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News Flash: December 10, 2015

INDUSTRY Commission report backs a legal limit for trans fat A limit on permitted levels of industrial trans fats in food is the most effective way to reduce Europeans’ risk of heart disease, says the European Commission in its long-awaited report – but it does not say what that limit should be. The report looked […]

News Flash: December 3, 2015

INDUSTRY Soft commodities to the fore as El Niño hits Apac grain prices El Niño’s effect on weather patterns and China’s economic slowdown may have a significant impact on grain prices, while Asia’s main “soft” commodities will rally over the coming year, a new report predicts. Food Navigator BIOFUEL An Embattled EPA Declares Biofuels Volumes […]

News Flash: November 19, 2015

INDUSTRY FDA Completes Long-Awaited Food-Safety Rules The Food and Drug Administration completed long-awaited rules that give the agency sweeping oversight of the produce industry and imported foods to help avert foodborne-illness outbreaks. The regulations issued Friday moved the government closer to implementing a law passed by Congress in 2010, which marked the biggest overhaul of […]

News Flash: November 12, 2015

INDUSTRY FDA is seeking comments from the public on the use of the term “natural” FDA is seeking comments from the public on the use of the term “natural” in the labelling of human food products, including dietary supplements, after receiving three citizen petitions asking it define the term “natural” and asking that FDA prohibit […]


Bart Chilton Financial, Legislative and Regulatory Expert, Author and Former Member of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission Commissioner Bart Chilton is an internationally-known opinion leader with expertise in financial, political and other matters. He is a regular television and media commentator, opinion editorialist, and highly sought-after speaker known for a unique style and perspectives. He […]

News Flash: November 5, 2015

INDUSTRY Partially Hydrogenated Oils – GMA Petition to Allow Limited Uses Clears a Hurdle FDA today announced that it has filed a petition submitted by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) to amend the food additive regulations to provide for the safe use of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in limited food applications. Readers may recall that […]

News Flash: October 22, 2015

INDUSTRY EU lawmakers reject bill allowing opt-out from GM crop imports European lawmakers rejected a proposal on Tuesday that would have allowed countries to restrict or ban the use of imported GM crops that have secured EU approval. The Environment Committee of the European Parliament rejected the draft law by 47 votes to three, many […]

News Flash: October 15, 2015

INDUSTRY Are Fats Unhealthy? The Battle Over Dietary Guidelines People are passionate about food. People can also become pretty passionate about nutrition. We got a taste of that this month over early efforts to influence the dietary guidelines that the United States Department of Agriculture establishes every five years. We got even more last week, […]

News Flash: October 8, 2015

INDUSTRY Over Half of E.U. Countries Are Opting Out of GMOs Sixteen countries have alerted the European Union that they want to opt out of E.U.-approved GM crops. Members of the economic bloc have until Oct. 3 to let the E.U. know if they were requesting to opt out of growing GMO produce from major […]

News Flash: September 24, 2015

INDUSTRY China’s FDA is Busy Proposing, Finalizing Food Safety Regulatory Rules Working at lightning speed compared to their U.S. counterparts, officials with the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) have reportedly issued several proposed rules and finalized three, and it’s only been about four months since revisions to the country’s Food Safety Law were adopted. […]