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OPSON VIII: Authorities investigate coffee fraud

In individual cases, Arabica beans were replaced by cheaper Robustabohnen beans.

24-Jun-2019

In this year's Operation OPSON VIII, coordinated by Europol and INTERPOL, thirteen European States have joined forces to jointly pursue possible coffee fraud cases. In Germany, Portugal and Switzerland, nine cases of cheaper Robustabohnen were found in Arabica coffee. This was announced today by ...

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EU Commission searches food retailers in France

24-May-2019

The EU Commission has had two French grocers search buildings on suspicion of cartels. This was confirmed by the Brussels authority on Wednesday. There was concern that the two companies might have violated EU competition rules. These rules are intended to prevent price fixing so that consumers ...

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Monsanto to pay $2 billion in weed killer cancer case

14-May-2019

A jury on Monday ordered agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. to pay a combined $2.055 billion to a couple claiming that the company's popular weed killer Roundup Ready caused their cancers. The jury's verdict is the third such courtroom loss for Monsanto in California since August, but a San ...

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States renew push for taxes on sugary drinks

03-Apr-2019

Nearly three decades after a U.S. state last imposed a special tax on sugary drinks, Connecticut's governor is pushing for one to help close a budget deficit - and bracing for a fight. Taxes on soda and other sugar-loaded drinks have taken effect in recent years in several cities around the ...

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Judge: Tootsie Mini Pops packaging too similar to Dum Dums'

21-Mar-2019

A federal judge is siding with the makers of Dum Dums lollipops in its lawsuit against a rival candy maker. Ohio-based Spangler Candy Co. is suing Tootsie Roll Industries because it says the Chicago-based company's new Charms Mini Pops packaging too closely resembles the Dum Dums packaging.A ...

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EU Court of Auditors: weaknesses in organic food controls

18-Mar-2019

The European Court of Auditors still sees weaknesses in the control of food with the EU organic label. Improvements were needed. "This is essential to maintain consumer confidence in the EU organic label," said Nikolaos Milionis, the responsible inspector, in Brussels on Thursday. The label with ...

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Pork giant Smithfield Foods loses another neighbors' lawsuit

13-Mar-2019

Smithfield Foods was found responsible Friday for a fifth time for nuisances neighbors suffered from waste generated by thousands of the company's hogs. Jurors determined the pork giant should pay $420,000 after four previous juries awarded nearly $550 million in penalties. Most of the damages ...

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EU Court says public must have access to weed killer studies

08-Mar-2019

An EU high court says that the European Food Safety Authority should not have refused the public access to studies on the possible harmful effect of the weed killer glyphosate on humans - documents that were used in a decision on the use of pesticides. Green party EU legislators challenged what ...

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Top EU court: Halal meat, from unstunned animals, cannot be 'organic'

28-Feb-2019

Meat from animals that were not stunned before slaughter - common to Islamic halal practices - cannot be labelled as organic, the European Union's top court ruled Tuesday. Many Muslims believe that for meat to be halal and acceptable for them to eat, the animal may not be stunned before it is ...

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Salmon producers confirm EU Commission raids

22-Feb-2019

The first international salmon producers have confirmed raids by the EU Commission on suspected illegal agreements. The Commission's competition regulators carried out an inspection of Scottish Sea Farms on Tuesday, the Norwegian fish company SalMar announced. The company is in "constructive ...

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