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The proposed rule does not mention foods produced via techniques such as gene editing. Picture: istockphoto, vchal

USDA proposed rule on GMO labeling raises more questions than answers

By Elaine Watson

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published a long-awaited proposed rule to establish GMO labeling standards (the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard), but still leaves most of the key questions – including how to interpret its...

Walmart backs potassium salt petition

Walmart backs potassium salt petition

By Elaine Watson

Walmart has joined a growing number of food retailers and manufacturers backing a citizen’s petition from NuTek Food Science asking the FDA to allow ‘potassium salt’ as an alternate name for potassium chloride on food labels.

Soylent meal replacement RTD rolls out to 450 Walmart stores

Soylent meal replacement RTD rolls out to 450 Walmart stores

By Elaine Watson

Soylent – a meal replacement brand that gained a cult following among Silicon Valley programmers after its 2014 launch, but has since broadened its portfolio and its appeal – is rolling out to 450 Walmart stores across the US, taking its retail footprint...

Nestlé USA backs 'potassium salt' petition

Nestlé USA backs 'potassium salt' petition

By Elaine Watson

Nestlé USA has joined a growing number of food manufacturers backing a citizen’s petition from NuTek Food Science asking the FDA to allow ‘potassium salt’ as an alternate name for potassium chloride on food labels.

New 'high pressure certified' seal to hit stores in the next 90 days

New 'high pressure certified' seal to hit stores in the next 90 days

By Elaine Watson

Does the world need another packaging seal? Real estate on most food labels is limited, acknowledge the backers of the new ‘High Pressure Certified’ seal, but an independently-verified logo will help ensure the integrity of high pressure processing (HPP)...

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‘Needed’: FDA issues draft guidance for best practices for GRAS panels

By Stephen Daniells

Hailed by experts as ‘needed’ and ‘significant’, the US Food and Drug Administration has issued draft guidance on best practices to follow when convening a panel of experts to evaluate whether a substance is “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS).

IFT 2017: Clean label moves beyond the ingredients list

IFT 2017 part two: Clean label moves beyond the ingredients list

By Elaine Watson

'Clean label' used to be about ousting artificial (or artificial-sounding) ingredients from food labels, but is beginning to move beyond what must be declared on the ingredients list to cover incidental additives, pesticide residues, and animal...