At the most recent Codex Committee on Food Labeling (CCFL) meeting in Canada, collaborators agreed to drop ongoing work on creating labeling recommendations for and generally defining Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) products. CCFL has decided to instead compile Codex texts on the subject of GMOs as a reference guide.

Uelzen, Germany—The tragic E. coli outbreak in Europe, having taken the lives of at least 37 people mostly in Germany, has subsided at press time. Though the number of new illnesses has dwindled, the episode leaves lingering questions about organic farming in the minds of the public.

News from industry food companies.

New York, NY—It’s a good time to sell natural and organic foods. According to market research firm Packaged Facts, U.S. retailers sold nearly $39 billion worth of natural and organic foods and drinks in 2010.

Geneva, Switzerland—Following the U.S. delegation’s decision to drop its longstanding opposition to the concept, an official guidance on the labeling of products containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) was adopted at the annual Codex Alimentarius summit.

Once Again Nut Butter, located in Nunda, N.Y., is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. Without a doubt, the company sticks to its promise of integrity like peanut butter on bread.

Bean Brand Foods introduces a four-flavor variety line of chips made from beans. Beanitos are gluten free, kosher, high in fiber, and have a low glycemic index. One serving contains four grams of protein, and each flavor is high in fiber. The flavors include Black Bean Chips, Pinto Bean and Flax Chips, Black Bean Chipotle BBQ Chips, and Pinto Bean and Flax Cheddar Cheese Chips.