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

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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.

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.

According to the 2013 WholeFoods Retailer Survey, prepared foods are a key driver of foot traffic and sales in many natural products stores. Prepared foods—such as ready-made meals, fresh juice from a juice bar, bakery items and the like—comprised about 13.13% of overall sales among independent natural products retailers. Without a doubt, shoppers are drawn to stores that have fresh, delicious prepared foods that can make for a quick, healthy meal.

Your mission: Make a 30-minute meal from scratch that’s flavorful, unique and cost-effective without piling on unhealthy fats, sweeteners or too much sodium. Your secret weapon? Herbs and spices!

Quinn Popcorn has a new popcorn flavor: Hickory Smoked Cheddar. Other non-GMO varieties feature real dried butter from rGBH-free cows and other seasonings, which come in separate packets to be poured on after the popcorn is popped in the microwave or on a stovetop. The patent-pending Pure Pop bags are free of chemical coatings found on other commercial microwave popcorn bags.

New from Domino Foods, Inc. are Quick Dissolve Superfine Sugar and Pourable Light Brown Sugar. Both come in recyclable, recloseable flip-top canisters. Quick Dissolve Superfine Sugar dissolves quickly, and the Pourable Light Brown Sugar is crystallized for easy pouring. 

New England Naturals has two new High Protein varieties of granola products: Blueberry Harvest Granola and Unsweetened 5 Seed Granola with Apples & Raisins. Each contains high amounts of protein, no trans-fats and is organic. Made with 100% whole grains, both varieties are Non-GMO Project verified and Kosher.

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