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US authorities quiet over potential Jensen Farm prosecution

Authorities in the US have remained tight-lipped over the potential prosecution of Jensen Farms – the company responsible for listeria-infected cantaloupes that have killed dozens.

Californian resident files complaint over King Arthur ‘all-natural’ labels

King Arthur Flour is the latest company to become the focus of a class action lawsuit for using ‘all-natural’ labeling on products that allegedly contain synthetic ingredients.

WTO sides with Canada on US meat country of origin labeling

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled that US policy on country of origin labeling violates international trade rules by creating barriers to free trade, including with Canada and Mexico.

Global scientists serve up food security policy recommendations

Global food systems need an immediate transformation to meet current and future threats to food security and environmental sustainability, according to a new report.

Compromise bill grants FDA $50m boost to implement FSMA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would be granted an extra $50m of funding for 2012 according to the provisions of a bipartisan compromise bill, some of which would help...

Food Stamp program participation slows - but continues to grow

Last year, 44 million Americans took part in the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – formerly the Food Stamp program – according to a new report from the Carsey Institute.

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'Whisky' war breaks out as SWA accuses Arkay of illegal promotional claim

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has warned consumers "not to be taken in" by a new product claiming to be the world's first alcohol-free whisky and has signalled its intent...

Global food safety training fund established at APEC

A new global food safety fund was announced at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in Honolulu, Hawaii on Saturday, to support global food safety improvements and understanding of...

You say stanol, I say sterol… Raisio clashes with Unilever over cholesterol-lowering terminology

Heart healthy food giants Raisio and Unilever have clashed over proposed changes to the wording of health claims about phytosterols and the risk of coronary heart disease.

POLL results: We need a clearer definition of natural... and the FDA should come up with it

We need a formal definition of ‘natural’ to ensure it is used more consistently in food labeling and marketing– and the FDA should provide it - according to the results...


Another day, another food safety scandal – so where’s the cash?

Dilly-dallying over whether to dish up an extra $1.4bn over five years to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act is not only scandalous – it’s also false economy.

NPA weighs into ‘natural’ debate as Natural Seal initiative for food gathers pace

New standards to underpin the use of the word ‘natural’ on meat & poultry products and snacks & cereals should be released by the Natural Products Association (NPA) next year...

US appeals to China for food safety assistance

Food safety authorities in the US have appealed to their Chinese counterparts for help to “move forward” and create a global approach to food safety.

CFBAI boss: Food advertising to kids is a ‘wholly inappropriate’ area for government intervention

Food advertising to children is a “perfect example of a topic that is wholly inappropriate for government regulation”, according to the vice president of the Children's Food and Beverage Advertising...

Fair Trade USA reacts to criticism with labeling policy review

Fair Trade USA has said it will conduct a full review of its forthcoming ingredients labeling policy in response to criticism from other stakeholders in the Fair Trade industry.

Special edition: Front-of-pack nutrition labeling

Front-of-pack poll results: No clear winner (except cynicism…)

There is no clear winner in the front-of-pack labeling stakes, according to the results of the latest FoodNavigator-USA poll. Unless you count cynicism…

Consumer group calls HFCS corn sugar campaign ‘food identity theft’

Non-profit consumer group Citizens for Health is the latest organization to oppose the Corn Refiners Association’s petition to allow ‘corn sugar’ as an alternative label declaration for high fructose corn...

Industry decides safety of about one-third of food additives, review finds

The safety of about one-third of food additives in the US food supply has been decided by industry, without review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), claims a new...

Jury finds for Novozymes in patent infringement case against Danisco

Danisco was told by a US court to pay Danish food ingredients producer Novozymes $18.3m in damages for patent infringement.

Vilsack calls for innovation and more diversity in US food supply

There is a need for greater diversification of the American food supply and US diets need to change, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in his keynote speech at the launch...

Court dismisses ‘processed’ fiber case

A Chicago district court has dismissed a complaint alleging that General Mills and Kellogg Company should have specified on-pack that their Fiber One, Fiber Plus and other bars contained “processed”...

IOM front-of-pack labels are step in right direction but need more work, says Guiding Stars advisor

The Institute of Medicine’s (IOM’s) proposed front-of-pack (FOP) labeling scheme is a positive step forward, but "needs much more work”, according to supporters of one leading FOP scheme already up...

Consumer groups file complaint over ‘stealth’ PepsiCo ads

Consumer groups have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against PepsiCo and its subsidiary Frito-Lay, claiming that it uses deceptive and unfair marketing techniques to attract teenage...

‘Corn sugar’ lawsuit attempts to shut down free speech, claims CRA

A lawsuit that claims it is misleading to market high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as ‘corn sugar’ and ‘natural’ has been allowed to go ahead – but the Corn Refiners...

Industry welcomes new US free trade agreements

Free trade agreements signed last week with Colombia, Panama and South Korea will be critically important for increasing US food exports to these markets and create a level playing field...

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