Dairy Producers Settle Price-Fixing Suit

Law firm Hagens Berman recently announced that $52 million dollar settlement has been reached in a long-standing price-fixing antitrust case filed back in 2011 against major industry players including Land O’Lakes, Agri-Mark Inc., and the National Milk Producers Federation.

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This will end badly

According to reports, Romania’s president signed into law “a bill under which at least 51% of short food supply chain products such as meat, vegetables, fruits, eggs, dairy products and bread sold in supermarkets should come from local producers.” Protectionism, it appears, is alive and well in the eastern bloc.

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Pulp Fiction

Bloomberg News reports that the US Food and Drug Administration recently discovered “evidence that Castle Cheese Inc. was doctoring its 100 percent real Parmesan with cut-rate substitutes and such fillers as wood pulp and distributing it to some of the country’s biggest grocery chains.” Eek!

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The Curious Case of Casein Infused Vodka

Several years back, Devotion Spirits experimented with a casein infused vodka targeted towards the health and bodybuilding set. They hired a celebrity spokesman and earned some early buzz, but things went downhill from there. Devotion’s claims that the vodka “contains 2 grams of protein per 1.5 ounce serving; that it will help build muscle mass; and that it will not cause hangovers” caught the eye of the FTC, who closed their investigation in October 2012 only after

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Feds Ink Plea Agreement with Cheese Manufacturer

The Department of Justice announced yesterday that Delaware-based Roos Foods Inc. has “signed a plea agreement in which it has agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor violation of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA)” and has agreed to “a proposed consent decree of permanent injunction” that would halt production until the Roos facilities are brought into line with federal standards.

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