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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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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Unilever has withdrawn its false advertising lawsuit against plant-based foods pioneer Hampton Creek Foods and issued a statement applauding its commitment to innovation and noting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...

Professor: 'Congratulations to the FDA for putting public health first'

Menu labeling rules: A quick guide, plus industry reaction

The FDA released its much-anticipated final rules on calorie information on menus and vending machines today as part of the Affordable Care Act.

CSPI asks FDA to add sesame to list of allergens, mandate labeling

FDA should protect the estimated 300,000 to 500,000 Americans who are dangerously allergic to sesame by mandating the ingredient be labeled clearly when in foods and when products are made...

What the…? Wrigley looks to block Perfetti Van Melle’s ‘WTF’ trademark

Global gum leader Wrigley is trying to block the third largest gum player Perfetti Van Melle’s from registering character trademarks for ‘WTF’ and ‘What the Fresh’ in the US.

General Mills settles ‘100% natural’ Nature Valley lawsuit; does not admit liability

General Mills has agreed that it will not use the term ‘100% natural’ to describe Nature Valley bars that contain certain ‘artificially produced’ ingredients in order to settle a long-running...

Special edition: Sodium reduction

Is sodium reduction falling down the food policy agenda?

Four years ago sodium was public enemy #1. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) was calling for the FDA to modify the GRAS status of salt and slash the daily value...

'Hampton Creek is up against a well-financed plaintiff'

Unilever vs Hampton Creek case will hinge upon what a ‘reasonable consumer’ thinks Just Mayo is, say attorneys

While Unilever’s lawsuit against Hampton Creek Foods has generated a lively debate about corporate bullying, industrialized egg production, and whether the standard of identity for ‘mayonnaise’ is outdated, legal experts say...

EU backs bid for national bans on GM crops

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted to allow individual countries within the EU to ban the cultivation of genetically modified food crops on their soil, even if the...

Colorado says NO to GMO labeling; Oregon heads to nail-biting finish

UPDATED - Initial returns indicate that voters in Colorado have given a firm thumbs down to GMO labeling initiative Proposition 105, while the vote in Oregon on Measure 92 headed to a...

FDA rejects calls for aspartame ban: ‘No new credible scientific evidence has been presented’

The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has rejected two citizen’s petitions urging it to ban the use of aspartame as a food additive, arguing that neither presented any credible...

Guiding Stars: How can consumers cut down on added sugar if it’s not listed on food labels?

Given that the Dietary Guidelines urge Americans to reduce calorie intakes from added sugar, helping them identify foods that actually contain it by listing it on the Nutrition Facts panel...

‘A bunch of lawyers get a $1m payday!’ CSPI savages Coke Vitaminwater settlement

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) today filed an objection to a proposed settlement of the ‘copycat’ Vitaminwater lawsuits, claiming it only enriches lawyers and does nothing...

FTC lawsuit alleges Gerber ads lack the ‘qualified’ part of qualified health claims

The Federal Trade Commission’s allegations that baby food maker Gerber overstated the ability of Good Start Gentle formula to prevent allergies underscores the difficulty of using qualified health claims, which...

Quick fixes could quell rising tide of undeclared allergen food recalls

Simple changes in how food manufacturers handle and trace ingredients, packages and labels at production facilities could reduce dramatically the number of recalls due to undeclared allergens, which make up...

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