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Craft beer taps squeezed as shutdown delays new releases


The nation's craft beer taps are being squeezed by the government shutdown, which has put new releases on hold, prevented new breweries from opening and stopped shipments of some suds across state lines. The partial shutdown halted operations at the federal agency that regulates alcohol ...


EU court: The taste of food products cannot be copyrighted


The taste of a particular food product cannot be protected by copyright, the European Union's top court ruled Tuesday in a dispute over a cream cheese dip made for a supermarket chain in the Netherlands. The case was brought by Levola, which owns the intellectual property rights to a spreadable ...


Veggie food maker seeks injunction against Missouri meat law


A vegetarian food-maker has asked a federal judge to issue a preliminary injunction against a Missouri law making it a misdemeanor crime to promote products as "meat" that aren't made from livestock or poultry. The Oregon-based Tofurky Co. claims the Missouri law infringes on its constitutional ...


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ECJ: Egg liqueur must not contain milk


The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that egg liqueur may not contain milk. A spirit drink may only be called an egg liqueur in the EU if it exclusively contains the ingredients listed in the corresponding EU law, the Luxembourg judges declared on Thursday (Case C-462/17). According to ...


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EU court advisor: Organic food label does not exclude halal slaughter


Meat obtained from animals slaughtered without being stunned, in line with Islamic religious practices, should still be able to qualify for organic certification, an advisor to the European Union's top court argued on Thursday. Many Muslims believe that for meat to be halal and acceptable for ...


Heinz fined 2.25 million dollars over children's snacks in Australia


Canberra (dpa) - Food giant Heinz has been hit with a fine of 2.25 million dollars (1.63 million US dollars) after misleading consumers by claiming one of its toddler snacks was beneficial for young children's health, the Australian consumer watchdog said Friday. The Australian Federal Court ...


Jury tells pork giant to pay $473.5M in nuisance lawsuit


A federal jury decided Friday that the world's largest pork producer should pay $473.5 million to neighbors of three North Carolina industrial-scale hog farms for unreasonable nuisances they suffered from odors, flies and rumbling trucks The jury found that Smithfield Foods owes compensation to ...


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EU top court rules new breeding techniques count as GMOs


The European Union's top court ruled Wednesday that food produced by a series of new biotechnology breeding techniques should be considered genetically modified organisms, thus falling under the EU's strict regulations of the products. The ruling, which will see the foods face special safety ...


Nestle Loses Battle For Kit Kat's Four-finger Trademark


Swiss food giant Nestle has lost its fight to trademark the four-finger shape of its popular chocolate wafer bar Kit Kat.The European Court of Justice ruled that the four-fingered shape of the KitKat bar is not distinctive enough deserve legal trademark protection. In 2002, Nestle had applied ...


Cat meat-filled snacks land Kenyan vendor in jail for three years


A snack vendor in Kenya has been handed a three-year sentence for killing more than 1,000 cats and selling samosas stuffed with their meat to unsuspecting customers. Samosas are a common snack in Kenya, consisting of fried dough with a savoury filling. Cat meat is not usually involved. The ...


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