What’s happening with food labels?

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The Nutrition Facts labels on U.S. food products are poised to get an overhaul. The Food and Drug Administration has unveiled the proposed label changes that FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg says will “help consumers make better more informed choices about the foods they eat and help support a healthy diet.  Calories will be in big… Read more »

FDA warns of illness from rice product

The Food & Drug Administration is warning food service companies, schools and consumers not to use any Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice products sold in large quantities of five and 25-pounds because of the risk of illness. All the products are being recalled. A cluster of illnesses associated with the product has occurred at three public… Read more »

Comments extended on Animal Food rule

There’s more time for the animal food industry to comment on the FDA’s proposed animal food rule. At the request of the Animal Feed Industry Association, National Grain and Feed Association, National Renderers and the Pet Food Institute, the Food & Drug Administration has extended the deadline for comment by a month, making it March… Read more »

Senator wants Obama to mandate GMO labeling

California Senator Dianne Feinstein is urging the Obama administration to mandate the labeling of genetically modified foods.  Feinstein believes the President should bypass the congressional process and direct the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require such labels.  She argues it is within the FDA’s power and “the best interest of American consumers” to require labeling… Read more »

Ag Secretary favors high-tech food labeling

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What would a GMO label convey about nutritional content? U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says when it comes to genetically modified food ingredients there is not a proven question of safety. Vilsack points out that that the USDA already has labels for “Organic” and “Natural” food products which could use improving. Vilsack says all signs point to technology… Read more »

FDA targets oils that contain trans fats

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The Food and Drug Administration is going after trans fats in processed foods. Food makers have reduced or replaced trans fats over the years. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg explains that the FDA required trans fats to be on food nutrition labels starting in 1996.  The primary source of trans fats in processed foods is partially hydrogenated oils.  She… Read more »

FDA seeks further reduction in trans fats

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to further reduce the amount of trans fats in processed foods. The FDA has made a preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are not “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) for use in food. “Consumption of artificial trans fat, a man-made, not naturally occurring substance, increases… Read more »

Could shutdown impact food safety investigations?

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When there are fewer federal food safety workers, what does that mean to consumers?  There’s been a large reduction in federal workers who track pathogens and identify them in food-related illness outbreaks due to the partial government shutdown, which a food safety expert says has big implications for consumers. Randy Worobo, a professor of food microbiology… Read more »

CDC report on antibiotics mentions food animal use

A new report on antibiotic resistance by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) includes a cautionary section about antibiotic use in food producing animals.  It says “resistant bacteria can be transmitted from food-producing animals to humans through the food supply.” However, the report shows that “most deaths related to antibiotic resistance happen… Read more »

Chobani recalls swelling yogurt

The nation’s top selling yogurt company is recalling certain yogurt products due to swelling and “hissing” of the product cups and some reported illnesses from eating the product. Officials at the Chobani plant in Twin Falls, Idaho, say a type of mold typically found in dairy production may be to blame. Before the recall, the… Read more »