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Judge denies Hostess’ bid to reject Teamsters contracts

Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain has denied Hostess Brands’ bid to scrap labor contracts for members of its largest union, the Teamsters, in a move that leaves Hostess having to rethink...

FoodDrinkEurope tackles trade barriers in US

EU trade group FoodDrinkEurope teamed up with the European Commission (EC) on a delegation to the US at the end of last week aimed at building stronger export links.

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Nation's bulging waistline is a food industry issue

Americans are getting fatter – and it’s not just the individual that needs a health check, according to a new IOM report. Like it or not, this health crisis has...

General Mills must defend ‘made with real fruit’ claim for Fruit Roll-Ups, court rules

General Mills has lost its motion to dismiss a lawsuit that claims the company deceived consumers about the fruit content of its Fruit Roll-Ups and Fruit by the Foot.

It’s all hands on deck to implement FSMA in 2012 – PriceWaterhouseCoopers

PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has warned the US food industry that 2012 will be “all hands on deck” to implement the provisions of the Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA).

Health Canada mulls prebiotic labeling and advertising rules

Health Canada is considering new rules for the labeling of prebiotics in foods, which could mean some food companies have to drop or modify existing health claims, the agency has...

FDA nanotechnology draft guidance represents ‘marginal progress’ – petition group

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidance on the use of nanotechnology in food and food contact substances represents only “marginal progress” towards regulation of the technology, a petition...

IOM report recommends changing food environment to tackle obesity

Smaller portion sizes, curbing food marketing to children, cutting sugary drink intake and boosting availability of healthy foods are among policy recommendations in a new report from the Institute of...

Californian GMO labeling: What would it mean for food companies?

The Californian ‘Right to Know’ campaign in support of labeling foods and ingredients produced using genetic engineering looks set for inclusion in the state’s November ballot, after it attracted nearly...

'Pre-emptive’ measures will accelerate tainted product identification - USDA

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has outlined a series of measures to conduct future meat product trace backs in a “pre-emptive” manner to catch E.coli O157:H7 contamination at an...

Nutrition and gluten labeling could see shake-up under FDA strategic plan

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new strategic plan for food and nutrition over the next four years, including new initiatives related to food labeling and collaboration...

Streamlining measures will reduce food safety regulations ‘red tape’ – Health Canada

The Canadian government has taken steps to streamline its food safety laws – reducing the ‘red tape’ that currently delays safe products entering the market.

Ferrero backs away from Nutella health claims in $3m class action settlement

Ferrero has settled a class action lawsuit over its advertising of Nutella for $3m, and has agreed to change the product’s labeling and advertising, according to court documents.

Mad cow disease case won’t impact processors – American Meat Institute

A rare case of mad cow disease in the US is unlikely to have a significant impact on the processing sector, according to the American Meat Institute (AMI).

Health Canada cracks down on foods marketed under Natural Health Product rules

The Canadian government has said it will no longer allow functional foods and drinks to be marketed under Natural Health Products regulations, requiring manufacturers to revise labels and/or reformulate to...

Four indicted in US over alleged mouldy cheese conspiracy

Four individuals who allegedly conspired to scrape mould off returned imported cheese before resale have been indicted in the US on charges that could see them jailed for up to...

North American food safety authorities target substandard imports

US and Canadian food safety authorities have laid out plans to ensure the quality and safety of imported foods – publishing mirror-image campaigns within days of each other.

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Canadian government to strengthen food import regulations

The Canadian government has said it intends to develop new food import regulations in collaboration with industry, as part of its Food and Consumer Safety Action Plan.

FDA says nanotechnology may need greater scrutiny

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued new draft guidance on the use of nanotechnology in food and cosmetic products, encouraging manufacturers to consult with the agency before taking...

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Congress members urge USDA to ‘educate consumers’ on LFTB safety

Thirty members of Congress have called on the USDA to “correct the public record and educate consumers about the safety of lean finely textured beef (LFTB)”.

Reportable Food Registry has helped target inspection activities, FDA says

The Reportable Food Registry has helped the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) target its food safety strategy and increase the speed with which it has been able to take action,...

FDA food safety fees will ‘user fee the industry to death’ – food safety law firm

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will “user fee the industry to death” through the proposed implementation of further food firm fees, food safety law specialist FDAImports.com has claimed....

Nanotech regulation ‘may become more nuanced in light of experience’, says Hamburg

FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg has reiterated the agency’s decision not to adopt a definition for nanotechnology, although she said its approach “may become more nuanced in light of experience”.

Improper nutrient content claims cited in new wave of class action suits

With class action lawsuits alleging labeling violations now “filed almost daily in California”, food manufacturers are spending “hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees and settlement amounts” to resolve...

Subway to FDA: Don’t penalize firms that are ahead of the game on sodium reduction

If the government plans to set sodium reduction targets for food categories it should take into account progress already made by ‘proactive’ firms or risk unfairly penalizing companies that have taken the...

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