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Potential Added Sugar, Portion Rules May Drive Packaging Changes

August 28, 2014 9:16 am | by Marcelo Ferrer, Director, Contract Manufacturing, Tetra Pak Inc | Articles | Comments

The FDA is intent on improving its labeling standards to encourage healthier eating. The effort, if it happens as proposed, will shine an uncomfortable light on added sugars, calorie counts and portion sizes, and will likely drive changes in formulations and sizing. 

Bad Catch: FDA Investigating Large Maine Processor

August 27, 2014 2:02 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FDA in February sent a letter to Rockland-based Linda Bean's citing the firm for "...

New Gluten-Free Ingredient May Cause Allergic Reaction

August 25, 2014 2:40 pm | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

Lupin, a legume belonging to the same plant family as peanuts, is showing up as a wheat...

3 Things to Consider to Mitigate Risk in the Food Supply Chain

August 22, 2014 9:10 am | by Bill Tomasi, Global Director of Product Management, IBS | Articles | Comments

The government has in recent years boosted its oversight of the food supply chain through the...

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Regulation Uncertainty Kills A Product Line

August 21, 2014 2:14 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

It appears that the threat of new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations in the cheese industry hasn’t gotten old and moldy just yet, causing cheesemakers to pull popular product lines.               

Consumer Group Asks Food Facilities to Accurately Label Sugars

August 8, 2014 8:30 am | by Citizens for Health | News | Comments

One of the country's oldest consumer action groups, the Citizens for Health, has filed a petition with the Food & Drug Administration to compel food manufacturing facilities to spell out the type of sweeteners they add to products.     

The Fight Continues Over Proposed Changes to Food Labels

August 4, 2014 2:56 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

An article in Chemical & Engineering News points out that while the Nutrition Facts label has remained largely the same for 20 years, nutrition science has not. Industry groups argue that because added and natural sugars are chemically the same, the distinction is unnecessary.

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Experts Work to Create At-Home Caffeine Detection Test for Drinks

July 31, 2014 8:10 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The news of an Ohio teen who died of a caffeine overdose has the FDA thoroughly inspecting all foods and beverages with added amounts of caffeine. Now, scientists are working to create an at-home test that detects the stimulant in almost all beverages.

Court Reverses Ruling On Public Hearings About Antibiotics in Livestock Feed

July 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court ruled the FDA isn't required to hold public hearings to evaluate the health risks of widespread use of antibiotics in animal feed. The court said the FDA isn't required to hold hearings because it has made no official finding that antibiotics pose a health risk.

Teen's Death Leads FDA to Inspect Caffeine in Food, Drinks

July 21, 2014 12:04 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, ANN SANNER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The caffeine overdose of an 18 year old Ohio student has led to investigations by the Food and Drug Administration of the powder's safety in energy drinks and food, as manufacturers have added caffeine to candy, nuts and other snack foods in recent years.

Do We Really Need a Nutrition Label to Tell Us What's Unhealthy?

July 17, 2014 2:28 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

The Nutrition Facts label facelift is getting a lot of attention lately. Health experts say consumers need a label with a clear statement telling them whether a food is healthy. I’ll let you in on a little secret: I've never read the Nutrition Facts label on my food.

Health Advocates: Nutrition Labels Are Not Enough

July 17, 2014 9:00 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials say the nutrition facts on food labels do not provide enough information to help consumers make healthy choices. They would like to see labels on the front of products with a clear statement of which ingredients are good and which should be avoided. 

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Consumer Trends: Online Recipe Tool Shields Against Food Poisoning

July 15, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Ad Council | News | Comments

Foodborne illness is a serious public threat in the U.S. The CDC estimates that approximately 1 in 6 Americans suffer from foodborne illness each year. Now, a new online tool created by the USDA automatically inserts critical food safety steps into user recipes.

Trial Delayed for 3 Charged in Deadly Peanut Salmonella Outbreak

July 14, 2014 8:28 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 2009 salmonella outbreak of a Georgia peanut plant, Peanut Company of America, will be put on trial two weeks later than planned. Authorities traced salmonella that killed nine people and sickened more than 700 people to the peanut company in Blakely, Georgia.

FDA Investigates Energy Drinks on Safety Concerns

July 10, 2014 8:30 am | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

Renewed concerns are surfacing as caffeine-containing energy drinks have surged in popularity. Last year, Congress pressed the FDA to look into the safety of caffeine. The FDA has since begun an internal evaluation of caffeine and is expected to issue guidelines.

