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Kellogg gets federal warning after Listeria found in cookie plant

Kellogg Co has been censured by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after traces of Listeria monocytogenes were found littered throughout its cookie plant in Georgia.


FDA's enforcement deserves loud applause

A flurry of seizures, criminal charges, and warning letters shows that FDA is increasing it enforcement of dietary supplement regulations. Good for FDA and good for industry!

FDA on nanotechnology: Size matters, but it's not everything ...

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will take size and functionality into account when it considers whether a product contains nanomaterials or involves nanotechnology, according to a new draft guidance...

CDC reports no progress on salmonella in 15 years

The incidence of salmonella has not decreased in 15 years – and has increased by 10 percent in recent years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease...

Coca-Cola VitaminWater class action to go to mediation

A class action lawsuit brought against Coca-Cola by advocacy group The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) over Coke’s VitaminWater range is set to go to mediation, FoodNavigator-USA...

E. coli outbreak ‘has not affected the US food supply’, says FDA

In an exceptional move, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a statement on the E. coli outbreak gripping Europe, telling American consumers that they do not need...

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Firms should review insurance cover in wake of FSMA, say lawyers

Food manufacturers should review insurance policies to ensure they have adequate cover in the event of a product recall as new food safety legislation comes into force, lawyers have warned.

Bakers: FSMA compliance costs ‘simply not justified’

The American Bakers Association (ABA) is preparing to file a petition with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asking it to exempt storage facilities for packaged foods from stringent hazard...

Rosemary extract suppliers claim some rivals are misleading manufacturers

Several rosemary extract suppliers have attacked some competitors who they claim are failing to comply with recently enforced EU labelling laws.

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Hershey’s and Mars drop trademark infringement case

Hershey’s has dropped a trademark infringement case against Mars, in which it had accused the rival candy maker of using packaging for Dove peanut butter Promises similar to that of...

Plaintiffs hail dismissal of appeal in GM sugar beet case

A US court of appeals has said that Monsanto must produce further studies examining the environmental impact of its genetically modified (GM) sugar beets before they can be planted on...

Consumer groups sue FDA over antibiotics in animal feed

A coalition of consumer advocacy groups has filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), claiming it has failed in its legal responsibility to address overuse of antibiotics...

House Republicans propose $285m in FDA cuts

House Republicans have proposed a $285m cut to FDA funding in fiscal 2012, 11.5 percent less than 2011, although the agency is seeking additional funds to pay for new food safety legislation.

Major league sugar players join ‘corn sugar’ lawsuit

Five companies and two trade organizations have joined a lawsuit against members of the corn refining industry in an attempt to stop them from claiming that high fructose corn syrup...

Lawyer: FTC 'richly deserves to lose' battle vs POM Wonderful

A high-profile legal battle between Californian juice maker POM Wonderful and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will move into a new phase tomorrow at a hearing in Washington DC.

Most Americans prepared to pay more to fund food safety, survey suggests

Most Americans would be prepared to pay more for food in order to fund new food safety measures, according to a survey conducted on behalf of Pew Charitable Trusts.

Kraft Foods to pay $8.1m in pollution lawsuit

Kraft Foods has said it will pay $8.1m to settle a class action lawsuit over air and groundwater pollution from an Attica, Indiana facility, which was caused by the site’s...

FDA’s Michael Taylor: Preventive approach ‘may seem obvious’ in hindsight

The Food Safety Modernization Act’s preventive approach to food safety may seem obvious in hindsight – and it is already a food industry norm, FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods said...

Senator Durbin urges FDA action on ‘relaxation’ brownies

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) has asked the FDA to clarify its regulatory position on dietary supplements and food additives on the back of widespread concerns about the marketing of melatonin-containing...

APEC and World Bank sign food safety agreement

APEC’s Food Safety Cooperation Forum and the World Bank have signed a memorandum of understanding in Big Sky, Montana this week intended to strengthen food safety collaboration in the Asia-Pacific...

FSIS halts testing for E. coli strain in dried sausages

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has said it is suspending testing of dry and semi-dry fermented sausages for E. coli O157:H7 after not finding a single positive...

GAO criticizes FDA seafood import safety program as ‘limited’

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has criticized the FDA’s program to oversee the safety of imported fish and seafood as ‘limited’, in a new report issued this week.

FDA: Foods vs supplement feedback raises ‘complex legal questions’

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says feedback it has received about its December 2009 draft guidance clarifying where a liquid dietary supplement ends and a conventional beverage begins has...

California Assembly votes to label GM fish

Genetically modified fish in California would have to be labeled as such according to a bill approved by the California Assembly Health Committee last week.

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Coke and Pepsi settle trademark lawsuit

The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo have settled a trademark lawsuit over PepsiCo’s Trop50 juice packaging design, which Coca-Cola had claimed was too similar to that of its Simply juice range....

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