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Hampton Creek to settle worker classification lawsuit

Just Mayo maker Hampton Creek – one of a growing number of food companies sued for allegedly misclassifying workers as independent contractors as opposed to employees – is settling its...

World health leaders push for junk food taxes and ad bans

The World Medical Association has lent its weight in support of tough new policies to curb obesity, including taxes on junk food and sugary drinks as well as bans on...

FDA should ‘expedite evaluation’ of NuTek potassium salt petition, says GMA

GMA to FDA: Sodium reduction guidance must be re-worded or industry will face a tidal wave of 'frivolous litigation'

Two years isn’t enough time for food manufacturers to make the kind of reductions in sodium that the FDA is asking for, says the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), which also...

Cargill believes it has passed stevia taste test just in time for new nutrition labels

Consumer research leads Cargill to believe that it has finally rounded the stevia taste bend, just in time for the revamp of nutrition labeling phases in over the next several...

'Confusion' best describes global regulation of aloe, expert says

After years on the market, aloe as an ingredient is still poorly understood by most regulators around the world, attendees at a recent ingredient-specific session were told.

3 strategies buoying soft drink sales in the face of volume declines

Sales of carbonated soft drinks continue to decline as consumers reach for lower sugar, lower calorie and more natural alternatives, but all hope is not lost for the soda category,...

A shifting perception of responsibility for healthy diet makes food policy political touch point

A significant shift in the percentage of Americans who now believe society, rather than individuals, hold primary responsibility for choosing healthy food to promote wellness and prevent disease is mirrored...

American Bakers Association backs 'potassium salt' petition: It sounds more clean label

The American Bakers Association (ABA) has joined the CSPI, Unilever, and other food manufacturers in voicing its support for a citizen’s petition asking the FDA to permit ‘potassium salt’ as...

Dole Foods 9th Circuit ruling reignites all-natural lawsuit, 'emboldens plaintiff's bar'

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed (in part) a lower court’s ruling that Dole Foods’ ‘all natural fruit’ labeling likely isn't deceptive, resurrecting a four-year-old lawsuit, and giving...

Firms can now use 'healthy' on labels if products contain mostly healthy fats, and at least 10% of DV for potassium or vit D

FDA: We need to look again at the conditions of use for ‘healthy’ claims

Are the conditions of use governing ‘healthy’ claims on food labels out of date? Yes, acknowledges the FDA, which is asking stakeholders to help it update the criteria via a...

FDA hints at how conventional foods can make structure/function claims

For the first time, FDA weighs in on what marketers must have on hand to support claims about conventional foods’ direct impact on consumers’ bodies. 

GUEST ARTICLE: When it comes to food safety, doing just what is required will never be enough

The esteemed American food writer Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher once wrote, “First we eat, then we do everything else.”

Kellogg, Post & General Mills hit with wave of lawsuits as plaintiff’s bar turns up the heat on sugar

If a high percentage of the calories in your product are from added sugar, and you are stating or implying that it’s healthy and nutritious, are you at risk of...

USDA inches toward allowing online grocery purchases with food stamps

Under pressure from industry, consumers and legislators, the US Department of Agriculture is exploring how Americans can use food stamps to buy groceries online.

Mondelēz urges NY judge to dismiss Sour Patch Kids slack-fill suit

Mondelēz seeks to strike down a nationwide class action lawsuit that alleges the firm's Sour Patch Kids box “misleads consumers into believing that they were receiving more products that they actually...

Parties clash over Welch's 'made with real fruit' fruit snack label claims

Reasonable consumers may well be misled by the packaging of Welch’s fruit snacks, a magistrate judge has concluded, prompting a lengthy rebuttal from the defendants in court documents filed this...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast:The rise & future potential of grass fed claims

Grass-fed claims on products are a beacon for consumers who are health-conscious, want minimally processed food and care about animal welfare, and as such manufacturers increasingly are using them on...

General Mills targeted in latest ‘100% natural’ lawsuit over glyphosate

General Mills is the latest major CPG company to be targeted with class action lawsuits alleging it misrepresented the oats used in selected Nature Valley bars and snacks as ‘100%...

Judge throws out case against Starbucks over liquid to ice ratio in its iced drinks

A California federal judge has dismissed a class action lawsuit brought against Starbucks claiming that the company tricks customers by making its iced beverages appear full but underfilling the cup...

Berkeley ‘soda tax’ linked to 21% drop in sugary beverage consumption, study finds

Within months of enacting Berkeley’s controversial “soda tax” and the corresponding public awareness campaign on the health risks of sugar-sweetened beverages, consumption of the drinks in the California city dropped...

New name would 'improve consumer understanding and promote clear food labeling' says Unilever

Unilever, CSPI support NuTek potassium salt petition, but the Salt Institute urges FDA to reject it ‘in the strongest terms’

Unilever and The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) have both voiced their support for a citizen’s petition asking the FDA to permit ‘potassium salt’ as an alternate...

Label Insight: Your SmartLabel landing pages could become more important than your website or facebook pages

While the SmartLabel initiative has been dismissed by some as an elaborate conspiracy by big food companies to avoid mandatory on-pack GMO labeling statements, it will ultimately have far broader significance...

Shoppers aren’t confused by our labels, Chobani tells court: ‘Plaintiffs count on a consumer who is a veritable fool’

A false advertising lawsuit alleging that Chobani’s labels are confusing and deceptive, paints American consumers as credulous fools unable to apply common sense when they go shopping, argues the yogurt...

Senator slams FDA final rule on GRAS: ‘a self-graded take home exam that industry doesn’t even have to hand in’

New FDA rules clarifying the process by which ingredients are deemed generally recognized as safe (GRAS) have been welcomed by some stakeholders, but harshly criticized by others, who say any...

Vox Pop: Consumers had this to say about GMO labeling...

On the heels of President Barack Obama signing into law a federal bill requiring the disclosure of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on packaged food and beverage products, we at Beverage...

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