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Canada outlines proposed regulations for energy drinks

The Canadian government has put forward a proposal for energy drinks to be regulated as foods rather than as natural health products, which could see a raft of new labeling...

FDA commissioner Hamburg renews call for food safety funds

Upcoming standards for the food industry will represent a watershed in US food safety, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) chief Margaret Hamburg said at a food policy conference this week...

Tooth ‘disfigurement’ law suit without merit: Nestlé Waters

A law suit has been filed against US drinks giants Nestlé USA, Nestlé Waters and the Gerber Products Company, after a young girl claimed that fluoride in their products severely...

'Total' war in yogurt fixture as Fage tackles General Mills in trademark dispute

One of the nation’s biggest yogurt brands has launched a blistering attack on the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) after it sided with General Mills in a ruling...

Krill oil dispute turns ugly as new patent prompts wave of litigation

The biggest players in krill oil are at war again - this time over a US patent awarded to Neptune Technologies & Bioressources, which its arch rival argues should never...

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Do consumers have a right to know whether foods have been made with GM ingredients?

A coalition of nearly 400 businesses and organizations has delivered a petition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calling for the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.

Bunge allowed to reject Syngenta’s GM corn, court rules

A federal judge has ruled that agricultural processing giant Bunge will not have to process Syngenta’s biotech corn, rejecting Syngenta’s request that Bunge should be obliged to accept the corn...

Super strength drinks firm bullish despite ‘deceptive advertising’ claim

A US firm accused by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of deceptive advertising doesn’t believe it violated any laws, despite agreeing to repackage and label its super-strength alcoholic products.

Industry steams ahead with FOP labeling scheme days before IOM report is due

Food manufacturers have unveiled plans to pump $50m into promoting the Nutrition Keys front-of-pack (FOP) labeling scheme just days before the release of an independent report on the merits of...

Sugar prices kept artificially high, say US bakers and confectioners on reform path

Last week, hundreds of confectioners and bakers gathered on Capitol Hill, the meeting place of the US congress, to call for an end to the sugar price support programme, which...

Canadian energy drink ‘drug’ designation not in consumer interest, CBA

Tough new regulations concerning classifying energy drinks as 'stimulant drug containing drinks' in Canada are not in the interest of consumers, according to the Canadian Beverage Association (CBA).

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FDA makes $6.5m food safety grant

In a bid to optimise US food safety inspection results, the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set aside a $6.5m grant to improve the current food safety system.

North American demand for honey spurs purity certification offering

A market for Indian honey in the North American market has prompted Intertek to launch a honey certification service for manufacturers and exporters in India.

Campbell settles lawsuit over low sodium label claims

The Campbell Soup Company has settled a lawsuit for $1.05m, in which four New Jersey women claimed that the company’s ‘less sodium’ claim on tomato soup was misleading.

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Judge dismisses Hormel lawsuit over ‘natural’ labels

A federal judge has dismissed Hormel Foods’ claim that meat products containing sodium lactate or potassium lactate are misbranded as ‘natural’, because the USDA has not issued a final agency...

IFT to lead FDA product tracing pilot studies

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) has said it will lead two pilot studies for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to identify the fastest methods for product tracing, as...

Senate bill could provide extra $50m FDA funding

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved an extra $50m of funding for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2012 – the only non-security agency to receive increased funding under...

Law professors: Kids marketing proposals do not violate First Amendment

An Interagency Working Group’s recommendations for limiting food industry advertising to children do not violate First Amendment rights, according to an advocacy group of law professors in a letter to...

Néstle Waters hit with $50m class action

Néstle Waters is the subject of a $50m class action, filed by a US customer who has accused the drinks giant of an 'oppressive and fraudulent scheme' regarding late payment...

CSPI says Del Monte lawsuit could have ‘chilling’ effect on food safety

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has attacked a lawsuit filed by Del Monte against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), saying it could have a chilling...

Industry commends US Codex reps’ support of science-based standards

A group of industry and agriculture organizations has commended US representatives attending Codex committee meetings over the past year for their leadership and support of science-based standards.

Kashi accused of misleading consumers with ‘natural’ claims

The Kellogg Company and its subsidiary Kashi have been accused of inappropriately marketing products as natural, according to a class action lawsuit filed in a southern Californian district court.

Sen. Lugar tours Indiana to rally support for sugar reform bill

Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) has been touring Indiana as part of a campaign calling for reform of US sugar policy, which he says keeps sugar prices artificially high and costs...

Obesity crisis needs government action, says Lancet report

The global obesity epidemic needs a fresh approach – including government intervention – claims a series of research papers published in medical journal The Lancet.

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Del Monte sues FDA over cantaloupe import restrictions

Del Monte Fresh Produce, Inc. has filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a Maryland district court, seeking to lift FDA restrictions on cantaloupe imports, put...

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