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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.

FDA issues draft guidance on acidified and fermented foods

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance on acidified and fermented foods, such as pickles, relishes and olives, to provide recommendations on manufacturing and quality control.

Court overturns Ohio ban on rbST-free milk labeling

A district court has overturned an Ohio state ban on the labeling of milk as free from artificial hormones, saying that there is a compositional difference between milk from cows...

GMA supports Fudge’s anti-obesity legislation

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is among more than 50 organizations that have come out in support of Rep. Marcia Fudge’s anti-obesity legislation, the Fit for L.I.F.E. bill introduced last...

WTO says US ban on Chinese poultry is illegal

A World Trade Organization (WTO) panel has ruled that a US ban on Chinese poultry is illegal – the first such reprimand for legislation brought in under the Obama Administration.

Court finds USDA (again) acted illegally on GM sugar beet planting

A federal court has ruled that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has again acted illegally by allowing limited planting of genetically modified (GM) sugar beets despite a court-ordered ban.

GM salmon assessment ‘inappropriate’, say Senators

Eleven US Senators have signed a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg urging the agency to find another way to assess the safety of genetically engineered (GE) salmon.

FTC bombs POM (and researchers beware)

The Federal Trade Commission legal action alleging POM Wonderful made unsubstantiated claims for its pomegranate products, adds to a stream of claim actions the increasingly active agency has taken this...

No recommendation on GM salmon after hearings

After two days of hearings, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel has called for more research to decide whether genetically engineered salmon is safe for consumption.

Senator Coburn disputes ‘obstruction’ of food safety bill

Senator Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) has called for the Food Safety Modernization Act to be brought to the floor for “a full and open debate” after Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) accused...

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Senate appoints Hagen to key USDA food safety role

The Senate has voted to appoint Dr. Elisabeth Hagen as Under Secretary for Food Safety at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the agency has said.

Senator says he will hold up food safety bill

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has said he intends to hold up food safety legislation that has been stalled in the Senate since last November, as there is no indication of...

Comment

Time to embrace balanced kids’ marketing regulation

Kids are not going to stop liking chocolate, pizza, ice cream, or fries. Heck, neither am I. So why is industry so afraid of mandatory restrictions on marketing to children?

USDA sued over GM sugar

A coalition of environmental and farming groups has filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) accusing it of sidestepping a ban on the planting of genetically modified...

FDA should copy EFSA for health claims, says Scientific American

The FDA is too lenient regarding health claims and should follow EFSA’s lead and hold foods “to the same scientific standards as those for drugs”, according to the editors of...

What is candy? Comments sought on definition

The Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board has requested comments on a proposed definition of candy for tax purposes, which excludes confectionery that requires refrigeration or contains flour.

Foodborne illness survivors urge immediate vote on food safety bill

Foodborne illness survivors and consumer organizations met in Washington on Wednesday to urge senators to vote on the food safety bill that has been awaiting consideration since November.

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency seeks input on import regulation

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has said it is seeking comments from interested parties to help develop new regulation for food imports.

GE salmon ‘as safe to eat as other salmon’, says FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said that genetically engineered (GE) salmon is safe for human consumption in documents released ahead of a public meeting on the issue due...

New rules for biotech beets by the end of the year, says USDA

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has said that temporary rules will be worked out for the planting of genetically modified (GM) sugar beets by the end of the year...

CFIA finds many Canadian labels inaccurate: Report

In tests conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), most candies, snack foods and breads were found to fall short of composition claims such as ‘low in fat’, ‘sugar...

US officials crack down on alleged international honey smuggling conspiracy

Six companies and eleven individuals have been arrested on charges of participating in an international honey smuggling operation, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said on Wednesday.

Groups voice opposition to Canadian organic fish standard

Over 40 US and Canadian organizations have said that a Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) proposal to label farmed salmon as organic does not adhere to the principles of organic food.

Judge recommends $12m settlement in peanut salmonella case

A federal magistrate judge has recommended approval of a $12m settlement for those who became ill or died after eating salmonella-tainted peanut products from the Peanut Corporation of America last...

FDA calls meeting to consider genetically engineered salmon

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said its Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee will meet on September 19 and 20 to discuss the possible commercialization of genetically engineered salmon.

Canada to add bisphenol A to toxic register in face of industry protests

Canada has confirmed bisphenol A (BPA) is to be added to its national register of toxic substances after dismissing industry calls to review its stance on the chemical.

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