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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.

‘Corn sugar’ LA hearing: Who are the defendants in HFCS lawsuit?

Attorneys for the Sugar Association and the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) went head to head at federal judge Consuelo Marshall's courtroom in Los Angeles at noon today as the dispute...

Risks of slashing sodium levels in cheese could outweigh benefits, US researcher

A prominent US researcher says that government pressure to cut sodium in cheese could have serious food safety, taste and labeling consequences, and questions the necessity of such a move...

Caramel color controversy: New approach needed to assess chemical safety?

Some caramel color suppliers have changed their processes to avoid a cancer warning label in California – but current methods and data to assess its potential carcinogenicity in humans are...

Lack of funding stalls CDC food safety centers

Lack of federal funding has stalled the CDC’s establishment of five dedicated Food Safety Centers of Excellence, as required under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), according to the University...

Steviol glycosides are not ‘all-natural’, says new class action lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in California this week argues that steviol glycosides should not be considered natural, owing to the "chemical processing" sometimes used to extract them from the...

Health Canada approves cholesterol-lowering claim for mono and polyunsaturated fats

Health Canada has approved a new health claim advising consumers that replacing saturated fats with mono- and polyunsaturated fats can reduce cholesterol.

Media foodborne illness outbreak communication needs work, say officials

Effective media communication can be crucial to prevent the spread of foodborne illness outbreaks and to avoid misinformation, global government officials said at a meeting to discuss lessons learned from...

Fifty-five members of Congress urge FDA to label GE foods

Fifty-five members of Congress have written to FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg in support of a petition urging the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods and food ingredients.

Caramel color suppliers rise to the low-4-MEI challenge – but question California decision

Caramel color suppliers have been working on low-4-MEI versions ever since California first started considering the compound’s inclusion on its Proposition 65 list four years ago – well before PepsiCo...

FDA guidance urges food firm Salmonella test caution

US food safety authorities have urged food manufacturers, processors, packager and distributors to “be aware” of the potential for false results when testing for Salmonella species (Salmonella spp.).

Vita Coco founder slams ‘copycat’ coconut water law suit, gets jokes about lawyers

Vita Coco co-founder and CEO, Michael Kirban, has hit back at Canadian law firm Consumer Law Group (CLG), calling its class action against his firm over product hydration claims a ‘copycat suit’...

Irradiation should be approved to eliminate food pathogens – Canadian researcher

A Canadian university professor believes low level irradiation should be permitted in the country to eliminate foodborne pathogens on ground meat.

Dispatches from Nutracon, Anaheim

Relaxation drink warning letter a warning shot across beverage industry, say attorneys

The FDA’s warning letter to the maker of melatonin-laced Slowtivate Relaxation Drink has reignited the debate over the legal line between liquid dietary supplements and conventional beverages - and should make...

Governments should intervene where industry has failed for healthier diets: UN food expert

A UN food expert has charged the food industry with playing a key role in global obesity, saying that unhealthy food products, harmful marketing, and misguided agricultural subsidies have led...

Madonna backed coconut water Vita Coco faces new 'super hydrating' legal challenge

Superstar-backed coconut water brand Vita Coco faces a new class action over claimed product benefits in Canada, including a ‘super hydrating’ claim, just weeks are settling a similar US suit. ...

‘Inhalable’ caffeine shot maker agrees to amend marketing after FDA warning

The firm behind ‘breathable’ caffeine shot AeroShot Energy has promised to amend its marketing to make it clear that it should be ingested – and not inhaled – following a...

‘Infodemiology’ on the rise to tackle foodborne illness outbreaks

Analyzing the distribution, or epidemiology, of foodborne illnesses is a standard tool in controlling outbreaks, but infodemiology – the analysis of information distributed on the internet – could help minimize...

US state food safety ‘tweets’ will help prevent potentially lethal outbreaks - FSIS

State-specific food safety ‘tweets’ will help US consumers identify affected products and prevent potentially lethal foodborne outbreaks, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has claimed....

Closing arguments in FTC case vs POM Wonderful due today

Closing arguments in the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) high-profile false advertising case against POM Wonderful will begin today at 1pm EST.

Canadian food safety budget cut will see imports inspections drop – union

Canadian food safety budget cuts will see imports inspections reduced, meaning “greater food safety risks for Canadians”, the union that represents federal food safety inspectors has warned.

News in brief

Nutrition labeling rule for raw meat and poultry takes effect

Nutrition labeling became mandatory on March 1 for 40 of the most popular cuts of raw meat and poultry, as well as ground and chopped meats, under a new Food...

Unilever, Nestlé, Kellogg et al accused of patent infringement over HDL-boosting fats

Some of the biggest names in US food manufacturing – including Nestle, Kellogg and Unilever - have been accused of infringing patents covering fats that alter the ratio of ‘good’ and...

General Mills files motion to dismiss fruit snacks lawsuit: ‘We never said they were healthful and nutritious’

General Mills has filed a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit accusing it of presenting products that were “little better than candy” as “healthful and nutritious”.

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