The Mexican restaurant chain’s new video questions claims about “all natural” foods amid debate over mandatory labels for foods made from genetically engineered ingredients, The Washington Post reports.
A pair of House Republicans issued a fresh attack Thursday on President Obama’s regulatory policies, saying uncertainty flowing from the White House’s “ad hoc approach” to federal rule-making is stifling economic growth.
The Obama administration’s landmark overhaul of federal export controls began to take shape Tuesday, with enactment of the first set of revisions to Cold War–era policies seen by industry as outdated and overly restrictive, according to a leading trade group that heralded the progress.
The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) said the updated regulations would, “allow for more appropriate reviews and restrictions while making trade with America’s closest military allies and partners more predictable, efficient and transparent.”
The U.S. chemical industry is cheering the success of an international effort to share data about chemicals being used around the world.
The campaign, which was started in 1991, is coming to an end as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) finalizes some assessments this week.
“This collaborative program has made more screening-level health and safety data publicly available than any other program,” Christina Franz, the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) senior director of regulatory and technical affairs, said in a statement.
The government shutdown has choked the flow of U.S. exports, blocking overseas shipments of everything from fruits and vegetables to high-tech products, the White House said Monday.
Chief of staff Denis McDonough and other senior staff are scheduled to brief President Obama this afternoon on the impacts of the budget impasse on international trade.
“Exports have been affected as import and export licenses and applications are on hold, many products are not flowing into and out of the country, and important data that informs international trade is not available,” the White House said in guidance issued Monday afternoon.
A California retailer is recalling thousands of rotisserie chicken products that it warns might be contaminated with a strain of salmonella.
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced late Sunday that a Costco store in South San Francisco, Calif., is recalling nearly 40,000 pounds of chicken to prevent the outbreak from spreading.
The Department of Justice is charging nine Japanese companies with separate plots to fix the prices of auto parts sold to American car manufacturers.
The companies and two executives are pleading guilty and paying more than $740 million in criminal fines to settle the charges, the department announced on Thursday.
“The Department of Justice is determined to hold accountable the companies and individuals that are responsible for this cartel behavior that undermines competition in the marketplace and causes millions of Americans to pay more for the products they use every day,” Attorney General Eric Holder said, according to prepared remarks.
JPMorgan Chase, dogged by regulators over the bank’s handling of mortgage-backed securities before the economic crisis, could pay a staggering $11 billion to settle a series of cases, USA Today reports.
Regulations issued by the Internal Revenue Service would be subject to additional analysis under bipartisan legislation introduced this week in the House.
Democratic senators are launching a fresh assault on the way energy drink companies market their products.
In letters on Wednesday, Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called on 17 beverage companies including Red Bull, Monster and Rockstar Energy to commit to stop marketing their drinks to children and selling them in schools.
“Across the board, makers of energy drinks say they do not market their products to children,” Durbin said in a statement. “But we know that energy drinks are promoted through social media, and that samples are often distributed at places where teens hang out — like sports events, concerts, local parks, and SAT prep courses.”