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From GMO labeling to 'all-natural' claims, whole grain labeling, the row over evaporated cane juice, POM v Coke at the Supreme Court, health claims, the FDA crack-down on trans fats, and change to the Nutrition Facts panel. This is the place to stay up to date with what's happening in food and beverage regulation, labeling and civil litigation.

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Innovate or die: Introducing Food Vision USA... from 3D printing to personalized nutrition

Imagine a place where you can meet the entrepreneurs behind new food & beverage categories and retail channels; pioneers in the field of nutrigenomics, edible insects, and 3D printing; food...

EU regulatory deadlock welcomed by organic groups

EU ministers have failed to reach an agreement on proposed changes to EU organic regulation, pushing back a vote until June – a standstill that is welcomed by organic farming associations....

Mars supports FDA proposal to list added sugars on Nutrition Facts panel; move is ‘refreshing’ says CSPI

Confectionery giant Mars says it is in favor of FDA proposals to list added sugar on the Nutrition Facts panel, a move described as ‘refreshing’ by the Center for Science...

GMA et al file appeal vs Vermont GMO ruling, but they are running out of time, say attorneys

As widely predicted, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is appealing a federal court ruling denying its bid to halt implementation of Vermont’s GMO labeling law (Act 120) until a lawsuit...

News in brief

California soda warning bill dies in committee

A bill proposing warning labels on sugar-sweetened beverages that would alert shoppers in California to the risk of diabetes, obesity, and tooth decay, has died in the committee stage.

Attorney: This case could end up in the Supreme Court

What does the ruling in Vermont mean for GMO labeling?

While opponents of Vermont’s GMO labeling Act 120 suffered a major setback this week after a federal judge rejected many of their arguments, some attorneys predict the case could ultimately...

GMA et al lose bid to 'stop the clock' on Vermont GMO labeling law until lawsuit is resolved

A federal court has rejected an attempt by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and other trade associations to prevent the state of Vermont from implementing its controversial GMO labeling law...

And now the lawsuits… FDA warning letter to KIND triggers wave of consumer litigation

As widely predicted, multiple class action lawsuits were filed against KIND on Friday following the publication of a Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warning letter citing a long list of...

FDA: KIND bars do not meet the requirements for use of the nutrient content claim ‘healthy'

KIND LLC working with FDA over string of labeling errors; consumer litigation could follow, predict attorneys

KIND LLC says it is working closely with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to address a long list of concerns raised by the agency in a warning letter...

Surging interest in edible insects prompts safety review

A pan-European list outlining the pros and cons of different insect species, their nutritional content and environmental impact is needed says ANSES.

Soda should come with a warning label, say public health scientists, researchers

Legislation requiring warning labels on sugar-sweetened beverages alerting shoppers to the risk of diabetes, obesity, and tooth decay has been backed by a group of 34 leading public health scientists...

Hain Celestial all-natural lawsuit to proceed: ‘One does not have to suspend reality’ to understand why plaintiff felt misled, says judge

A California federal judge has given the green light to a false advertising lawsuit filed against Hain Celestial accusing it of misleading shoppers by describing its Sunflower Dream beverage and...

GT's Kombucha hit with false advertising lawsuit over 'powerful antioxidants' claim

There are strict rules governing nutrient content claims about antioxidants. However, a new lawsuit challenging claims that GT’s Kombucha drinks contain “powerful antioxidants” suggests there is still room for debate over what you...

COOL fallout

American-made chocolate could disappear from Canadian shelves with ‘retaliatory duties’, says NCA

The U.S. National Confectioners Association (NCA) is worried retaliatory taxes in Mexico and Canada from country-of origin labeling could see American-made chocolate disappear from its main export markets.

An organic check off campaign could bring more farmers into the fold, clarify claims, OTA says

Demand for organic in the U.S. is soaring with more than 80% of families buying some organic products, pushing sales up to an expected $40 billion last year, according to...

Choco Treasure brings whimsy of chocolate wrapped toys to U.S. legally

Thanks to a little ingenuity, Candy Treasure has brought to the U.S. legally a line of much-loved chocolate surprise eggs and sports balls filled with whimsical small toys that, until...

Quorn 'categorically rejects' allegations in wrongful death lawsuit

Quorn Foods has launched a vigorous defense of its ‘mycoprotein’ meat substitutes in the wake of a wrongful death lawsuit filed in California by the parents of Miles Bengco, an 11-year-old...

Jamba Juice settles ‘all-natural’ lawsuit, but will pay no damages

Jamba Juice has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit filed in California alleging it misled shoppers by labeling its smoothie kits as ‘all-natural’.

Lawsuit v Hampton Creek Foods re-filed in Florida: 'Just Mayo is not mayonnaise at all'

A false advertising lawsuit filed – and then abruptly withdrawn – by Florida plaintiff Leah Davis against Hampton Creek Foods over its Just Mayo spread has been re-filed in a different court.

Judge tosses ‘no refined sugars’ case vs KIND Healthy Snacks, but attorney says it had a lucky escape

A judge in Illinois has thrown out a class action lawsuit against KIND LLC over “no refined sugars” claim on its Healthy Grains products, which contain evaporated cane juice, a...

Goal for IPA to become more agile, vocal in promoting probiotics, new director says

After a months-long interregnum, George Paraskevakos, the new executive director of the International Probiotics Association, formally takes up the reins pledging that the organization will become more agile and vocal in...

Coalition recommends label declaration for use of nanotechnology

A coalition of NGOs has released a policy recommendation on how companies should move forward on the use of nanotech in foods and supplements. The document recommends corporate transparency and...

GMO update: Non-browning Arctic apples and Innate low-acrylamide potatoes are safe, says FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says two high-profile genetically engineered foods - Simplot's low acrylamide 'Innate' potatoes, and Okanagan Specialty Fruit's non-browning 'Arctic' apples – are “as safe and nutritious...

NPA lobbies legislators to protect definition of organic to include non-GMO

Consumer confusion about organic verses non-GMO claims abounds, and the Natural Product Association wants to set the record straight with a new lobbying effort. 

Candy tax dropped from Connecticut sugar levy bill

Connecticut’s proposed sugar tax has been amended to exclude a levy on candy.