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Court dismisses Danone challenge to Chobani Canadian import permit

Chobani Greek-style yogurt manufacturer Agro-Farma Inc. is celebrating a major legal victory in Canada, after the country’s Federal Court dismissed a bid by rival firms to keep it off shelves....

Individual corn refiners will have to defend false advertising claims, court rules

A US district court judge has ruled that individual corn refining companies will need to defend false advertising charges in an ongoing dispute over the industry’s right to describe high...

Smart Balance is hit with lawsuit over plant sterol claims

Heart-friendly spreads expert Smart Balance has been hit with a class action lawsuit alleging that it does not include enough plant sterols in its spreadable butters to warrant the cholesterol-lowering...

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ITC approves xanthan gum anti-dumping case

The International Trade Commission (ITC) has approved a xanthan gum anti-dumping case brought by CP Kelco, saying that there is a reasonable indication that the US industry may have been...

Momentum builds to overhaul global calorie system

A storm in the US over how calories are measured could cross to Europe and an overhaul of the system is long overdue, according to one nutrition expert.

US falling short of government foodborne illness targets - CDC

The US is falling short of government goals to reduce cases of foodborne illness, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed.

Nature Valley products are not ‘100% natural’, lawsuit claims

General Mills is the latest food company to face litigation over claims that its products are 100% natural, with a lawsuit alleging that maltodextrin and high maltose corn syrup used...

Scathing government report questions FDA food recall data reliability

A hard-hitting government report says the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) needs to publicise its food safety recall procedures, and that is unclear how accurate the agency’s food recall...

Self-affirmed GRAS under fire again as PEW highlights ‘loophole that appears to have swallowed the law'

There are serious weaknesses in a system that allows firms to self-affirm the safety of food ingredients without the approval or knowledge of regulators, according to researchers conducting a probe...

Doctors committee urges USDA to remove dairy milk from school menus

A controversial committee of doctors has petitioned the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to remove dairy milk from school menus, calling it an “ineffective placebo.”

FDA facing lawsuit over failure to respond to mercury petition

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is facing a lawsuit after it failed to respond to a petition urging stricter mercury limits in seafood.

Strengthening SNAP could tackle obesity and food insecurity: Policy report

Strengthening the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) could help tackle the dual problems of food insecurity and obesity in the United States, according to an official policy report from the...

Judge approves Land O’ Lakes $25m settlement over alleged egg price fixing

A federal judge has given final approval to a $25m settlement from Land O’ Lakes and its subsidiaries Moark LLC and Norco Ranch over alleged egg price fixing.

North American recall for infant product over ingredient Salmonella concern

US-manufactured infant product Baby Move Prune Concentrate is being recalled across North America due to concerns it is contaminated with Salmonella.

Cargill recalls ground beef after multi-state Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak

Cargill Beef is recalling nearly 30,000 pounds of fresh ground beef products after US federal authorities linked the firm to a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis.

CSPI targets DreamWorks for Madagascar 3 character tie-ins

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has taken aim at DreamWorks Animation for its Madagascar 3 character tie-ins with foods it claims are of poor nutritional value....

Consumer groups urge government to issue overdue FSMA regulations

A coalition of consumer groups has urged the US government to issue regulations that have not met statutory deadlines under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

FBI denies HIV tests as sewing needle sandwich mystery continues

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has denied it ordered HIV tests on sewing needles found in six turkey sandwiches on flights into the US, as investigations into the...

Health claims, RCTs and the curious case of the FTC v POM Wonderful: What happens next??

Exactly what kind of evidence is needed to support structure/function or disease risk reduction claims on foods and supplements?

Kellogg settlement on attention cereal claims rejected

Kellogg will need to negotiate a new deal in a class action dispute over advertising claims for its Frosted Mini-Wheats cereal after a US federal appeals court rejected a $10.7m...

Pilgrim Pride Corp and OSHA settle whistleblower case

Pilgrim Pride Corp. and the US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have reached a $50,000 settlement in relation to the termination of an employee who raised...

Tighter regulations are needed to fight growing waistlines, warns critic

Increased regulation of the food industry is needed to protect ‘the public good’ and help win the global battle against obesity, according to one obesity policy expert.

More nutrient content class action woes as Muscle Milk lawsuit proceeds

A legal dispute over Muscle Milk bars and sports beverages has moved into a new phase after a federal judge ruled an amended false advertising lawsuit against brand owner Cytosport...

Obama administration states opposition to FDA budget cut

The Obama administration has stated its opposition to a fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget proposal that could see the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suffer a budget cut worth millions...

ConAgra rejects allegations that Hebrew National products are not kosher

ConAgra Foods has rejected allegations that its Hebrew National-brand products are not kosher.

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