At the April 26–29 meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) in Seattle, WA, committee members planned to consider various proposals that would have a major impact on how the National Organic Program is run. One proposal that could prove contentious is for the allowance of synthetic materials in organic products, without prior safety review by FDA or approval by USDA.

Newark, DE—While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) develops its own produce tracing program as is now required by law, a program already established by several produce industry groups, the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI), is forging ahead with its own “track-and-trace” system.

Washington, D.C.—In an effort to stem the wastefulness and risks to consumer health associated with meat product recalls, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has initiated a new rule that will prevent meat processors from shipping to stores until safety tests are returned.

News from industry food companies.

News from indsutry food companies.

Snack foods can be a blessing or a curse. Done well, a nutrient-dense pick-me-up is an important tool in helping to maintain a proper weight, healthy blood sugar levels, proper focus and good energy. But if you regularly pick the wrong snacks, well, expect the opposite to happen: weight gain, see-saw blood sugar and trouble concentrating.

For years, WholeFoods Magazine has shined a light on natural products companies that market some of the country’s best top-selling products and has honored them with a Natural Choice Award. This year is no different. Once again, we are proud to honor some of the many excellent products that the natural products industry calls its own.

American Flatbread offers a frozen pizza to whet the appetite of vegans. The Vegan Harvest pizza is made with a dairy-free cheese alternative that melts just as well as cheese does. Complete with homemade tomato sauce, the pizza is made on a wood-fired oven to give it an authentic taste. The pizza contains no preservatives, is non-GMO and is casein free.

NOW Foods introduces its new sugar-free drink sticks, beverage mixes sweetened with NOW’s BetterStevia sweetener. There is a wide variety of flavors, including Berry Energy Tea, Pomegranate Berry, and Acai Lemonade. Each stick of beverage mix is packed with nutrients and antioxidants. The Tropical Punch with Fiber contains 3 g of fiber to help support normal digestive function.
SRP: $5.99/carton of 12 sticks.