Pamela’s Products has come out with four new snack bars that are nutritious as well as tasty. The new flavors are Oat Blueberry Lemon, Oat Chocolate Chip Coconut, Oat Cranberry Almond, and Oat Raisin Walnut Spice. Agave and coconut sugar sweetens these bars, which are rich in antioxidants and omega-3s as well as fiber. They are low in sodium, cholesterol, and are gluten-free, dairy-free and all natural.

Green Valley Organics is introducing its lactose free sour cream. It is a great option for those who are lactose intolerant. It is gluten-free, kosher, and certified humane raised and handled. It contains no GMOs. It is intended to be used by itself or with dips, salsas, or used in bread and cake batter.

PROBAR is announcing its newest product, which has been nicknamed the “sinfully healthy snack.” HALO bars help satisfy the sweet tooth while offering protein and important nutrients. HALO bars are organic, high in omega-3s and omega-6s, low in sugar, dairy-free and vegan. On top of that, they are only 150 calories each. Flavors include S’mores, Nutty Marshmallow, Rocky Road, and Honey Graham.

With a stated goal of confronting food and agriculture policy issues in the face of global uncertainty, an initiative called AGree was launched recently by a broad-based coalition of leading industry figures. Citing challenges like a rapidly increasing global population, limited arable land, pressure on fresh water quality and availability and environmental degradation, the initiative’s organizers say this is a pivotal time to be addressing policy issues.

Washington, D.C.—An interagency Working Group led by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has come out with voluntary guidelines that would limit advertising aimed at children for foods high in sodium, sugar and saturated fat. The proposals state that food advertising should promote healthy dietary choices in children, as well.

Little Rock, AR—The historic floods that moved through the Mississippi Delta region recently had wide-ranging, often devastating effects on agriculture, according to reports. These effects are probably related to the worsening of other economic conditions; damaged or postponed crop plantings have meant lost jobs on farms and a further uptick in food prices already trending high.

At the April 26–29 meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) in Seattle, WA, committee members planned to consider various proposals that would have a major impact on how the National Organic Program is run. One proposal that could prove contentious is for the allowance of synthetic materials in organic products, without prior safety review by FDA or approval by USDA.

Newark, DE—While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) develops its own produce tracing program as is now required by law, a program already established by several produce industry groups, the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI), is forging ahead with its own “track-and-trace” system.

Washington, D.C.—In an effort to stem the wastefulness and risks to consumer health associated with meat product recalls, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has initiated a new rule that will prevent meat processors from shipping to stores until safety tests are returned.

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