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Tropicana sued over ‘100% pure and natural’ orange juice claim

Tropicana Products Inc. is the latest company to be sued over use of the term ‘natural’ – this time to describe its not-from-concentrate ‘100% pure and natural’ orange juice.

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USDA acted legally in deregulating GM alfalfa, judge rules

A federal judge has dismissed claims that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) acted illegally by deregulating Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) alfalfa seeds, used primarily as feedstock for dairy cattle....

USDA to shut 259 offices in cost-saving initiative

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Monday it intends to close 259 offices, facilities and laboratories across the United States, as part of an effort to save about...

FDA hails ‘significant progress’ under year-old food safety law

The Food and Drug Administration claims it has made significant progress with regulatory developments related to the Food Safety Modernization Act since the bill was signed into law a year...

Faster detection key to improving food safety, says GFPI boss

Firms that can improve sample collection and preparation and make pathogen detection faster and cheaper will secure the first cash injections from the Global Food Protection Institute’s (GFPI’s) Emerging Technology...

IFF and Mane settle patent infringement case

Flavor firms International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) and V. Mane Fils have settled a patent infringement case over the cooling flavor compound monomenthyl succinate (MMS), with IFF making a $40m...

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Canned mouse would have turned to jelly: PepsiCo

PepsiCo is fighting claims by a consumer that he found a dead mouse in a Mountain Dew can, with a scientist testifying that there is no way the creature could...

Probiotics and stevia extracts among new FCC proposed standards

US Pharmacopeia has drafted new ingredient quality standards for inclusion in the Food Chemicals Codex (FCC), for probiotics, steviol glycosides, benzoates, infant formula and flavoring ingredients, and is seeking industry...

City of Cleveland sues Ohio State for blocking trans fat ban

The city of Cleveland has sued the state of Ohio for its attempt to block a proposed ban on the sale of certain products containing artificial trans fats.

CFA calls for “Alcohol Facts” labeling

The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) has renewed a call for nutrition facts labeling on alcoholic beverages, which it says was agreed by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade...

Interactive timeline: The Food Safety Modernization Act

A year ago today, President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act into law. FoodNavigator-USA tracks its development and implementation - as well as all the controversy along the way...

FDA sued over lack of nanotech petition response

A coalition of consumer advocacy groups has filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), demanding that it respond to a 2006 petition to require labeling of nanotech...

Revised estimate puts foodborne illness cost at about $78bn a year

The cost of foodborne illness in the United States is about $77.7bn per year, according to Dr. Robert Scharff, an Ohio State University assistant professor and former Food and Drug...

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Undeclared sulphites prompt Baraka Apricot Candy recall

US based UBC Food Distributors has recalled 400g cellophane wrapped, product of Lebanon Baraka Apricot Candies after they were found to contain undeclared sulphites as preservatives.

US egg Salmonella prevention guidance issued

New US guidance on the prevention of Salmonella Enteritidis in eggs through improved bio-security measures has been published, with the intention of preventing cross contamination.

Mead Johnson infant formula given all clear by US feds

No traces of Cronobacter have been found at the Mead Johnson infant formula plant and there is no need for a product recall, said US safety bodies last week as...

Altered food safety measures may hinder listeria assessments - FSIS

US food safety authorities have urged producers of ready-to-eat meats not to change listeria-related food safety practices in the run up to inspections.

Government agencies tout food safety efforts – but experts warn over budget cuts

President Obama’s Food Safety Working Group (FSWG) has made significant progress, reporters were told in a conference call on Wednesday – while a separate study suggested budget cuts were having...

Ground beef recalled after multi-state Salmonella outbreak - FSIS

An unknown quantity of ground beef products potentially contaminated with a multi-drug resistant strain of Salmonella Typhimurium has been recalled in the US, food safety authorities have announced.

Canadian and US officials issue pepper Salmonella warnings

US and Canadian food safety authorities have issued separate warnings on a brand of jalapeno and Serrano peppers potentially contaminated with Salmonella.

Pile on those truckin' pounds, say Kraft and peers, as opponents cite safety fears

US food giant Kraft says it hopes that more states are allowed to follow the lead of Maine and Vermont and allow heavier 97,000-pound trucks on interstate roads, although opponents...

Cadbury finalises $1.3m settlement in chocolate price fixing conspiracy

A US Federal judge has accepted Cadbury’s $1.3m (€995,863) offer to settle in class action lawsuit over its alleged part in a suspected chocolate price fixing scandal also involving Nestle,...

Frito-Lay hit with lawsuit on all-natural claims

PepsiCo’s snacks business Frito-Lay has been accused of misleading consumers by making all-natural claims on its products which also contain genetically modified corn and vegetable oils.

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Listeria-linked dairy recall extended again - CFIA

A voluntary recall of dairy products has been extended for the fifth time since the original recall of products potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, Canadian food safety authorities have said.

Apple juice safe but arsenic guidance still being considered - FDA

US food safety authorities are still considering setting guidance levels for inorganic arsenic in apple juice, despite reiterating its confidence in the overall safety of the beverage.

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