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From GMO labeling to 'all-natural' claims, whole grain labeling, the row over evaporated cane juice, POM v Coke at the Supreme Court, health claims, the FDA crack-down on trans fats, and change to the Nutrition Facts panel. This is the place to stay up to date with what's happening in food and beverage regulation, labeling and civil litigation.

Kellogg’s escapes FTC fine over false immunity claims

The Kellogg Company will change immunity claims for Rice Krispies after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ruled the claims misleading – but ruled out a financial penalty.

‘Fat tax’ opposition varies by location, education

People living in the eastern parts of the United States are the most supportive of placing a tax on soft drinks and fast food as a way to deter obesity,...

Meat industry opposes legislation to require new E. coli tests

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has introduced legislation to test for six E. coli strains that currently are not regulated – but the meat industry claims there are significant problems with the proposal.

Dingell calls for food safety action following latest salmonella recalls

Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich) has called for action on the Senate’s food safety bill, which has seen no attempt to move it forward since it passed from Committee with...

D.C. Council approves soda tax

The Washington D.C. Council has voted to include sweetened soft drinks in its six percent sales tax bracket to help bridge the city’s half-billion dollar gap between spending and earnings....

FDA, NIH to streamline online food safety reporting

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have launched a new online platform for the reporting and monitoring of food safety.

Nutter’s soda tax shelved as Philadelphia passes budget

Philadelphia City Council has shelved a proposed soda tax in the state, as it passed a $3.9bn budget on Thursday.

Proposed standards for food claims ‘unwise’, says industry

The US food and supplements industry has taken a skeptical stance to a new report that recommends the same scientific approach is used to evaluate health claims on foods and...

Health Canada seeks comments on gluten-free labeling revision

Pure, uncontaminated oats do not cause adverse reactions in most people with celiac disease and gluten-free labeling guidelines should be revised to reflect this, Health Canada has suggested.

Candy tax due in Washington next month

A sales tax on certain candy and gum products is due to come into effect in Washington State on June 1, as part of the state’s effort to plug its...

USDA aims to slash foodborne illness with new poultry standards

The US federal government has introduced new standards on Salmonella and Campylobacter in poultry with the aim of eliminating 65,000 foodborne illnesses a year.

US review gleans ideas from European food safety reforms

A US review has looked to some of the most effective European food safety systems for ideas on how to make the American system more effective.

New report shows gaps in FDA’s food import oversight

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) needs more authority to oversee imported foods, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has said in a new report.

Industry organizations welcome proposed legislation to tackle obesity

Trade organizations have applauded proposed legislation that would recognize obesity as a disease, and improve access to nutrition information and opportunities for physical activity.

FDA seeks industry comments on food safety during transport

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) on establishing guidance intended to reduce the risk of food contamination during transportation.

FDA calls for industry comments on front-of-pack nutrition labeling

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has called for comments from industry on its review of voluntary front-of-pack and other point of purchase labeling approaches.

Monsanto asks Supreme Court to lift alfalfa planting ban

Monsanto has asked the US Supreme Court to end a ban on planting of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa that was instigated due to environmental impact concerns back in 2007.

Proposed changes to food safety bill could open 'loopholes'

A consumer and public health coalition is urging a US Senator to reconsider exemptions proposed for the Food Safety Modernization Act as they would create a 'loophole' in safety regulations.

US position could pose problems for GM-free labeling, organizations claim

More than 80 food processing, farming and consumer organizations have called on officials to revise the US position on draft Codex food labeling guidance, saying it could cause problems for...

FDA recommends greater conflict of interest transparency

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has called for more transparency regarding conflict of interest statements when the agency waives them to allow experts to participate in scientific advisory meetings.

EPA says saccharin should be taken off hazardous list

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed that saccharin be removed from its “hazardous wastes, hazardous constituents, and hazardous substances” lists.

Majority of Californians support soda tax, poll finds

A majority of Californians support a tax on soda to help fund childhood obesity reduction programs, according to a poll carried out on behalf of the California Center for Public...

Canadian government may loosen ‘Product of Canada’ rules

The Canadian government may loosen the labeling rules for food products to qualify as ‘Products of Canada’, to allow for ingredients that are difficult to source in Canada.

Small businesses support exemption from food safety bill

A group of food and farming organizations has written to senators urging amendments to the Food Safety Modernization Act that would exempt smaller businesses from tracing and record-keeping requirements.

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Groundhog Day for European health claims?

“Many in industry are pinning their hopes on EFSA showing them the light at the meeting, including the likes of Danone, which withdrew three probiotic immunity/digestive health article 13.5 claims...

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