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Big win for Coke at Supreme Court could really upset apple cart, says attorney

As POM Wonderful squares up with Coca-Cola at the Supreme Court in a high-profile false advertising case, one leading food law attorney says a broad win for Coca-Cola could have...

POM v Coca-Cola false advertising spat heads to Supreme Court, but what does this mean for your label?

It’s not quite as dramatic as the Oscar Pistorius trial, but in the world of food law, a false advertising case brought by POM Wonderful against rival Coca-Cola is being...

Changes to Nutrition Facts panel may have limited impact on consumer perceptions, says Hartman Group

Proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts panel  on food and beverage labels are well-intentioned, but may not have as much effect on how consumers perceive products as policymakers hope, according to...

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Vermont GMO labeling bill passes state senate

A bill requiring foods produced with genetic engineering be labeled in Vermont has passed by 28 votes to two in the State Senate.

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Is Big Food the new tobacco?

As the class-action lawsuits pile up amid growing public health concerns over obesity and ongoing labeling debates, one has to wonder: Is Big Food going the way of Big Tobacco?...

FDA honey guidance: a response to labeling litigation?

Honey mixed with other sweeteners must be labeled as a blend, rather than just “honey”, according to a draft guidance issued by the US Food and Drug Administration last week....

FDA's new probe into evaporated cane juice should stop tidal wave of lawsuits, says attorney. But judges can be unpredictable

The FDA’s March 5 decision to re-open comments on its 2009 draft guidance on ‘evaporated cane juice’ (ECJ) may well kill off most ECJ-related lawsuits, or at least kick them...

Dewmar’s FDA warning letter a ‘no-brainer’: food and drug attorney

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning letter to Dewmar International BMC Inc., alleging that despite labeling its Lean Slow Motion…Potion beverage as a dietary supplement, the...

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Traceability, tell-all genomics and authentication: The new reality for F&B litigation

Few short answers exist in the world of complex consumer food litigation. Arthur Miller, PhD, principal scientist and engineering and scientific consulting firm Exponent Inc., summed up three key industry...

Special edition: Is banning partially hydrogenated oils the best way to crack down on trans fats?

On the face of it, the FDA’s proposal to revoke the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) - the source of most of the ‘artificial’ trans fats in the...

Pompeo bill would preempt state GMO labeling

As was rumored last week, congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) introduced legislation Wednesday that would block the efforts in multiple states to require mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. 

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Judge dismisses evaporated juice lawsuit: Let the FDA decide

Another class action lawsuit taking issue with the food industry’s use of the phrase ‘evaporated cane juice’ (which plaintiffs argue is just plain old sugar and should be described as...

More pushback from industry over FDA trans-fat crackdown: Soybean industry has ‘grave concerns’, cardiologist says we should act now

FDA proposals to revoke the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in order to crack down on trans fats will lead to increased saturated fat intakes, greater reliance on...

Big Data and Big Food: Where to draw the line?

The exponential growth and availability of “Big Data” offers food and beverage marketers unprecedented access to consumer information, but it also raises some ethical questions when it comes to how...

GMO labeling bill makes headway in Vermont; Rep Mike Pompeo silent on rumors over federal bill

A bill requiring foods produced with genetic engineering be labeled in Vermont has made further progress after passing in the Senate Judiciary committee in a 5-0 vote.

AHPA's new protein guidance addresses issue that has been percolating for years

The American Herbal Products Association has set a new policy for how member companies ought to calculate the amount of protein in their products to deal with a situation in...

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Trans fat crackdown: Banning PHOs will cause massive headaches for chewing gum makers, claims association

FDA proposals to revoke the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in order to crack down on trans fats will cause massive headaches for gum manufacturers, according to the...

Don’t tax my soda! Study shows consumers put choice first

First Lady Michelle Obama has called it “liquid sugar” and the World Health Organization warns that much of our sugar intake is “hidden” in processed food and beverages such as...

Evaporated cane juice lawsuit on ice as FDA weighs in. But what does this mean for industry?

A class action lawsuit accusing Coca-Cola subsidiary Odwalla of misleading consumers and misbranding its products by using the term ‘evaporated cane juice’ (ECJ) on labels has been put on ice...

Class action lawsuit v General Mills over all-natural claims and GMOs can proceed, says judge

A judge has refused to dismiss a class action lawsuit accusing General Mills of misleading consumers by marketing its Nature Valley products as ‘all-natural’ when they allegedly contain GMOs.

Labeling laws shouldn’t be decided in court: F&B attorney

With more and more class-action lawsuits against the food and beverage industry making headlines, FoodNavigator-USA caught up with an attorney specializing in complex corporate litigation to discuss the proper role...

Trans fat crackdown: Here are two practical alternatives to a blanket ban on PHOs, industry tells FDA

Two practical alternatives to a blanket ban on partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) would help the FDA achieve its objective (cracking down on trans-fats) without causing formulation nightmares, claim leading food...

Judge blasts plaintiff in trans-fat lawsuit vs Smucker for claiming ‘grossly excessive’ attorneys’ fees, costs

The fees claimed by the plaintiff in a high-profile - but ultimately unsuccessful - class action lawsuit against JM Smucker over trans fats are “grossly excessive”, according to the judge...

ConAgra faces $117k fine for safety violations

ConAgra Foods is facing a $117,000 fine after being hit with multiple safety violations at its Columbus-based flour mill.

Heinz is latest target in new wave of false advertising lawsuits over ‘all natural’ claims and GMOs

Heinz has vowed to vigorously defend itself after becoming the latest food giant to be targeted in a false advertising lawsuit alleging it is misleading consumers by describing products made...

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