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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.

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.

FDA warning over infant's death shouldn't call safety of probiotics into question, experts say

The recall last last year of a probiotic product found to be contaminated with a fungus should not cast a pall over the entire sector, experts say.  Though they are...

Mandatory GMO labels will be seen as 'warning labels', warns GMA

Pro- and anti-GMO labeling camps square up for battle in Vermont: Clock is ticking on 'unconstitutional' law, says GMA

Supporters and opponents of GMO labeling will square up in a courtroom in Burlington, Vermont, today (Jan 7) to present oral arguments over the merits of Act 120, which will...

Two-year time frame 'would almost certainly drive an increase in food prices'

Switching to new Nutrition Facts label in two years is not feasible, says Kroger

The two-year time frame in which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expects the food industry to switch to new-look Nutrition Facts labels is unrealistic, and “would almost certainly drive...

Health claim game changers of 2014

A health claim approval can spell good business for some, while rejections disaster for firms who have invested big to collect their supporting dossier only to be told their evidence...

Breaking News

Unilever drops 'Just Mayo' lawsuit: 'We share a vision with Hampton Creek Foods of a more sustainable world'

Unilever has withdrawn its false advertising lawsuit against plant-based foods pioneer Hampton Creek Foods and issued a statement applauding its commitment to innovation and noting that it shares the company's "vision of...

Cornell Food Systems Global Summit

Consensus building key to creating good agricultural practices to meet FSMA’s proposed produce rule

The Produce Safety Alliance, spearheaded by Cornell University and funded by FDA and USDA, is “on the cusp” of releasing a national good agricultural practices educational curriculum to meet the grower training...

UK campaigners suggest London soda tax

A suggested 20 pence per litre tax on sugary drinks in London would benefit health and save up to £39 million in healthcare, say campaigners. 

News in brief

YES campaign concedes defeat in Oregon after GMO labeling recount: 'We will never know for sure what the true outcome of this race was'

The campaign backing Oregon's GMO labeling ballot initiative Measure 92 has conceded defeat after a recount failed to change the original result (49.97 in favor, 50.03% against - a difference of around 800 votes).

A patchwork of state GMO laws would cause more problems than solutions, lawmakers argue

A federal labeling standard for genetically modified foods applied nationwide is better for industry and consumers than a patchwork of state regulations, advocates for and against mandatory GMO labeling agreed...

Only half of eligible schools provide free breakfast and lunch to students

Almost half of the schools eligible for federal financial assistance to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students do not currently offer the service, despite research showing it improves...

Whole Foods sued over disputed Non-GMO Project logos on almond milk; but is this a one-off or a fertile new source of class action lawsuits?

A class action lawsuit filed in California accuses Whole Foods Market of misleading consumers by advertising and selling Almond Breeze products with non-GMO Project verified labels before they had officially achieved...

SPECIAL EDITION 2014, BEVERAGE SWEETENER INNOVATION

Stevia sweetness + new health benefits: Mintel analyst sees future potential

Mintel says the presence of nutritionally beneficial compounds could see stevia-based sweeteners of the future that combine functional benefits as well as calorie-free sweetness.

Settlement fund in stevia deceptive marketing lawsuit alleging Truvia is not ‘natural’ rises to $6.1m

A court in Hawaii has approved a settlement between Cargill and a series of plaintiffs alleging it misled shoppers by marketing its Truvia consumer products (which contain stevia extract Reb-A...

News in brief

Measure 92: Officials set Dec 12 deadline for Oregon GMO labeling recount

As widely predicted, county clerks in Oregon have been ordered by Secretary of State Kate Brown to conduct a hand recount of votes on GMO labeling initiative Measure 92 by December 12.

Sodium reduction

Will proposals to mandate potassium labeling on the Nutrition Facts panel give potassium-chloride based sodium replacers a shot in the arm?

Some food manufacturers still worry that using potassium chloride to replace salt in their recipes might compromise their clean label credentials. But the FDA’s recent proposal to include potassium as...