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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...

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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...

Iowans urgently want updated food laws: Survey

Ninety percent of Iowan voters would like more government oversight of the food supply, according to a new survey commissioned by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

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FDA has no objection to GRAS for SweetLeaf stevia

Wisdom Natural Brands is the latest company to receive a no objection letter from the FDA over GRAS status of its stevia sweetener.

Illinois raises taxes on candy and soft drinks

Illinois consumers will start paying higher taxes on some soft drinks and candy today under new rules from the Illinois Department of Revenue.

FDA considering industry guidelines for acrylamide

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering issuing guidelines on acrylamide content in food and has published a notice in the Federal Register seeking comments from industry on...

New study to investigate why people ignore food labels

The FDA is planning to conduct a study to uncover barriers to consumers looking at food labels, in a bid to help consumer understanding and use of information provided on...

Canada adds acrylamide to toxic substance list

Health Canada has added acrylamide, a substance found in French fries and potato chips, to the government’s list of toxic substances.

FDA issues draft guidance on gluten-free beer labeling

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance on the labeling of beers made with grains other than malted barley and hops, such as sorghum, rice or corn,...

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New Philippine FDA to have more control over foods

The world’s newest food industry regulatory body was set up in Phillipines this week, with the foundation of a new agency modeled on the US FDA.

Consumer case reopened against Snapple’s ‘all-natural’ labels

A US Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has reopened a consumer-fraud case against Dr Pepper Snapple alleging that Snapple’s ‘all-natural’ label claim is misleading as the drink contains an artificial...

Breaking down Canadian health claims… as change awaits

The use of health claims on food products in Canada could be set for a significant revamp, as the nation’s regulatory body reviews its approach. examines areas of potential...

Gaps in Canadian regulations restrict functional foods, say researchers

A review of Canada’s regulations governing food and natural health products has again highlighted the “confusion and uncertainty” generated by the system, which it says could be restricting the market...

FDA publishes details of warning letter overhaul

A notice detailing the new process for issuing warning letters to food companies that violate safety regulations has been published in the Federal Register, with the program due to begin...


FDA’s Commissioner Hamburg: Beefing up US food safety

It looks like the FDA has finally got some muscle. Never mind new legislation – if anything can prevent America acquiring a weedy reputation for food safety, it’s the might...

Hamburg details FDA food safety crackdown measures

FDA chief Margaret Hamburg outlined new measures on Thursday to act “swiftly and aggressively” to crack down on firms that violate safety regulations.