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Bill bids to strengthen ‘dangerous’ US food safety regime

New legislation designed to strengthen the “dangerous” US food safety system as well as simplify its complex food supply chain has been introduced by key political figures from the House...

New FDA bottled water rules to combat E. coli

Bottled water manufacturers, including Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, will face stricter standards following the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to implement new rules to prevent contamination with E. coli bacteria.

FDA failed over salmonella outbreak, says new chief

The recent outbreak of salmonella in the United States caused by contaminated peanut butter represented a “failure” by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency’s new commissioner said this...

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Food safety group launches online resource site

An online food safety information site for consumers and those working in the area has been set up by the White House Food Safety Working Group.


Cheerios: Drugs for breakfast?

When is a breakfast cereal not a breakfast cereal? Well, when it’s a drug.

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Country-of-origin labeling: Not so COOL? – your views asked readers for their views on US country-of-origin labeling (COOL) in light of Canada’s World Trade Organization complaint.

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Senate confirms Hamburg to head FDA

The US Senate confirmed Dr Margaret Hamburg as Food and Drug Administration Commissioner on Monday.

Canada approves high oleic acid GM soybeans

Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have approved a high oleic acid genetically modified (GM) soybean for cultivation and foods containing the oil could hit the market...

Normal US access for EU foods is in sight, CIAA

Open trade in food products between the EU and US is on its way following the agreement over the beef hormone dispute this week, industry believes – even though the...

Country-of-origin labeling: Not so COOL? asks its readers what they think of Canada’s World Trade Organization complaint over US country-of-origin labeling rules.

General Mills Cheerios cereal is a drug, says FDA

General Mills has been told to change the marketing of its popular Cheerios whole grain cereal, as the health claims it currently uses classify it as an unapproved drug.

Canada renews dispute over US COOL rules

Canada has renewed its World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute over US country-of-origin (COOL) labeling rules.

US state bans BPA in baby bottles

Minnesota has become the first US state to ban the use of the controversial chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) in baby bottles. Concern focuses on the possible effects of BPA leaching...

Record FDA budget proposed as Hamburg clears Senate

Dr Margaret Hamburg, the Obama Administration’s pick to lead the FDA, easily cleared the Senate on Thursday, while the Administration proposed a record budget increase for the agency.

US to shelve Roquefort tariff hike

Proposed US tariffs of 300 per cent for Roquefort cheese are to be shelved under a new arrangement between the US Trade Representative (USTR) and the European Commission (EC).

How the EU health claims process could impact US

How will the new health claims system in Europe impact the state of play in the North American market? Lorraine Heller speaks to a leading international ingredients supplier about the...

Meat industry urges rethink on Chinese chicken

A group of meat industry representatives has sent a letter to President Obama urging a rethink of legislation banning imported cooked poultry from China, saying it breaches US trade obligations.

Plea for independent Canadian food agency

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s dual mandate of public protection and food risk safety assessment is not working and should be replaced with an independent food safety agency, warns...

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Americans support subsidy cuts for large farms, says survey

Most Americans support cutting farm subsidies to large farming businesses, according to a new survey from .


Food safety reform: Not a century too soon

On a summer’s day in 1906 Theodore Roosevelt pushed through new food safety regulation. The Food and Drugs Act passed that day over 100 years ago was the last time...

FDA relaxes prior notice rule for food imports

The FDA’s Department of Health and Human Services has published a new guide on the Prior Notice rule for small companies involved in the import and export of foods...

Obama nominates USDA nutrition and research undersecretaries

President Obama made two appointments within the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Friday, to run the department’s public nutrition programs, and to oversee US agricultural research and education.

New report calls for stronger local-level food safety systems

Holes need to be plugged in local and state-level food safety programs in order to effectively protect the public from foodborne illness, says a new report prepared with input from...

Anti-adulteration actions aren’t working, says FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration has said current regulations are not working to prevent deliberate contamination of food and pharmaceutical products and has called a public meeting to...

Farmers and food processors lobby for looser Made in Canada laws

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) has teamed with Food Processors of Canada in an attempt to relax strict laws governing Product of Canada labeling implemented at the beginning...

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