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Ad blitz drains support for California GMO-labeling plan
Ag Professional
An intense advertising blitz, funded by Monsanto Co. and others, has eroded support for a California ballot proposal that would require U.S. food-makers to disclose when their products contain genetically modified organisms. Support for the GMO-labeling proposal has plummeted to 48.3 percent from 66.9 percent, according to an online survey of 830 likely California voters conducted for the California Business Roundtable and Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy by M4 Strategies. More



Progress report: FSMA implementation
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The FDA has updated its quarterly progress report concerning implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. In September, Deputy Commissioner for Foods Michael R. Taylor addressed food safety at the 2012 FDA Science Writers Symposium. Specifically, he addressed new strategies for how FDA will work internally and with stakeholders and partners to achieve the law's goals. More

Lawyer: Prop 37 will surpass Prop 65 as source of consumer litigation in California
Food Navigator-USA
Prop 37 is likely to surpass Prop 65 as a source of consumer litigation in California if the controversial GMO-labeling initiative gets the green light in November, predicts one San Francisco-based lawyer. More

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FSIS, FDA seek input ahead of Codex food hygiene meeting
Federal Register
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, along with the FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services, will host a public meeting Oct. 23 to discuss the U.S. agenda and positions in advance of the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene's November meeting in New Orleans. More

Attorneys: FDA has tightened food safety enforcement
Food Product Design
Some lawyers say the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been more rigorously enforcing food safety regulations in recent years, following a 2010 government report that identified severe weaknesses in the agency's food facilities inspection program. More

Unhealthy people lead to healthy market
Food Product Design
Consumers are obsessed with healthy foods, generating a flurry of activity in the food and beverage R&D community as companies try to meet the demand for more nutritious foods. More

Food sickens millions as company-paid checks find it safe
Bloomberg
Almost 3,000 people in the U.S. died in 2011 from foodborne illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S. food industry has put in place standards to ensure deadly pathogens don't make it into the market. But what is the Food and Drug Administration doing to regulate food producers, domestic and overseas? More

Lack of evidence for high fructose corn syrup as the cause of the obesity epidemic
International Journal of Obesity
High fructose corn syrup is one of the most misunderstood food ingredients. HFCS was developed in the mid-1960s as an alternative to sucrose, and because of its physical and functional properties, was widely embraced by the food industry. HFCS existed as a benign and essentially noncontroversial product for over 35 years until 2004 when Bray, Nielsen and Popkin published a commentary suggesting a potential link between HFCS consumption and obesity. To many researchers, the argument that there was some aspect of HFCS, which uniquely contributed to obesity, did not appear to make sense. Furthermore, since fructose and glucose are almost never consumed in isolation in the human diet, research studies or arguments related to the metabolism of fructose versus glucose were not persuasive with regard to their relevance to human nutrition. More


 

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