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From GMO labeling to 'all-natural' claims, whole grain labeling, the row over evaporated cane juice, 'healthy' claims, and changes 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.

$16.8 million in government grants aim to encourage SNAP spending on more produce

After efforts earlier this year to use a stick to discourage SNAP beneficiaries from buying unhealthy products was met with resistance and doubt, the government is trying another approach –...

FDA allows use of ultrafiltered milk in cheese to ease fallout from new Canadian pricing scheme

FDA’s decision late last week to allow manufacturers in some cases to use ultrafiltered milk and ultrafiltered nonfat milk to make cheese could help ease the negative impact on US...

ConnectFood helps small businesses comply with FSMA ahead of fast-approaching deadline

Small size food manufacturers have only five weeks left before the deadline hits to develop food safety plans under the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Preventive Controls for Human Food –...

Food trade associations press OMB on GMO labeling timetable in a bid to avoid 'extended regulatory uncertainty'

Trade associations including the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association have warned the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that failing to implement federal GMO labeling legislation in...

Food litigation 101: Non-functional slack fill... are you up to speed?

Does the empty space in your food package serve a useful purpose? If not, you could be at the receiving end of a lawsuit over what is known in the...

Court filings indicate resurgence' in ‘all-natural’ litigation in 2017, but will appropriations bill spur the FDA into action?

There has been a resurgence in ‘all-natural’ litigation in 2017 as the industry has waited in vain for the FDA to provide a definition of the much-maligned term. However, a...

RAW•BITE packaging is ‘strikingly’ similar to LÄRABAR, says General Mills lawsuit

There are “striking” similarities between the wrappers and caddies of Danish snackbar brand RAW•BITE (which launched in Europe in 2008 and was introduced to the US in summer 2016) and...

Morinaga Nutritional Foods gets self-affirmed GRAS for Aloe vera gel to dispel confusion about carcinogens

Aloe vera is an increasingly common ingredient in packaged food and beverage products, but self-affirmed GRAS for a specific aloe vera gel was still necessary to market Morinaga’s new aloe...

Cook County soda tax due to take effect today

A penny-per-ounce Sweetened Beverage Tax in Cook County, Illinois, goes into effect today after a temporary restraining order on the levy was dismissed in Cook County Circuit Court. However, retailers...

Will a qualified health claim for soybean oil give it a new lease of life?

Just days after approving a qualified health claim extolling the heart-healthy benefits of macadamia nuts, the FDA has approved a similar claim about soybean oil in a move petitioner Bunge...

Good Food Institute, NMPF, to FDA: Give the industry some clarity on plant ‘milk’ labeling

The FDA – which has continued to maintain radio silence over plant-based ‘milk’ labeling despite mounting frustration from stakeholders – should clarify its position in the face of increasing commercial,...

First round to Lidl in trademark infringement dispute with Kroger

Kroger has lost its bid to gain a preliminary injunction that would immediately bar Lidl from using its 'Preferred Selection' name on its premium private label products.

Industry players outline their wish lists for ‘NAFTA 2.0’ and express anxiety about renegotiation

While most agricultural industry leaders gathered on Capitol Hill yesterday urged lawmakers and the current administration to tread lightly when it comes to renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement,...

New qualified health claim for macadamia nuts shows FDA’s evolving stance on dietary fat

FDA’s decision to greenlight a qualified health claim connecting macadamia nuts to the reduced risk of heart disease despite the ingredient’s saturated fat content suggests the agency may give manufacturers...

Is Lidl infringing Kroger’s trademarks? Attorneys weigh in…

Is Lidl’s ‘Preferred Selection’ private label “confusingly similar” to Kroger’s ‘Private Selection’?  Or is Kroger’s recent trademark infringement lawsuit against Lidl merely an opportunistic bid to derail a rival’s US...

Should soda with non-caloric sweeteners be taxed too? In Philadelphia and Cook County, that’s the case

Proponents of sin taxes say that putting a levy on sugar-sweetened drinks may play a pivotal role in fighting obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. But two of the eight US...

Trade groups sue to block New York City from enforcing menu labeling ahead of FDA

Leading trade groups for the retailer and food service industries are suing New York City to stop inspectors from holding their members responsible for posting calorie counts for prepared “restaurant-type...

GUEST ARTICLE: GMO labeling... What we know and what may happen next

One of the hottest topics in the food, beverage and dietary supplement industries, for both producers and advertisers, remains the disclosure of genetically modified organisms, or ‘GMOs,’ in these products.  ...

GUEST ARTICLE: Can the food industry learn from the GMO story? Five ways to earn trust in gene editing

If you care about GMO labeling, you only have a few more days to respond to USDA's 30 questions* about how to implement the new law. The looming deadline is...

News in brief

Odwalla 'no added sugar' case to go to private mediation

A California court has ordered Odwalla and a proposed class of consumers into private mediation to resolve a dispute over 'no added sugar' claims on 100% juice products.

USDA to publish draft of GMO labeling rule this fall

USDA will publish a draft of its proposed federal GMO labeling rule in the fall of this year (which will be subject to public comment) and says it is “working...

Glyphosate joins Prop 65 list, but what does this mean for packaged food manufacturers?

Glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide RoundUp) will be added to California's Prop 65 list on July 7, 2017, meaning warning labels will be required from July 2018. But what,...

Latin American regulation harmonization bodes well for food importation prospects, consultant says

The harmonization of regulations means a bright future is ahead for the export of food products and food ingredients into Latin America, a consultant says.

Odwalla under fire: Is it safe to make 'no added sugar' claims on 100% juice products?

Can you make 'no added sugar' claims on 100% juice products? It all depends on how you interpret a line in the FDA regulations, says a California court, which has...

VIDEO: Will we need a new regulatory framework for clean (cultured) meat?

Producing ‘clean’ meat by culturing cells – instead of raising or slaughtering animals - is a new frontier in food production, but will it require a new regulatory framework, and...

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