Teen's Caffeine Overdose Raises Concern on Added Amounts in Food

July 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The caffeine overdose in a healthy teen has gotten the attention of the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration about the increasing amounts of caffeine in a whole range of foods. The agency is investigating the safety of energy drinks and energy shots.

The FDA, ConAgra, Coca-Cola Share Food Allergen Control Strategies

June 30, 2014 8:30 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged | Articles | Comments

To clarify allergen-related policy and practices, industry experts from the FDA, Johns Hopkins University, ConAgra and the Coca-Cola Co. presented in a Food Safety Summit workshop, “Food Allergen Control Update,” at the Baltimore Convention Center. 

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FDA Wants to Oversee Companies Using Nanotechnology

June 25, 2014 8:15 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

FDA regulators want companies to consult with them before launching nanotechnology products, though the decision whether to go to market will essentially rest with manufacturers. The FDA doesn't make the call on the overall safety of nanotechnology.

Colo. Woman Sues Chia Company after Contracting Salmonella

June 20, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Navitus Naturals of California is facing a lawsuit from a Fort Collins, Colo., woman who said she was diagnosed with salmonella in March, three months after she began consuming the company's chia powder. Navitas and other companies have recently recalled the powder.

Will Food Companies Reduce Salt Content? FDA Hopes So

June 18, 2014 8:15 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty. The Food and Drug Administration is preparing voluntary guidelines asking the food industry to lower sodium levels.

Food Sentry: Why Are Dogs Getting Sick From Chicken Jerky Treats?

June 13, 2014 11:37 am | by Food Sentry | News | Comments

Food Sentry, a global food monitoring service, thinks it understands why the FDA cannot seem to figure out why dogs are getting sick from Chinese-made chicken jerky treats. Analyst Scott Witt believes hexavalent chromium could be to blame for the contamination.

Cheese Makers Upset with FDA Cutting into Tradition

June 11, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The FDA has deemed the use of wooden boards in the cheese aging process unsanitary since the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), despite the fact that wooden boards have been used for hundreds of years. This will create problems for artisan cheese makers.

Cheese Society Refutes FDA Law on Wood Aging Shelves

June 11, 2014 12:05 pm | by American Cheese Society | News | Comments

The American Cheese Society is strongly against the FDA's ruling of discontinuing wooden boards in the cheese making process due to unsanitary surfaces. The ACS says no foodborne illness outbreak has been found to be caused by the use of wood as an aging surface.

FDA: Wooden Boards in Cheese Aging Are Unsanitary

June 11, 2014 8:00 am | by Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, Wisconsin | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration says the use of wooden boards in the the aging process of cheese is unsanitary, despite the integral part wooden boards have played in a cheesemakers operations. Will this be the end of artisan cheeses as we know it?

Consumer Group: FDA Fails to Warn Pregnant Women of Mercury Risks from Tuna

June 10, 2014 1:07 pm | by Mercury Policy | News | Comments

The Mercury Policy Project, a consumer group, was disappointed with the FDA and EPA's failure to require labeling and address exposure risks of canned tuna, especially for pregnant women. Over one-third of American's exposure to methlymercury is from tuna.

FDA Issues Final Rule on Infant Formula

June 10, 2014 12:06 pm | by Food and Drug Administration | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration announced that it has finalized a rule that sets standards for manufacturers of infant formula. Standard rules include testing for harmful pathogens and nutrient contents and proof of physical growth from the formula.

Food Council Survey Finds Continued Support of FDA's Biotech Food Labeling

June 2, 2014 2:05 pm | by Food Insight | News | Comments

The survey has consistently shown for more than 16 years that, when made aware of the health benefits of food biotechnology, most Americans are receptive, indicating that accurate information about the technology is important to promoting informed food choices.

California Senate Approves Warning Labels on Over 500 Sweetened Beverages

June 2, 2014 1:48 pm | by California-Nevada Beverage Association | News | Comments

President Obama and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) recently introduced the first new update to nutrition labels in twenty years. Obesity and related diseases, like diabetes, have multiple risk factors, including genetics, age, stress and even lack of sleep.

FDA Advises Pregnant Women of Mercury Levels in Seafood, Won't Require Labeling

June 2, 2014 8:30 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press LAURAN NEERGAARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

For most people, accumulating mercury from eating seafood isn't a health risk. But the FDA warns that pregnant women, those who may become pregnant, and young children avoid high-mercury fish because of concern that too much could harm a developing brain.

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