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SNA shifts strategy, drops lobbying firm

The School Nutrition Association is shaking up its approach in Washington, just weeks before the Senate could move on child nutrition reauthorization legislation.

Bounty hunters could come after you from day one if you are not compliant with Vermont GMO labeling law, warns attorney

“The fact that FDA proposed putting “added sugars” on food labels before being approved to study how consumers would react is just more evidence that the agency isn’t likely to back down from the controversial requirement, labeling experts say. And don’t expect the food industry to give up its opposition, either,” reports Pro’s Helena Bottemiller Evich.

FDA likely to stick to guns on ‘added sugar’ - GOP says SNAP cuts will stand - Report counters line speed concern

“The fact that FDA proposed putting “added sugars” on food labels before being approved to study how consumers would react is just more evidence that the agency isn’t likely to back down from the controversial requirement, labeling experts say. And don’t expect the food industry to give up its opposition, either,” reports Pro’s Helena Bottemiller Evich.

REGULATORY OUTLOOK: GMO labeling battle rolls on across the U.S., but all eyes on Vermont

The tiny Northeastern state is currently developing a framework for implementing the nation’s first mandatory state GM food labeling law, which is set to enter into effect in July 2016.

Chemical in fries, chips and coffee prompts FDA advice

Crispy French fries and crunchy potato chips were never health foods, what with all the calories, fat and salt. But consumers just got a reminder that there’s one more thing to worry about when they indulge in such foods: a chemical called acrylamide that might cause cancer.

Junk Food Makers Target Kids With Free Online Games, Study Says

Free online games promoting food products tend to emphasize high-fat or sugary products, according to researchers who looked at 143 websites marketing foods to children through the interactive games, known as “advergames.”

The Trait Debate

Genetically modified (GM) seed is the cornerstone of modern crop production, boosting corn and soybean yields and making it possible to feed a rapidly multiplying global population, but clouds loom on the horizon.

Dunkin' Brands Announces New Additions To Its Nutrition Advisory Board

Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced the addition of two new members to its Nutrition Advisory Board.  The new members will join three current Dunkin’ Brands Nutrition Advisory Board members to help the Company better understand and anticipate consumer health and wellness trends, while enhancing the nutritional value of menu choices available in its restaurants.

Chamber of Commerce assails proposed food marketing restrictions

“What they’re doing is trying to simultaneously … suppress speech, while insulating it from judicial review,” said Northwestern law Professor Martin Redish, one of the panelists at a Chamber of Commerce discussion Thursday. “Because if these regulations were truly just advisory, there would be no case or controversy.”

JOHNSON: Enough to make you lose your appetite

The federal government is pursuing a plan that will effectively ban advertising of some of America’s most popular and nutritious foods because they have been deemed unhealthy for kids according to strict standards created by the federal government. These troubling restrictions on food marketing were unveiled recently by a special interagency working group made up of the Federal Trade Commission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Agriculture.

Food fight – Capitol Hill vs. Madison Avenue

Ronald McDonald and Toucan Sam are just as popular, if not more so, than SpongeBob Squarepants and Hannah Montana. Television ads for fast foods and sweet treats jam the cartoon schedule, but now a federal government agency wants kids to be sold on healthier choices.

USDA Official: Competitive Foods Standards to be “Published Very Shortly”

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) official said the agency is expecting to unveil its proposed nutritional guidelines for school food and beverages sold outside of meals “very shortly.”

DGAC meeting opens with red meat, soda

Private litigants, or so-called ‘bounty hunters’, may start targeting food manufacturers over alleged violations of Vermont’s new GMO labeling law from day one (July 1), lawyers at Hogan Lovells have warned.

Food policy before midterms and after 2016 - Livestock assistance not easy to implement - 'Ag-gag' bill introduced

SPEAKING OF FLOTUS, she was also featured as arguably the top “mover and shaker” in food for 2014 during another panel during FDLI’s Food Week, but it was Michelle Obama’s senior policy adviser and executive director of Let’s Move that sparked more commentary. The panel — which included Gail Rodgers, partner at DLA Piper, Tony Pavel, a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Beth Johnson, a principal & founder of Food Direction — noted that Sam Kass is really the one pulling the nutrition policy strings at the White House.

FDA Moves to Ban Trans Fats in Foods

The FDA announced Thursday that it is taking steps that will all but eliminate artery-clogging trans fats in processed foods. The agency is proposing to label partially hydrogenated oils, the primary source of trans fats, as “not generally recognized as safe” for use in food.

FDA looks into fortified snacks

Sugary snacks fortified with vitamins might make consumers feel less guilty, but they’re making the feds increasingly more nervous.

Spelling Out Nutrition Labeling

In 2011, the University of California at Berkeley co-sponsored a contest that invited entrants to develop a user-friendly alternative to the sterile-looking, numbers-heavy box known as the Nutrition Facts panel. The competition was inspired by current events. At that time, the Food and Drug Administration was reviewing the panel, and had asked the Institute of Medicine to recommend ways the agency could modernize the way nutrition information was presented to consumers.

‘Labeling is hot': Gluten-free, GMO and vending rules on horizon for snacks

Labeling is a number one issue for US snack makers given the increasing attention from authorities and the private sector, says a US food policy expert.

FNCE hot topic: Why can’t the food industry and consumer advocacy groups meet half-way?

Do consumers really want to buy the healthier products consumer advocacy groups such as the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) tell us food and beverage manufacturers ought to be making?

Obama’s Food Police in Staggering Crackdown on Market to Kids

Tony the Tiger, some NASCAR drivers and cookie-selling Girl Scouts will be out of a job unless grocery manufacturers agree to reinvent a vast array of their products to satisfy the Obama administration’s food police.

Industry Group: Feds Would Muzzle Advertising of Popular Foods

Looking to hammer home its message that the government’s proposal for voluntary guidelines that would restrict the marketing of foods aimed at children are out to lunch, the Sensible Food Policy Coalition released Thursday a list of popular foods that would not make the cut as healthy enough to be advertised to kids. Under the government’s plan, the coalition said, makers of foods including oatmeal, ready-to-eat cereals like cornflakes and Cheerios, whole wheat bread, canned vegetables, rice, even diet soda and bottled water would be muzzled.

NAMA 2010 Annual Meeting Highlights

Nutrition Policy – It’s not a Spectators Sport, Beth Johnson, Principal, Food Directions LLC