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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

FDA Urged to Require Allergen Labeling for Sesame Seeds

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As many as 500,000 Americans are estimated to be allergic to sesame seeds, but current rules on allergen labeling don’t include a requirement for them. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a Washington, D.C., consumer advocacy organization, is now asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to add sesame seeds to its… Continue Reading

DeLauro Urges OMB to Finalize Two Food Rules

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Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) is urging the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to finalize two pending food safety rules. DeLauro wrote to OMB director Shaun Donovan Monday, expressing her concern that if the mechanically tenderized beef rule and a rule regarding added solutions in meat and poultry products are not completed before the end… Continue Reading

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