Company lacks proper permitting: U.S. officials have ordered a San Francisco brewery to stop producing a specialty beer containing cannabidiol, the hemp-derived extract known as CBD, because it lacks the proper permitting. The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is allowing Black Hammer Brewing to sell the rest of the CBD beer it has already brewed, including an IPA called Toke Back Mountain. Hemp is a cannabis plant, but it contains very little THC, the compound that gives pot its high. CBD is seen by many as a health aid, though scientific proof is lacking. READ MORE

Kroger buys meal-kit company: Kroger, looking to take a bigger bite of the online grocery market, is buying meal-kit seller Home Chef. Home Chef, like other meal-kit companies, sends a box of ingredients and recipes to its subscribers’ doorsteps. Kroger will pay $200 million for Chicago-based Home Chef, and may pay an additional $500 million over five years if sales reach certain milestones. READ MORE


Three killed in Belgium: At least three people have been killed in a shooting in the eastern Belgian city of Liege in what officials called a “terrorist incident.” The dead in Tuesday’s attack in the centre of the city included two police officers and a passer-by. A Spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office said the attacker approached the officers from behind carrying a knife and stabbed them several times. READ MORE


Improving sustainability of beef supply chain: Cargill has teamed with the Nature Conservancy and Nestlé Purina to launch a three-year water project to improve the sustainability of the beef supply chain. The project aims to reduce the environmental impact of row crop irrigation in Nebraska, because more than 50 percent of water used in U.S. beef production goes to irrigating the row crops that become feed. The Nebraska project enables farmers to install smart weather sensors in crop fields and use Internet of Things (IoT) technology on sprinklers connected to a smart phone app to better manage their water use. READ MORE


Groups demand regulations for produce traceability: There’s no indication yet that anyone is the least bit embarrassed about the failure to yet identify the precise source of an E. coli O157: H7 outbreak involving at least 32 states and four Canadian provinces.  But nine consumer and food safety groups have stepped forward to demand that FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb add regulations within the next six months “for comprehensive and rapid traceability of produce, including leafy greens.” READ MORE

Help for local food supply chain: Demand for local food is climbing, yet our modern food distribution system is ill-equipped to handle small supply from local independent farmers, according to the founder of, a new app using blockchain technology to solve for inefficiencies in the local food supply chain. READ MORE

Iconic candy company cited for food safety violations: An iconic American candy maker is on notice from the FDA because of repeated violations of federal food safety laws at a production plant where Sweethearts and Mary Jane Peanut Butter candies are made. Staff from the Food and Drug Administration inspected the Revere, Mass., location of New England Confectionery Company Inc. — NECCO — from Nov. 13 through Dec. 14, 2017. The company went into bankruptcy in early April, and its sale to Spangler Candy Co. was just announced. Read more HERE and HERE.

Spam recall: USDA is recalling more than 228,000 pounds of Spam and another product made by Minnesota-based Hormel after four consumers complained about metal objects in the food. The agency says “minor oral injuries” have been reported. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says the canned chicken and pork in question was produced in February at the company’s plant in Fremont, Neb. READ MORE


Georgia residents claim officials conspired to install chicken slaughterhouse: Residents of Georgia’s Kensington community accused Walker County government officials of secretly “conspiring to install a large-scale chicken slaughterhouse” in their area Wednesday. Rumors about the company moving its Chattanooga chicken plant to Walker County have swirled for months. County officials have never confirmed they are in talks with the company. A Pilgrim’s Pride spokesman has also declined to comment on the rumors. READ MORE

Honey bee colony losses continue: The nation’s beekeepers lost 40 percent of their managed honey bee colonies between April 1, 2017, and March 31, 2018, an increase of almost 7 percentage points from the previous year’s total loss rate, results of an annual nationwide survey show. READ MORE


Bomb detonated in Toronto restaurant: At least 15 people have been injured, and three are in critical condition, after two suspects detonated a bomb in a restaurant near Toronto, Canada, police said. Authorities said ‘two hooded suspects’ walked into the Bombay Bhel restaurant and detonated the improvised explosion device before fleeing the scene. READ MORE

Restaurant shooter killed by bystander: A man “opened fire” last Thursday in an Oklahoma restaurant, leaving at least four people injured, before he was fatally shot by a bystander, police said. The man, police said, “was apparently shot to death by an armed citizen” outside the restaurant and there was “no indication of terrorism.” The incident followed a shooting last month in Tennessee, during which a suspect opened fire at a Waffle House, killing four people. READ MORE