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Industry is successfully self-regulating ads to kids, CFBAI

Self-regulation of food marketing to children does work, says the head of the food industry’s initiative, but change is incremental and should be measured with a broad view over the...

FDA requests comments on Nutrition Facts research

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has requested comments on a study examining consumer reaction to possible modification of Nutrition Facts labeling, it said in a Federal Register notice.

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FTC announces forum agenda on food marketing to kids

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced its agenda for a December 15 meeting to discuss food marketing to children.

Self-regulation not working for unhealthy ads, CSPI

A new survey of food ads on kids' TV network Nickelodeon has found that almost 80 percent are for unhealthy products, says the Center for Science in the Public Interest,...

General Mills pushes case for Cheerios claim

General Mills has responded to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) letter asking for more evidence to support a revised health claim regarding the impact of Cheerios on cholesterol levels.

WTO to rule on origin labeling row

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has agreed to rule on the ongoing dispute over whether US country of origin labeling (COOL) violates international trade agreements, as Canada and Mexico have...

Senate panel approves food safety bill

The far-reaching food safety bill took another step towards becoming law yesterday after a US Senate committee unanimously approved the measure to overhaul the country’s regulatory system.

US dairy industry plea to boost raw milk regulation

Raw milk products pose a “significant food safety hazard” and facilities that make them should be covered by the new food safety bill, said the two largest US dairy...

FDA examines caffeinated alcoholic drinks

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked nearly 30 beverage manufacturers to provide information showing that their caffeinated alcoholic drinks are safe.

FDA examines caffeinated alcoholic drinks

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked nearly 30 beverage manufacturers to provide information showing that their caffeinated alcoholic drinks are safe.

FDA postpones raw oyster ban

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has back-tracked on its plans to ban the sale of raw oysters from the Gulf of Mexico during warm months amid mounting industry...

GLG and Weider row over Sweet Naturals contract

Stevia supplier GLG Life Tech has filed a statement of defense against allegations from Weider Global Nutrition that it had breached conditions of their joint stevia business by setting up...

LA legislators debate action on soda

Soda tax was on the agenda again yesterday as California legislators debated the possible link between obesity and sugary soft drinks.

FDA calls meeting to improve food traceability systems

Federal agencies in the United States need to increase the speed and accuracy of traceability systems to combat outbreaks of food-borne illnesses, said the FDA as it called a public...

Health Canada completes allergen labeling review

Health Canada has completed a review of the country’s allergen labeling system and has said it will begin public consultations in November for mandatory labeling regulations.

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Coca-Cola omega-3 superjuice can nourish brain (but not memory), says NAD

Coca-Cola-owned Minute Maid has been told to discontinue TV advertising that suggested an omega-3 DHA-fortified pomegranate and blueberry superjuice could give an immediate memory boost.

Obesity Society urged to dismiss soda tax

The Center for Consumer Freedom has urged attendees of the Obesity Society’s annual meeting to consider obesity a matter of personal responsibility rather than an issue to be regulated by...

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Tackling E.coli – legislation or self-regulation?

Everybody wants food to be safe - but the recent slugging match over how best to protect US consumers from E.coli-tainted meat highlights whether legislation or self-regulation is the answer...

FDA chief calls for stronger food safety bill

A bill to overhaul the food safety system needs to be stronger and incorporate more funding, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told a Senate committee hearing on...

Meat test rule change would prevent most E.coli, Listeria recalls

More than 80 per cent of this year’s meat recalls for E.coli and listeria could have been avoided if US authorities made companies keep hold of tested products until safety...

FDA to examine front of pack labeling claims

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will consider using its regulatory tools if front of pack nutrition labeling is not used in a common, credible way, it said in a...

Senators propose country of origin labeling for dairy

Ohio’s Senator Sherrod Brown has introduced legislation in Congress that proposes extending country of origin labeling (COOL) to include dairy products.

Sen. Gillibrand proposes food safety overhaul

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has put forward a proposal for new federal food safety legislation to address ‘gaps’ in the inspection process and concentrate on contamination and disease prevention.

CT attorney general to investigate Smart Choices

The Connecticut attorney general has launched an investigation into the Smart Choices food labeling program, claiming that it is potentially misleading.

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USDA finalizes five-year food choice study

A five-year study on food choices and expenditures by US households will be conducted by Mathematica Policy Research, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced.