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Sugar policy reform bills attract industry support

Sugar policy reform is back on the US legislative agenda, as two new bills that aim to end the sugar price support program have attracted broad food industry support.

Campbell’s Soup ‘less sodium’ soup case to proceed

A federal judge has ruled that a case against the Campbell Soup Company can proceed, in which four New Jersey women claim that the company’s ‘less sodium’ claim on tomato...

USDA proposes 'test and hold' procedure to boost meat safety

The US Department of Agriculture has proposed that companies should hold meat and poultry products until inspectors have received foodborne pathogen test results, in an effort to reduce illness.

FDA delivers food recall search site, as required by food safety bill

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched an easier-to-use version of its food recall search engine, in direct response to Food Safety Modernization Act requirements, the agency said Tuesday.

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Novel foods progress may mean removing clones

All is not well down on the novel foods farm. If food innovation in Europe is to thrive anew, MEPs and the Council need to get past the recriminations over...

FDA proposes calorie labeling on vending machines and menus

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed calorie labeling on food sold from vending machines, as well as on restaurant menus, in an effort to fight back against the...

FDA committee rejects bid for EU-style warnings over food colors, hyperactivity

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee examining the link between food coloring and hyperactivity has narrowly voted against recommending European-style warning labels on products containing artificial food colors...

Class action lawsuits set to ‘explode’ in health claims arena

A potent combination of lawyers on the make, a rise in activism from consumer lobby groups and food manufacturers pushing the envelope with more aggressive health claims is set to...

Organic farm groups file legal challenge against Monsanto

The Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) has filed a lawsuit against Monsanto aiming to prohibit the biotech seed giant from suing farmers if their non-GM crops should become contaminated with patented...

High lead levels in chewing gum force recall

Findings by the US authorities indicating elevated levels of lead in a chewing gum product has led to a recall of the gum by US confectionery firm Candy Dynamics.

Industry body stresses importance of import safety

The Grocer Manufacturers Association stressed the importance of ensuring food import safety yesterday, in comments submitted ahead of an FDA meeting on implementing the import safety measures of new food...

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China publishes draft dairy trade rules

The Chinese government has published new draft regulations for the import and export of dairy products.

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GM alfalfa decision prompts new lawsuit

The Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice have filed another lawsuit against the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) arguing that the agency’s January 27 decision to deregulate genetically modified alfalfa...

Food safety fragmentation still a problem, says GAO

The establishment of a Food Safety Working Group in 2009 was a ‘positive first step’ but more work is needed to address fragmented oversight of US food safety, says the...

Canadian agency to name food safety offenders

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has said it intends to name companies that violate Canada’s food safety regulations in an effort to improve accountability and transparency.

Industry urges Congress to reject user fees to fund food safety

A coalition of 16 food industry groups has written to key leaders in Congress urging them to reject increased user fees to fund the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Kraft and Saputo lose legal challenge against Canadian cheese standards

An attempt by Kraft Canada and Saputo to overturn Canadian government standards on the composition of cheese has been dismissed by the Federal Court of Appeal.

Ocean Spray wins quality certification for cranberry products

Massachusetts-based Ocean Spray has become the first sweetened dried cranberry manufacturer to achieve Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification for food manufacturing and distribution.

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China mulls bisphenol A ban in baby bottles

China is considering banning the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in polycarbonate baby bottles, according to state-run media.

Closer scrutiny of US food imports promised

Exporters to the US and domestic importers can expect much closer scrutiny of their food safety controls, following the signing of the Food Safety Modernization Act by President Barack Obama...

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Cargill earns FDA GRAS for omega-6 form

Agri-food giant Cargill has received a GRAS non-objection letter from the Food and Drug Administration for its arachidonic acid (ARA)-rich oil (ARA).

Court overturns order to destroy GM sugar beets

A federal appeals court in San Francisco has overturned a previous ruling to destroy genetically modified (GM) sugar beets, ruling in favor of Monsanto and the US Department of Agriculture...

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.