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Mandatory GM labeling would require major change
Supermarket News
Consumer packaged goods manufacturers may be on the cusp of monumental change as voters in California contemplate a hotly contested ballot initiative to require labeling of genetically modified foods. Food marketers will face tough choices should the measure pass, as about 70 percent of processed foods sold in supermarkets contain GM ingredients, like corn and soy. Some estimate that 100,000 or more foods sold in California contain some level of GE ingredients and would therefore be affected. More

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Labeling of genetically engineered foods is a losing proposition
Forbes
Supporters claim that Proposition 37 is a simple measure designed to provide useful information to consumers about so-called genetically engineered foods; it is not from science and economics to law and common sense.

Researchers chart agricultural effects of GMO initiative
Ag Alert via Daily Democrat
Farmers would feel a number of direct and indirect impacts should California voters approve a food-labeling initiative on the November ballot. And costs on California food processors could soar as high as $1.2 billion, according to an economic study by opponents of the ballot measure.

Proposition 37 will increase food costs
Fox&Hounds
A new study shows that Proposition 37 will increase grocery bills by hundreds of dollars per year for the average family. By requiring food producers to re-label, repackage or remake thousands of common grocery products, the study found that the proposition would increase costs by more than $5 billion per year.




Uneasy allies in the grocery aisle
The New York Times
Giant bioengineering companies like Monsanto and DuPont are spending millions of dollars to fight a California ballot initiative aimed at requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods. That surprises no one, least of all the proponents of the law, which if approved by voters would become the first of its kind in the nation. More

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Millions get tossed around in food fight
Waste & Recycling
Opponents are building a substantial war chest to fight an initiative on California's November ballot that would require foods produced using genetic engineering to be specially labeled.


The ROI of food safety and quality assurance technology
Food Safety News
Food withdrawals, rejections and recalls cost the food industry $7 billion annually. Increasingly, these losses are being spread across all participants in the supply chain, including suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, retail/services sellers, third-party labs and auditors. More

Packaging coating to stop food sticking to bottle
Food Production Daily
A bottle coating that enables thick foods such as ketchup to slide out easily could be on the market within two years after one of its developers said they were in talks with major food brands. More

Protesters set sights on GMOs, close California facility
Reuters
Opponents of genetically engineered foods blocked shipments and deliveries at Monsanto Co.'s vegetable seed company in California that developed a new genetically modified sweet corn that will hit stores this fall. The protesters, who want to remove all so-called genetically modified organisms from the food supply, say their action is a preview of about five dozen other events planned for countries around the world. More


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New consumer resource helps demystify common food ingredients
Health News Digest
A new consumer resource, "What's in Our Food: Understanding Common Food Ingredients," takes the mystery out of common food ingredients by describing how and why they are used and the U.S. government's process for determining if they are safe to eat and accurately labeled. More

Are you hungry for change?
Supply & Demand Chain Executive
With a growing list of recalled perishables, not to mention the 24-hour news cycle that shines a light on the impact recalls have on public safety and health, consumers are more aware of quality issues that can arise at any step in the supply chain. Manufacturers and produce companies need to step up to the plate to meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations and ensure safe precision in their supply chain. More

Debate: Is organic food worth the expense?
The New York Times
A recent study by scientists at Stanford University found that fruits and vegetable labeled organic are, on average, no healthier than less expensive conventional produce, although they have lower levels of pesticide residue. Are there other benefits that outweigh the cost of organic food? Is there a place for organic farming in a world with severe food shortages and rising food prices? A panel of experts tackle the issues involved in bringing organic food to market. More
 

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