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Jensen Farms lawsuits close to settlement - lawyers

Lawsuits filed against Colorado-based Listeria-tainted cantaloupe producer Jensen Farms are close to settlement, a lawyer for the company has announced.

FDA and FSIS funding set to be cut after bill approved

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) looks set to receive a budget cut of $16.3m for the fiscal year (FY) 2013, despite requesting an additional $253m in funding to...

Survey: Two-thirds of Americans oppose Bloomberg’s super-size soda crackdown

Almost two thirds of Americans oppose NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg’s radical approach to tackling obesity by cracking down on sales of super-sized soft drinks, according to a new survey.

FDA updates Reportable Food Registry (RFR) in effort to track safety trends

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has introduced a ‘questionnaire’ to its Reportable Food Registry (RFR) in an effort to improve the programme’s information gathering capabilities.

Sugar attorney: Jury in corn sugar lawsuit will draw same conclusion as FDA on HFCS

The fact that the FDA does not regard ‘corn sugar’ as a suitable alternate name for 'high fructose corn syrup' on food labels will add more weight to a false...

ADM hits back in IP battle with ConAgra over white whole wheat flour

Agrifood giant ADM has denied that it has infringed a patent owned by arch rival ConAgra covering technology enabling it to produce high fiber whole wheat flour with the palatability...

Canada looks to standardise food safety practices in latest modernisation move

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has outlined plans to standardise its inspection practices in an effort to keep up-to-speed with the changing food safety “landscape.”

Judge: No reasonable consumer would be misled by PepsiCo’s 'all-natural' claims

PepsiCo has scored a victory in the ‘all-natural’ civil litigation stakes after persuading a judge in California to dismiss a class action lawsuit alleging it misled consumers of its SoBe...

Coke, McDonald’s blast Bloomberg’s ‘misguided’ crackdown on super-size sodas

McDonald's and Coke have blasted New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s radical bid to ban sales of super-sized sodas from foodservice outlets as “misguided”, while supporters have hailed it as...

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FDA denies corn sugar petition: ‘We are not persuaded by the argument’

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has denied a petition by the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) urging it recognize 'corn sugar' as an alternate name for high fructose corn syrup...

FSIS confirms start of beef sampling for six non-O157 E.coli strains

Sampling of raw beef manufacturing trimmings for six non-O157 strains of Shiga toxin-producing E.coli (STEC) is set to begin from 4 June 2012, the US Food Safety and Inspection Service...

FDA urged to enforce identity standards to prevent dairy product ‘imitation’

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been urged by three members of the US Senate to increase its enforcement of regulations that prevent the “imitation” of standardised dairy...

US raw milk cheese manufacturing safety regulations ‘appear adequate’ - study

Current US regulations governing the manufacture of cheese made using unpasteurised milk “appear adequate” for producing microbiologically safe products, a study has claimed.

Chobani facing lawsuit over ‘evaporated cane juice’ labelling violation

Yogurt manufacturer Chobani Inc. is facing legal action in the US over claims that its use of the term ‘evaporated cane juice’ on its Greek yogurt products violates federal and...

Jensen Farms files for bankruptcy citing ‘wrongful death’ lawsuits

Jensen Farms - the cantaloupe grower pinpointed as the source of last year’s deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak – has filed for bankruptcy in the US.

Animal welfare group slams EU organics verdict

Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) has criticised the decision to recognise US organic food standards as equivalent to those in the EU.

Attorney: POM ruling is a 'stunning rejection' of FTC's stance on 'gold standard' clinical trials to support product claims

While POM Wonderful does not emerge from Michael Chappell’s 335-page ruling smelling entirely of roses , it has successfully challenged the accepted wisdom that firms can only make claims about food...

Nature’s One step-up efforts to cut arsenic levels in baby formula

Organic infant formula manufacturer Nature’s One will step-up its efforts to minimise and eliminate the presence of environmental contaminants such as arsenic in its products.

Both sides claim victory as judge rules in FTC v POM false advertising case

Both sides have claimed victory in a bitter legal dispute between Californian juice maker POM Wonderful and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over allegations of false advertising.

FSIS and beef industry praised for pre-emptive E.coli action

The US beef industry and the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) have been showered with praise after showing “strong initiative” in their efforts to...

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Bills to suspend duty on some imported confectionery introduced in US Congress

Two bills to temporarily suspend the duty on certain imported filled chocolates and synthetic-sweetened chewing gum have been introduced to Congress in the US.

Sugar reform advocates ‘disappointed’ with lack of policy debate

Sugar users have said they are disappointed that both the Senate and House Agriculture Committees have voted to advance the 2012 Farm Bill without amending current sugar policy, which they...

Game, set and match for Coke in bitter Minute Maid juice dust-up?

A US federal appeal court has dismissed an appeal by a Coca-Cola rival alleging that a Minute Maid product containing ‘pomegranate and blueberry’ juice in small amounts by volume was...

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Survey reveals food policy attitudes divided along party lines

A new survey from FoodMinds suggests that US attitudes to food policies are largely divided along party lines, with 75% of Democrats saying that government should dedicate more time to...

Soda tax heads for November ballot in Richmond, CA

On November 6, voters in Richmond, California will decide whether to apply a penny-per-ounce tax to sugar-sweetened beverages after city council members voted 5-2 this week to include the measure...

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