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From GMO labeling to 'all-natural' claims, whole grain labeling, the row over evaporated cane juice, POM v Coke at the Supreme Court, health claims, the FDA crack-down on trans fats, and change to the Nutrition Facts panel. This is the place to stay up to date with what's happening in food and beverage regulation, labeling and civil litigation.

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Senate appoints Hagen to key USDA food safety role

The Senate has voted to appoint Dr. Elisabeth Hagen as Under Secretary for Food Safety at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the agency has said.

Senator says he will hold up food safety bill

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has said he intends to hold up food safety legislation that has been stalled in the Senate since last November, as there is no indication of...

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Time to embrace balanced kids’ marketing regulation

Kids are not going to stop liking chocolate, pizza, ice cream, or fries. Heck, neither am I. So why is industry so afraid of mandatory restrictions on marketing to children?

USDA sued over GM sugar

A coalition of environmental and farming groups has filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) accusing it of sidestepping a ban on the planting of genetically modified...

FDA should copy EFSA for health claims, says Scientific American

The FDA is too lenient regarding health claims and should follow EFSA’s lead and hold foods “to the same scientific standards as those for drugs”, according to the editors of...

What is candy? Comments sought on definition

The Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board has requested comments on a proposed definition of candy for tax purposes, which excludes confectionery that requires refrigeration or contains flour.

Foodborne illness survivors urge immediate vote on food safety bill

Foodborne illness survivors and consumer organizations met in Washington on Wednesday to urge senators to vote on the food safety bill that has been awaiting consideration since November.

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency seeks input on import regulation

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has said it is seeking comments from interested parties to help develop new regulation for food imports.

GE salmon ‘as safe to eat as other salmon’, says FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said that genetically engineered (GE) salmon is safe for human consumption in documents released ahead of a public meeting on the issue due...

New rules for biotech beets by the end of the year, says USDA

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has said that temporary rules will be worked out for the planting of genetically modified (GM) sugar beets by the end of the year...

CFIA finds many Canadian labels inaccurate: Report

In tests conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), most candies, snack foods and breads were found to fall short of composition claims such as ‘low in fat’, ‘sugar...

US officials crack down on alleged international honey smuggling conspiracy

Six companies and eleven individuals have been arrested on charges of participating in an international honey smuggling operation, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said on Wednesday.

Groups voice opposition to Canadian organic fish standard

Over 40 US and Canadian organizations have said that a Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) proposal to label farmed salmon as organic does not adhere to the principles of organic food.

Judge recommends $12m settlement in peanut salmonella case

A federal magistrate judge has recommended approval of a $12m settlement for those who became ill or died after eating salmonella-tainted peanut products from the Peanut Corporation of America last...

FDA calls meeting to consider genetically engineered salmon

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said its Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee will meet on September 19 and 20 to discuss the possible commercialization of genetically engineered salmon.

Canada to add bisphenol A to toxic register in face of industry protests

Canada has confirmed bisphenol A (BPA) is to be added to its national register of toxic substances after dismissing industry calls to review its stance on the chemical.

Industry (again) urges Senate to schedule vote on food safety bill

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has urged the Senate to vote on the Food Safety Modernization Act that has been awaiting consideration since it passed through committee in November.

US confectioners urge Mexican border dispute resolution

A new 20 percent tariff on American chocolate and gum being shipped into Mexico has prompted an outcry from US confectioners, as the Mexican government has introduced a raft of...

Legislation fails to assess allergen risk-benefits in novel food

Novel hypoallergenic foods that could benefit consumers with serious allergies are being overlooked by current legislation warn researchers from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Further risk-benefit studies are needed...

Egg recall renews calls for movement on food safety legislation

A massive multi-state recall of salmonella-tainted shell eggs has led to renewed calls for food safety legislation to move forward in the Senate, as the number of related illnesses looks...

American Beverage Association spent nearly $4m on anti-tax lobbying in Q2

The American Beverage Association spent $3.5m lobbying the federal government on beverage taxes this month – and a total of $3.95m during the second quarter, according to a disclosure report.

Court blocks planting of GM sugar beets pending assessment

A federal judge ruled on Friday that genetically modified (GM) sugar beets should not be planted or processed until the US Department of Agriculture has carried out a thorough assessment...

Senate food safety bill edges toward vote

Lawmakers released a bipartisan agreement on the Senate’s food safety bill on Thursday, signaling that it is likely to be debated in the Senate when it reconvenes in September.

Beverage, confectionery makers respond to Child Nutrition Act

The Child Nutrition Act has been broadly welcomed by the food and beverage industry, following its unanimous passage through the Senate late last week.

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Is cloned food legal? Europe must decide, and fast

Big oops. Meat and milk from the offspring of cloned animals has entered the UK food chain. Cue scary headlines and scared consumers. But the leviathan of EU-lawmaking means no-one...