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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...

Increasing FDA attention to genetic testing may “stifle innovation”

As genetic testing advances, and commercial tests increase in number, FDA oversight of the tests will strengthen, but it will remain a challenge to not stifle future innovation, says an...

FTC scrutinizes eco-friendly claims

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has proposed changes to its guidelines for ‘green’ label claims to help marketers avoid making statements that could mislead consumers.

FDA issues draft guidance on acidified and fermented foods

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance on acidified and fermented foods, such as pickles, relishes and olives, to provide recommendations on manufacturing and quality control.

Court overturns Ohio ban on rbST-free milk labeling

A district court has overturned an Ohio state ban on the labeling of milk as free from artificial hormones, saying that there is a compositional difference between milk from cows...

GMA supports Fudge’s anti-obesity legislation

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is among more than 50 organizations that have come out in support of Rep. Marcia Fudge’s anti-obesity legislation, the Fit for L.I.F.E. bill introduced last...

WTO says US ban on Chinese poultry is illegal

A World Trade Organization (WTO) panel has ruled that a US ban on Chinese poultry is illegal – the first such reprimand for legislation brought in under the Obama Administration.

Court finds USDA (again) acted illegally on GM sugar beet planting

A federal court has ruled that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has again acted illegally by allowing limited planting of genetically modified (GM) sugar beets despite a court-ordered ban.

GM salmon assessment ‘inappropriate’, say Senators

Eleven US Senators have signed a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg urging the agency to find another way to assess the safety of genetically engineered (GE) salmon.

FTC bombs POM (and researchers beware)

The Federal Trade Commission legal action alleging POM Wonderful made unsubstantiated claims for its pomegranate products, adds to a stream of claim actions the increasingly active agency has taken this...

No recommendation on GM salmon after hearings

After two days of hearings, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel has called for more research to decide whether genetically engineered salmon is safe for consumption.

Senator Coburn disputes ‘obstruction’ of food safety bill

Senator Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) has called for the Food Safety Modernization Act to be brought to the floor for “a full and open debate” after Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) accused...

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Senate appoints Hagen to key USDA food safety role

The Senate has voted to appoint Dr. Elisabeth Hagen as Under Secretary for Food Safety at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the agency has said.

Senator says he will hold up food safety bill

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has said he intends to hold up food safety legislation that has been stalled in the Senate since last November, as there is no indication of...


Time to embrace balanced kids’ marketing regulation

Kids are not going to stop liking chocolate, pizza, ice cream, or fries. Heck, neither am I. So why is industry so afraid of mandatory restrictions on marketing to children?

USDA sued over GM sugar

A coalition of environmental and farming groups has filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) accusing it of sidestepping a ban on the planting of genetically modified...

FDA should copy EFSA for health claims, says Scientific American

The FDA is too lenient regarding health claims and should follow EFSA’s lead and hold foods “to the same scientific standards as those for drugs”, according to the editors of...

What is candy? Comments sought on definition

The Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board has requested comments on a proposed definition of candy for tax purposes, which excludes confectionery that requires refrigeration or contains flour.

Foodborne illness survivors urge immediate vote on food safety bill

Foodborne illness survivors and consumer organizations met in Washington on Wednesday to urge senators to vote on the food safety bill that has been awaiting consideration since November.

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency seeks input on import regulation

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has said it is seeking comments from interested parties to help develop new regulation for food imports.

GE salmon ‘as safe to eat as other salmon’, says FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said that genetically engineered (GE) salmon is safe for human consumption in documents released ahead of a public meeting on the issue due...

New rules for biotech beets by the end of the year, says USDA

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has said that temporary rules will be worked out for the planting of genetically modified (GM) sugar beets by the end of the year...

CFIA finds many Canadian labels inaccurate: Report

In tests conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), most candies, snack foods and breads were found to fall short of composition claims such as ‘low in fat’, ‘sugar...

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