Washington, D.C.—Results from an internal audit of the National Organic Program (NOP) call into question its productivity and operations. Since a prior audit in 2005, officials made improvements by implementing corrective actions for eight of the 10 recommendations by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).
Rockville, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working to erase false claims and mislabeling found on food packaging. The group started this appeal in late October 2009 when they announced they would be regulating the language on the fronts of food packages.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the long-awaited details of the final rule regarding access to pasture for organic livestock. This rule amends the National Organic Program (NOP) regulations to clarify the use of pasture in raising organic ruminants. The final rule provides consumers with certainty that organic livestock production is a pasture-based system in which animals are actively grazing pasture during the grazing season.
Los Angeles, CA—The Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), based here, has launched a Web site, www.nonGMOShoppingGuide.com, aimed at taking the guesswork out of avoiding genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in products.
Washington, D.C.—On January 25, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Elisabeth Hagen, M.D., as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Under Secretary for Food Safety, a post that has remained vacant for over a year.
A study released on January 6 from researchers at the Stanford Graduate School of Business examined consumer behavior before and after calorie counts were posted on menus, finding that calorie postings led to a six percent reduction in calories per transaction in New York City in 2008.