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Plant Based Products Association launches to fuel growth of alternatives to animal-based products

Manufacturers of meat alternatives, tofu, tempeh, nut milks and vegan dairy replacements have a new champion in their corner and in Washington to help them level a playing field that...

Study out of Purdue estimates environmental toll of eliminating GMOs

Calculations by researchers at Purdue estimate 102,000 hectares of US forest and pasture would have to be converted to cropland if GMOs were eliminated, but anti-GMO organizations argued that the...

Bill requires mandatory GMO labeling but would not require front of pack ‘warning’ statements

Sen. Merkley introduces new GMO labeling bill backed by Campbell Soup, Amy's Kitchen, but critics say it “can’t pass”

Two days after Senator Pat Roberts’ voluntary GMO labeling bill got the green light from the Senate agriculture committee, Senator Jeff Merkley* (D-OR) has introduced a ‘common-sense’ alternative he claims...

Many Americans continue to drink sugary beverages daily, CDC research concludes

Fewer Americans are reaching for sugar sweetened beverages, but consumption remains high – prompting a call for more aggressive measures to further reduce ingestion, according to new research released by...

Sen. Pat Roberts' GMO labeling bill passes ag ctte: 'What we’re facing is not a safety or health issue, it's a market issue'

A bill that would pre-empt state laws that mandate GMO labeling (such as Act 120 in Vermont) and set up a federal voluntary labeling system instead, has passed in the Senate...

California judge tosses Chipotle GMO labeling lawsuit

What does non-GMO mean? It depends on the consumer, says judge in Chipotle lawsuit

A California federal court has dismissed a high-profile lawsuit alleging Chipotle falsely advertised its food as non-GMO. And while it has given the plaintiff leave to amend her suit, it...

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Heinz prevails in IP dispute over 'dip & squeeze' packs

A Chicago-based inventor who claims Heinz ripped off his patented idea for a flexible condiment package dubbed the ‘CondiCup’ in its ‘Dip & Squeeze’ product has lost his latest legal...

Sen. Pat Roberts proposes GMO labeling bill, as July 1 deadline to label products in Vermont looms

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan) has unveiled proposed legislation that would pre-empt state laws that mandate GMO labeling (such as Act 120 in Vermont) and set up a federal voluntary...

Pepperidge Farm accused of misclassifying employees as independent contractors

Pepperidge Farm – the latest food company to find itself in legal hot water over allegedly misclassifying employees as independent contractors – says it will vigorously defend itself after being...

Judge tosses lawsuit accusing Whole Foods of understating sugar in yogurt, but says plaintiffs can amend it

Litigation spanning 10 states accusing Whole Foods of significantly understating the sugar content in its 365 Everyday Value plain Greek yogurt has been dismissed on the grounds that the plaintiffs...

Employees or independent contractors? Hampton Creek joins growing number of firms sued over worker classification

Just Mayo maker Hampton Creek has joined a growing number of companies to be sued for allegedly misclassifying workers as independent contractors as opposed to employees.

House passes bill that gives grocery stores wiggle room on menu labeling regulations

Legislation passed in the House Feb. 12 would give grocers wiggle room to comply with FDA’s menu-labeling requirements, which they and others complain is overly burdensome and unrealistic for how...

Obama’s budget proposal attempts to fill FSMA funding gap, but likely falls short, industry claims

President Obama’s fiscal budget proposal significantly bolsters funding for food safety, but industry stakeholders doubt it is enough to ensure the Administration’s desired legacy.

Summer feeding program for school children could become permanent if Obama gets his way

Recognizing the detrimental impact – and long-term costs to the US – of hunger on children’s health and education, President Obama proposes expanding and streamlining existing programs that help feed...

More governments will act to restrict soda consumption, but additional progress needed, CSPI says

More than half a dozen countries hope to follow Mexico’s successful lead in reducing sugary soda consumption by severely restricting advertising and leveraging heavy excise taxes on the beverages by...

Nutrition data displayed graphically helps consumers make healthier choices

A graphical display of select nutrients has resulted in consumers purchasing healthier, lower-calorie menu items as a meal when ordering in a café setting, a study has shown.

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USDA targets reduction of Salmonella and Campylobacter in poultry

The US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) has finalized federal standards that it estimates will prevent an average of 50,000 illnesses annually.

Gen Mills challenges Cheerios Protein lawsuit: Plaintiffs ‘completely misunderstand’ federal regs

General Mills has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit alleging it misled shoppers by presenting Cheerios Protein as a “high protein, healthful alternative to Cheerios”, and insists the product...

FDA declines petition, sticks with soy protein’s heart health claim

The FDA will not revoke soy protein's health claims, as requested by a citizen petition. But the agency also admits that there will still be ongoing review on the ingredient....

Natural & Organic Health Association drops plans for “natural” seal

The Organic & Natural Health Association is abandoning its plan to create a certified seal that demonstrates when products are natural, but it remains dedicated to defining the widely used,...

Approval of IBS claims in Canada to help Taiyo further differentiate Sunfiber ingredient

Japanese supplier Taiyo has bolstered the already impressive scientific and regulatory backing for its Sunfiber gut health ingredient with new approved health claims in Canada and others in Japan.

Vermont AG office announces authorized companies to verify GMO-free claims

There will be two companies authorized to verify GMO-free claims in Vermont. Some experts worry about application backlog to meet the July 1 deadline, while others say it’s a step...

CSPI urges FDA to ban artificial colors, or at minimum encourage companies not to use them

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is taking FDA to task for “failing to protect children” from artificial dyes that it says cause behavior problems, but which FDA...

Potential compromise reached on food fight about school meals

A bipartisan Senate agreement and proposed legislation slated for markup Jan. 20 could end the long, drawn out food fight over healthier school meal standards laid out in the aggressive...

Can “green” claims turn the GMO debate around in 2016, analysts ask

Growing consumer concern about food waste and the environmental impact of food production could be a “conversation starter” for food manufacturers to shift consumers’ focus on genetically modified organisms away...

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