International retailing giant Ahold today announced that a US
federal court has granted approval for its $1.1 billion legal pay
out to shareholders, compensating them for an overstating of
profits two years ago.
Snack firm Frito Lay is to face a law suit for deceptively
marketing its 'Light' potato chip range in order to trick consumers
into believing the products do not contain the controversial fat
substitute olestra, said the...
US Manufacturers of products containing barley are allowed to claim
that they may help reduce the risk of heart disease, according to
the Food and Drug Administration, which has approved the health
claim for immediate use.
Consumers who suffer from food allergies are set to benefit from
new "plain English" allergen labeling rules, which also
provide food and beverage manufacturers with the opportunity to tap
into the growing "free-from"...
In the absence of definitive action from the FDA, food
manufacturers should take the initiative to promote whole grains to
the American public, clearly indicating if products are an
excellent source or a good source of whole grains,...
A petition from a food and spice company could end up with the US
food regulator rescinding its decision last year allowing
processors to use carbon monoxide to keep packaged meat red and
Salt should be treated as a food additive for the purposes of
regulation, with strict limits placed on the salt content of
processed foods, according to a petition sent by the Center for
Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) to the...
Better training procedures, new requirements on allergen and
pathogen controls, and tougher record keeping rules to ensure food
safety in processing plants, are among the legislative changes
proposed by the industry's regulator.
Regulations concerning the jurisdiction over certain food products
that contain meat and poultry are to be re-examined next month to
avoid inconsistencies, said the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
and the Food and Drug Administration...
Now that the US authorities have issued final guidance under the
Bioterrorism Act, companies can now have assurance about the food
safety systems they have implemented or are about to put in place,
and the costs involved in complying...
The FDA is unconvinced that cherries pack as much of a health punch
as some marketers of cherry-based products are claiming. It has
issued warning letters to 29 companies, telling them to stop making
disease prevention or treatment...
A firm commitment from the US to cut domestic farm subsidies by 60
percent within a five-year timeframe could revitalize WTO
negotiations and benefit US food makers, according to the
International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA).
The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) has attacked
California Attorney-General Bill Lockyer's lawsuit against a number
of high-profile food firms as "unfortunate and contrary to the
interest of public health."
While some food companies remain petrified that they will not be
ready for new trans fat and food allergen labeling requirements,
others have recognised the January 1 deadline as an opportunity,
writes Anthony Fletcher.
A recent proposal to broaden the definition of Class 1 fluid milk
has divided industry opinion between those who see potential in
improved prices and those who see a loss of consumer trust,
writes Anthony Fletcher.