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Canada must amend its natural product regulations

Canada’s controversial Natural Health Products (NHP) Directorate must be amended if the Canadian functional foods market is not to face severe long-term regulatory restriction, according to a leading trade group...

USDA unites with FDA on new food safety rules

The US Department of Agriculture’s fresh produce chief has joined the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop new food safety rules, the departments announced in a statement on Monday....


Bad day at the EU health claims office

October 1 was not a good day for many in the functional foods and food supplements business in the European Union as the meaning of life under a highly restrictive...

President Obama endorses US soda tax plan

President Barack Obama has lent his support for a soda tax which could benefit children’s health and the nation’s wealth, according to a new report from the Center for Science...

Quotas ignore industry's sugar price plea

The USDA has set sugar import quotas at the minimum level required under World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements, despite pleas from industry to increase quotas in an effort to pull...


The benefits of a probiotic witch hunt

Get your pitchforks ready! There are evil-doers out there! We’ve been conned: Probiotics don’t work. Dannon’s settling out of court, EFSA’s rejecting health claims, and the media is starting a...

CSPI calls industry kids marketing rules a "sham"

A US health group has branded a voluntary industry initiative to tackle junk food marketing in schools a “sham”.

Health Canada proposes allergen labeling for mustard

Health Canada has said it is developing new allergen labeling regulations, adding mustard as a priority allergen under proposals released by the agency on Monday.

Judge rules against Monsanto’s GM sugar beets

A federal judge ruled on Monday that the USDA failed to adequately assess the environmental impact of Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) sugar beets before introducing them into the food supply....

CAPI calls for food industry involvement in public health policy

A new report from the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) has proposed an integrated system for food, health and agricultural policy, to tackle health problems from a food and nutrition...

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Food processors benefit from new Canadian tariff law

Canadian food processors and manufacturers could benefit from government plans to remove all remaining tariffs on imports of machinery and equipment.


Are health claims curbing freedom of speech?

The US FDA is being sued over its health claims regime – actions that are unlikely to succeed according to most pundits – but they raise serious questions about healthy...

Communities offered $650m to cut junk food, promote health

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that reducing poor food choices and improving nutrition is a top priority for a $650m locally led initiative to improve...

New report makes the case for nationwide soda tax

The idea of taxing sugary beverages to reduce obesity and bring public health benefits has been raised again in a new report published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Chicken processors caught in cross-fire of US-China trade row

The US chicken processing industry has been caught in the fallout of a high-level trade dispute between Washington and Beijing that could damage its exports to China, a major...


Bisphenol A: Hearts versus minds

Forget GMO and nanotechnology - the biggest food safety issue of our times is bisphenol A (BPA).

USDA seeks to define ‘natural’

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has said it is seeking comments over the use of the claim ‘natural’ for meat and poultry products, in a move that could determine...

Challenges and benefits of gluten-free labeling laws

Allergen labeling has come a long way, but a US study of food labels last month found that ambiguities are still prevalent. examines the current position on gluten-free labeling...

Pistachio recall prompts food safety revamp

The Californian pistachio industry has embarked on a comprehensive food safety review following the discovery of salmonella in nuts from Setton Pistachio earlier this year, says a senior industry official.

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FDA and USDA launch joint food safety website

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have launched a joint website in order to highlight the latest food safety and recall information to...

Talking Point

Can a ‘fat tax’ on soda help beat obesity – your views asked its readers for their views on whether taxing sugary soft drinks could help combat obesity after the Institute of Medicine became the latest institution to recommend the move....

France approves high Reb A stevia sweeteners

The French government has approved the use of stevia sweeteners with 97 per cent purity rebaudioside A (Reb A), officially opening up the first EU market for products containing the...

FDA imposes 24hr deadline on food safety reporting

Legislation has come into force requiring food companies to report potentially dangerous products to the FDA within 24 hours of discovery.

More pesticide residue allowed on citrus, rules EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has increased the tolerated level of pesticide residue for citrus fruits and oils, following a petition from Dow AgroSciences.

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Can a ‘fat tax’ on soda help beat obesity?

The controversial idea of taxing sugary soft drinks to combat obesity has been brought up again this week in a report from the Institute of Medicine. But is a soda...