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Monsanto soybean trait for lower saturated fat gets USDA deregulation

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has deregulated the biotech trait in Monsanto’s Vistive Gold soybeans, allowing the production of low saturated- and trans-fat oils from the beans within the...

Responsible approach to GM fish is to assume escape: Committee hearing

The responsible approach to considering whether genetically engineered (GE) salmon pose a risk to the environment is to assume that the fish will escape and disregard assurances from the company...

Congress requests cost-benefit analysis for voluntary marketing guidelines

Lawmakers have requested a cost-benefit analysis of proposed voluntary guidelines for restricting foods marketed to children, as part of a congressional spending bill.

Admin error led to Canadian listeria recall delay - CFIA

Several dairy products, potentially contaminated with listeria, remained on the market over a month after an initial manufacturer recall because of an administration blunder, Canadian food safety authorities have revealed.

Report damns ‘significant weaknesses’ in FDA food safety oversight

An influential US government office has criticised the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for failings in overseeing state food facility inspections, stressing that it paid for inspections that didn’t...

Food giants accuse egg producers of a decade of price fixing

A group of the biggest packaged food companies in the United States has filed a lawsuit against major US egg producers, accusing them of fixing prices for at least a...

Inventor accuses PepsiCo/Gatorade of patent infringement

An Oregon-based inventor has filed a complaint in a federal court in Illinois accusing PepsiCo of patent infringement by using his patented packaging designs in its Gatorade G Series pouches.

Canada stalls on sodium reduction guidelines

Canada continues to stall on sodium reduction guidelines for industry, after a document detailing voluntary targets was conspicuously absent from a two-day healthcare summit with provincial and territorial ministers in...

California court dismisses complaint over listing caramel color compound under Prop 65

A California court has ruled that it was lawful to list a compound found in many foods and beverages, including caramel coloring, as a known carcinogen under Proposition 65, rejecting...

Industry welcomes plan to streamline US and Canadian trade

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has welcomed a joint Canadian and US initiative designed to streamline cross-border trade between the two countries.

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Deadly US cantaloupe listeria outbreak over - CDC

The worst foodborne contamination is modern US history has ended, leaving 30 dead and over 100 infected, health officials have announced.

CSPI urges FDA to require front-of-pack artificial color disclosure

Consumer advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging it to require the presence of artificial colors to be...

USDA proposes rule for simplified ‘generic’ label claims

The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) has proposed rule to make it easier for manufacturers to make generic label claims such as ‘Italian Style’ or ‘Low...

Quorn: ‘CSPI has had a long running grudge against us’

Meat-substitute maker Quorn Foods has hit back at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) after the health lobby group again demanded that the FDA revoke its products'...

Ocean Spray: ‘We’ve always said POM’s claims had no merit’

POM Wonderful has failed to convince a federal jury that Ocean Spray Cranberries misled shoppers and deprived POM of potential sales by selling a pomegranate juice product containing only 2%...

Report urges industry to stay ahead of nanotech regulation

Food companies should aim to stay ahead of regulation to ensure the safety of foods that use nanotechnology, urges a new report from As You Sow, a non-profit organization that...

Industry and governments blast US plans to ban non-0157 E.coli

US plans to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to six new strains of E.coli have come under fire from industry bodies at home and governments abroad.

FTC ups the ante in crackdown vs bogus acai weight loss claims

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) crackdown against firms making bogus weight loss claims about açai supplements has stepped up a gear.

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GLG Life Tech receives FDA GRAS for fourth stevia-derived sweetener

Stevia supplier GLG Life Tech said it has received a letter of no objection from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that its Rebpure RA95 stevia extract is generally recognized...

FDA warns Alexia Foods over ‘all natural’ label claim

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning letter to Alexia Foods for labeling a product ‘all-natural’, although it contains disodium dihydrogen pyrophosphate, which the agency says is...

Food safety law gets $39m funding for 2012

The majority of a $50m increase in Food and Drug Administration (FDA) funding for fiscal 2012 will go toward implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act, after a lobbying group backed...

Chavez ramps-up rhetoric as Parmalat apologises for 'milk hoarding' response

Parmalat has issued a public apology to Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in the wake of a row over the company’s initial response to accusations of dairy product hoarding in the...

FDA apple juice arsenic guidelines expected

The US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) could be poised to perform a U-turn on levels of arsenic in apple juice through the development of new guidelines - a letter...

Kraft counts cost of fighting controversial Canadian cheese regulations

Kraft Canada says it is 'disappointed' that the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has rejected its appeal calling for judicial review (JR) of controversial federal rules on cheese composition.

Industry reluctant to share information on adulterated ingredients with FDA, GAO finds

Industry is often reluctant to share information with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to address economically motivated adulteration of food, according to a new report from the Government Accountability...