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.
Washington, D.C.—After much back and forth, a group of senators representing both sides of the aisle finalized revisions to the proposed Food Safety Modernization Act, which has already passed the House of Representatives. The hope is that the Senate will put this bill on its agenda later this year.
Washington, D.C.—The Natural Products Foundation (NPF) encouraged industry companies to get involved in its Truth in Advertising program by donating $100 per month to help “clean up advertising practices in an industry-wide effort.”
In July, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services conducted a public meeting in which they received 49 comments pertaining to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) Advisory Committee Report.
The old adage “you eat with your eyes before you eat with your stomach” holds true for several cases. Brightly colored foods entice people, but foods that are artificially dyed can be very detrimental to one’s health according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) report entitled, Food Dyes, Rainbow of Risks. CSPI wants food dyes to be banned because they are a threat to public health.