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Food safety bill stalls in Senate

The Senate failed to vote on the Food Safety Modernization Act on Thursday, meaning that the bill could be subject to further delay as the Senate breaks for Thanksgiving on...

Senate votes to proceed with food safety bill

The Senate voted to move forward on the Food Safety Modernization Act on Wednesday, voting 74-25 to limit debate and proceed with the bill.

FDA cracks down on caffeinated alcoholic drinks

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US has launched a crackdown on caffeinated alcoholic drinks following a scientific review of their safety.

Food safety legislation could get Senate vote this week

Long-stalled food safety legislation could reach the Senate’s agenda this week, while a coalition of 125 organizations continues to push for an amendment to exempt small businesses.

Washington State repeals candy tax

Washington State voters have elected to repeal a tax on candy, soft drinks and bottled water that took effect earlier this year.

USDA issues draft environmental assessment of GM sugar beets

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has prepared a draft environmental assessment (EA) of genetically modified sugar beets, including an option to permit planting of the beets under certain conditions.

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FDA proposes food safety guidance for fresh-cut fruit and veg

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked for comments on proposed guidance for minimizing food safety hazards in fresh-cut fruit and vegetables.

No US appeal on WTO Chinese poultry imports ruling

The United States has not appealed a final World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling issued this week that a US ban on Chinese poultry imports was illegal, officially ending the trade...

US citric acid industry claims Chinese firms avoiding antidumping duties

The American citric acid industry has asked the US Department of Commerce to investigate possible circumvention of antidumping and countervailing duties in place for citric acid imported from China.

Canadian nutrition label campaign to focus on % Daily Value

Health Canada and Food and Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC) have launched a Nutrition Facts Education Campaign, focusing on improving consumer comprehension of % Daily Value amounts.

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Regulatory clarity for nutricosmetics proves elusive

Somewhere, in some time, there exists a land of beauty and promise for nutricosmetics products, where beauty supplements, foods and drinks can frolic, happy in the knowledge of their justifiable...

Bisphenol A officially declared toxic by Canada

Canada became the first country in the world yesterday to declare bisphenol A (BPA) to be a toxic substance that poses risks to human health and the environment.

Congressman Pitts challenges US sugar policy

Congressman Joe Pitts (R-PA) has introduced legislation that challenges United States’ sugar policy, claiming that it is a waste of government money and costs jobs.

Anti-counterfeiting accord compromises on European food names

Delegates from 37 countries representing more than half the world’s trade have agreed an international anti-counterfeiting trade pact designed to protect against illegal copies of foods and other products.

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Japan calls for trans fat labeling

 Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency has said it intends to ask food makers to voluntarily label the trans fat content of their products, according to Kyodo News International.

NYC proposes ban on buying sugary soft drinks with food stamps

Using food stamps to buy sugary soft drinks could be banned in New York City if a proposal submitted to the USDA by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor David Paterson...

Increasing FDA attention to genetic testing may “stifle innovation”

As genetic testing advances, and commercial tests increase in number, FDA oversight of the tests will strengthen, but it will remain a challenge to not stifle future innovation, says an...

FTC scrutinizes eco-friendly claims

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has proposed changes to its guidelines for ‘green’ label claims to help marketers avoid making statements that could mislead consumers.

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...

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