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Kellogg must answer for health claims in products with high sugar content, judge rules

Cereal giant Kellogg is not off the hook for a lawsuit alleging the company made misleading health claims about its cereal and breakfast bars despite high sugar content. U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Judge Lucy Koh granted in part and denied in part Kellogg’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit in a 64-page ruling filed on Aug. 10.  

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Appeals court hears GE salmon document dispute

Environmentalists challenging FDA's approval of AquaBounty Technologies' genetically engineered salmon are urging a federal appeals court to force the agency to turn over additional documents related to its decision.

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FDA asks court to dismiss lawsuit on menu labeling delay

The Trump administration has asked the court to dismiss a challenge to its one-year menu labeling delay, saying it’s too early for consumer groups to litigate the case while FDA decides whether to modify or revoke the compliance date extension.
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Juice Products Association petitions FDA to fix calcium supplementation

After FDA changed the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) levels for calcium last year, juice makers ended up in a bind as they would have to boost fortified juice products with too much calcium, potentially affecting their taste.
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Food, ag industries raise concerns about GMO disclosure delay

A coalition of major food and agriculture industry groups is urging the Trump administration to ensure USDA meets its July 2018 statutory deadline to complete federal GMO disclosure rules.
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Court battle over NYC menu labeling law escalates as enforcement date nears

As the Aug. 21 target date for New York City’s menu labeling requirements draws near, the legal battle over the measure continues to escalate.
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FDA to use enforcement discretion on ultrafiltered milk in standardized cheeses

In a move being hailed by U.S. dairy food processors, FDA says it plans to use enforcement discretion on the use and labeling of ultrafiltered (UF) milk or UF nonfat milk in the production of standardized cheeses and related cheese products until the agency completes rulemaking on the issue.

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Legal dispute lingers over Chipotle's GMO-free claims

A Florida resident says her class action lawsuit challenging Chipotle's claims its menu is "non-GMO" should be revived because the company duped her and others into purchasing food made from animals that consumed genetically engineered feed.
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EU Member States pledge to cut junk food ads and sponsorship

EU Member States have unanimously backed a call to reduce the advertisement and sponsorship of sugary and fatty foods targeted at children and adolescents, in conclusions adopted at the June 16 Health Council.

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Cheese maker hit with GMO class action

Cheese maker Sargento Foods is the latest food manufacturer to be served with a class action lawsuit that argues products made from animals fed GMOs cannot be labeled "natural."

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Elanco seeks injunction against dairy company's 'monster campaign' targeted at rBST

Elanco has reacted strongly to a U.S. advertising campaign by Arla Foods, Inc. that it claims misleads consumers on the safety of one of its dairy products.

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Anti-pesticide group serves Mott's with ‘natural’ lawsuit

Mott's is the latest food company to be targeted with a false advertising lawsuit related to use of the term "natural" on food product labels.

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Soup maker becomes latest target in labeling class action over GE ingredients

New Jersey-based soup manufacturer Tabatchnick Fine Foods has been served with a false advertising lawsuit that alleges it is misleading consumers by labeling products that contain GMOs as "all-natural." The complaint adds to a growing list of litigation that stems from both the FDA's reluctance to formally define "natural" claims and consumer wariness of foods made with genetically engineered ingredients.

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Health Claims

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Changes to FSMA ag water standard, soy protein health claim head to OMB

FDA on Friday (Aug. 11) sent two proposed rules to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) – one to extend the compliance timeframe for the agricultural water standards established by the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Produce Safety rule, and the other to provide new details on a health claim for soy protein.
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Unilever petitions FDA to use new health claim for vegetable oils

FDA is considering a petition submitted by Unilever asking the agency to allow heart health claims for certain vegetable oils, the agency said in an interim response letter to the company posted Tuesday (Aug. 8).

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Kind contests bid to lift stay on ‘natural’ class action

Kind LLC has asked a federal judge not to lift a stay on a complaint that alleges the company has deceived consumers by using "all natural" on its snack food product labels, disputing the plaintiffs' assertion that FDA's attempt to define “natural” has stalled under the Trump administration.
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FDA approves petition to claim soybean oil as heart healthy

Food companies and restaurants can now make health claims linking consumption of soybean oil to reduced risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), according to Bunge North America, the leading soybean oil producer in the United States.
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FDA authorizes new health claim for macadamia nuts as heart healthy

Nearly two years after receiving a petition, FDA says it will exercise enforcement discretion in allowing macadamia nuts to use a qualified health claim linking consumption of the nuts to a reduced risk of coronary heart disease.
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EU rejects health claims after EFSA gives thumbs down

The European Commission has formally rejected a stack of health claims following negative opinions from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
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Canadian study finds mislabeling of sausages that contain undeclared meat

A study of retail beef, pork, chicken and turkey sausages sold in Canada found that 20% of samples were mislabeled as containing only a single species of meat when they contained other undeclared species. The mislabeling of meat can pose food safety risks, the study warned.

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Raw flour risks must be communicated following outbreak, Canadian health officials recommend

After Canada recently identified its first national outbreak of non-O157 Shiga toxin–producing E. coli infections linked to flour, a new report recommends public health officials do a better job of communicating risks associated with handling and eating raw flour in public health messaging.

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AMS proposes pathogen reduction in hazelnut marketing order in response to outbreak

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) recently proposed a change to a marketing order for hazelnuts to include pathogen protection, which the agency says would help industry comply with FDA food safety guidelines under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

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Geographical Indications

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Industry calls for NAFTA protections for GIs, SPS and biotechnology

When the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is renegotiated, improvements to Geographical Indications (GIs) and Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) protections, along with a mutual agreement on biotechnology, were high on the list of the agriculture industry at a Wednesday (July 26) congressional hearing.

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EU, China aim to protect 200 GIs to boost markets

The EU and China are hoping to protect 100 of each other’s agri-food products through a deal on Geographical Indications (GIs) to be concluded by the end of the year.

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New USTR report outlines Trump administration's plan to tackle EU’s ‘abuse’ of GIs

A new report on intellectual property by the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office (USTR) highlights the EU’s “abuse” of geographical indications (GIs) that threatens U.S. companies and outlines how the Trump administration plans to tackle this problem.

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