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Labeling

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House spending bill would block FDA from GE salmon labeling

The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday (March 16) added an amendment to the agriculture spending bill that says only USDA can require labeling of genetically engineered salmon. The language effectively blocks FDA from imposing GE salmon labels, a move proponents say is needed to prevent consumer confusion.

US Food Policy Biotechnology

US milk producers take aim at Swedish company for labeling product as ‘oat milk’

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has taken aim at Swedish food company Oatly, saying that the company is “exploiting a lax regulatory environment” in the United States and mislabeling its products.

US Food Policy Labeling

Honey maker calls for court to reject ‘Pure’ lawsuit

The Sioux Honey Association (SHA) is urging a California federal judge to dismiss a class action that alleges it is misleading consumers by labeling its Sue Bee honey products as "100% Pure" with trace levels of an herbicide.

US Food Policy Health Claims

CSPI calls science weak behind Ocean Spray petition to allow UTI health claim

Ocean Spray’s petition for a qualified health claim on the role of cranberry juice in preventing urinary tract infections (UTI) is not going down well with the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

US Food Policy Health Claims

Marketing organic food and drink products in the EU and US

The ultimate goal of the efforts undertaken by organic producers to produce within the prescriptive guidelines is, of course, to be able to sell authenticated ‘organic’ products to the end-consumer.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

FSIS Unified Agenda forecasts finalizing two controversial rules in next year, lists three new proposed rules

The Trump administration’s latest Unified Agenda for USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) forecasts finalizing two controversial proposed rules in the next year to establish the New Swine Inspection System (NSIS) and to allow the People’s Republic of China to export its own poultry products to the United States. The agenda also lists three new proposed rules.

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Advertising

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Proposal to ban junk food advertising on London's transport system faces backlash

A proposal announced today (May 11th) by the Mayor of London to ban junk food advertising from the entire “Transport for London” transportation network has been criticised as “paternalistic”.

Europe London

Missouri weighs proposal to restrict use of the term ‘meat’

Amid a growing national debate over whether “meat” should only apply to products that come from animals, and not used for those derived from plants or grown in a lab, the state of Missouri is debating a bill that could potentially restrict producers of meat alternatives from using the term.

US Food Policy Labeling

Perdue to appeal NAD recommendation to change or stop organic chicken ads

Perdue Farms, Inc. plans to appeal the National Advertising Division’s (NAD) latest recommendation to change or stop its broadcast and YouTube ads for its Harvestland Organic chicken, which the advertising watchdog says imply that all the company’s chickens are raised organically.

US Food Policy Advertising

EU-Mexico deal ‘gives away’ cheese names, hurts Mexico, U.S. dairy says

The EU-Mexico trade deal that appears to enact new restrictions on the use of common cheese names is ringing alarm bells for U.S. dairy producers.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

'Natural' lawsuit filed against Bai Brands for malic acid

Beverage manufacturer Bai Brands is misleading consumers with product labels that suggest its antioxidant soft drinks are made from only natural ingredients but contain malic acid, according to a class action filed last week in a California federal court.

US Food Policy Additives

France adopts new law on naming of meat substitutes

French MPs have voted in favour of legislation that bans producers from labelling plant-based products with meat-related names. The law will effectively ban foods marketed as vegetarian “steaks” and vegan “cheese”.

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Health Claims

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Honey maker calls for court to reject ‘Pure’ lawsuit

The Sioux Honey Association (SHA) is urging a California federal judge to dismiss a class action that alleges it is misleading consumers by labeling its Sue Bee honey products as "100% Pure" with trace levels of an herbicide.

US Food Policy Health Claims

CSPI calls science weak behind Ocean Spray petition to allow UTI health claim

Ocean Spray’s petition for a qualified health claim on the role of cranberry juice in preventing urinary tract infections (UTI) is not going down well with the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

US Food Policy Health Claims

What threat does ‘lab-grown’ meat pose to the traditional livestock sector?

It is now five years since so-called ‘artificial meat’ was successfully grown in a Dutch laboratory at a cost in excess of $300,000 per lb. But cost of production of this proteinaceous substance, claimed to be an exact nutritional substitute for beef, pork or chicken meat produced on the farm, has now fallen dramatically.

European Agricultural Policy US Agricultural Policy

FDA won't recall foods with PHOs already on shelves, Mayne says

FDA will not require recalls for products containing partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) that were introduced into commerce ahead of the swiftly approaching June 18 compliance date to phase them out, and the agency plans to clarify this in writing soon, Susan Mayne, director of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), said last week at the Food and Drug law Institute (FDLI) meeting.

US Food Policy Food Policy

Organic egg producer petitions FDA to allow eggs to bear ‘healthy’ claim

A new citizen petition from egg producer Pete and Gerry's Organics LLC is asking FDA to allow eggs to bear the “healthy” claim.

US Food Policy Health Claims

Download the new EU & US Organics Sector special report!

With sales growth of around 10% annually, the organics sector is on a strong upward curve. This special report for IEG Policy subscribers looks at the challenges and opportunities for the future of the organic industry in the EU, US and around the world.

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Allergens

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Senators ask FDA to require allergen labeling for products containing sesame

Several senators led by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) are once again urging FDA to add sesame to the “Big 8” list of allergens that must be identified on food labels.

US Food Policy Allergens

FDA says rye, barley should not qualify for major food allergen list

Barley and rye will not be added to the food allergen list anytime soon as FDA denied a 2008 petition asking for these to be included under the packaging disclosure law to protect people with gluten sensitivities.

US Food Policy Allergens

Stericycle reports a drop in Q3 recalls, but a spike in allergen-related recalls

While FDA recalls in the third quarter of 2017 have declined slightly compared to the first half of the year, the latest quarter also saw a spike in recalls caused by undeclared allergens. 

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Geographical Indications

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Committee warns UK not to 'rush in' to trade talks with US

The House of Commons International Trade Committee has concluded the UK government should not enter into trade negotiations with the US without first establishing a “clear, comprehensive and evidence-based trade strategy.”

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

UN report hails benefits of protected status for foods

A new study published by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has found that food products linked to their place of origin promote sustainable development and can be worth 20% to 50% more in economic value.

International Europe

EU-Mexico deal ‘gives away’ cheese names, hurts Mexico, U.S. dairy says

The EU-Mexico trade deal that appears to enact new restrictions on the use of common cheese names is ringing alarm bells for U.S. dairy producers.

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