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FDA rejects petition to set acrylamide safety limits in foods

FDA has denied a consumer group’s petition to set acrylamide safety levels in foods and to deem foods exceeding those levels as adulterated.

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NAD official discusses decisions on recent food advertising challenges

The National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus (BBBs) has handled diverse food advertising challenges in recent months, involving anything from claims on added sugars, to in-store advertising and “better-for-you” statements in ads for Hellman’s ketchup.

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Drinks industry faces sizeable losses from plain packaging regulations, finds report

The global beverages industry could experience a value loss of around USD430.8 billion if plain packaging regulations are extended to cover its products worldwide, according to the findings of a new report that explores the potential global ramifications of new plain packaging restrictions on alcohol, sugary drinks, confectionery and salty snack products.



European Food Law US Food Policy

California business group sues state to block acrylamide warning under Prop 65

The California Chamber of Commerce is suing the state to block enforcing the Proposition 65 cancer warning on food and beverages due to the presence of acrylamide, saying the science is unsubstantiated for diet-related cancers and the warnings unduly scare consumers from healthy foods.

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Nestlé frustrated with court order in 'Non-GMO' labeling dispute

Nestlé is urging a federal judge in California to reverse or at least clarify a recent order denying its bid to dismiss a class action challenging its "No GMO Ingredients" label, arguing the order "manifestly fails to address" key material facts presented to the court.

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OECD calls for stepped up efforts to prevent obesity

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is calling for regulators worldwide to step up efforts to prevent obesity, through a major report analysing the impact of taxes, advertising restrictions, labelling and reformulation on public health, national economies as well as the food and drink industry.

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Advertising

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NAD official discusses decisions on recent food advertising challenges

The National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus (BBBs) has handled diverse food advertising challenges in recent months, involving anything from claims on added sugars, to in-store advertising and “better-for-you” statements in ads for Hellman’s ketchup.

US Food Policy Advertising

Drinks industry faces sizeable losses from plain packaging regulations, finds report

The global beverages industry could experience a value loss of around USD430.8 billion if plain packaging regulations are extended to cover its products worldwide, according to the findings of a new report that explores the potential global ramifications of new plain packaging restrictions on alcohol, sugary drinks, confectionery and salty snack products.



European Food Law US Food Policy

Singapore the first state to ban advertising of sugary beverages

Singapore’s Ministry of Health has ordered the imposition of a blanket ban on advertising for the least healthy sugar sweetened beverages and is even considering banning their sale altogether. Singapore has one of the developed world’s highest diabetes rates.



European Food Law Singapore

ACLU, Arkansas square off in court over whether to block state’s ‘fake meat’ law

Attorneys on behalf of Tofurky Company were in federal court Monday (Oct. 7) seeking an order to block Arkansas’ meat label law from moving ahead.

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Hemp firm hit with lawsuit for allegedly short-changing CBD in products

A new class action filed last month alleges a hemp oil company misled consumers about the amount of CBD found in products and that FDA’s lack of regulation is allowing some companies to take advantage of the loophole.

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Judge sides with Missouri in ‘fake meat’ challenge, rejects call for injunction

A judge has rejected a request by the Good Food Institute (GFI) and Turtle Island Foods to block Missouri from enforcing the “fake meat” labeling law while the case moves forward, and advocates say they plan to appeal that Sept. 30 decision.

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Health Claims

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Pressure builds on FDA over CBD, US-Japan trade deal, CAP transition

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is coming under increasing pressure to be more proactive in establishing a clear regulatory framework for cannabidiol (CBD) foods and supplements – but law makers and industry stake holders appear divided on the next steps.

Additives CAP

Obesity and nutrition: Walking the healthy eating tightrope

It says something about the complexities of humanity’s relationship with food that, despite heavy regulation of the sector, and despite the undoubted sophistication of the sector’s marketing efforts, consumers are increasingly having to confront the question – will this food be good for me, or might it bring me to an early grave?

Food Policy Health and Nutrition

Challenge revived of California glyphosate Prop. 65 listing

A coalition of agricultural interests, food producers and pesticide manufacturers on Wednesday (Sept. 25) urged a federal judge to strike down California's decision to add glyphosate to the state's Proposition 65 list of cancer-causing chemicals, arguing the move is not supported by science and clearly violates the U.S. Constitution.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Next Generation Food: How health, climate change and politics are changing the way we eat

IEG Policy’s latest special report looks at how the relationship people have with the food and drink they consume is going through a period of fundamental and rapid change, presenting opportunities and challenges for industry and policy makers alike.

Agribusiness Allergens

FDA timetable on CBD, new legislation due out soon, says hemp lobbyist

FDA is expected to announce its timetable for regulating CBD that the industry hopes will signal formal enforcement discretion for products on the market today, and hemp industry-friendly lawmakers plan to introduce legislation in the coming days to step up pressure on the agency, said Jonathan Miller, general counsel of US Hemp Roundtable, at a meeting Friday (Sept. 13).

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FDA sends ‘healthy’ labeling rule to OMB

The food industry will soon get its first glimpse of FDA’s plans for defining “healthy” on labels as FDA has sent a proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final clearance.

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Allergens

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No meat today: The rise of vegetarianism and veganism

If the predominant global food trend of the 20th century was a huge increase in consumption of meat and livestock products, the most striking trend of the first two decades of the 21st century has been the beginnings of a move in the opposite direction.

Animal Welfare Environment and Conservation

Obesity and nutrition: Walking the healthy eating tightrope

It says something about the complexities of humanity’s relationship with food that, despite heavy regulation of the sector, and despite the undoubted sophistication of the sector’s marketing efforts, consumers are increasingly having to confront the question – will this food be good for me, or might it bring me to an early grave?

Food Policy Health and Nutrition

Japan adds almonds to allergenic foods list

Japan's Consumer Affairs Agency has added almonds to the list of foods that it recommends be displayed on food labels for their potential to cause allergic reactions.

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Geographical Indications

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US cheese tariffs dampen mood at EU dairy conference

The imposition by the US of new tariffs on EU dairy exports overshadowed the agenda at this year’s European Dairy Association Congress in Vienna.

Trade Disputes Markets

Blockchain could improve accountability in food supply chain, Commission finds

Blockchain applications could be used to detect fraudulent products, certify Geographical Indications and even reduce food waste, the European Commission’s research service has found.

International European Agricultural Policy

US tariffs threaten a fifth of EU dairy export trade

Around 20% of the EU’s entire dairy export trade is at risk if the US goes ahead with its full list of punitive tariffs on EU dairy products in the Airbus World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement case.

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