Lawmakers are pushing for new legislation to be passed that would effectively prevent states from making mandatory for products with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be labeled.
American food manufacturer General Mills announced that it will begin labeling all its products in that have genetically modified organisms as ingredients. The changes will hit grocery stores over the next several weeks. The move was prompted by a new state law in Vermont, which requires companies to put such information starting July 1. However, the company cannot label… Read more »
Representative Peter DeFazio of Oregon held a press conference Jan. 16 to highlight a letter to President Obama advocating the inclusion of labeling that identifies food products that are bioengineered. The letter was signed by more than 200 food-safety groups, environmental organizations and food companies with reputations for including natural ingredients, such as Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Stonyfield Farm,… Read more »
When Walmart acts, the food industry notices. So when the retailer announced a produce traceability initiative (PTI) mandating standard case labels including GTIN, lot/batch#, voice pick code and pack or sell by date, Food Engineering wanted to know more. We spoke with Tom Kozenski of JDA Software about Walmart’s efforts to implement Produce Traceability Initiative standards and what it could mean for the future of fresh produce retail. Kozenski says proper labeling and tracking will provide improved product freshness and give all parties greater inventory visibility and control, lowering overall supply chain costs.
Natural, authentic, free from preservatives, additive free…so many terms refer to this notion of returning to less processed ingredients – which are more authentic and functional – and to a reduction, or even elimination, of widely used additives. Encouraged by media coverage, the suspicion surrounding additives is further increasing this phenomenon, which is already well under way.