Montpelier, VT—Vermont attorney general Bill Sorrell has formally adopted regulations implementing a state law requiring labels for genetically modified foods, following the passing of the bill by state lawmakers in 2014 after months of outreach and grassroots support.
Seattle, WA—Consumers of organic produce are exposed to less organophosphate pesticide (OP) than those who eat conventional produce, according to a new study out of the University of Washington. Previous studies have relied on urinary biomarkers to determine OP exposure, but this study also looked at dietary intake in its analysis.
The beginning of 2015 saw the debut of a new nonprofit organization focused on exposing “what the food industry doesn’t want us to know.” The first major effort of the group, called U.S. Right to Know, is the publication of a report titled Seedy Business: What Big Food is Hiding with its Slick PR Campaign on GMOs.
Those in the frozen food sector probably wish that their sales were frozen as well. According to a new market report from Packaged Facts, not only are sales not growing, they aren’t even remaining stable, as they fell by around 1% in 2013. However, natural and organic frozen food products are providing some hope that consumers will come back to the category.
Washington, D.C.—A bill that would require clear labeling of foods with genetically engineered (GE) ingredients, called the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, has been introduced in Congress. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) are lead sponsors of the bill, which is similar to one introduced by Boxer and DeFazio in 2013 but not voted on by Congress.
Tucked into President Barack Obama’s 2016 budget outline is a plan that would radically alter the responsibilities of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as other agencies by creating a stand-alone, federally funded food safety unit.
Albany, NY—Rats running amok and other unsanitary conditions have Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to crack down harder on many of the nation’s food facilities.