NAMI hopes for Senate action on COOL

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) is hoping there is strong support for Congress to repeal the mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) rule in the wake of the 300 votes in the House to repeal the rule.

FDA takes action against five powdered caffeine products sold in bulk

FDA has sent five warning letters to distributors of pure powdered caffeine warning them the products are adulterated dietary supplements.

Chipotle served with class action over GMO-free claims

Chipotle has been hit with a class action lawsuit alleging the company is deceiving consumers by advertising its menu as GMO-free. Filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Califor...

Ben & Jerry's rallies defense of Vermont GMO labeling law

Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's is asking a federal court to reject the food industry's effort to temporarily block Vermont's GMO labeling law. In an amicus brief filed Monday (Aug. 31) with the U.S. Court of App...

BREAKING NEWS: Two FSMA preventive control rules sent to Federal Register

FDA has met the Aug. 31 court deadline and submitted the long-awaited final preventive control rules for animal and human foods to the Federal Register today, assuring the rules will be released this week, the ...

APHIS approves GM French fry potato

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has approved J.R. Simplot's next generation Innate potato, a new genetically modified variety the company contends will appeal to consumers, growers and...

Third-party certifier warns about honey exports from Thailand, Taiwan

An uptick of honey shipments from Thailand and Taiwan has prompted the True Source Honey Certification Program to issue a Sept. 2 alert warning retail...

Lawsuits provide the best motivation for food safety, AAJ report says

An American Association for Justice (AAJ) report published on Wednesday (Sept. 2) states that the civil justice system, rather than government regulat...

USDA skeptical of EPA plan to protect monarch butterflies

USDA is unconvinced by the EPA's new plan to protect the monarch butterfly, suggesting the proposal could lead to pesticide use restrictions that woul...

European Commission says EFSA justified in keeping glyphosate report under wraps

The European Commission has defended a European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) decision not to release a final version of its assessment report on the...

BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: New gluten-free rule clears OMB review

After nearly a year, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has finally completed review of FDA’s gluten-free labeling proposal for fermented or hy...

PepsiCo food safety manager offers best practices for allergen control

The food industry is pushing for FDA to offer guidance on thresholds or action levels for allergens in foods, noted Sue Estes, PepsiCo’s senior manage...

EFSA calls for data on fipronil and bees

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a call for data on the risks to bees from the insecticide, fipronil.

Editor’s View: Down to the wire on FSMA final rules deadline

On Monday (Aug. 31), FDA sent two final rules to the Federal Register, on preventive controls for human and animal foods. The agency was complying with a court order to r...

Lawmakers urge FDA to help small farmers comply with FSMA

Congressional leaders pushed FDA to help small farmers and food processors comply with FSMA through specific training and outreach programs, in an Aug. 24 lette...

Legal battle continues over Vermont GMO labeling law

A food industry bid to block Vermont’s GMO labeling law wrongly belittles the state’s “well-supported concerns” about GM foods “as a sop to idle curiosity” and ...

Federal court stays trans fat lawsuit against General Mills

A federal judge on Aug. 18 ruled that a class-action lawsuit against General Mills over the use of trans fats in its baking mixes cannot move forward until FDA ...

Center for Food Safety sues APHIS for withholding GE crop records

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) has sued USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for withholding records on genetically engineered crops.

New organic database search ‘coming soon,’ USDA says

USDA's National Organic Program is on schedule to unveil a new Organic Integrity Database next month that will "soon" allow anyone to confirm an operation’s org...

Canada bans poultry imports from Midwestern states

Canada is prohibiting imports of poultry products from several states in the Midwest affected by bird flu outbreaks, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) ...

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