Tag: International

How Virgin is Your Olive Oil?

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is finally revising its standards for olive oil, promulgated way back in 1948, to bring them in line with the International Olive Council (IOC), an organization established under United Nations auspices that represents 98% of the world’s olive oil production, nearly all in the … Continue Reading

Bottled Water Association Sues Over Water Bottle Ads

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is taking aim at an advertising campaign for Eco Canteen stainless steel water bottles, claiming the ads wrongly suggest that plastic water bottles are unhealthy and unsafe. In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, IBWA claims that Eco Canteen’s television … Continue Reading

Salmonella in a Different Language

When the news of salmonella in something as American as peanut butter needs to get out, spreading the word is fairly routine.  What happens when salmonella rissen is found in white pepper distributed mainly to Chinese and other Asian restaurants on the west coast? Union Internatonal Food Company of Union City, California has voluntarily recalled … Continue Reading

The Human Cost of the Peanut Butter Recall Part Two

As the troubles at Peanut Corporation of America intensify, unaffected makers of peanut butter such as ConAgra, makers of Peter Pan, and J.M. Smucker, makers of Jif, have seen sales declines, too. Consumer reluctance to buy any peanut butter products, while understandable on a surface level, will have consequences throughout the economy, and will hurt many small grocers as well as big agribusinesses.… Continue Reading
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