in June 2021. It claims the meat company acted with gross negligence, ending in wrongful death.

    By Oct. 5, 2022
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    Opinion

    Why the food industry is the cause and the cure of unhealthy diets

    The only way President Biden's lofty goals to end hunger and reduce diet-related diseases can be achieved is for the public and private sectors to work together, writes Greg Garrett of the Access to Nutrition Initiative.

    By Greg S. Garrett • Oct. 5, 2022
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    Consumer groups sue for nutritional labeling on alcoholic beverages

    The organizations want the Treasury Department to require product labels with alcohol content, ingredient lists and serving size information — changes they first petitioned for in 2003.

    By Oct. 5, 2022
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    ‘A win for public health’: Initial reactions to the ‘healthy’ definition

    Executives, industry groups and an attorney share their first impressions of the FDA’s long-awaited labeling proposal, which is currently open for comments.

    By Oct. 4, 2022
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    Plant employees can perform meat inspections, court rules

    The new measure does not interfere with the federal government’s responsibility to ensure food is safe, according to the opinion.

    By Oct. 3, 2022