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EWG calls on food manufacturers to stop using the preservative propyl paraben

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has launched a social media campaign and online petition calling on food manufacturers to stop using the preservative propyl paraben.

Jamba Juice settles ‘all-natural’ lawsuit, but will pay no damages

Jamba Juice has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit filed in California alleging it misled shoppers by labeling its smoothie kits as ‘all-natural’.

IN PICTURES: From WTRMLN WTR to Temple Turmeric, beverage trendwatching at Expo West

From watermelon juice with a dash of lemon; to artichoke water with ginger; maple water; coconut smoothies; caffeine water; protein-packed dairy and non-dairy beverages; and a new wave of turmeric-laced drinks, there was a wealth of beverage innovation on display at the Natural Products Expo West trade show in Anaheim. Here are just a few brands that caught our eye… 

Salt of the Earth launches sodium-reduction ingredient that preserves clean finished food labels

Salt of the Earth’s new Umami-Essence Sea Salt can help food manufacturers reduce sodium up to 50% while preserving a clean label because it does not use MSG or artificial ingredients, the Israeli company claims. 

Gen Mills ‘well down path’ of removing BHT from cereals; Kellogg ‘actively testing natural alternatives’

Food blogger Vani Hari (a,k.a. the ‘Food Babe’) claimed victory on Wednesday after Kellogg said it was “actively testing natural alternatives” to the antioxidant BHT in cereal packaging liners and General Mills said it was “already well down the path of removing it,”  after she launched a petition urging them to drop it. 

Fruigees finds the white space in the fruit snacks category: ‘We’re not getting much sleep, but it’s the best thing we’ve ever done’

While it might not have been a classic Eureka! moment, watching his fellow medical students squeezing baby food into their mouths during lectures was certainly a defining moment in the genesis of LA-based fruit snacks sensation Fruigees  and the life of CEO David Czinn, who ditched medicine to go into business with his cousin (COO) Josh Kahn shortly afterwards.

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Monsanto exec: GMOs are not the Holy Grail. What they are is an important tool if used properly

Genetically engineered crops are not a magic bullet and some weeds have become resistant to the herbicide glyphosate (RoundUp) used with selected GM crops, said Monsanto’s chief technology officer Dr Robert Fraley in a debate on Wednesday. But that doesn’t mean the whole ag-biotech experiment has ‘failed’ and that we should throw out the GM baby with the bathwater.

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Will proposals to mandate potassium labeling on the Nutrition Facts panel give potassium-chloride based sodium replacers a shot in the arm?

Some food manufacturers still worry that using potassium chloride to replace salt in their recipes might compromise their clean label credentials. But the FDA’s recent proposal to include potassium as one of the nutrients that must be listed on the Nutrition Facts panel is helping to change that mindset, says NuTek Salt.

60-second interview: Mel Mann, Director of Flavor Innovation, Wixon

Sodium reduction: Has all the low-hanging fruit been plucked?

Food manufacturers are under increasing pressure to reduce sodium, but surveys suggest many shoppers are, well, not that bothered. So where does this leave firms plugging sodium reduction solutions? 

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Advanced technology eases sodium reduction efforts

Advances in technology can help firms more quickly and easily reduce sodium in breads and grain-based packaged foods – a previously repetitive and expensive trial and error process, according to Janice Johnson, food applications leader in salt at Cargill.

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AHA education campaign pressures food manufacturers to reduce sodium

The American Heart Association says its recently launched consumer education campaign encouraging Americans to “break up with excess salt” seeks to “build an army of passionate and willing supporters” to pressure food manufacturers to reduce sodium in packaged foods. 

'Quiet’ salt reduction is vital – but gourmet salt growth may stifle industry efforts

Salt replacer use is growing but low salt claims are not, as food companies favour a ‘quiet’ approach – but growth in gourmet table salts may threaten salt reduction efforts.

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Is sodium reduction falling down the food policy agenda?

Four years ago sodium was public enemy #1. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) was calling for the FDA to modify the GRAS status of salt and slash the daily value for sodium to 1,500mg, and the food industry was on high alert. Today, sugar is the new bogeyman, and while sodium intakes remain stubbornly high, the FDA has yet to issue voluntary guidelines. So is sodium reduction falling down the food policy agenda?

Are salt reduction efforts reflected in heart health?

Salt reduction efforts around the world are making progress – but how has lower salt consumption affected health?

Attorney: ‘I don’t think food is the next tobacco… Virtually all 'all-natural' cases face significant hurdles’

While new class action lawsuits over ‘all-natural’ claims on food labels are still filed in the ‘food court’ in California on a weekly basis, some recent orders from judges handling these cases present a glimmer of hope for beleaguered food & beverage firms, says one attorney.

CDC report flags high sodium consumption among kids; we’re at the mercy of the food industry, RD says

More than 90% of children aged six to 18 consume on average 3,279 mg of sodium a day—well above the government’s recommendation of 2,300 mg or less per day, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 

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Anderson Partners: Ingredient suppliers have a brand story to tell, too

Ingredient suppliers are taking on expanded roles in the packaged food and beverage industry beyond just selling ingredients, from research and development to consulting. 

Food manufacturers divulge chemical use; shouldn’t be the last word, CSPI says

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has decided to share its database on how food manufacturers use chemicals that are Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) with the US Food and Drug Administration, an initiative the trade group claims will “improve the process and increase transparency for making GRAS determinations of ingredients added to food.”  

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