The labeling of plant-based “milks” is a hotly debated topic among producers, regulators and consumers. The issue hits very close to the dairy sector, many of whom cite the proliferation of plant-based “dairy” products as one of the reasons for the sector’s economic hardships.Read More
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On October 23rd and 24th, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) held a joint meeting to discuss the regulation and food labeling of cell cultured meats.Read More
On September 29, the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California granted a motion for class certification in Schneider, et al v. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., Case No. 16-cv-02200-HSG. The four plaintiffs in the case are alleging that Chipotle’s claims that its products were “non-GMO” and “GMO-free” violated California, Maryland, and New York consumer protection laws.Read More
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If you sell food, then you know that Food and Drug Agency (FDA) regulations strictly prohibit you from asserting or even implying on your product’s label that your product can treat, prevent or cure a disease unless that claim has been specifically approved by the FDA. Unapproved claims on labels amount to an unauthorized drug claim in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. What you might not know, however, is that retweeting, reposting, or “liking” such claims that other people post about your product could also land you in legal trouble.Read More
This article was published in the December 3rd Edition of the Lancaster Farmer
Have you seen labels on your food or at the grocer that say “raised without the use of hormones” or “raised without antibiotics”? These phrases, as well as the more common terms like “organic” and “grass fed,” refer to the way that the source of animal for a meat or poultry was raised. These labels need to be approved and evaluated before they can be used.Read More
What does “healthy” mean? This is not an easy question to answer and a subject that my four-year-old son and I often debate. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently started a public process to redefine what the label of healthy means to consumers. According to the FDA, redefining healthy is part of an overall plan to provide consumers with information and tools to easily and quickly make food choices consistent with public health recommendations and encourage the development of healthier foods.Read More
If you read last week’s post on Vermont’s genetically modified organisms (GMO) labeling bill, you should be up to speed on what is going on at the state level when GMO labeling is discussed. To review, on April 23, 2014, Vermont became the first state requiring labeling of GMO foods. Vermont’s legislature approved a bill requiring raw agricultural commodities and processed foods offered for sale in Vermont retail stores to display special labeling (with certain exceptions) if those foods are entirely or partially produced with genetic modified products. The law will be effective July 1, 2016.Read More