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New computer system to target riskiest food imports

 Border inspectors will soon be using a new computer system to help them screen for the riskiest food imports, head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Margaret Hamburg said...

ConAgra blast prompts calls for national safety changes

A US federal agency has said vital new gas safety measures should be introduced across the country in the wake of the deadly explosion at a ConAgra meat processing plant...

Roquette gains further maltitol patent protection in the US

A US District Court has ruled that no dry form of maltitol from Yucheng Lujian Biological Co. or its associated companies may enter the US, in the latest chapter of...

FDA creates 'slippery slope' with liquid supplements advice: CRN

The Food and Drug Administration’s recently issued draft guidance on the difference between liquid supplements and beverages is confusing and may create a slippery slope of inappropriate criteria and mis-categorized...

Subsidized healthy foods cheaper option to improve nutrition: Study

Subsidizing fruit, vegetables and milk for Food Stamp Program participants would be more cost effective to increase consumption than raising the overall level of food stamp benefit, according to a...

FDA requests $4bn budget to ‘transform’ food safety

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has requested $4.03bn for food safety and public health promotion as part of President Obama’s fiscal 2011 budget – a 23 percent increase on...

Nanotech risk assessment bill introduced in US

A bill under scrutiny in the United States Senate would create a new nanotechnology risk assessment program within the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Natural beta-carotene gains GRAS status

A new range of natural carotenoids destined for human consumption moved a step closer to sale recently with GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) notification from the Food and Drug Administration...

Fresh New York soda tax plans stir up the obesity debate

Michael Bloomberg, the New York City mayor, has lent his support to fresh plans for a penny-per-ounce soda tax in the city.

Dean Foods to fight Justice Department’s anti-trust lawsuit

Food and beverage giant Dean Foods has pledged to fight the anti-trust lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice requiring the company to sell the dairy processing plants it acquired...

Special edition: weight management

Regulation: Claim making and claim taking

In a world with a chronic ‘globesity’ problem spreading beyond western shores to places like India and China, products that promise to help individuals manage their weight via calorie control,...

Monsanto case against alfalfa ban reaches the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has agreed to review a court order that halted the planting of genetically modified alfalfa made by Monsanto.

Tyson agrees to pay $5m in ‘antibiotic-free’ chicken settlement

Meat giant Tyson has agreed to pay $5m to settle a class action law suit brought by US consumers over claims its processed chicken was antibiotic free.

Dairy trade body says FDA labeling study is too narrow

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has criticised a planned Food and Drug Administration (FDA) study into front of pack nutrition labels for not having a wide enough scope.

Peanut processor facing fines for safety breaches, worker death

Birdsong Corp peanut processing company is facing fines of $137,250 after being cited for 41 health and safety violations by authorities in the United States.

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EFSA, FDA, Health Canada to discuss health claims

 The European Food Safety Authority, US Food and Drug Administration, and Health Canada will share a platform at an upcoming Cantox-hosted health claims conference.

Mississippi to consider soda tax

Mississippi state representative John Mayo has introduced legislation to tax the syrup used to sweeten soda at a distribution level, according to local reports.

Phthalate action plan draws industry fire

The publication of US Government action plans on how to manage risks posed by a range of controversial substances, including phthalates, has drawn stinging criticism from the chemical industry.

Californian trans fat ban takes effect

California has become the first state to ban the use of trans fat-containing cooking oils, as a law signed by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2008 came into effect on January 1.

Food landmarks 2009: Safety scandal

As the old year draws to a close, we review the significant waypoints of 2009 and look ahead to what is likely to dominate next year’s news. Join us now...

Health Canada proposes enzyme use to counter acrylamide

Health Canada has asked for comments on its proposal that asparaginase enzymes could be used to combat the suspected carcinogen acrylamide in food.

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Syngenta receives GM corn approval in Argentina

Syngenta has received approval for its double-stacked trait for genetically modified corn in Argentina, combining herbicide tolerance and pesticide resistance, the company said on Tuesday.

FSIS seeks comments on meat nutrition labeling

The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) has said it is seeking comments on proposed nutrition labeling of single ingredient ground or chopped meat and poultry products....

Government proposes controls on foods marketed to kids

A federal working group has drawn up proposals for voluntary nutritional standards for foods and beverages marketed to children and young people under the age of 18.

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Bisphenol A becomes test of leadership for FDA

Each day the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) dithers in delivering its verdict on the safety of bisphenol A (BPA), its authority is diminished and its credibility wanes.

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