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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.

Fruit juice does not warrant a ‘healthy’ food label, says CSPI

'Healthy' bones of contention: Stakeholders at odds over added sugar and saturated fat

There is significant disagreement between key stakeholders over how to define ‘healthy’ on food labels, with added sugar and saturated fat proving the biggest bones of contention, and heated debate...

Think clean label just means no artificial ingredients? Think again

CLEAN LABEL 2.0: Natural flavors and preservatives, pesticide residues, and Non-GMO in the spotlight

Think 'clean label' just means ditching ‘artificial’ ingredients and avoiding anything attracting negative press (warranted or otherwise)? Think again. Today, brands are also questioning whether ‘natural’ flavors, preservatives and sweeteners...

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5-Hour Energy counterfeiter gets 7 years in federal prison

One of the primary defendants in the 5-Hour Energy counterfeit case, Walid Jamil, has been sentenced to seven years in prison and an additional three years of supervised release.

What is healthy? Comments flood in as FDA docket closes

Oldways: ‘It’s time we stopped tying ‘healthy’ to a formula of nutrients divorced from actual foods’

“If we were looking for an easy answer and widespread agreement on the definition of ‘healthy,’ we didn’t find it [at a public meeting last month],”observed the FDA in a...

The potential of a delay to Nutrition Facts label changes should not slow compliance efforts

Assuming FDA does not delay the deadline for the new Nutrition Fact label as requested by industry, then large companies have slightly more than a year left to overcome challenges...

FDA culls huge number of foreign food facility registrations

In its latest cleanup of its food facility registration database, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has culled an eye-opening 28% of existing registrations. The biggest drops happened in overseas...

The FoodNavigator-USA reader survey results: ‘We’re in the 3G era... where cost cutting is valued over growth’

The results of the 2017 FoodNavigator-USA reader survey are in… and not surprisingly, given the breadth of our readership, they’re pretty mixed, with many readers excited about their company’s prospects...

Converting native land to organic farms has ‘unintended consequences’ on biodiversity, economies

To increase supply of organic and avoid the financially challenging three-year transition period necessary to convert conventional farm land, some producers are converting native ecosystems to organic farms – a...

Organic status of hydroponics back on the docket at NOSB semi-annual meeting this week

Organic stakeholders gathering in Denver this week for the National Organic Standards Board meeting will take another stab at defining the role of hydroponic production in organic, which documents suggest...

Nutrition regulations likely will languish under Trump, but enforcement for food safety will increase

After eight years under the Obama Administration of a “whole lot of fun” for nutrition policy advocates, the next four years under the Trump White House likely will feel like...

FDA official says agency ‘considering’ requests related to deadline for Nutrition Facts Label changes

FDA is “listening” to requests “on both ends of the spectrum” related to the upcoming deadline for changes to the Nutrition Facts Label currently slated to go into effect next July for large companies...

Lifeway to 'vigorously defend' false ad lawsuit: 'Our kefir is 99% lactose free'

Lifeway Foods has vowed to defend itself “vigorously” against a lawsuit claiming it falsely advertised its fermented dairy products as ‘99% lactose free’ when they allegedly contained almost 4% lactose (milk sugar).

Dannon attacks ‘daisy-chained’ logic in all-natural lawsuit over GM feed and dairy products

Should brands making dairy products from cows that may have consumed GM feed be allowed to market their wares as ‘all natural’? Absolutely, insisted Dannon in court papers filed this...

Lack of political will, stereotypes about SNAP beneficiaries hold back legislative efforts to end hunger

Two of the biggest hurdles to ending hunger in the US are the lack of consequences for politicians who vote against programs designed to reduce hunger and food insecurity, and...

School nutrition standards under fire again, threshold for free, reduced meals increased

Congressional pressure on federal agencies to back down from nutrition policies created under the Obama Administration continues to mount with the standards for school meals now in the cross-hairs. 

News in brief

Health Canada proposes ban on partially hydrogenated oils

Health Canada has unveiled proposals to prohibit the use of partially hydrogenated oils  - a key source of harmful trans fats in foods - by summer 2018 (aligning with the...

Glyphosate to join Proposition 65 list

The herbicide glyphosate is to be added to the list of chemicals known to cause cancer under California's Proposition 65 legislation, which means companies producing products containing residues of the...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Emerging class action litigation targets

The number of class action cases filed against food and beverage companies continues to surge with the number of cases brought last year alone reaching a staggering 170, compared to...

Potential new head of FDA could postpone Nutrition Facts label changes if confirmed

The implementation deadline for the new Nutrition Facts label, which includes a new line indicating added sugars, could be pushed back several years if President Trump’s nominee for FDA Commissioner...

WhiteWave blasts ‘plant milk’ lawsuit: ‘This is nothing more than a waste of time and judicial resources’

A recent wave of lawsuits challenging the use of the term ‘almondmilk’ on food labels amounts to “nothing more than a waste of time and judicial resources,” according to WhiteWave...

Perdue is one step away from becoming the next head of USDA, but it could be a long one

While President Trump’s nominee for USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue breezed through his Senate Agriculture Committee confirmation hearing late last month, he could face a long delay before the full Senate...

Plant-based products may need to boost visibility of dairy-related allergen warnings

An FDA-issued alert from frozen dessert brand Dream reiterating that some of its products contain traces of milk also warns other plant-based product manufacturers that they may need to go...

The big debate: Can sugar survive a public health crisis?

The world is getting fatter and unhealthier - are smaller portions and diet drinks really going to help when they sit next to full-sugar, supersized products? Is it time to...

Legislation seeks to overhaul commodity checkoff programs, make them voluntary for participants

Bipartisan legislation introduced this week in both the House and Senate seeks to overhaul commodity checkoff programs, which critics say have been “hijacked” by corporate interests so that they no...

Strategic plan outlines how FDA, CDC and USDA will tackle foodborne illness in next 5 years

A trio of government agencies will work together in the next five years to improve methods for pinpointing the source of foodborne illness outbreaks as part of ongoing analytic efforts...

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