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Trans fat crackdown: ‘The ship has already sailed’

Trans fats have been discussed for nearly two decades rendering the FDA’s extended comment period trivial in the grand scheme of things, says the innovation insights director at Datamonitor Consumer....

FDA extends comment period on trans fat crackdown

Industry stakeholders have called for extra time to file comments on the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), prompting the FDA to extend the deadline.

San Francisco City Attorney defuses ‘meritless’ Monster Energy lawsuit

Monster’s lawsuit seeking to block the San Francisco City litigation seeking to force it to reform its energy drinks, packaging and marketing practices has been thrown out by a Federal...

A look at regulation in 2014 PART ONE: Farm bill, sugar labels and biotech

What will 2014 bring on the regulatory front for the food and beverage industry? From the stagnant farm bill to the ongoing debate on biotech to consumer confusion on the...

Euromonitor beverage industry outlook: Declines in carbonates, the promise of 'natural' and the war on caffeine

From declining interest in soft drinks to the ongoing war on caffeine and the explosion of raw juices and functional beverages, 2013 has certainly been an eventful one for the...

Food labeling & litigation: What’s in store for 2014? Nutrition Facts, GMOs, natural claims, trans fats, GE salmon, whole grain statements

What might give the food and beverage industry's regulatory affairs teams sleepless nights in 2014? From more evaporated cane juice lawsuits to proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts panel, stay...

Will 'all-natural' be phased out from product labels?

Amid mounting false advertising lawsuits and increased pressure from consumer advocacy groups, the future of the historically vague marketing term "natural" is in question.

Americans’ eating habits worst since 2008; ‘systemic change’ needed, RD says

Americans’ eating habits deteriorated in 2013, as fewer adults report eating healthy all day “yesterday” in every month so far this year compared with the same months in 2012, according...

Should the definition of ‘whole grains’ be expanded to include whole seeds, beans and legumes?

As the FDA prepares to conduct consumer research into whole grain labeling statements before it issues finalized guidance for industry, the debate over precisely what should constitute a ‘whole grain’,...

GMA, IFT, to FDA: We need more time to respond to crackdown on PHOs, artificial trans fats

Food manufacturers have urged the FDA to give them more time to consider its proposal to revoke the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in a bid to eradicate...

Senate bill excluding supermarkets from FDA menu labeling sparks debate over calorie disclosure

A proposed bill introduced last week by Sens. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Angus King (I-ME) is calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to amend the calorie disclosure requirements...

Majority of Americans who read calorie info at restaurants use it, though number is small

Just a third (36.4%) of US adults read calorie information when it is available at fast-food and chain restaurants, but 95.4% of those that do read it use this information...

GE salmon a step closer to commercialization as Environment Canada says AquaBounty's AquAdvantage Salmon are not harmful to the environment or human health

AquaBounty Technologies - which is hoping to become the first company to introduce a genetically engineered (GE) animal to the human food supply - is another step closer after Environment Canada...

Judge gives provisional thumbs up to $5.3m settlement over ‘healthy’ claims on Muscle Milk

A judge has provisionally approved a $5.3m settlement between CytoSport and California plaintiff Claire Delacruz in a false advertising class action lawsuit over the marketing of Muscle Milk bars and...

Amount of food recalled by FDA doubles in quarter

More than double the units of food was recalled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from the previous quarter, according to ExpertRECALL figures.

Trans fats: The good, the bad, the global

The FDA’s move to consider GRAS status of trans fats should be applauded – it’s a clever move that should spark change, an expert says.

Yes on I-522 campaign: Fight for GMO labeling isn’t over, we’ll be back in 2016.

UPDATED -The campaign urging voters to say ‘YES’ to Washington State’s GMO labeling initiative 522 has acknowledged that it will not pass, but said the latest results show the tally...

FDA issues 'softly worded' draft guidance on acrylamide

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a draft guidance for the food industry to help growers, manufacturers and operators work toward reducing levels of acrylamide in certain foods....

Hain Celestial targeted in unusual false advertising lawsuit over ‘100% natural’ teas allegedly containing pesticide residues above legal thresholds

Hain Celestial has been targeted in a first-if-its-kind putative class action lawsuit alleging that it falsely advertised Celestial Seasoning teas as 100% natural when they in fact contain “potentially dangerous”...

Coca-Cola targeted in third lawsuit over 'chemical preservative' and 'artificial flavor' phosphoric acid

Coca-Cola has been targeted in another proposed class action lawsuit alleging that it misrepresents Coke as being free from added preservatives and artificial flavors, despite containing phosphoric acid, an 'artificial flavoring' and 'chemical...

Lawyer: Expect calls for extension of comment period on FDA crackdown on trans fats

Food manufacturers are likely to ask for an extension to the 60-day comment period set by the FDA to consider its proposal to revoke the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated...

Timing right for federal standard on GMO: AHPA

With more than 85% of the votes in on Washington State's GMO labeling initiative 522 as of Thursday night, it appears that the Yes side has an insurmountable deficit to...

I-522 effort a victory regardless of outcome, says Stonyfield Farms chairman

I-522 is a victory for the proponents of GMO labeling, no matter how the final polls might turn out, attendees on a United Natural Products Alliance webinar were told yesterday.

Trans fats: Partially hydrogenated oils should be phased out in months, not years, says expert as FDA considers revoking their GRAS status

News that the FDA is considering revoking the GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in a bid to eradicate artificial trans fats from the US...

Global non-GMO market could reach $800bn by 2017; demand not unanimous

The global market for non-GMO food and beverage products shows great promise in the coming years, but its success is far from guaranteed, as global consumer support for mandatory GMO...

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