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Kraft loses appeal in Starbucks distribution dispute

A US Court of Appeals has upheld a previous court decision denying Kraft’s request for a preliminary injunction against Starbucks, paving the way for the coffee giant to end a...

Colorado may regain soft drinks tax exemption

Colorado may regain a tax exemption for sugary soft drinks after a House Republican plan to remove recently imposed taxes passed the state’s finance committee on Wednesday.

Senator Leahy calls for Peanut Corp. investigation update

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has written to the Department of Justice to demand an update on its investigation of former Peanut Corporation of America president Stewart Parnell.

Potato producers could face price fixing lawsuit

The United Potato Growers of America, which represents about 80 percent of the United States’ producers of fresh and process potatoes, could face a massive lawsuit accusing it of price fixing.

Health Canada to fund nutrition education for isolated communities

The Canadian government has pledged C$4.43m of funding over the next two years for nutrition education initiatives, as part of the new Nutrition North Canada program for isolated northern Canadian...

Relaxation drinks are ‘looking for trouble’, says food and drug attorney

Makers of relaxation beverages could face problems in light of the FDA’s draft guidance on the distinction between dietary supplements and beverages, says New York-based food and drug attorney Marc...

CSPI seeks caramel coloring ban

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) claims that some caramel colorings may cause cancer, and has called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban them...

Soda tax proposal fizzles in Hawaii

The latest proposal to tax soda at a state level has fizzled, as Hawaiian Senators have voted against a plan to tax sugary drinks by up to 25 cents a bottle.

FDA requests extra funding for food safety law in 2012 budget

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has requested a record $4.3bn budget for fiscal 2012, including $324m to start implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act.

NOAA proposes first US aquaculture guidelines

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has proposed the nation’s first aquaculture policy, which it said responds to growing demand for local, safe, sustainably produced seafood.

General Mills wins right to claim its soups are ‘Now Even Better’

The National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus has approved General Mills’ advertising claim that its Progresso Light Soups are ‘Now Even Better’, despite a challenge...

Canada reveals allergen labeling plans

The Canadian government has unveiled plans to strengthen labeling of allergens and sources of gluten, giving industry 18 months to comply, in order to better inform those with food allergies...

Deregulation of GE biofuel corn raises food contamination fears

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has deregulated a variety of Syngenta corn genetically engineered (GE) to produce alpha-amylase, an enzyme that breaks down starch into sugar, thereby aiding biofuel...

Dingell urges funding approval for food safety law

Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) has urged Congress to approve the $1.4bn of funding estimated to be necessary to implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which President Obama signed into...

FDA to hire ‘chief outbreak director’

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said it is seeking someone to fill the newly created position of chief outbreak director, putting one person in charge of foodborne illness...

Peanut Corp. salmonella victims call for criminal charges against Parnell

Victims of the salmonella outbreak linked to peanut products from the Peanut Corporation of America called a meeting in Washington, D.C. on Friday to demand criminal charges be brought against...

Proposed law aims to promote personal responsibility for obesity

Minnesota state law would prevent people from suing food companies for making them gain weight, under a revived bill proposed by Rep. Dean Urdahl (R-Grove City).

Nutella manufacturer faces lawsuit over nutrition claims

A consumer class action lawsuit has been filed against Ferrero USA in a San Diego federal court, accusing it of falsely portraying Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread as part of a...

USDA to partially deregulate GM sugar beets

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has decided to partially deregulate genetically modified (GM) sugar beets, allowing planting of the crop under certain conditions, despite a court ban.

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Sugar: regulatory sweet nothings leave food and drink makers in limbo

Jazz singer Nina Simone’s plaintive, “I want a little sugar in my bowl”, will strike the right note with Europe’s beleaguered sugar industry.

Ruling allows Starbucks to end Kraft partnership

A New York federal court has denied Kraft’s request for a preliminary injunction against Starbucks, paving the way for the coffee giant to end the companies’ packaged coffee distribution agreement...

News in brief

USDA deregulates GM alfalfa

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has decided to fully deregulate alfalfa that has been genetically modified (GM) to be resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup-brand herbicide, the agency has said.

Senate bill aims to reform US sugar policy

US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced a new bipartisan bill in the Senate this week intended to phase out the sugar support program, claiming sugar prices are artificially high and...

WHO highlights governments’ role in curbing unhealthy advertising

Governments should play a more active role in curbing the marketing of foods and non-alcoholic beverages high in saturated fat, trans-fatty acids, free sugars, or salt to children, warns the...

Hawaiian governor Abercrombie proposes soda tax

Hawaiian governor Neil Abercrombie has proposed establishing a tax on soda and similar beverages in the state, in his first State of the State address.