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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.

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Food safety reform: Not a century too soon

On a summer’s day in 1906 Theodore Roosevelt pushed through new food safety regulation. The Food and Drugs Act passed that day over 100 years ago was the last time...

FDA relaxes prior notice rule for food imports

The FDA’s Department of Health and Human Services has published a new guide on the Prior Notice rule for small companies involved in the import and export of foods...

Obama nominates USDA nutrition and research undersecretaries

President Obama made two appointments within the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Friday, to run the department’s public nutrition programs, and to oversee US agricultural research and education.

New report calls for stronger local-level food safety systems

Holes need to be plugged in local and state-level food safety programs in order to effectively protect the public from foodborne illness, says a new report prepared with input from...

Anti-adulteration actions aren’t working, says FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration has said current regulations are not working to prevent deliberate contamination of food and pharmaceutical products and has called a public meeting to...

Farmers and food processors lobby for looser Made in Canada laws

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) has teamed with Food Processors of Canada in an attempt to relax strict laws governing Product of Canada labeling implemented at the beginning...

US and Canada to agree on organic equivalency by summer

The US and Canada have agreed to finalize negotiations on organic equivalency standards between the countries by this summer, according to the Organic Trade Association.

Obama administration upholds GM sugarbeet deregulation

The USDA has chosen not to change laws on genetically engineered sugarbeets in a lawsuit filed by the Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice requesting a review of deregulation...

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China upholds death penalty for tainted dairy execs

A northern Chinese court has upheld two death sentences in the country’s tainted milk scandal, according to reports from the state news agency Xinhua.

Food industry 'supports sensible fees' to boost safety: GMA

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has voiced its support of President Obama’s efforts to form a food safety working group, but it inspection fees are a work in progress.

Organizations clamour for more thorough GE controls

A consortium of 82 organizations is campaigning for more stringent evaluations of genetically engineered crops in the US, and urging a freeze on new approvals pending changes to the authorization procedure.

Industry welcomes regulator’s claim that BPA is safe

The New Zealand and Australian food safety regulator’s affirmation of the safety of bisphenol A (BPA) has been welcomed by trade group, the North American Metal Packaging Alliance (NAMPA).

Further calls for ban on packaging chemical

Democrats in the US Senate and House of Representatives have introduced legislation to ban the controversial packaging chemical, Bisphenol A (BPA) from all food and beverage containers.

FDA approves vitamin D fortification of soy foods

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has amended its food additive regulations to allow for soy-based foods and drinks to be fortified with vitamin D.

Obama picks Hamburg to head FDA

President Obama has named his pick for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner: Food safety and bioterrorism expert Dr Margaret Hamburg.

Government moves to regulate food advertising to teens

The US government has set up a working group to look at how food is marketed to all children under the age of 18, in a move that has...

Judge upholds almond pasteurization law

A federal judge has rejected challenges to a law requiring mandatory pasteurization of almonds to reduce risk of salmonella contamination.

USDA announces meetings on GE regulation revision

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has invited interested parties to take part in a scoping session on the agenda for meetings discussing a proposed rule for genetically engineered...

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Tortilla manufacturer shut down by FDA injunction

A US tortilla manufacturer has been shut down over repeated violations, claims the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Patience urged over new FDA powers

Obtaining new powers for the FDA to recall food products and implement new preventative measures will take time, the Acting Commissioner has said, in a candid viewpoint that recognizes officials’...

New Canadian listeria rules said to lack bite for big companies

New rules on listeria testing in ready-to-eat meats launched last week by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) don’t go far enough to guard against the risk of infection in...

Food industry welcomes bipartisan food safety bill

Food companies have come out in support of stricter government regulation proposed by a bipartisan Senate bill intended to strengthen the FDA’s powers to ensure food safety.

Acrylamide may be added to Canada’s toxic substance list

Health Canada has recommended that acrylamide – a possible carcinogen found in French fries and potato chips – be included on the nation’s list of toxic substances.

How the US stimulus bill impacts food: Part II

Indirect benefits of the economic stimulus bill signed by President Obama earlier this month are set to filter through to manufacturers of food, beverage and supplement products – especially the...

Stricter meat labelling urged in US

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is requesting that US meatpackers voluntarily impose a stricter regime of country-of-origin labelling (COOL) for meat than that required under the Bush administration ruling.  

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