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Deregulation of GE biofuel corn raises food contamination fears

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has deregulated a variety of Syngenta corn genetically engineered (GE) to produce alpha-amylase, an enzyme that breaks down starch into sugar, thereby aiding biofuel...

Dingell urges funding approval for food safety law

Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) has urged Congress to approve the $1.4bn of funding estimated to be necessary to implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which President Obama signed into...

FDA to hire ‘chief outbreak director’

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said it is seeking someone to fill the newly created position of chief outbreak director, putting one person in charge of foodborne illness...

Peanut Corp. salmonella victims call for criminal charges against Parnell

Victims of the salmonella outbreak linked to peanut products from the Peanut Corporation of America called a meeting in Washington, D.C. on Friday to demand criminal charges be brought against...

Proposed law aims to promote personal responsibility for obesity

Minnesota state law would prevent people from suing food companies for making them gain weight, under a revived bill proposed by Rep. Dean Urdahl (R-Grove City).

Nutella manufacturer faces lawsuit over nutrition claims

A consumer class action lawsuit has been filed against Ferrero USA in a San Diego federal court, accusing it of falsely portraying Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread as part of a...

USDA to partially deregulate GM sugar beets

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has decided to partially deregulate genetically modified (GM) sugar beets, allowing planting of the crop under certain conditions, despite a court ban.


Sugar: regulatory sweet nothings leave food and drink makers in limbo

Jazz singer Nina Simone’s plaintive, “I want a little sugar in my bowl”, will strike the right note with Europe’s beleaguered sugar industry.

Ruling allows Starbucks to end Kraft partnership

A New York federal court has denied Kraft’s request for a preliminary injunction against Starbucks, paving the way for the coffee giant to end the companies’ packaged coffee distribution agreement...

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USDA deregulates GM alfalfa

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has decided to fully deregulate alfalfa that has been genetically modified (GM) to be resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup-brand herbicide, the agency has said.

Senate bill aims to reform US sugar policy

US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced a new bipartisan bill in the Senate this week intended to phase out the sugar support program, claiming sugar prices are artificially high and...

WHO highlights governments’ role in curbing unhealthy advertising

Governments should play a more active role in curbing the marketing of foods and non-alcoholic beverages high in saturated fat, trans-fatty acids, free sugars, or salt to children, warns the...

Hawaiian governor Abercrombie proposes soda tax

Hawaiian governor Neil Abercrombie has proposed establishing a tax on soda and similar beverages in the state, in his first State of the State address.

Snapple beats ‘all-natural’ lawsuit

A federal court judge has rejected a lawsuit against Snapple Beverage Corp. that alleged the company misled consumers by labeling drinks containing high fructose corn syrup as ‘all-natural’.

Reportable Food Registry works to prevent illness, says FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said that its Reportable Food Registry (RFR) is working to prevent foodborne illness outbreaks, in its first annual report on its efficacy.

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Scots bid to end US haggis ban

Haggis makers in Scotland would experience a boom in export sales if politicians succeed in persuading the US to lift a 40 year-old ban on the traditional dish.


EC complacency on dioxins weakens Europe’s food safety standing

The complacency being exhibited by Brussels over the ongoing dioxin contamination incident is every bit as concerning as the carcinogenic chemical that has found its way into the food and...

Kraft claims ending Starbucks deal would cause ‘irreparable harm’

Starbucks has filed for early termination of its coffee distribution agreement with Kraft Foods – but Kraft has said that ending the deal early would cause it “irreparable harm”.

Better FDA guidance needed to avoid ‘misleading’ health claims

The FDA needs to provide better industry guidance on how to avoid making potentially misleading health claims on food labels, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

FDA seeks to halt production at US juice company

The FDA is seeking the closure of US juice company Mystical One after it failed to implement an HACCP plan or comply with cGMP requirements and then did not respond...

USDA seeks comments on organic label claims

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking comments on draft guidance for the labeling of products that contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients.

Cargill: FDA phytosterol CHD claim change will cause “irreparable injury”

Industry is calling on the FDA to extend the compliance period to proposed changes the agency is making for a phytosterol-based coronary heart disease (CHD)-lowering health claim that will broaden...

New food safety bill should spur industry action: Report

New food safety legislation was signed into law last week, increasing the urgency for food companies to update their food safety plans, according to a new report from PwC US...

FDA reveals final phase of Transparency Initiative

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has unveiled the third and final stage of an initiative intended to improve the transparency of its rulemaking process with the industries it regulates.

Agriculture Secretary calls for ‘new paradigm’ of cooperation in GM debate

USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has called for compromise and cooperation between supporters of genetically modified (GM) crops and those of non-GM crops in an open letter to stakeholders.

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