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FDA approves voluntary folic acid fortification of corn masa flour

The FDA has given the green light to the voluntary fortification of corn masa flour, allowing manufacturers to add up to 0.7mg per pound, which is consistent with fortification levels...

Nationwide GMO labeling, insurance coverage & increased enforcement top NPA's wish list on Capitol Hill

Members of the Natural Products Association met with their senators' and representatives' offices in Washington, DC, April 13 to promote standardized GMO labeling nationwide, insurance coverage of dietary supplements, increased...

USDA wants to strengthen animal welfare rules under the organic standard

A proposed regulation that would strengthen and clarify organic animal welfare standards would align consumers’ expectations with production practices and improve their confidence in the organic seal, according to USDA.

Islam was the fastest growing religion in America from 2000 to 2010

GUEST ARTICLE: US halal food regulations… Are you up to speed?

A growing segment of US consumers is scrutinizing animal treatment and slaughter from an Islamic lens, while halal food consumption among the nation's fast-growing Muslim population has become a ballooning...

Meat’s place in school meals debated following WHO categorizing it as a carcinogen

A frequent lightening-rod for political debates about nutrition, school meals are in the middle of another storm – this time about whether processed meat should have a place on the...

5-Hour Energy awarded $20 million in counterfeiting case

5-Hour Energy has settled its claims against most of the more than 70 defendants named in a high-profile, consolidated lawsuit concerning a nationwide counterfeit operation.

6 NGOs file lawsuit against US FDA over perchlorate in plastic packaging

Six public health and environmental organizations have filed a lawsuit against the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning a petition restricting the use of perchlorate in food packaging.

'Our enforcement priorities will focus on willful violations of the labeling law'

Vermont AG offers 6-month safe harbor on GMO labeling enforcement

In a memorandum on the new GMO labeling law coming into force in Vermont in July, attorney general William H. Sorrell says enforcement action will “focus on willful violations of...

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Safe Catch entices consumers back to canned tuna category with low mercury product

Despite doctors’ recommendations to eat more fish for its many health benefits, many consumers steer clear of tuna – an affordable, sustainable source of omega-3s and beneficial nutrients because they...

BraunHagey & Borden LLP sets up practice group to target emerging food brands

Legal issues every food SME should deal with now, or risk paying later...

Failure to seek legal advice when you launch your business can prove ruinous later on - especially when you are trying to raise money, or engineer an exit - says...

Sugar “unacceptably high” in children’s juices & smoothies and should be reduced, researchers argue

Parents embracing fruit juices, juice drinks and smoothies for their children because they perceive them as a healthier alternative to sugary sodas is misguided, based on new research that found...

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ConAgra latest to unveil nationwide GMO labeling initiative

First was Campbell Soup, then General Mills, Mars and Kellogg... and now ConAgra Foods has become the latest major food company to roll out GMO labeling nationwide in order to...

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Kellogg unveils nationwide GMO labeling plan: 'A special label for Vermont would be costly for us and our consumers'

Kellogg has joined CPG giants Mars, General Mills, and Campbell Soup in opting to roll out GMO labeling nationwide in order to comply with a GMO labeling law that comes...

POM loses false advertising case vs Coca-Cola; case offers 'rare glimpse' into how jurors regard such claims, say lawyers

It famously persuaded the Supreme Court that there was a case to be heard in 2014, but POM Wonderful this week failed to convince a California jury that Coca-Cola willfully...

CFSAF: 'Gen Mills was forced to make decision because of Senate’s failure to act'

General Mills and Mars to roll out GMO labeling nationwide as Vermont deadline looms: 'We can’t label our products for only one state'

It was prompted by pragmatism, rather than an ideological shift, but General Mills and Mars have resolved to roll out GMO labeling nationwide as Congress has proved unable to hammer...

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Back to square one on federal GMO labeling, as Pat Roberts' bill is defeated in the Senate

Sen. Pat Roberts’ GMO labeling bill (S. 2609) has been defeated in the Senate (48:49), as lawmakers proved unable to hammer out a compromise that all stakeholders could get behind...

GUEST ARTICLE: What’s in your Parmesan, (wood) pulp fiction or fact?

Eating Parmesan is not going to leave you swallowing splinters.  But you’d never know it after reading articles such as, ‘The Parmesan You Sprinkle on Your Penne Could be Wood,’...

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Vote expected this week on revised version of Sen Pat Roberts' GMO labeling bill

A vote in the Senate is expected Wednesday on a revised version of Sen. Pat Roberts’ GMO labeling bill (S. 2609), which would preempt state GMO labeling laws.

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...

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