Fancy Food Show

With the Winter Fancy Food Show come and gone, let’s look back on the emerging trends seen at the show as pinpointed by Specialty Food Association’s Trendspotter Panel as well as some representative products.

GMO potato

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has concluded that J.R. Simplot Company’s second generation of Innate Russet Burbank potatoes are not materially different in composition, safety and other parameters from other potatoes or potato-derived food currently on the market.

forskolin

East Windsor, NJ—The International Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Research recently published a paper about a branded ingredient’s safety record in a small-animal study.

Monsanto

Monsanto has filed a lawsuit against California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and its acting director Lauren Zeise , after the agency announced in September its intent to add glyphosate (brand name Roundup) to the state’s list of cancer-causing chemicals.

kids health

Beloit, WI—New data suggest that kids taking a branded beta glucan are healthier than other children.

nutrition and

Boston, MA—A group of researchers from various institutions including Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Brown University and Harvard Medical School have published a study in JAMA Ophthalmology suggesting that certain nutrients may lower the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

supplements safety

Arlington, VA—PBS aired a Frontline segment on “Supplements and Safety” on Jan. 19 suggesting that supplements are unsafe, make fraudulent claims and are unregulated.

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cage-free

The movement to make egg production go cage-free has seen continued growth in the last number of years. In response, quite a few large restaurants, bakery chains and food suppliers have promised to switch to solely cage-free eggs.