Washington, D.C.—A recent report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which advises policy makers and leaders on public health matters, recommends that efforts be made by the food industry, as well as the government, to reduce unhealthy food options and increase access to healthy ones. “Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation” was presented at the Weight of the Nation conference, held here in May.

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Los Angeles, CA—Resolving a case dating back to 2010, a federal administrative judge has ruled that POM Wonderful, maker of pomegranate juice drinks, used some deceptive practices in advertisements placed in national print media. Specifically, advertisements claiming that the company’s juice products could treat, prevent or reduce the risk of heart disease, prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction were deemed illegal under Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations.

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Chicago, IL—Reusable tote bags are an eco-friendly way to shop, but many users are putting themselves at risk with the way they use them, according to a survey conducted by Home Food Safety program, a joint effort between the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) and ConAgra Foods. Apparently, one in six, or 15% of consumers do not regularly cleanse their reusable bags before bringing them back to the store. This practice creates fertile ground for harmful bacteria and can lead to food poisoning, the Academy says.

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News and notes from industry food companies.

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Washington, D.C.—For the first time, annual consumer purchases of organic products in the United States have topped $30 billion. At $31.5 billion, $29.22 billion of which went to organic foods and beverages with organic non-foods at $2.2 billion, the sector grew 9.5% in 2011 over the previous year.

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In the fall of 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was petitioned by high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) manufacturers for the allowance to change the name from HFCS to corn sugar. Now, a cohort of consumer groups is urging FDA to reject this pending request.

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News from industry food companies.

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News from industry food companies.

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Emeryville, CA—At mile 120 of a 175-mile bike ride in 1990, Clif Bar & Company founder, co-owner and co-CEO Gary Erickson came up with the idea for CLIF Bar. A short time later, he baked the first bar in his mother’s kitchen, and the rest is company history. 2012 marks the company’s 20-year anniversary, and it is marking the occasion with new product launches and events throughout the year for customers and retailers.

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The findings of Dartmouth researchers that some products contain arsenic at worrisome levels, including toddler formula, spurred a call for additional federal regulation.

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