Consumer Protection

'GoCleanLabel certified' scheme rolls out, but what does it mean?

Attorney: ‘Slapping another undefined term on packages that could be attacked legally’ is risky

'GoCleanLabel certified' scheme rolls out, but what does it mean?

By Elaine Watson

A new 'clean label' certification scheme has been launched in the US market as the concept of ‘clean’ eating continues to gain traction. But will CPG brands embrace the ‘Go Clean Label Certified’ logo, and are there risks to using a term that...

Lawsuit: Just Mayo is masquerading as a mayonnaise and consumers are being misled

Hampton Creek Foods sued again over 'deceptive' Just Mayo name

By Elaine Watson

Just weeks after Unilever dropped its false advertising lawsuit against Hampton Creek Foods over its egg-free spread ‘Just Mayo’, a consumer class action making near-identical claims has been filed in Florida - and then abruptly withdrawn again.

Does 'natural' amount to more than just a list of acceptable or unacceptable ingredients on a food label? What other cues are consumers looking for when deciding if a product is natural and wholesome? Find out on June 26 at Natural & Clean Label Trends 2013

Natural & Clean Label Trends 2013

Where do your products sit in the clean label hierarchy?

By Elaine WATSON

If it sounds like a ‘chemical’, or isn’t in the kitchen cupboard, shoppers may regard it with suspicion. But which ingredients are 'acceptable' to today's consumers, which are to be avoided, and who decides? 

Are all-natural claims losing their luster?

Are all-natural claims losing their luster?

By Elaine WATSON

The phrase 'all-natural' is still emblazoned on scores of new food and beverage launches, but not quite as many as it used to be, according to Mintel research.

FDA sued over lack of nanotech petition response

FDA sued over lack of nanotech petition response

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

A coalition of consumer advocacy groups has filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), demanding that it respond to a 2006 petition to require labeling of nanotech ingredients in consumer products, and extra health and environmental...

USDA proposes rule for simplified ‘generic’ label claims

USDA proposes rule for simplified ‘generic’ label claims

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) has proposed rule to make it easier for manufacturers to make generic label claims such as ‘Italian Style’ or ‘Low Fat’ on meat and poultry products.

The truth behind food labels

The truth behind food labels

With food scares, health concerns and sustainability issues playing
heavily on consumers' minds - and influencing their shopping habits
- the humble food label has never played a more important role. But
how can consumers be...

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