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News Flash: September 17, 2015

INDUSTRY India Boosts Cooking Oil Imports as El Nino Hurts Oilseed Crops Cooking oil purchases by India rose in August after palm oil prices slumped to a six-year low and a dry spell hurt domestic oilseed crops. Imports, including those for industrial use, jumped 3 percent to 1.37 million metric tons last month from a […]

News Flash: September 3, 2015

INDUSTRY Electronic Working Group on Peanut Oil – Fatty Acid Composition and Other Quality Factors The 24th Session of the Codex Committee on Fats and Oils (CCFO24) agreed to request the 38th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC38) to approve new work on the revision of the fatty acid composition and other quality factors […]

News Flash: August 27, 2015

INDUSTRY The FDA is making a big change to nutrition labels. And it’s probably a big mistake. The good news is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is poised to make the Nutrition Facts label (pdf) on many packaged foods significantly more honest. The bad news is that this well-intentioned fix could seriously backfire. As […]

News Flash: August 20, 2015

INDUSTRY G.M.A. weighs in on G.M.O. labeling and the D.G.A. The most important issue currently facing the Grocery Manufacturers Association is piecemeal state and local efforts to require the labeling of food and beverage products that are formulated using ingredients from genetically modified sources. “It is our biggest priority,” said Pamela Bailey, president and chief […]

News Flash: August 13, 2015

INDUSTRY Former SNP government scientific adviser slams decision to ban genetically modified crops The former top scientific adviser to the SNP government has slammed a decision to ban genetically modified crops. Professor Anne Glover, who held the post between 2006 and 2011, undermined Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead’s major policy by warning it will set the […]

News Flash: August 6, 2015

INDUSTRY Oilseed acreage up 33% due to progressive monsoon Sowing area under oilseed crops has increased by about 33 per cent in current kharif season due to good progress of monsoon. The rise is led by soybean acreage followed by groundnut and sesame seed across India. Timely advent of monsoon followed by good progress pushed […]

News Flash: July 30, 2015

INDUSTRY House passes bill to prevent mandatory GMO labeling Legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday would not require food companies to disclose whether their products include genetically modified ingredients (GMOs). The House bill is backed by the food industry, which has fought mandatory labeling efforts in several states around the country. […]

News Flash: July 23, 2015

INDUSTRY GMOs: Congress may block states from requiring labeling H.R. 1599, backed by food industry, would make the labeling of food products derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) voluntary for food companies, while banning individual states and municipalities from requiring labeling laws. The House bill passed through the House Agriculture Committee last week and may […]

News Flash: July 16, 2015

INDUSTRY House ag committee approves bill that would ban state GMO labeling laws The house Agriculture Committee aided in pushing a ban on mandatory genetically modified foods closer to law on Tuesday. The bill would act as a major food victory for food and chemical industries by prohibiting states from forcing food companies to note […]

News Flash: July 9, 2015

INDUSTRY Food fight! Congress, consumers battle over GMOs Congress is in a fierce debate over the labeling of genetically engineered foods. Mike Pompeo, Kansas Republican Representative, is in favor of a voluntary labeling system and has sponsored a bill that would “block state and local laws from requiring food labels to disclose genetically engineered ingredients.”  […]