Washington, D.C.—A national campaign to raise awareness over the issue of genetically modified (GMO) food products has gathered a ton of steam since its launch coinciding with Non-GMO Month in October 2011. The effort, organized by the Just Label It campaign and its sponsors, is to gather signatures for a petition urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require the labeling of all genetically modified food products.

Atlanta, GA—After Coca-Cola Company alerted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in early January to the presence of the toxic substance carbendazim in its orange juice imported from Brazil, FDA began closely examining imports of orange juice from all over the world.

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The European Union and the United States will align their organic food programs, an effort aimed at eliminating redundancies and increasing access between both markets.

Oakland, CA—Fair trade products certifier Fair Trade USA has made some significant changes to its policies. These changes, part of the Fair Trade USA’s Multiple Ingredients Product Policy, were made after a two-month evaluation with several stakeholders.

Today, everyone is a chef, as consumers go to grocery stores in droves looking for cooking oils to add to their home concoctions, be they salads or sizzling sauté dishes. You should be ready to guide them toward oils that not only taste good and are versatile in the kitchen, but also represent a step in the right direction for a healthy diet.

The Little Duck Organics Tiny Fruits are made of 100% organic fruit and are gluten free, Non-GMO Project verified and certified kosher. Appropriate for kids, the snacks contain no added sugar or preservatives and are a healthy alternative to other snack options. They are available in Apple Banana, Strawberry Mango and Blueberry Apple.
SRP: $3.99

The Flavrz Beverage Corp. offers all-natural Flavrz enhanced beverages that “give your body what it needs without sacrificing great taste.” These lightly sweetened drink mixes are filled with herbal extracts, minerals and antioxidants and can be added to water. Available are Fruit Punch Energy, Citrus Hibiscus Immunity and Superfruit Sports.

Earth Balance’s Organic Coconut Spread is a multi-functional substitution for butter. In addition to being eaten as a topping, Earth Balance encourages consumers to cook, bake, fry and sauté with their spread to enrich foods with the taste and health benefits of coconut. Earth Balance promises “something that’s richer, smoother, and creamier than you ever thought possible.”