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Nutrition data displayed graphically helps consumers make healthier choices

A graphical display of select nutrients has resulted in consumers purchasing healthier, lower-calorie menu items as a meal when ordering in a café setting, a study has shown.

includes reaction from Safe Food Coalition

USDA targets reduction of Salmonella and Campylobacter in poultry

The US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) has finalized federal standards that it estimates will prevent an average of 50,000 illnesses annually.

Gen Mills challenges Cheerios Protein lawsuit: Plaintiffs ‘completely misunderstand’ federal regs

General Mills has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit alleging it misled shoppers by presenting Cheerios Protein as a “high protein, healthful alternative to Cheerios”, and insists the product...

FDA declines petition, sticks with soy protein’s heart health claim

The FDA will not revoke soy protein's health claims, as requested by a citizen petition. But the agency also admits that there will still be ongoing review on the ingredient....

Natural & Organic Health Association drops plans for “natural” seal

The Organic & Natural Health Association is abandoning its plan to create a certified seal that demonstrates when products are natural, but it remains dedicated to defining the widely used,...

Approval of IBS claims in Canada to help Taiyo further differentiate Sunfiber ingredient

Japanese supplier Taiyo has bolstered the already impressive scientific and regulatory backing for its Sunfiber gut health ingredient with new approved health claims in Canada and others in Japan.

Vermont AG office announces authorized companies to verify GMO-free claims

There will be two companies authorized to verify GMO-free claims in Vermont. Some experts worry about application backlog to meet the July 1 deadline, while others say it’s a step...

CSPI urges FDA to ban artificial colors, or at minimum encourage companies not to use them

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is taking FDA to task for “failing to protect children” from artificial dyes that it says cause behavior problems, but which FDA...

Potential compromise reached on food fight about school meals

A bipartisan Senate agreement and proposed legislation slated for markup Jan. 20 could end the long, drawn out food fight over healthier school meal standards laid out in the aggressive...

Can “green” claims turn the GMO debate around in 2016, analysts ask

Growing consumer concern about food waste and the environmental impact of food production could be a “conversation starter” for food manufacturers to shift consumers’ focus on genetically modified organisms away...

Consulting firm rolls out monitoring tool to help with FSMA compliance

Record keeping can be the bane of the compliant manufacturer’s existence. The Food Safety Modernization Act will impose further burdens, which can be streamlined with a service being rolled out...

General Mills: Chobani’s 'wilfully deceptive' ads assert that safe & legal ingredients in rival products are toxic and unsafe

The legal firestorm prompted by Chobani’s provocative new ad campaign for its Simply 100 Greek yogurt range has intensified this week as General Mills has filed a lawsuit accusing Chobani...

Dietary guidelines seen as big win for supplements, step forward for omega-3s

The new dietary guidelines release by the US Department of Health and Human Services are seen as a win for the concept of supplementation, and helped boost the fortunes of...

GMO Labeling: After Campbell’s announcement, will others follow suit?

On this touchy subject, most companies declined to comment, and those that did emphasized the need for congress to act quickly.

Recommendation to eat potatoes questioned in study linking them to gestational diabetes

Research finding that women who regularly eat potatoes before pregnancy are more likely to develop gestational diabetes raises concerns about dietary guidelines that advocate eating potatoes.

Chobani Simply 100 ad campaign sparks legal spat with Dannon

Chobani’s provocative new ad campaign for Simply 100 – which directly attacks the ingredient choices of two rival brands – has landed it in legal hot water, with Dannon’s lawyers...

Is fresh chicken with added solution “natural”? TLC says no

USDA should prohibit the use of “natural” on fresh chicken with added saltwater or seaweed extract given recent research that reveals most consumers do not expect added solutions in chicken...

2015 Dietary Guidelines create marketing opportunity for manufacturers, trade groups

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines released Jan. 7 create a marketing opportunity for savvy manufacturers and industry stakeholders to promote their products through educational materials that help consumers better understand how...

2015 Dietary Guidelines soften many controversial suggestions, but still advocate eating more plants

The long-awaited 2015 Dietary Guidelines released today substantially soften many of the most controversial recommendations made by an advisory committee early last year – but a close reading suggests subtle...

Probiotic victory: Judge refuses to certify class in false advertising lawsuit vs Yakult USA

A California judge has refused to certify a class of consumers in a lawsuit accusing Yakult USA of misleading shoppers about the digestive health benefits of its fermented drinks.

News in brief

FDA extends comment period on 'natural' labeling to May 10

The FDA has extended the comment period for the use of the term ‘natural’ on food labels until May 10 to give stakeholders more time to respond.

FOOD VISION USA: The highlights!

If you didn't make it to Chicago in October for FoodNavigator-USA's inaugural Food Vision USA event, you missed a truly awesome ensemble of industry experts covering everything from our nutritional...

Nonprofits praise support for food aid at home and abroad built into tax, spending bills

The broad bipartisan spending and tax agreement among Congressional leaders has been praised by nonprofits involved in fighting hunger.  The bills will help alleviate the tax bills of struggling families...

Less burdensome trade arrangements help organic exports climb almost 60%, OTA study finds

US exports of organic produce and products are on the rise thanks to organic equivalency arrangements that ease verification requirements between some countries without compromising the integrity of organic, according...

I can't believe it's Just Mayo ... so will Just Butter be next?

'Just Mayo' name can stay, says FDA, so what does this say about FDA standards of identity?

Just weeks after telling Hampton Creek it was playing fast and loose with food labeling regs by branding its flagship egg-free spread ‘Just Mayo’, the FDA says Hampton Creek can...

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