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Consumers groups (again) petition FDA to refuse ‘corn sugar’ moniker for HFCS

A coalition of consumer groups has written to the FDA urging it to “act decisively” and refuse the Corn Refiners Association’s petition to allow ‘corn sugar’ as an alternative name...

Attorney in Muscle Milk lawsuit: ‘You can’t just whip-up a blend of saturated fat and fractionated oil, and slap a ‘healthy’ label on it’

Both sides are claiming victory in a legal dispute over Muscle Milk nutritional bars and beverages after a federal judge ruled a false advertising lawsuit could proceed but dismissed most...

‘Tuna scrape’ recalled after Salmonella Bareilly outbreak sickens 116

A US fish processor is recalling nearly 60,000 pounds of frozen ‘tuna scrape’ after the product was linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly that has sickened 116 people across 20 states.

Star-K adds non-GMO certification to its kosher and organic audits

Star-K Kosher Certification has begun providing triple inspections to certify plants and products as non-GMO, organic and kosher, which it says can save companies time and money on individually conducted...

California fish processor suspends production under FDA agreement

A California-based seafood processor has agreed to halt the production and distribution of its fish and fish products over Listeria monocytogenes contamination fears, under an agreement with the US Food...

Tate & Lyle: Our sucralose technology ‘cannot be matched’ for yield and sustainability

Tate & Lyle’s continuous production process for sucralose trumps rivals’ in the efficiency and sustainability stakes, while patents covering key elements of the new process “go out well into the...

Canada to overhaul meat inspection rules

The Canadian government has announced a “substantive” overhaul of meat inspection rules, saying the move will help smaller companies gain access to the wider market, without affecting food safety.

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OJ shipments denied entry to US as carbendazim block continues

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-imposed block on carbendazim-tainted orange juice and concentrate has seen a further three shipments denied entry into the US – taking the total to 30.

Energy drink or supplement? Enforce your own guidance, says Sen Durbin to FDA

The row over the legal line between liquid dietary supplements, conventional beverages and energy drinks hit the headlines again this week with Senator Dick Durbin calling on the Food and...

ConAgra to FDA: There is ‘ample evidence’ to support qualified health claim on whole grains and type II diabetes

ConAgra Foods says there is “ample scientific evidence” to support a qualified health claim about whole grain consumption and a reduced risk of type II diabetes.

PepsiCo targeted in new class action lawsuit over ‘improper’ nutrient content claims

PepsiCo is facing another class action lawsuit in California – this time accusing it of making a nutrient content claim (0 grams trans fat) on Frito-Lay snacks, without adhering to...

Expanded food safety-related records access will 'weed out' uncooperative firms - SGS

A ruling that will see the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) gain extended access to food industry records will “weed out” those companies that have not been cooperative during...

FDA files injunction to halt fish processing operations over botulism fears

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is attempting to halt production and distribution at a California fish product company over botulism and listeria contamination fears.

FDA rejects call to ban bisphenol A but continues safety research

US federal authorities said they dismissed a call from the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) Friday to ban bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging because the petition failed to provide...

No more US feta or salami? Generic food names under threat, claims new consortium

The use of generic food names like parmesan cheese, bologna, feta, provolone, and salami could be under threat, claims the Consortium for Common Food Names, a newly formed alliance seeking...

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US distributor recalls ground beef products at centre of Canadian E.coli ‘blanket’ recall

A Canadian 'blanket' recall of frozen ground beef products feared to be tainted with E.coli O157:H7 has again been extended – this time by a distributor in the US....

Increased FDA scrutiny: 52% more warning letters last year

The number of warning letters issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rose sharply in 2011 – and with extra scrutiny expected under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA),...

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Frito-Lay lawsuits moved to be heard in same court

Three class action lawsuits accusing Frito-Lay of deception through all-natural claims on its packaging have been consolidated so all are heard in a New York federal court.

US appeals WTO ruling on country of origin labeling

The United States has said it will appeal a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling on its country of origin labeling requirements, after the trade body said US policy violated international...

FTC chairman on IWG proposal to curb junk food marketing food to kids: ‘It’s not a priority’

A controversial government proposal designed to curb the marketing of junk food to kids is not high up the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) priority list, it has emerged.

CDC food import outbreak concerns a “non-event” – import law specialist

US import law specialist has played down an apparent increase in import-implicated foodborne disease outbreaks - describing the situation as a “non-event.”

Food processing CEO facing jail after guilty plea in tomato paste racketeering case

A former US food processing company CEO is facing up to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to racketeering and price fixing charges relating to the sale of processed...

Are all-natural claims worth the risk?

The threat of civil litigation is now so great that food manufacturers using any ingredients not found in ‘Grandma’s kitchen cupboard’ should think twice about making ‘all-natural’ claims on pack,...

National Consumer League urges FDA crackdown on US lemon juice swindle

The National Consumers League (NCL) has urged the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to come down hard on some lemon juice producers for alleged ‘adulteration and misbranding’ of ‘100%’...

ConAgra declares war on ADM in IP battle over white whole wheat flour

ConAgra has accused agrifood giant ADM of infringing a patent covering technology enabling it to produce high fiber whole wheat flour with the palatability and appeal of refined white flour.

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