According to the Associated Press, a measure prohibiting all single-use plastic and polystyrene foodservice items on Oahu, Hawaii, has become law. Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed the bill into law December 15.
Food vendors will be prohibited from providing plastic forks, spoons, knives, straws, or other utensils and plastic foam plates, cups, and other containers beginning Jan. 1, 2021, officials said. The ban will add other plastic food ware and begin applying to non-food-purveying businesses starting Jan. 1, 2022.
The bill contains exemptions, including plastic bags without handles for loose items and plastic for raw meat, poultry, and other foods.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing changes to its export listing procedures for dairy and infant formula firms seeking to export their products to China.
Scientists from the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have identified a new way to detect the presence of live African Swine Fever Virus (ASFV) that minimizes the need for samples from live animals and provides easier access to veterinary labs that need to diagnose the virus.
The report, prepared by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service in coordination with the Office of the Chief Economist, summarizes market conditions, fed cattle prices, boxed beef values, and the spread before and after the fire and plant closure at the Tyson Holcomb, Kan., plant, and before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The board of directors of Batory Foods, a national distributor of commodity and specialty food ingredients, has appointed Vince Pinneri to the position of president and member of the executive team, effective Aug. 31, 2020.
Nature’s Power Nutraceuticals Corp. (NP Nutra), a leader in the nutraceutical ingredients marketplace, reported that sales were up 20% year over year for the first half of 2020.