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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.

Dietary supplement industry promotes self-regulation, need for increased access on Capitol Hill

More than 75 members of the Council for Responsible Nutrition and the American Herbal Products Association will “fly-in” to Capitol Hill today to meet with members of Congress and their...

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American Bakers Association applauds FDA for delaying nutrition facts label rule

Robb MacKie, president of American Bakers Association (ABA), said a “more reasonable” timeline for the implementation of the FDA’s nutrition facts label will help bakers.

A 10% fruit and vegetable subsidy can save lives, new study finds

Fruit and vegetable subsidies can literally save lives, according to researchers at the University of Liverpool, who analysed how different food policy models may reduce deaths caused by cardiovascular disease...

‘This is not puffery… this is a misleading claim’

Judge orders Arla Foods to halt ‘Live unprocessed’ campaign: ‘Ads create false impression that rbST is something foreign and dangerous’

Arla Foods has been ordered to halt its new $30m ‘Live Unprocessed’ ad campaign – which makes a virtue of using milk from cows that have not been fed the...

UPDATE

European Court of Justice says purely plant-based products can’t use dairy names

The Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg today announced purely plant-based products cannot, in principle, be marketed with designations such as ‘milk’, ‘cream’, ‘butter’, ‘cheese’ or ‘yogurt’,...

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FDA extends compliance deadline for Nutrition Facts panel changes

As widely expected, the FDA is to extend the compliance dates for the Nutrition Facts label final rules to give manufacturers more time to prepare, although it has not yet...

Attorney: ‘Slapping another undefined term on packages that could be attacked legally’ is risky

'GoCleanLabel certified' scheme rolls out, but what does it mean?

A new 'clean label' certification scheme has been launched in the US market as the concept of ‘clean’ eating continues to gain traction. But will CPG brands embrace the ‘Go...

A tale of two plant ‘milk’ lawsuits: Court stays Whitewave lawsuit, but dubs near-identical case vs Blue Diamond as ‘patently implausible’ and throws it out

Court stays Whitewave almondmilk lawsuit: 'Whether plant-based 'milk' should be deemed an 'imitation' fits squarely within the FDA’s authority

A lawsuit alleging Silk almondmilk is falsely advertised as nutritionally equivalent to dairy milk has been stayed by a judge on primary jurisdiction grounds, while a near-identical case filed by...

SPOTLIGHT ON BRAZIL: Whole grain labeling… Should Brazil follow US or European criteria?

The Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA) is looking into ways to regulate whole grain labeling, with a definition expected to be ready for public comment by the end of the...

Arla Foods defends ‘Live unprocessed’ campaign as rBST maker sues over allegedly ‘blatantly and egregiously false’ claims

Arla Foods has defended its new ‘Live Unprocessed’ ad campaign – which makes a virtue of using milk from cows that have not been fed the growth hormone rBST -...

Food litigation trends: From the future for 'natural,' to slack fill, Prop 65 and glyphosate residues

The number of class action filings against food and beverage companies dipped from 158 in 2015 to 145 in 2016, largely due to a drop off in ‘natural’ lawsuits, but...

Sargento attorney: This case is without legal basis and speculative

Sargento 'natural' cheese under fire in new lawsuit over GMO feed, rbST milk

Should dairy brands using milk from cows that may have consumed GM feed or been treated with rbST be allowed to market their wares as ‘natural’? Not according to the...

What is a probiotic? IPA releases guidance document on qualifying probiotics

The definition of probiotic varies by region, and an increasing number of products potentially mislabeled as “probiotic”. In response, the International Probiotics Association has released a guidance document.

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: FDA & FTC move forward with enforcement even with some regulations in limbo

New regulations and draft guidances may be on hold at many federal agencies until the Trump administration can find its footing, but enforcement by FDA, FTC and USDA is not...

FDA guidance continues to be used as a 'roadmap for class action lawsuits'

A tale of two evaporated cane juice lawsuits: Steaz prevails thanks to website disclosure but Late July case will proceed

Very different outcomes in two near-identical lawsuits over evaporated cane juice labeling serve as a reminder that when it comes to food labeling, your website is every bit as important...

Organic sales growing ‘at a good clip’ thanks partly to consumer interest in animal welfare

Despite pressure created by food inflation and price deflation, sales of organic continue to grow “at a good clip,” with protein, dips and seasoning breaking out “to find their stride”...

Deep cuts to agriculture spending, including organic, are a “no-go,” Congressman Panetta says

President Trump’s aggressive budget proposal for fiscal 2018 is a pennywise and pound-foolish approach to agriculture, and especially organic production and sales, according to legislators and industry leaders, who promise...

Hint Inc urges court to stay propylene glycol lawsuit as FDA ponders ‘natural’ claims

Flavored water brand Hint Inc has urged a California court to stay (put on ice) a high-profile lawsuit accusing it of falsely advertising its wares as ‘all natural.'

Trump administration sees four ways to help ag ‘punch above its weight’

As part of a larger strategy to reduce the US deficit, the Trump Administration wants to help the agriculture sector “punch above its weight” by promoting trade, providing an affordable...

ABA: Fiber suppliers are stuck in a 'holding pattern'

Nutrition Facts overhaul proves double-edged sword for inulin

The arrival of the new-look Nutrition Facts panel (which will require manufacturers to list added sugar), is generating renewed interest in inulin: a widely-used ingredient from chicory root that also...

Organic industry asks legislators for funds to expand domestic production & increase oversight

More than a hundred representatives for the organic industry descended on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, last Thursday to extol to legislators the benefits of their industry to the US...

ACI FOOD LAW FORUM: What’s in your ‘natural’ flavors? (And is your cane sugar vegan?)

As enterprising plaintiff’s attorneys ask whether pesticide residues – even at trace levels – belong in ‘natural’ foods, and high-profile brands query whether ‘natural’ flavors and preservatives meet stricter ‘clean...

ACI FOOD LAW FORUM: GMO labeling blues, Nutrition Facts delays, daily values and de-fortification, and will the FDA ever nail down natural?

Will the July 2018 deadline for compliance with the new Nutrition Facts panel stand? Will federal GMO labeling regulations stop GMO-related lawsuits? And will the FDA nail down ‘natural’ anytime...

Standardized language for expiration dates should help reduce food waste, according to GMA

According to the nonprofit Feeding America, 126 billion pounds of food is wasted each year in America – a staggering number that prompted USDA and EPA to challenge producers, manufacturers...

AHPA urges EPA to revamp pesticide limits for botanicals

The American Herbal Products Association has urged federal regulators to revamp pesticide rules that unfairly impact minor crops that include many botanical commodities.

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