The Food Chain Workers Alliance has issued a report claiming that most U.S. workers across the food sectorfrom production, processing, distribution, retail, and serviceearn low wages with few health benefits, a situation that can pose safety risks to both employees and the public.
Brandeis University has filed suit against a number of cookie and biscuit manufacturers, including Keebler Co., Famous Amos Chocolate Chip and The Pillsbury Co., alleging that they have infringed patents that adjust the LDLHDL ratio in human serum by balancing saturated and polyunsaturated dietary fatty acids.
Plaintiffs in a class action certified by a California federal court in April 2011, have filed an opposition to the defendants’ motion to decertify the class in light of a case the U.S. Supreme Court decided in June. Johnson v. General Mills, Inc., No. 10-00061 (U.S. Dist. Ct., C.D. Cal., S. Div., pleading filed August 22, 2011).
A federal court in New Jersey has determined that Pennsylvania and California residents may pursue claims against New Jersey-based Nestlé Healthcare Nutrition, Inc. in consolidated putative class actions alleging that the company’s BOOST Kid Essentials beverage did not provide its advertised health benefits for children.
A federal judge in California has granted class certification in a suit alleging that Diamond Foods, Inc. misbranded its shelled walnut products and misled consumers by using “express and implied statements about the positive effects of omega-3 fatty acid consumption on health”.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking public comment on a study examining labeling claims on whole-grain products.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has announced a new advertising campaign designed "to educate New Yorkers about the potentially serious health effects of consuming sugary drinks."
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that final approval was given to a settlement reached with a Nestlé S.A. subsidiary over claims that its children’s drink, BOOST Kid Essentials, conferred specific health benefits, such as reducing the risk of colds and flu and reducing the duration of acute diarrhea.
The American Heart Association (AHA) is urging the food industry, health professionals, government, and the public to "intensify efforts to reduce the amount of sodium (salt) Americans consume."
The Federal Trade Commission has announced the settlement of allegations that The Dannon Co. exaggerated the health benefits of its Activia yogurt and DanActive dairy beverage.