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Food-Safety Bills Start Popping up in State Legislatures

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A Republican legislator in New Mexico wants to bail out the state’s school lunch program by using tax money to purchase $1.4 million in locally grown fruits and vegetables, which would then be provided to the schools without charge. State Rep. Jimmie C. Hall of Albuquerque, who is also executive director of the 4-H Development… Continue Reading

Attorneys Spar Over Vermont’s GMO-Labeling Law

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Attorneys presenting oral arguments before a federal judge in Burlington, VT, on Wednesday were depicted as giving that state’s first-in-the-nation law requiring labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) its day in court. Actually, the Vermont law challenged by the Grocery Manufacturers Association has already had 210 days in court, and it’s sure to… Continue Reading

The Top 10 Food-Safety News Stories of 2014

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The top 10 food-safety news stories for 2014, as chosen for the sixth consecutive year by the editors of Food Safety News, were announced today. According to the Internet news site, here are this year’s most important food-safety stories: 1. The U.S. Department of Justice backs up federal food-safety agencies, including USDA and FDA, with unprecedented… Continue Reading

Congressional Hearing Looks at FDA’s Role in GE Food Regulation

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The question of how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should approach the regulation of genetically engineered (GE) food — and particularly its labeling, or lack thereof — was the topic of a hearing by the House Energy & Commerce Committee on Wednesday. The biggest question of the day: Should a federal law be passed… Continue Reading

Most Would Accept Nanotechnology, Genetic Modification in Food for Nutrition, Safety

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New research suggests that most consumers will accept nanotechnology or genetic modification technology in their food if it will enhance nutrition or improve safety. Researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of Minnesota conducted a nationally representative survey of 1,117 U.S. consumers. It asked about their willingness to purchase genetically modified (GM) food… Continue Reading

Close Vote on Oregon GE-Labeling Initiative Prompts Automatic Recount

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Oregon’s automatic recount of Measure 92, which would require labeling of some foods with genetically engineered ingredients, is now underway. Election officials in the state’s 36 counties have until Dec. 12 to finish their hand recounts of Measure 92 ballots. The first count found that Measure 92 failed by just 809 votes out of about… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Right to Know Something Important

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This is the moment of the year we all wait for, when the editorial writers come down from the hills after the election battles to shoot some of the wounded. The one I’ll take is easy, the Black Knight of the national GMO labeling campaign. Those old enough will remember the Black Knight from Monty… Continue Reading

Mixed Results For Food Issues in Midterm Elections

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The national headline of Tuesday’s elections is that Republicans have taken control of the U.S. Senate. This shift means that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will take over as Majority Leader for the 114th Congress and that Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), who won a hotly contested race, will become Senate Agriculture Committee chairman. One of the greatest surprises of… Continue Reading

Consumers Union: Labeling GMOs Would Cost Each Consumer $2.30 Annually

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The median cost of labeling genetically modified ingredients on grocery products would equate to an additional $2.30 per consumer each year, according to a new report sponsored by Consumers Union and conducted by ECONorthwest, an economics consulting firm in the Pacific Northwest. Consumers Union is the policy and advocacy branch of Consumer Reports. The organization… Continue Reading

Vermont Asks Court to Dismiss Industry Challenge to GMO Labeling Law

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Vermont’s attorney general has asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont to dismiss a lawsuit by a group of food manufacturer trade associations to overturn Vermont’s law requiring labels on genetically modified food beginning in July 2016. “The State’s motion makes the case that Vermont’s labeling law withstands all five challenges to… Continue Reading