National Organic Program

Pros & cons of carrageenan weighed at NOSB ahead of vote to delist it

Pros & cons of carrageenan weighed at NOSB ahead of vote to delist it

By Elizabeth Crawford

Advocates for and against allowing organic products to continue using the non-organic thickener carrageenan argued their cases in front of the National Organic Standards Board Wednesday ahead of the advisory committee’s vote on the issue Thursday.

Introduced as a natural anticaking alternative to silicon dioxide for use in spices, Nu-Flow has charted strong growth in response to growing demand for clean label.

RIBUS charts 150% sales growth as time ticks down on silicon dioxide

By Maggie Hennessy

A year after the US Department of Agriculture gave organic food and beverage manufacturers a Nov. 3, 2014 deadline for swapping silicon dioxide for organic rice hulls, RIBUS Inc.’s Nu-Flow ingredient saw a 150% boost in sales over that same timeframe....

Organic Trade Association, Organic Standards Protection Act

OTA welcomes proposal for stricter organic program controls

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has welcomed the introduction of legislation that would tighten controls on organic certification, saying that it would protect the integrity of the USDA’s National Organic Program seal.

Building consumer awareness about GM foods

Building consumer awareness about GM foods

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The non-GMO symbol is a useful reference point for consumers, many of whom still have gaps in their knowledge of genetically modified (GM) foods, according to natural and organic food companies.

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