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FDA seeks industry comments on food safety during transport

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) on establishing guidance intended to reduce the risk of food contamination during transportation.

FDA calls for industry comments on front-of-pack nutrition labeling

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has called for comments from industry on its review of voluntary front-of-pack and other point of purchase labeling approaches.

Monsanto asks Supreme Court to lift alfalfa planting ban

Monsanto has asked the US Supreme Court to end a ban on planting of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa that was instigated due to environmental impact concerns back in 2007.

Proposed changes to food safety bill could open 'loopholes'

A consumer and public health coalition is urging a US Senator to reconsider exemptions proposed for the Food Safety Modernization Act as they would create a 'loophole' in safety regulations.

US position could pose problems for GM-free labeling, organizations claim

More than 80 food processing, farming and consumer organizations have called on officials to revise the US position on draft Codex food labeling guidance, saying it could cause problems for...

FDA recommends greater conflict of interest transparency

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has called for more transparency regarding conflict of interest statements when the agency waives them to allow experts to participate in scientific advisory meetings.

EPA says saccharin should be taken off hazardous list

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed that saccharin be removed from its “hazardous wastes, hazardous constituents, and hazardous substances” lists.

Majority of Californians support soda tax, poll finds

A majority of Californians support a tax on soda to help fund childhood obesity reduction programs, according to a poll carried out on behalf of the California Center for Public...

Canadian government may loosen ‘Product of Canada’ rules

The Canadian government may loosen the labeling rules for food products to qualify as ‘Products of Canada’, to allow for ingredients that are difficult to source in Canada.

Small businesses support exemption from food safety bill

A group of food and farming organizations has written to senators urging amendments to the Food Safety Modernization Act that would exempt smaller businesses from tracing and record-keeping requirements.

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Groundhog Day for European health claims?

“Many in industry are pinning their hopes on EFSA showing them the light at the meeting, including the likes of Danone, which withdrew three probiotic immunity/digestive health article 13.5 claims...

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FDA publishes guidance on egg safety rule

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published guidance for small egg producers to help them comply with a rule that was published last year in an effort to reduce...

Revenue question crucial to NY soda tax acceptance

A new poll from Quinnipiac University suggests that consumers would be more likely to support a tax on sugary beverages if the proceeds were linked to paying for health care...

Skepticism over NY proposal to ban HFCS

A bill introduced by New York State Assemblywoman Barbara Clark proposing an outright ban on the use or sale of high fructose corn syrup in the state has raised eyebrows...

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Walnuts sued over omega-3 claims

A New York resident has brought a case against Californian company, Diamond Foods, for omega-3 claims being made for its walnut products.

Advocacy group’s plea for hotdog cancer warnings dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed last July against several hotdog makers by vegan advocacy group Cancer Project that claimed hotdogs should carry a cancer warning label.

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Time for Europe to send bisphenol A into the sunset

Bisphenol A (BPA) is living on borrowed time. And not just in the United States but now in Europe too where mounting consumer hostility and scientific concern over its...

Kellogg’s sued over salmonella-tainted snacks

A Florida man has filed a federal lawsuit against the Kellogg Company, claiming it failed to warn consumers that some of its products could have been tainted with salmonella.

Dean Foods antitrust case to proceed, despite ‘structural issues’

A federal judge in Milwaukee has denied Dean Foods’ motion to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit that was filed against it by the United States Department of Justice in January.

FDA food safety inspections and enforcement declining, auditors say

Federal inspections of food manufacturing facilities have declined over time, as have regulatory actions triggered by inspections, a government auditor reported on Wednesday.

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FSANZ deems two GM food sources safe

The Australian and New Zealand food safety body has signalled that it sees no safety problems in the consumption of food from two new GM soy and corn crops.

NY legislature rejects soda tax but negotiations continue

Both the New York State Assembly and Senate have rejected a proposed tax on sugary soft drinks in their budget resolutions, but a decision will only be finalized after negotiations...

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Slimmer cans could lead to bigger waistlines

Soft drink makers could end up swallowing a £10m bill for no good reason by embracing the Food Standards Agency (FSA) recommendations for new slim-line 250ml drinks.

Small soda taxes don’t affect childhood obesity, study finds

Small taxes on soda do not affect childhood obesity rates, but larger ones could, according to new research published online today in the journal Health Affairs.

Governor Richardson vetoes New Mexico food tax

A tax that would have applied to about 40 percent of foods in New Mexico was vetoed by Governor Bill Richardson last week, who said the $68m that would have...

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