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IPA chief: "Regulators are starting to turn the corner on probiotics"

A new-look International Probiotics Association is creating dialogue with key regulators around the world, and the regulators are starting to turn the corner on how they regulate the friendly bugs,...

FDA: We are eveloping draft voluntary targets for sodium reduction

CSPI sues FDA for dragging its feet over sodium reduction; FDA still working on voluntary targets

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is suing the FDA in a bid to compel it to respond to a 2005 petition requesting that it revoke the...

'The Dietary Guidelines are not the appropriate vehicle for this important policy conversation about sustainability'

USDA, HHS: 2015 dietary guidelines won't factor in sustainability

Sustainability will not factor into the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, say the US Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services, prompting praise from the meat lobby and anger...

Pro- and anti- camps square up for battle over Vermont GMO labeling law

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) will go to court on Thursday (Oct 8) in a last-ditch attempt to convince judges that a GMO labeling law due to come into effect...

Cargill: 'This opens up a new space and helps us address a market we can’t get to today from the leaf'

Next generation Reb D + M to debut at Supply Side West: 'It performs exceptionally well in diet soda'

Cargill and Evolva will introduce their hotly-anticipated ‘next-generation’ Reb D and Reb M sweetener – produced via fermentation rather than from the stevia leaf – at the Supply Side West...

Whole Foods: PETA’s ‘cynical, publicity-driven’ lawsuit is a waste of the court’s time and taxpayer’s money

Whole Foods Market has challenged allegations by animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), that the standards to which it holds its meat and poultry suppliers “barely...

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New FEMA GRAS flavor ingredient library demonstrates commitment to transparency, says FEMA

Food and beverage manufacturers, researchers, journalists and consumers seeking information about flavor ingredients can now access a publicly available database of flavor ingredients with FEMA GRAS (Generally Recognized as safe)...

Welch’s fruit snacks are ‘no more healthful than candy’, says false advertising lawsuit

Welch’s fruit snacks are candy masquerading as healthy snacks, says a false advertising lawsuit filed in New York.

NSF's new GMO certification leverages companies' existing systems, exec says

Demand for GMO certification services has been growing faster than supply, and NSF has responded to that demand with its new True North certification program, said the scheme’s director.

Pepsi strikes deal with health advocacy group over 4-mei levels in soft drinks

PepsiCo has struck a legal settlement with The Center for Environmental Health in which it has agreed to keep levels of 4-mei (4-Methylimidazole) – an impurity generated during the production...

American Egg Board denies claims it ‘went way beyond its mandate’ as Hampton Creek calls for Congressional investigation

The American Egg Board (AEB) has rejected allegations by Hampton Creek that it “engaged in numerous illegal activities” in order to undermine the San Francisco-based firm, which is now calling...

Pompeo bill would ‘create a competing Non-GMO label with drastically lower standards’, says Non-GMO Project

While supporters of Rep. Mike Pompeo’s Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (HR1599) welcome its proposal to create a national standard for non-GMO claims, the Non-GMO Project says this would...

Judge refuses to certify class in PopCorners all-natural/GMO lawsuit

A California judge has declined to certify a class of consumers in a lawsuit alleging New York-based Medora Snacks falsely used the term ‘all-natural’ on PopCorners labels because the corn-based...

Florida judge approves $3.99m deal in Kashi GMO false advertising lawsuit

 A federal judge in Florida has approved a $3.99m deal to resolve a proposed class action accusing Kashi of misleading shoppers by labeling products made with GMOs as ‘all-natural’.

Sec. of Agriculture Vilsack calls on Congress to strengthen school lunches, access to breakfast

Preserving and strengthening the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which sets school lunch standards and makes free and reduced meals available to children, could lower the healthcare costs in the US...

Chipotle: People who eat GM foods are not themselves genetically modified. The same applies to cows fed GM feed…

Chipotle vows to fight ‘meritless’ GMO lawsuit, but case highlights legal minefield over Non-GMO claims

Chipotle says it will vigorously defend a “meritless and unfair” lawsuit accusing it of falsely advertising its wares as non-GMO. But attorneys say the case shows that firms are vulnerable...

Nestlé USA accuses FIT CRUNCH bar maker of trademark infringement over ‘confusingly similar’ logo and packaging

FIT CRUNCH - baked protein bars developed by celebrity chef Robert Irvine and FortiFX founder Sean Perich – are sold in “packages nearly identical” to Nestlé’s CRUNCH chocolate bars, alleges...

Judge tosses most claims in unfair competition lawsuit vs Nestlé Waters North America, but allows some to proceed

A New York federal judge has dismissed most claims in a lawsuit accusing Nestlé Waters North America of “deceptive, fraudulent and predatory behavior” in a bid to drive a small...

Class-action baked bread lawsuit dismissed against Whole Foods and other grocers

Three class-action lawsuits claiming grocers fooled shoppers into believing bread was freshly made in stores were dismissed by a United States District Court judge last week.

AUGUST 2015 NEWS QUIZ: Are you up to speed with the latest food & beverage industry news?

Do you know what company Coca-Cola just took a minority stake in, or what revenues EPIC Provisions is forecasting to make in 2015?  And which beverage brand just got into...

Yakult USA confident of "eventual and ultimate vindication" in probiotics class action

Probiotic specialist Yakult USA has challenged allegations in a class action alleging it is misleading US shoppers about the digestive health benefits of its fermented drinks and says it is confident...

Letter shows FDA is serious about enforcing standards of identity, says lawyer

FDA warning letter to Hampton Creek could trigger new wave of lawsuits, predict attorneys

While Unilever dropped a false advertising lawsuit over egg-free spread Just Mayo last year amid an avalanche of bad PR, the FDA has picked up where Unilever left off with...

Judge stays Gen Mills trans fat lawsuit, but FDA has left firms exposed to civil litigation, argue attorneys

In a ruling that will be read with interest by food manufacturers worried about being sued for using partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), a judge in California has stayed a PHO-related...

FDA warning letter reminds industry whole stevia leaf is not GRAS or an approved food additive

A recent FDA warning letter reminds food and beverage manufacturers that whole stevia leaf is not generally recognized as safe for conventional foods, even though many extracts of the plant...

Soylent case reignites debate over Prop 65: 'It's basically extortion,' claims attorney

LA-based Soylent says it “stands by the quality and safety” of its meal substitutes, after being threatened with legal action alleging its Soylent 1.5 powders contain risky levels of heavy...

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