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Organizations oppose new food safety bill

The Food Safety Enhancement Act has been broadly welcomed by industry but a group of organizations has issued a letter to the relevant committee voicing strong opposition to several...

US and Canada agree on organic equivalency

The US and Canada have come to an agreement on organic equivalency standards, expanding organic trade opportunities, US Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced on Wednesday.

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FDA chief prioritizes fresh produce safety

FDA head Dr Margaret Hamburg has said that stricter food safety standards are needed for fresh produce and other high-risk foods, in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Canada ponders junk food fortification

Health Canada is considering granting food makers discretionary powers to fortify “junk foods” to improve their nutritional profile and the diets of Canadians.

US extends antidumping duty on saccharin from China

The United States has extended an antidumping duty order on saccharin from China, after a review concluded that cheaper imports of the sweetener would damage the domestic market.

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FDA: we can handle nanotech safety

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) already has sufficient authority to assess the safety of nanotechnology - but its regulation is not all to do with size, says Dr Annette...

Industry and consumer groups divided over FDA inspection fees

The issue of whether the FDA should charge food processors and manufacturers a $1000 fee to help fund food safety inspections has divided industry and consumer bodies.

FDA backs proposal for US industry fees to fund food inspections

A contentious proposal to compel US food manufacturers to contribute towards safety inspection costs took a step forward yesterday after the Food and Drug Administration signalled its backing for the...

FDA announces BPA safety review

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said it is reviewing its advice that bisphenol A (BPA) is safe for use in baby bottles and food containers, pledging to...

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China's new food safety law comes into force

Chinese authorities have said its new food safety law, which comes into effect today, will help prevent the food contamination incidents that have caused so much damage to the reputation...

Bill bids to strengthen ‘dangerous’ US food safety regime

New legislation designed to strengthen the “dangerous” US food safety system as well as simplify its complex food supply chain has been introduced by key political figures from the House...

New FDA bottled water rules to combat E. coli

Bottled water manufacturers, including Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, will face stricter standards following the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to implement new rules to prevent contamination with E. coli bacteria.

FDA failed over salmonella outbreak, says new chief

The recent outbreak of salmonella in the United States caused by contaminated peanut butter represented a “failure” by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency’s new commissioner said this...

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Food safety group launches online resource site

An online food safety information site for consumers and those working in the area has been set up by the White House Food Safety Working Group.


Cheerios: Drugs for breakfast?

When is a breakfast cereal not a breakfast cereal? Well, when it’s a drug.

Talking Point

Country-of-origin labeling: Not so COOL? – your views asked readers for their views on US country-of-origin labeling (COOL) in light of Canada’s World Trade Organization complaint.

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Senate confirms Hamburg to head FDA

The US Senate confirmed Dr Margaret Hamburg as Food and Drug Administration Commissioner on Monday.

Canada approves high oleic acid GM soybeans

Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have approved a high oleic acid genetically modified (GM) soybean for cultivation and foods containing the oil could hit the market...

Normal US access for EU foods is in sight, CIAA

Open trade in food products between the EU and US is on its way following the agreement over the beef hormone dispute this week, industry believes – even though the...

Country-of-origin labeling: Not so COOL? asks its readers what they think of Canada’s World Trade Organization complaint over US country-of-origin labeling rules.

General Mills Cheerios cereal is a drug, says FDA

General Mills has been told to change the marketing of its popular Cheerios whole grain cereal, as the health claims it currently uses classify it as an unapproved drug.

Canada renews dispute over US COOL rules

Canada has renewed its World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute over US country-of-origin (COOL) labeling rules.

US state bans BPA in baby bottles

Minnesota has become the first US state to ban the use of the controversial chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) in baby bottles. Concern focuses on the possible effects of BPA leaching...

Record FDA budget proposed as Hamburg clears Senate

Dr Margaret Hamburg, the Obama Administration’s pick to lead the FDA, easily cleared the Senate on Thursday, while the Administration proposed a record budget increase for the agency.

US to shelve Roquefort tariff hike

Proposed US tariffs of 300 per cent for Roquefort cheese are to be shelved under a new arrangement between the US Trade Representative (USTR) and the European Commission (EC).

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