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Food Industry Update

US, Mexico partner to improve produce safety

Food safety officials from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border have agreed to work together to promote the safety of fresh and minimally processed agricultural products.
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McDonald's, KFC involved in another China food safety scandal

Chinese authorities are investigating after a report exposed a supplier falsifying product expiration dates.
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US food & beverage producers expect growth in 2014

The U.S. food and beverage industry is upbeat about its performance in 2014, with most industry decision makers expecting growth in both sales and profit.
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Report raises concerns over safety of energy drinks

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has warned that excessive consumption of energy drinks may have grave consequences and even result in death.
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AMA calls for tougher rules on antibiotic use in food animals

The U.S. government should take action to prevent the use of antibiotics in food animals used to promote growth because the practice contributes to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to the American Medical Association.
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Report claims FDA inspects only up to 2% of food imports

According to the report, the federal regulator has been unable to deal with the rising food product imports in the United States, because it has been forced to operate under a tight budget.
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AFGE warns lawmakers against USDA poultry inspection reform

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is asking lawmakers to support the industry in its attempts to stop the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from implementing reforms that it claims might put the nation's food safety at risk.
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Researchers use 'magnetized' yeast to produce sparkling wine in less time

A European research team has engineered a new process that drastically reduces the time required to remove waste yeast from sparkling wine.
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Tyson, Pilgrim's Pride make bids to acquire Hillshire Brands

Tyson Foods Inc. and Pilgrim's Pride are engaged in a multi-billion dollar bidding war for sausage company Hillshire Brands.
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Egg company execs face criminal charges over Salmonella outbreak

Two executives of egg producer Quality Egg LLC have been charged with a misdemeanor and the company is facing two counts of felony in relation to a 2010 Salmonella outbreak.
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