Here’s a look at the new Nutrition Facts Label that the FDA approved last week. Manufacturers have two years to comply with the new labeling rules.
This week’s news features not one but two reports indicting the chicken industry, as well as the USDA’s (ahem) ‘regulatory’ oversight of it. GMOs face new and improved regulation in Hawaii, but China kicks our imports to the curb for sub-par GMO-related quality control; meanwhile Whole Foods ditches suppliers over genetically modified ingredients. If you still eat animal meat, beware! Several meat recalls are underway — none of them (so far) involve horse meat, but that could change if horse slaughter’s allowed to resume as planned. A recent study touted health benefits of organic milk over conventionally produced milk; but did you get the full story? Read on, for the week’s top news in food!
Biotech megacorporations learned from Prop 37 that your vote is for sale — at least, that’s what they think they learned. Washington’s upcoming GMO labeling initiative known as I-522 looks posed to turn that assumption on its head, with 66% of voters polled in that state saying they will definitely or probably vote in favor of mandatory GMO labeling this November.
In a move guaranteed to energize food revolutionaries and annoy Monsanto executives, Chipotle becomes the first restaurant to label GMOs. The company also plans to reduce GMO-containing menu items by shifting from soybean to sunflower oil, and exploring other ingredient changes. Along with similar announcements earlier this year from Whole Foods, Ben & Jerry’s, and Target, Chipotle’s new policy reflects a trend that’s gaining ground like wildfire: people want GMO labeling, and non-GMO dining!