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Front-of-pack labeling poll: Facts up Front or a points-based system? Tell us what you think

Front-of-pack (FOP) nutrition labels are designed to help busy shoppers make rapid, but more informed, choices about which foods are healthier.


IOM front-of-pack labeling scheme: It’s bold, it’s simple and I love it. But is it fair?

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) certainly didn’t pull any punches in its front-of-pack labels report yesterday.

Bakers hail CFTC vote as ‘step in right direction’ to stop index funds sending commodity markets into a spin

Moves to impose position limits on non-commercial hedgers in commodity markets mark an important step in the right direction to tackle volatility in wheat futures, says the American Bakers Association...

POM prepares for battle with Ocean Spray as FTC false advertising case drags on – and on…

It is now increasingly likely that a judgment in the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) false advertising case against POM Wonderful will not be issued before POM squares up with rival...

General Mills on fruit snacks lawsuit: ‘We stand behind our claims’

General Mills has defended its fruit snacks after lobby group The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and law firm Reese Richman launched a class action against the...

First seizure of food under new food safety law

Officials have seized food products for the first time under the provision of the Food Safety Modernization Act, after they found “widespread and active rodent and insect infestation” at a...

Canadian food recalls up as inspections increase

The number of food recalls in Canada has increased in the past year – and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says it is a trend that is likely to...

Agencies to weaken voluntary marketing guidelines

The federal agencies behind proposed voluntary guidelines on marketing foods and beverages to children appear to have backed away from some of their earlier recommendations, responding to industry concerns.

Canada outlines proposed regulations for energy drinks

The Canadian government has put forward a proposal for energy drinks to be regulated as foods rather than as natural health products, which could see a raft of new labeling...

FDA commissioner Hamburg renews call for food safety funds

Upcoming standards for the food industry will represent a watershed in US food safety, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) chief Margaret Hamburg said at a food policy conference this week...

Tooth ‘disfigurement’ law suit without merit: Nestlé Waters

A law suit has been filed against US drinks giants Nestlé USA, Nestlé Waters and the Gerber Products Company, after a young girl claimed that fluoride in their products severely...

'Total' war in yogurt fixture as Fage tackles General Mills in trademark dispute

One of the nation’s biggest yogurt brands has launched a blistering attack on the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) after it sided with General Mills in a ruling...

Krill oil dispute turns ugly as new patent prompts wave of litigation

The biggest players in krill oil are at war again - this time over a US patent awarded to Neptune Technologies & Bioressources, which its arch rival argues should never...

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Do consumers have a right to know whether foods have been made with GM ingredients?

A coalition of nearly 400 businesses and organizations has delivered a petition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calling for the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.

Bunge allowed to reject Syngenta’s GM corn, court rules

A federal judge has ruled that agricultural processing giant Bunge will not have to process Syngenta’s biotech corn, rejecting Syngenta’s request that Bunge should be obliged to accept the corn...

Super strength drinks firm bullish despite ‘deceptive advertising’ claim

A US firm accused by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of deceptive advertising doesn’t believe it violated any laws, despite agreeing to repackage and label its super-strength alcoholic products.

Industry steams ahead with FOP labeling scheme days before IOM report is due

Food manufacturers have unveiled plans to pump $50m into promoting the Nutrition Keys front-of-pack (FOP) labeling scheme just days before the release of an independent report on the merits of...

Sugar prices kept artificially high, say US bakers and confectioners on reform path

Last week, hundreds of confectioners and bakers gathered on Capitol Hill, the meeting place of the US congress, to call for an end to the sugar price support programme, which...

Canadian energy drink ‘drug’ designation not in consumer interest, CBA

Tough new regulations concerning classifying energy drinks as 'stimulant drug containing drinks' in Canada are not in the interest of consumers, according to the Canadian Beverage Association (CBA).

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FDA makes $6.5m food safety grant

In a bid to optimise US food safety inspection results, the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set aside a $6.5m grant to improve the current food safety system.

North American demand for honey spurs purity certification offering

A market for Indian honey in the North American market has prompted Intertek to launch a honey certification service for manufacturers and exporters in India.

Campbell settles lawsuit over low sodium label claims

The Campbell Soup Company has settled a lawsuit for $1.05m, in which four New Jersey women claimed that the company’s ‘less sodium’ claim on tomato soup was misleading.

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Judge dismisses Hormel lawsuit over ‘natural’ labels

A federal judge has dismissed Hormel Foods’ claim that meat products containing sodium lactate or potassium lactate are misbranded as ‘natural’, because the USDA has not issued a final agency...

IFT to lead FDA product tracing pilot studies

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) has said it will lead two pilot studies for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to identify the fastest methods for product tracing, as...

Senate bill could provide extra $50m FDA funding

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved an extra $50m of funding for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2012 – the only non-security agency to receive increased funding under...

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