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Organic sales growing ‘at a good clip’ thanks partly to consumer interest in animal welfare

Despite pressure created by food inflation and price deflation, sales of organic continue to grow “at a good clip,” with protein, dips and seasoning breaking out “to find their stride”...

Deep cuts to agriculture spending, including organic, are a “no-go,” Congressman Panetta says

President Trump’s aggressive budget proposal for fiscal 2018 is a pennywise and pound-foolish approach to agriculture, and especially organic production and sales, according to legislators and industry leaders, who promise...

Hint Inc urges court to stay propylene glycol lawsuit as FDA ponders ‘natural’ claims

Flavored water brand Hint Inc has urged a California court to stay (put on ice) a high-profile lawsuit accusing it of falsely advertising its wares as ‘all natural.'

Trump administration sees four ways to help ag ‘punch above its weight’

As part of a larger strategy to reduce the US deficit, the Trump Administration wants to help the agriculture sector “punch above its weight” by promoting trade, providing an affordable...

ABA: Fiber suppliers are stuck in a 'holding pattern'

Nutrition Facts overhaul proves double-edged sword for inulin

The arrival of the new-look Nutrition Facts panel (which will require manufacturers to list added sugar), is generating renewed interest in inulin: a widely-used ingredient from chicory root that also...

Organic industry asks legislators for funds to expand domestic production & increase oversight

More than a hundred representatives for the organic industry descended on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, last Thursday to extol to legislators the benefits of their industry to the US...

ACI FOOD LAW FORUM: What’s in your ‘natural’ flavors? (And is your cane sugar vegan?)

As enterprising plaintiff’s attorneys ask whether pesticide residues – even at trace levels – belong in ‘natural’ foods, and high-profile brands query whether ‘natural’ flavors and preservatives meet stricter ‘clean...

ACI FOOD LAW FORUM: GMO labeling blues, Nutrition Facts delays, daily values and de-fortification, and will the FDA ever nail down natural?

Will the July 2018 deadline for compliance with the new Nutrition Facts panel stand? Will federal GMO labeling regulations stop GMO-related lawsuits? And will the FDA nail down ‘natural’ anytime...

Standardized language for expiration dates should help reduce food waste, according to GMA

According to the nonprofit Feeding America, 126 billion pounds of food is wasted each year in America – a staggering number that prompted USDA and EPA to challenge producers, manufacturers...

AHPA urges EPA to revamp pesticide limits for botanicals

The American Herbal Products Association has urged federal regulators to revamp pesticide rules that unfairly impact minor crops that include many botanical commodities.

Bill meant to restrict growth of regulations sparks contentious debate

Advocacy groups are reacting strongly to a bill sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) that would require a cost-benefit analysis to be performed for every new federal regulation.

Food stamps under fire in $4.1tr budget dismissed as non-starter on both sides of the aisle

Budget proposals unveiled by the Trump administration this week include a $193bn cut to food stamps (SNAP: the supplemental nutrition assistance program) over the next 10 years – slashing SNAP’s...

Delaying added-sugar labeling could hurt manufacturers in the long run, experts warn

Industry efforts to delay added-sugar labeling and the new Nutrition Facts panel could damage manufacturers’ long-term sales by eroding consumer trust in them, and pushing shoppers to more transparent options,...

Will changes to the Nutrition Facts panel lead to a wave of ‘defortification’?

Updated daily values (DVs) for vitamins and minerals that will roll out with the new-look Nutrition Facts panel, coupled with changes to serving sizes, may reduce the nutrient density of...

News in brief

GMO labeling bill defeated in Canadian parliament

Members of the Canadian Parliament voted against approving mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods in a vote in the House of Commons yesterday. 

Plant Based Foods Association: 'I am not sure how this resolution helps'

Plant-based milk debate heats up as state regulators weigh in at NCIMS meeting

State milk regulators have weighed into the plant-based milk debate in a vote that was hailed by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) as “the strongest statement yet that the abuse...

American Heart Association: A clean label doesn't necessarily make for a 'healthy' product

Consumer research indicates that for many shoppers, ‘healthy,' is all about foods that are organic, minimally processed, natural, non-GMO, or free of artificial ingredients. But such factors should not be included in...

CANADA: House of Commons to vote on GMO labeling bill on May 17

Canadian GMO labeling debate heats up ahead of May 17 vote

Members of the Canadian Parliament will decide whether to approve mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods in a vote in the House of Commons on Wednesday. 

Former First Lady Obama criticizes efforts to delay Nutrition Facts changes as insulting to consumers

Requests to delay the implementation of the updated Nutrition Facts panel, which includes a line to indicate added sugar and makes calories more visible, and a last-minute delay of menu...

Food Starter helps entrepreneurs break into the competitive food and beverage industry

Launching a food business takes more than secret family recipe – it also takes money, equipment, space and in-depth knowledge about regulations, distribution and marketing, which can be hard for...

NMPF calls for FDA labeling crackdown of 'dairy imitators,' while Califia Farms trusts 'common-sense wisdom' of consumers

America’s dairy organizations are demanding that “dairy imitators” must start complying with federal regulations that require dairy products labeled as 'milk' to contain dairy milk.

Cellular agriculture advances mean ‘clean meat’ could be commercially available in less than 10 years

The idea of eating a burger grown in a lab rather than from a cow raised on a farm and slaughtered for its meat may sound like something out of...

Could the biotech disclosure law help shift perception of GMOs from good vs evil to simply a choice?

In many ways, the conversation about GMOs has been a debate about good versus evil, but ingredient supplier Cargill wants to shift the discussion to one simply about choice –...

Santa Fe rejects soda tax

Santa Fe voters yesterday rejected a tax on sugar sweetened beverages in the city.

Fruit juice does not warrant a ‘healthy’ food label, says CSPI

'Healthy' bones of contention: Stakeholders at odds over added sugar and saturated fat

There is significant disagreement between key stakeholders over how to define ‘healthy’ on food labels, with added sugar and saturated fat proving the biggest bones of contention, and heated debate...

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