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FDA requests budget increase to implement food safety law
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is requesting a budget of $4.7 billion in fiscal 2014, including $295.8 million to implement new food safety regulations.
Why all food-makers should read draft guidance on what 'natural' means
In the absence of a clear legal definition of "natural," food marketers seeking to avoid legal challenges over it refer to a variety of sources for guidance. The National Organics Program is frequently cited in civil litigation to support claims that certain foods do not qualify for "natural" labeling.
GMO labeling forces look for a win after 2 defeats
Food Safety News
With the defeat of California's Proposition 37 last November and the recent signing of House Resolution 933, opponents of genetically modified foods are in bad need of a win. And with the state legislative season starting to wind down — 9 of the 50 states have already adjourned for the year — those who want food with GMOs labeled or banned are running out of venues for scoring such a win.
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Researchers: Fructose does not harm at typical intake levels
Food Ingredients First
Fructose does not increase body weight, blood pressure, uric acid or insulin levels — and it might improve glycemic control at normal consumption levels, according to a research commentary.
'All natural' beverage verdict seen as warning to class action attorneys
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
Trial lawyers had better tread carefully the next time they file a lawsuit against a company that makes "all natural" claims on its labels: That's the lesson to be learned from a 13-page order issued March 28 by Judge Richard Seeborg of the U.S. District Court for Northern California.
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Vilsack vows to defend nutrition programs
The head of the U.S. Agriculture Department vowed to protect the country's nutrition programs from critics who are engaged in an all-out campaign to reduce funding and make drastic changes to the measures that help millions of Americans each day.
Naturex develops system to infuse foods with fruit, vegetable powders
Food Ingredients First
Thanks to unique technology, Naturex is able to meet the expectations of the savory, sweet and baby food industries by offering convenient and tasty fruit and vegetable powders. The group operates a gigantic spray drying facility that can create powders that offer clean label and maintain the organoleptic properties of original, freshly harvested fruits and vegetables.
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Proposed FDA safety rules frustrate tree fruit farmers
The Washington Post
Few groups have expressed more frustration with FSMA implementation than tree fruit farmers, who grow apples, pears and a variety of other produce. They complain the FDA's approach, in some ways, defies common sense.
High-speed sterilizing technique wins patent
U.K.-based Continuous Retorts has been granted a series of European patents and expects U.S. patents to follow for its food processing technology that uses high speed to pasteurize plastic laminate pouches, pots, trays, tin cans and glass jars for a low unit cost.
Court's decisions a guide to defending against food labeling class actions
Association of Corporate Counsel
A current trend in consumer class action litigation across the country focuses on food and beverage labeling. Plaintiffs will allege that products labeled as "all natural," being a good source of a certain nutrient or having "no artificial ingredients" are deceptive and violate various unfair competition laws. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has become a particularly active forum for these claims, earning the nickname "the food court."
Employee hygiene: Critical to food safety
Quality Assurance & Food Safety
Proper employee hygiene is a significant critical control point, which focuses on those areas where cross-contamination is most likely to occur.
Keeping it fresh
Shelf-life extension comes in various forms. From process to packaging to product development, many factors can impact the longevity of food products. As consumer habits surrounding grocery purchases continue to change, manufacturers must meet the shopping demands of the modern consumer. Food purchases were once made with frequency — several weekly stops to the butcher, deli and grocer on Main Street. But neighborhood grocers have been squeezed out of the market and replaced by supermarkets planted in centralized shopping districts on the outskirts of town.
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