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Will Mechanically Tenderized Beef Labeling Be Pushed Back to 2018?

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Long-planned efforts to place a label on mechanically tenderized beef may be delayed another two years — until 2018 — if they are not finalized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) by the end of this year. For more than a decade, consumer groups and the… Continue Reading

Senators to Colleagues: Don’t ‘Pre-Emptively Weaken’ COOL

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Over the summer, more than 100 members of Congress called for repeal of country-of-origin labeling (COOL) if the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled against the U.S. in its trade dispute with Canada and Mexico. This week, 32 senators wrote to the leaders of the Appropriations Committee, asking that they not deal with the labeling rule… Continue Reading

Sources: WTO Ruled Against U.S. on Country-of-Origin Labeling

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The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled against the U.S. in a trade dispute with Canada and Mexico over country-of-origin labeling for meat products, according to anonymous sources who spoke to the Wall Street Journal. The final ruling has been released to the governments involved with the dispute, but has not yet been officially released to… Continue Reading

How Much is Too Much? Report on Fortified Foods Tries to Answer That Question

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Many Americans don’t get enough of the vitamins and minerals they should, but the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is now concerned that children and other vulnerable populations are exposed to excessive and unhealthy amounts in the foods they eat. The EWG report out Tuesday highlighted the levels of vitamin A, zinc and niacin in breakfast cereals… Continue Reading

FDA Proposal to Put ‘Added Sugars’ in Nutrition Facts Panel Sparks Debate

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Last week, legal analysts for OFW Law published a blog arguing that “Added Sugars” should not be included in the Food and Drug Administration’s revamp of the Nutrition Facts panel. “The White House seems to be pushing FDA to require more, including the disclosure of ‘Added Sugars,’ which may not be necessary or even beneficial,”… Continue Reading

Food Industry Associations Sue Vermont Over GMO Labeling Law

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National associations representing food and snack manufacturers are suing the state of Vermont over its law passed last month that will require foods produced with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such beginning July 2016. The lawsuit was filed jointly by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the Snack Food Association, the International Dairy Foods Association… Continue Reading

Nutrition Facts Label to Get Major Updates

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For the first time since it was developed in the early 1990s, the Nutrition Facts label is getting a new look. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday introduced plans for updating the label to include larger serving sizes, calorie counts in larger type and “added sugars” values, with the hope that it will… Continue Reading

NY Congressman Reintroduces Bill to Close Trans Fat Labeling Loophole

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On Nov. 22, Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) reintroduced a bill that would require clearer labeling of trans fats on food packaging. In 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration adopted a requirement that trans fats be listed on the nutrition facts panel of food packaging. But 0.4 gram or less is declared as “0g,” meaning companies can… Continue Reading

Cargill to Label Products Containing Finely Textured Beef

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Cargill Beef will begin labeling products that contain finely textured beef (FTB), a product sometimes referred to as “pink slime,” along with a similar product, lean finely textured beef made by Beef Products, Inc. The company plans to start using a label reading “Contains Finely Textured Beef” on its branded, U.S.-made ground beef before the 2014… Continue Reading

Confusing Food Date Labels Lead to Unnecessary Food Waste

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This originally appeared on Switchboard, the staff blog for the Natural Resources Defense Council, on Sept. 18. Here’s a surprising little secret: You know all those dates you see on food products — sell by, use by, best before? Those dates do not indicate the safety of your food, and, generally speaking, they’re not regulated…. Continue Reading