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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.

FDA offers guidance on how to determine fiber status of prebiotic ingredients

In a recently issued draft guidance, the Food and Drug Administration has shed more light on the process of determining what’s a fiber and what might not be—information that could...

USDA proposes revisions to Nutrition Facts panel for meat and poultry products

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed revisions to the Nutrition Facts panel for meat and poultry products, amending regulations published in May 2016.

FOOD LITIGATION 101: Are you up to speed?

There have been hundreds of class action lawsuits directed against food and beverage companies in recent years over everything from evaporated cane juice to Non-GMO claims. But has the false...

Dairy from cows fed GM feed is not ‘all-natural’, alleges lawsuit vs Dannon – but will it fly?

Has the FDA’s probe into ‘natural’ claims on food labels put a stop to the tidal wave of false advertising lawsuits engulfing food manufacturers? Not if a new complaint against...

Consumers seek ‘low-sugar’ claims, but remain confused & distrustful of nutrition labeling

Too much sugar remains a top consumer concern, but confusion about how to read product labels and general distrust of their accuracy means many Americans are at a loss as...

NOSB votes to keep ‘GMO 2.0’ techniques out of organic

To protect organic crops and products form the “incursion” of rapidly developing genetic engineering, the National Organic Standards Board voted last week to recommend USDA expand and strengthen the definitions...

IPA petitions FDA on requiring CFUs for probiotic labeling

The International Probiotics Association has submitted a citizen petition to the FDA to require the labeling of probiotic ingredients in dietary supplements as colony forming units (CFUs) instead of by...

NOSB’s vote to delist carrageenan viewed as ‘dangerous precedent,’ restrictive

The National Organic Review Board’s decision Thursday to remove carrageenan from the list of allowable non-organic ingredients in organic products will limit consumers’ organic options, result in inferior products and...

Non-GMO seal for Taiyo’s matcha boosts transparency for multifunctional ingredient

Taiyo’s Non-GMO certification for its Matcha Powder is a sign of the growing influence of this attribute, even for ingredient categories that have never been subject to genetic modification. ...

Fox anchor Chris Wallace shares predictions on Trump administration immigration policies at the PLMA 2016 show

In relation to Obama’s executive orders on immigration and climate change, Wallace said: “Let’s be clear, Trump intends to take a wrecking ball to the Obama legacy, and they both...

Future of Nutrition Facts, menu labeling & food safety are unclear under Trump, CSPI says

While President-elect Trump’s position on food policy is relatively unclear still, changes to the exhaustively researched and intensely debated Nutrition Facts label, menu labeling rule and food safety regulations could...

Pros & cons of carrageenan weighed at NOSB ahead of vote to delist it

Advocates for and against allowing organic products to continue using the non-organic thickener carrageenan argued their cases in front of the National Organic Standards Board Wednesday ahead of the advisory...

NOSB debates organic status of carrageenan, tocopherols, marine algae, hydroponics

Organic industry stakeholders from across the nation are gathered in St. Louis today for what promises to be a highly contentious three-day meeting during which the National Organic Standards Board...

What legalized recreational marijuana can mean for food and beverage

Voters in California, Massachusetts, and Nevada passed legislation to legalize recreational marijuana, while in Maine it’s still too close to call.

What will a Trump presidency mean for the US food & beverage industry?

Whether you went to bed last night overwhelmed with horror and uncertainty or with a big smile on your face all depends on your political affiliations. But what might a...

Despite GOP legislative control, active industry engagement still critical, trade groups say

Donald Trump’s stunning upset victory has dumbfounded pundits both at home and abroad. But it is of less importance for the dietary supplement industry than the result of the down...

Dr Marion Nestle: Food safety, sustainability, nutrition not high on Trump's priority list

Four US cities vote for soda taxes: 'This is an astonishing repudiation of Big Soda'

Voters in the Bay Area cities of Albany, Oakland, and San Francisco, as well as Boulder, CO, have voted to levy a tax on soda and sugary drinks, while four...

‘Pro business’ is best guess when looking at character of Trump administration

Donald Trump’s historic victory leaves dietary supplement industry observers wrestling with the question of what will be the character of his administration, when the candidate himself has taken so many...

Baby and toddler snacks often fall short on nutrition while marketing misleads parents, review reveals

Food manufacturers should voluntarily expand the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative for improving food advertising to children to include marketing of baby and toddler food and drinks, the Rudd...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Evolving soy’s marketing strategy beyond protein

Soy may be best known in America as a source of high-quality protein, but as more trendy and allergen-friendly sources of plant-based protein enter the market, the bean may need...

Upcoming vote on organic certification of hydroponics stokes emotions, has far-reaching impact

Mere weeks before the National Organic Standards Board is expected to vote on a recommendation to allow hydroponically grown food to qualify as organic, the Cornucopia Institute filed a formal...

Lawsuits an 'ill-advised attempt to make an end-run around FDA rules'

Kellogg, Post & General Mills urge courts to toss ‘meritless’ sugar lawsuits

Kellogg, General Mills and Post Foods have urged the courts to ditch high-profile lawsuits over the sugar content in their cereals, on the grounds that their claims are pre-empted by...

News in brief

USDA announces members of newly formed American Pecan Council

With hopes of becoming the next “it” tree nut after almonds, the pecan industry filed for a federal marketing order from the USDA. Now that job one—forming a council— is...

Forced labour in food industry: ‘Progress has been slow’ says report

Large food manufacturers are not doing enough to tackle forced labour, a report has found, as vulnerabilities in supply chains means workers are amongst the poorest paid and most exploited.

Comments in FDA docket reveals consumers’ shifting perceptions of ‘healthy’

If the FDA’s decision to wade into the ‘natural’ debate seemed like an act of sadomasochism, its decision to re-examine the criteria underpinning ‘healthy’ claims on food labels looks set...

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