The updated food safety rules proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are being criticized by many parties, especially small farmers. The rules, which are mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), had their public comment period extended after technical issues prevented users from uploading comments to the Web site.

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Caen, France—A 2012 research paper linking genetically modified (GM) corn with tumor growth in rats has been retracted by the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology. The study has frequently been cited by those who question the safety of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the food supply.

The updated food safety rules proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are being criticized by many parties, especially small farmers. The rules, which are mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), have had their public comment period extended twice after technical issues prevented users from uploading comments to the Web site. The deadline now sits at January 27, 2014.

Washington, D.C.—A prohibition on the use of trans fat as an ingredient in food products could be coming from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). By removing the generally recognized as safe (GRAS) designation from trans fat, the agency would, in effect, make its inclusion illegal.

Beijing—Chinese officials recently denied entrance to a cargo shipment of corn from the United States on the grounds that it was contaminated with an unapproved strain of genetically modified corn, Reuters reports.

Fairfield, IA— Experts have suggested there may be a link between genetically modified (GM) foods and gluten-related disorders, including celiac disease.

Demand for natural products is as strong as ever, according to data collected in the 36th Annual WholeFoods Retailer Survey. Independent stores that participated in this year’s survey had a strong showing in 2013, selling a combined $741 million throughout their more than 1.24 million ft2 of total retail space. Most stores reported gains this year, and businesses are optimistic about the outlook for 2014, all excellent news for those who value the expertise and unique flavor that independent stores contribute to the natural and organic supplements, grocery, HABA and home products industries.

It happens nearly every day: you’ve eaten lunch, dinner isn’t for another three hours and your stomach starts rumbling. Time to grab a quick snack! But looking at the vending machine in your office, all you see are potato chips fried in genetically modified oils and candy bars that are just chocolate-covered sugar with a side of artificial flavorings. If you and your shoppers are like millions of others today, these options just aren’t good enough anymore. You’re hungry for something healthy.