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News Flash: June 25, 2015

INDUSTRY State Legislatures Pass on Adopting GMO-Labeling Policies This Year The legislative concerning laws requiring the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) appears to be ending without another state willing to join Vermont in the requirement. The fact that GMO-labeling bills were introduced but mostly failed to go forward will likely allow Congress […]

INDUSTRY Food and Drug Administration Cracks Down on Trans Fats The Obama administration is cracking down on artificial trans-fats, calling them a threat to public health. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it will require food companies to rid the use of artificial trans-fats almost entirely. Consumers aren’t likely to notice much of […]

News Flash: June 11, 2015

INDUSTRY Intercropped winter oilseeds could benefit environment, profits Scientists in west-central Minnesota are studying to find out if winter oilseeds could be intercropped with soybeans and other crops to provide environmental benefits for soil and honeybees, while also serving as a cash crop to produce food grade oil and jet fuel. Research Physiologist with the […]

News Flash: May 28, 2015

INDUSTRY White House Releases Spring 2015 Regulatory Plan The White House recently released its “Current Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions” for spring 2015, with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules as a priority. Rules regarding preventive controls, produce safety, foreign supplier verification, and the Veterinary Feed Directive are […]

News Flash: May 21, 2015

INDUSTRY USDA develops new government label for GMO-free products The Agriculture Department has developed a new government certification and labeling for foods free of genetically modified ingredients. Consumer groups and leading global companies have pushed for the mandatory labeling of GMOs. The certification, the first of its kind, will be voluntary and will cost companies. […]

News Flash: May 14, 2015

INDUSTRY Food industry groups appeal GMO law ruling The Grocery Manufacturers Association, the International Dairy Foods Association, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Snack Food Association filed appeals against the Vermont GMO labeling law in U.S. District Court on Wednesday. The case is being referred to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Second Circuit. […]

News Flash: May 7, 2015

INDUSTRY GMA et al lose bid to ‘stop the clock’ on Vermont GMO labeling law until lawsuit is resolved Last week, Chief Judge Christina Reiss, U.S. District Court, overruled unfavorable opinions concerning the GMO-labeling law in the state of Vermont. Chief Judge Ross held that the rule of Vermont’s mandatory labeling law will likely rule […]

News Flash: April 30, 2015

INDUSTRY GM crops to fight spina bifida There may be other applications of engineered plants, besides herbicide tolerance and insect resistance, which incorporate specific nutrients. The International Journal of Biotechnology published research suggesting that the bio-fortification of rice with a gene to produce more folate (vitamin B9) could reduce the risk of birth defects, including […]

News Flash: April 23, 2015

INDUSTRY Asian grain mills stick with containers despite higher cost According to traders, the use of containers to ship grains and oilseeds to Southeast Asia may decrease this year due to decreased bulk freight rates, while smaller mills will continue to use containers. About a decade ago, Asian millers began to use shipping containers to […]

News Flash: April 16, 2015

INDUSTRY Developing an alternative to GMO technology Aspe Inc., a St. Louis biotech startup, is working on an agricultural platform to offer some of the benefits of genetic modification, excluding the permanence. The firm is working to develop ways to use ribonucleic acid (RNA) in order to modify plants to aid in their defense against […]