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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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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,...

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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.

Attorney: 'The risk of litigation over ‘source’ as a term is not insignificant'

Twinings prevails in ‘natural source of antioxidants’ lawsuit; but ‘source of' claims still risky, warn attorneys

An Arkansas federal judge has thrown out a class action lawsuit claiming Twinings North America Inc. deceived consumers by mislabeling its teas as a ‘natural source of antioxidants’, but attorneys...

Candy tax proposed in Connecticut

A levy on high-calorie confectionery and soft drinks is being considered in Connecticut as a means to tackle childhood obesity.

FDA budget request outlines priorities in FSMA implementation, increased inspections

The budget request from the White House for the Food and Drug Administration is part of President Obama’s overall budget that will not see the light of day.  Nevertheless, the...

Obama: Single agency would provide primary voice on food safety standards

US president Barack Obama has proposed a single food safety agency as part of budget plans submitted to Congress.

FTC vs POM: Federal appeals court upholds FTC findings, but 2 RCTs are ‘too onerous’

A federal appeals court in the District of Columbia has upheld an earlier court ruling in favor of the FTC versus POM Wonderful and claims it made in its advertising....

NPA’s Fabricant on caffeine: 'We don’t want to get into a position where Senators are using a court of public opinion to regulate the industry'

Science and an evaluation of risk must inform any regulatory decision on powdered pure caffeine products and not Senators usurping the law, says the Natural Products Association’s Dr Daniel Fabricant....

Senators urge FDA to ban retail sale, marketing of pure caffeine

A group of six Democratic senators have written to FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg to urge the Agency to ban the sale and marketing of pure caffeine, a move that has...

Industry disagreement could delay a national honey standard

Disagreement about what a potential standard for honey in the U.S. should include could hinder industry efforts to convince FDA to reverse its long-standing position that such a standard is...

Mediation fails in lawsuit alleging Heinz stole idea for Dip & Squeeze; case is ‘groundless’ says Heinz

Attempts to use mediation to resolve a lawsuit alleging that Heinz stole the idea for its Dip & Squeeze ketchup packs have failed, with the case now likely to go...

Firm gets warning letter for straddling beverage/liquid supplement divide

A recent FDA warning letter to a New York company points again to the danger of mixing metaphors when positioning a product as either a beverage or a liquid dietary...

Olam pays $3m to settle unlawful cocoa trading case

The world’s third largest cocoa processor Olam has agreed to pay a fine of $3m for alleged mistrading of cocoa futures but has refused to admit wrongdoing.

EFSA caffeine opinion is not a green light

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) safety assessment on caffeine is not necessarily a green light for high caffeine consumption or for long-stalled health claims, according to industry commentators.

FDA GRAS no objections letter paves way for mainstream adoption of whole algal protein, says Solazyme

The FDA has written to Solazyme to say it has no objections to the firm’s GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) determination for its AlgaVia whole algal protein, a move which...

China bans all US poultry imports after west coast bird flu outbreak

Chinese authorities have announced a ban on all imports of US poultry and egg products, including processed and unprocessed products and breeding stock, after the detection of avian flu in...

Monster & Red Bull among brands attacked for 'declining to commit to restrict marketing to under 18s'

Energy drink companies unwilling to protect teenagers, say US senators

The majority of the energy drinks market is unwilling to commit to protecting adolescents, according to a report by three US Senators.