The much-debated decision over whether to introduce a genetically modified organism (GMO) into the U.S. food supply is drawing near for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The GMO is a proprietary species of salmon bred by the biotech company AquaBounty Technologies, and would be the first GMO to be placed on store shelves in the United States.
South Plainfield, NJ—Industry companies and retailers looking for information about natural products companies now have another resource. The WholeFoods e-Directory is now available at http://directory.wholefoodsmagazineonline.com.
Bellevue, WA—A new report released by the Hartman Group, a consumer research firm, shows that many consumers are investing in their health and are making positive changes in their lifestyles. According to the report, over half of all consumers (54%) say that they have recently changed their views on health and wellness for the better. This report indicates that people are looking for products and services that can help them attain a better quality of life.
Boston, MA—Natural Products Expo East returns to Boston next month, October 13–16, with a big name speaker. Big screen actress and vegan Alicia Silverstone will speak at the Friday morning keynote event on how poor food choices are negatively affecting disease rates and the environment.
Rockville, MD—The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition released some data at the beginning of August about its new Reportable Food Registry system. Manufacturers are required to use this system to report problems in human and animal food (and feed) that may pose a public health risk. The data are intended to help the U.S. Food and Drug Administration locate and prevent food hazards from proceeding through the supply chain.
Duiven, the Netherlands—Luo han guo, a natural, low-calorie sweetener that has been used in China for hundreds of years, may soon become more popular here in the States, according to the Innova Markets Insights’ database, which tracks new product activity.