News and notes from industry food companies.

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Several noteworthy events involving genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food have come down the pike recently.

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Mumbai, India—Enzymes manufactured by Advanced Enzymes in Mumbai, India, are the source of what may be the most widespread product recall ever.

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Washington, D.C.—A final regulatory guidance on how to correctly market a product as a beverage versus a dietary supplement has been released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The distinction is an important one, since products that fall into the beverage category are regulated as food. It is also a safety issue when consumers cannot easily tell if a liquid supplement is intended to be taken in small doses, unlike a drink.

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Pullman, WA—Organic milk tends to contain preferable ratios of omega fatty acids to those found in conventional milk, according to an analysis performed by a research team from Washington State University. The study is hailed as the first large-scale, nationwide comparison of the two types of milk, as nearly 400 samples were tested over an 18-month period.

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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.

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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.

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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Caen, France—A 2012 research paper linking genetically modified (GM) corn with tumor growth in rats has been retracted by the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology.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.

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