The EU ruled that honey containing traces of pollen from genetically modified plants must receive prior authorization before it can be sold as food. They also set rules for food labels. In the USA, a coalition of businesses and organizations dedicated to food safety and consumer rights called for mandatory labeling of GM foods. It’s not always obvious whether drinks contain gluten – an article explains what to look out for.
EU regulation of honey with traces of GM pollen Oct-3-11 Food Navigator
In September, the EU Court of Justice, the highest court in the bloc, ruled that honey containing traces of pollen from genetically modified plants must receive prior authorization before it can be sold as food in the EU. In some honey-producing countries, such as Argentina, GM crops are widely used.
Chrissie Hynde closes vegan restaurant Oct-3-11 The Morton Report
VegiTerranean, the Akron, Ohio vegan restaurant opened by iconic rocker Chrissie Hynde, has closed its doors. They stated that they tried everything they could to keep the restaurant going but unfortunately due to the current economic climate that was not possible.
Sugar-free, lactose-free ice cream Oct-3-11 New Hope 360 / Engredea
Clemmy’s Ice Cream launches sugar-free, lactose-free ice cream and sorbet bars. Each bar is just 70 calories, 100 percent sugar free, all natural, lactose free, gluten free and kosher certified. The new products will be available in grocery stores in November, in time for American Diabetes Month.
Coalition calls for mandatory labeling of GM foods Oct-4-2011 Food Product Design
A coalition of nearly 400 businesses and organizations dedicated to food safety and consumer rights has filed a petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calling for the mandatory labeling on food products that use genetically modified ingredients.
Global preference for natural food colors Oct-6-11 Food Navigator
86% of poll participants pay attention to news stories regarding the use of artificial over natural colors in food; 92% are concerned about artificial colors, and 78% are willing to pay a premium price for foods with natural colors
European Union sets rules for food labels Oct-7-11Food Politics
According to Food Chemical News (October 7), the European Union has finally agreed on rules for food labels. Packaged foods will have to be labeled with amounts of calories, fat, saturated fats, carbohydrate, protein, sugars and salt. Amounts are to be expressed per 100 grams or 100 milliliters.
Not all drinks are gluten-free Oct-2011 Today’s Diet & Nutrition
Drinks containing gluten include bottled juice drinks and smoothies containing barley grass or wheat grass (which may be contaminated); malted milk and malted milk powder; nondairy milks made with soy or rice which may contain malt or barley malt; Starbucks Frappuccino Light drinks; beers; and some wine coolers containing malt flavoring. Always check ingredients.