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FDA should improve GRAS oversight, says GAO

The FDA needs to improve its oversight of GRAS (generally recognized as safe) food ingredients, claims a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

FDA cracks down on label claims

FDA chief Margaret Hamburg has pushed forward the agency’s promised crackdown on labeling claims with an open letter to industry, and 17 individual warning letters.

Senator Gillibrand backs dairy COOL

New York’s Senator Gillibrand has added her voice to a call for country of origin labeling (COOL) to be expanded to dairy products, following a further recall last month of...

Acrylamide could get prop 65 for reproductive harm

California health officials have proposed that acrylamide, the suspected carcinogen produced during the cooking of certain foods, should be listed as a known reproductive toxicant.

Nutrition experts call for ban on front-of-pack label claims

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should consider an outright ban on front-of-pack labeling claims, say two nutrition experts in a Journal of the American Medical Association commentary.

Dingell criticizes Senate for food safety standstill

Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich) has criticized the Senate for stalling over food safety legislation that passed from committee in November with strong bipartisan support.

No trans fat ban for Louisville – yet

A proposed trans fat ban in Louisville, Kentucky has been rejected in favor of a public education effort, better labeling and a voluntary phase-out – despite a taskforce recommendation for...

Health Canada proposes stricter color labeling

Health Canada is seeking comments on a proposal to change Canadian regulations on how food colorings are listed on ingredient labels, the agency said on Thursday.

Most New Yorkers support soda tax ‘to balance budget’, survey finds

A majority of New Yorkers support a proposed soda tax, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University – reversing the response from a similar survey conducted two weeks earlier.

California may name and shame BPA as toxin

The controversial chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA) could be listed as a toxin by the Californian Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.

New Mexico food tax passes state Senate

The state Senate of New Mexico has voted to implement a food tax that applies to nearly 40 percent of foods sold in the state in order to help balance...

Colorado to remove tax breaks on soda and candy

The Colorado State Senate has passed a bill to remove a tax break on soda and candy, voting along party lines after days of debate.

USDA issues final rule on organic dairy

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has unveiled new rules for organic livestock production, with the aim of setting consistent standards for pasture use across the dairy industry.

Nationwide soda tax proposal fizzles out

The prospect of a national tax on soft drinks has been effectively quashed for the time being as a key congressional committee has refused to consider such a levy, according...

Louisville Health Board endorses trans fat ban

The Metro Health Board in Louisville, Kentucky has endorsed plans to bring in a trans-fat ban in the city within 18 months.

News in brief

New computer system to target riskiest food imports

 Border inspectors will soon be using a new computer system to help them screen for the riskiest food imports, head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Margaret Hamburg said...

ConAgra blast prompts calls for national safety changes

A US federal agency has said vital new gas safety measures should be introduced across the country in the wake of the deadly explosion at a ConAgra meat processing plant...

Roquette gains further maltitol patent protection in the US

A US District Court has ruled that no dry form of maltitol from Yucheng Lujian Biological Co. or its associated companies may enter the US, in the latest chapter of...

FDA creates 'slippery slope' with liquid supplements advice: CRN

The Food and Drug Administration’s recently issued draft guidance on the difference between liquid supplements and beverages is confusing and may create a slippery slope of inappropriate criteria and mis-categorized...

Subsidized healthy foods cheaper option to improve nutrition: Study

Subsidizing fruit, vegetables and milk for Food Stamp Program participants would be more cost effective to increase consumption than raising the overall level of food stamp benefit, according to a...

FDA requests $4bn budget to ‘transform’ food safety

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has requested $4.03bn for food safety and public health promotion as part of President Obama’s fiscal 2011 budget – a 23 percent increase on...

Nanotech risk assessment bill introduced in US

A bill under scrutiny in the United States Senate would create a new nanotechnology risk assessment program within the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Natural beta-carotene gains GRAS status

A new range of natural carotenoids destined for human consumption moved a step closer to sale recently with GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) notification from the Food and Drug Administration...

Fresh New York soda tax plans stir up the obesity debate

Michael Bloomberg, the New York City mayor, has lent his support to fresh plans for a penny-per-ounce soda tax in the city.

Dean Foods to fight Justice Department’s anti-trust lawsuit

Food and beverage giant Dean Foods has pledged to fight the anti-trust lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice requiring the company to sell the dairy processing plants it acquired...

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