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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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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’.

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...

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.

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.

DGAC 2015 report “demonizes” sugar, meat and potatoes, former committee members say

Sugar, meat and potatoes – common staples in the American diet – are “demonized” by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, according to several former committee members. 

How strong is the evidence behind WHO’s sugars advice?

The food industry has criticised the WHO’s recommendation to reduce the intake of added sugar for being backed by ‘moderate’ and ‘very low quality’ evidence.

'More than 99%' of US raw milk samples free of drug residues: FDA survey

The Food and Drug Administration has reiterated its confidence in the safety of the US milk supply, after veterinary drug residues were found in just 0.78% of tested samples.

Partnership for a Healthier America Summit

Childhood obesity is improving, but First Lady Michelle Obama urges food companies to do more

Childhood obesity rates have “finally” stopped rising and now are falling among America’s youngest children, thanks in part to the food industry’s efforts to cut calories and offer healthier options,...

News in brief

Member states back national bans for GM crops

EU member states have voted to allow national governments to ban or restrict cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops even when approved at EU level, meaning the new rules will...

Solazyme awarded ‘clear and complete’ victory in legal dispute with Roquette over aborted algae ingredients JV

Microalgae specialist Solazyme says it has secured a “clear and complete victory” over its former French business partner Roquette in a legal dispute over intellectual property rights following the 2013...

Solazyme: 'We’re changing the paradigm here'

First products with high oleic algae oil to hit US shelves in second half of 2015, says Solazyme

The first products containing Solazyme’s high stability, high-oleic algae oil – which boasts “unprecedented” amounts of healthy monounsaturated fat – will hit shelves later this year, says the firm, which...

Hampton Creek Foods sued again over 'deceptive' Just Mayo name

Just weeks after Unilever dropped its false advertising lawsuit against Hampton Creek Foods over its egg-free spread ‘Just Mayo’, a consumer class action making near-identical claims has been filed in...

Judge: A reasonable consumer might be deceived by presence of SAPP in ‘all-natural’ baking mixes

The latest in a series of class action lawsuits filed over the use of synthetic leavening agent sodium acid pyrophosphate (SAPP) in foods marketed as ‘all-natural’ has been given the...

Life in the food court: ‘Some people bring cases that are legally and factually cognizable, but are stupid’

There have been more than 200 class action lawsuits filed against food and beverage companies over allegedly deceptive labeling since 2012, 60 of which have been dismissed at various stages,...

Warning letter slams coconut oil marketer over disease claims

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning letter to a coconut oil manufacturer for violations that included making drug claims on specific chemical constituents of the oil.

Hershey, Mars and See’s Candies face heavy metal chocolate lawsuit

Non-profit As You Sow has accused Hershey, Mars and See’s Candies of failing to label lead and cadmium content in chocolate contrary to Californian law.

Opinion divided over protected food names in EU-US trade talks

Protected Geographical Indications (PGIs) for foods and drinks again emerged as a sticking point in the latest round of trade negotiations between the EU and the US.