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Egg recall renews calls for movement on food safety legislation

A massive multi-state recall of salmonella-tainted shell eggs has led to renewed calls for food safety legislation to move forward in the Senate, as the number of related illnesses looks...

American Beverage Association spent nearly $4m on anti-tax lobbying in Q2

The American Beverage Association spent $3.5m lobbying the federal government on beverage taxes this month – and a total of $3.95m during the second quarter, according to a disclosure report.

Court blocks planting of GM sugar beets pending assessment

A federal judge ruled on Friday that genetically modified (GM) sugar beets should not be planted or processed until the US Department of Agriculture has carried out a thorough assessment...

Senate food safety bill edges toward vote

Lawmakers released a bipartisan agreement on the Senate’s food safety bill on Thursday, signaling that it is likely to be debated in the Senate when it reconvenes in September.

Beverage, confectionery makers respond to Child Nutrition Act

The Child Nutrition Act has been broadly welcomed by the food and beverage industry, following its unanimous passage through the Senate late last week.

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Is cloned food legal? Europe must decide, and fast

Big oops. Meat and milk from the offspring of cloned animals has entered the UK food chain. Cue scary headlines and scared consumers. But the leviathan of EU-lawmaking means no-one...

Almond growers given go-ahead to challenge pasteurization law

A federal appeals court has ruled that organic almond growers can challenge a law requiring mandatory pasteurization of almonds intended to reduce risk of salmonella contamination, overturning a previous decision.

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USDA considers ‘natural’ rules for chicken

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is considering new rules for the labeling chicken as ‘natural’, after objections from some producers about salt-water injected chicken being promoted as such.

Feds go after repeat offender food processor

US federal authorities are seeking a permanent injunction against a New York food processor for a host of violations over a four-year period.

Base voluntary front-of-pack labeling on calories, say confectioners

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has said it favors voluntary listing of calories front-of-pack rather than introducing a scale or rating system, in comments to the Food and Drug Administration...

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Energy drink makers must do more to protect children

Energy drinks makers risk a regulatory clamp down if they fail to take action on marketing campaigns that irresponsibly target young consumers.

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New York State bans bisphenol A

New York State has become the latest US state to ban bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact materials.

FDA hails Reportable Food Registry success

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has collected 125 food safety reports through its Reportable Food Registry in its first nine months of operation, the agency has said.

Medical journal editors urge energy drink rethink

An editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) has called for more regulation and initiative from industry to protect children from the potential health threat posed by energy drinks.

Coca-Cola fails to dismiss Vitaminwater lawsuit

Coca-Cola is to face a lawsuit challenging the health claims on its Vitaminwater drinks, after a US federal judge denied the firm’s request to have the lawsuit dismissed.

PureCircle gains FDA GRAS for Reb D and F

Major stevia player PureCircle has won a GRAS (generally recognized as safe) letter of no objection from the Food and Drug Administration for a blend it is aiming at products...

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Functional foods at a crossroads

Do functional foods work?

Class action may follow FTC-Nestlé settlement

Nestlé was not dealt a financial penalty in its settlement this week with the Federal Trade Commission over immunity health claims being made for some of its probiotic products, but...

China reduces minimum protein levels to combat melamine

China has lowered minimum protein levels in raw milk in the country’s latest effort to stamp out the use of melamine in the dairy industry.

Obama says new food safety legislation would promote prevention

President Obama has said that passing the Food Safety Modernization Act would provide government with the tools it needs to better ensure food safety, as long-awaited discussion began in the...

Kids see more fast food adverts, fewer for sweets

American children now see less TV advertising for confectionery products, but more for fast food, according to a new study that recommends continued monitoring of marketing practices and food company...

Wrigley to pay millions over misleading gum claims

Mars-owned Wrigley will pay consumers up to $7m after settling a class action that challenged its right to claim its Eclipse gum was, "scientifically proven to help kill the germs...

USDA seeks industry comments on Codex standards

The US Department of Agriculture’s Office of Food Safety (OFS) has said it is seeking comments on the standards-setting activities of the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

USDA says soda tax would reduce obesity

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has added its voice to the debate on soda tax and the prevalence of overweight and obesity, saying that a 20 percent price increase...

FDA urges phasing out of antibiotics in meat

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has produced draft guidelines for reducing the use of growth-promoting antibiotic drugs for meat-producing animals, saying it contributes to drug resistance in humans.

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