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House could still prove stumbling block for food safety bill

After major foodborne illness outbreaks in spinach, eggs and peanut products, the Food Safety Modernization Act passed the US Senate on Tuesday, but it could still reach an impasse in...

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Senate passes Food Safety Modernization Act

The Senate has passed the Food Safety Modernization Act with a bipartisan 73-25 vote on Tuesday after awaiting debate in the chamber for more than a year.

Canadian firm seeks US approval for non-browning GM apple

A Canadian biotechnology firm has asked the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to approve a genetically modified (GM) apple that resists browning after it is sliced or bruised.

Hershey sues Mars over packaging similarities

The Hershey Company has sued Mars for allegedly mimicking the packaging design of its Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups by using a similar orange color and pack design for Dove peanut...


Local food doesn’t mean safe food

All food, if not properly handled, has the potential to cause foodborne illness – so why does local food get special legislative treatment?

Health Canada criticized over health claim data

A former Health Canada official has criticized the agency for failing to publish health claim-backing data, after recently approving an oat fiber-cholesterol health claim.

Kellogg to pay millions in kids’ attention class action settlement

The Kellogg Company will pay consumers up to $2.75m over misleading kids’ attention claims for its Frosted Mini-Wheats cereals, after a federal judge reached a class action settlement.

National List not spurring innovation in organic ingredients: Study

The National List of permitted non-organic ingredients in organic foods is not encouraging innovation in organic supply, claims a new paper published in Food Technology.

FDA proposes consumer research into Nutrition Facts format

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said it intends to assess consumer reactions to potential changes to Nutrition Facts panels and has requested comments on a proposed study.

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.


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...

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