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Labeling

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Court lifts stay on Jif ‘Natural’ labeling complaint

A federal judge has revived a class action lawsuit that alleges the J.M. Smucker Company is misleading consumers by labeling its Jif peanut butter as "natural."

US Food Policy Biotechnology

Low-calorie food makers ask FDA to not list allulose as 'sugar' on revised label

While FDA is still deciding how to treat allulose, a low-calorie sugar substitute, on the new Nutrition Facts panel, the agency has received yet another call from industry requesting that the substance not be labeled as “sugar” or “added sugar.”

US Food Policy Food Safety and Standards

Vilnius conference pushes blockchain benefits for food safety, traceability and logistics

Blockchain technology will increasingly be adopted by companies in the agri-food sector in the years to come, and will be essential to ensuring food and drink products flow smoothly between the UK and EU post-Brexit, a conference in Lithuania heard this week.

Traceability & Supply Chain Technology

Court extends stay on 'non-GMO' baby formula dispute

A federal judge has extended a stay on a class action that contends infant formula manufacturer Abbott Laboratories has violated state consumer protection laws by labeling products as "non-GMO."

US Food Policy Biotechnology

Court denies Boar's Head request to dismiss 'natural' lawsuit

A federal judge has rejected a request by Boar's Head to dismiss a class action lawsuit that alleges the company is misleading consumers by labeling its cheeses as "natural.”

US Food Policy Labeling

Organic stakeholders discuss trends, challenges at industry forum

While consumers for organic foods are diversifying and sales of organic foods continue to rise, growth of the organic food market appears to be leveling off to a more stable pace in recent years, posing new questions and potential challenges for organic producers.

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Advertising

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CFBAI cuts sodium, sugar for foods advertised to children

Food companies may need to reformulate up to 40% of their products to meet stricter sodium and sugar requirements to advertise to children under the Council of Better Business Bureau’s revamped standards.
US Food Policy Advertising

Transparency on ingredients, claims results in brand loyalty, survey finds

Nearly three-quarters of shoppers surveyed in 2018 said they would switch brands to buy another product that provides more in-depth information, even if that information goes beyond what’s on the physical label.

US Food Policy Advertising

KIND wants lawsuit held until FDA and USDA act on label claims

KIND is urging a federal judge to retain a stay on a class action challenging its use of the terms "all natural" and "non-GMO" on its snack food labels. The snack bar maker says the lawsuit should be kept on hold until FDA weighs in on the "natural" labeling issue and until USDA issues its final GMO disclosure rule.

US Food Policy Advertising

Court stays California glyphosate cancer listing case

A federal judge has imposed an indefinite stay on litigation challenging California's decision to list glyphosate as a cancer-causing chemical.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Court suggests GMA penalty excessive in lawsuit over state GMO labeling initiative

A Washington state appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that found the Grocery Manufacturers Association's (GMA) funding of opposition to the state's 2013 GMO labeling initiative violated campaign finance laws, but the three-judge panel also ordered that the $18 million fine imposed by Thurston County Superior Judge Anne Hirsch appears unjustified.

US Food Policy Advertising

GMO labeling advocates press court over USDA rule delay

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) has asked a federal court to grant summary judgment in its lawsuit challenging USDA's failure to meet a statutory deadline to finalize the federal GMO disclosure standard.

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Health Claims

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Court lifts stay on Jif ‘Natural’ labeling complaint

A federal judge has revived a class action lawsuit that alleges the J.M. Smucker Company is misleading consumers by labeling its Jif peanut butter as "natural."

US Food Policy Biotechnology

CFBAI cuts sodium, sugar for foods advertised to children

Food companies may need to reformulate up to 40% of their products to meet stricter sodium and sugar requirements to advertise to children under the Council of Better Business Bureau’s revamped standards.
US Food Policy Advertising

Court denies Boar's Head request to dismiss 'natural' lawsuit

A federal judge has rejected a request by Boar's Head to dismiss a class action lawsuit that alleges the company is misleading consumers by labeling its cheeses as "natural.”

US Food Policy Labeling

Transparency on ingredients, claims results in brand loyalty, survey finds

Nearly three-quarters of shoppers surveyed in 2018 said they would switch brands to buy another product that provides more in-depth information, even if that information goes beyond what’s on the physical label.

US Food Policy Advertising

Plant-based food sales grow despite ongoing debate over labels

Sales of plant-based foods in the U.S. grew by 17% over the last 12 months, according to study results released Sept. 12 by the Good Foods Institute (GFI).

US Food Policy Food Policy

KIND wants lawsuit held until FDA and USDA act on label claims

KIND is urging a federal judge to retain a stay on a class action challenging its use of the terms "all natural" and "non-GMO" on its snack food labels. The snack bar maker says the lawsuit should be kept on hold until FDA weighs in on the "natural" labeling issue and until USDA issues its final GMO disclosure rule.

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Allergens

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Comments begin rolling in on FDA's Nutrition Innovation Strategy

While FDA is considering establishing a standard symbol to denote the claim “healthy” on food packaging, at least one consumer group believes such a move would be a bad idea.

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USDA told to reject petition to bar ‘meat’ label on lab-grown protein products

The majority of the more than 6,000 comments urged USDA last week to reject a petition from the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) that would prohibit use of the terms “meat” or “beef” on plant-based and lab-grown proteins marketed as alternatives to traditional meat, but for widely different reasons.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

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.

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Geographical Indications

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Call for UK and US to abolish farm tariffs, align food standards post-Brexit

The United Kingdom and the United States should abandon all tariffs on bilateral agricultural trade and also adopt a purely science-based approach to sanitary and phytosanitary issues under a new ‘model’ bilateral trade agreement, according to a new report published on Tuesday (September 18).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

EU’s GI simplification plans under attack from ‘generic’ campaigners

The European Commission’s plans to simplify the registration process for new geographical indications (GIs), as part of the CAP reform process, are potentially damaging to the interests of third country producers, according to an international group campaigning to protect generic product names.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Commission may take action against Canada’s import restrictions on EU wines

The Commission is considering taking action against restrictions on EU wine exports to Canada, which are incompatible with the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), EU Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan has said.

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