Going non-GMO

Vox Pop: Consumers had this to say about GMO labeling...

Vox Pop: Consumers had this to say about GMO labeling...

By Adi Menayang & Mary Ellen Shoup

On the heels of President Barack Obama signing into law a federal bill requiring the disclosure of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on packaged food and beverage products, we at Beverage Daily and FoodNavigator-USA asked consumers at a downtown Chicago...

Mahni Ghorashi: 'GMO labeling legisation aside, we’re seeing a trend of more transparency rather than less transparency, and this means more testing...'

New NGS DNA testing methods will replace PCR, predicts Clear Labs

Are ‘GMO-free’ (as opposed to ‘non-GMO’) claims legally defensible?

By Elaine Watson

As the Non-GMO Project states on its website, ‘GMO-free’ claims are “not legally or scientifically defensible due to limitations of testing methodology" coupled with cross-contamination risks. In future, however, that could change as testing methods...

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Too close to call: How do consumers really feel about GMOs?

By Elizabeth Crawford

The controversy surrounding genetic engineering may feel deafening at times with each side prolifically and loudly debating its pros and cons, but the vast majority of consumers remain unfamiliar GMOs and unclear if they pose a risk, according to a recent...

Vermont AG's safe harbor clause in GMO labeling enforcement

'Our enforcement priorities will focus on willful violations of the labeling law'

Vermont AG offers 6-month safe harbor on GMO labeling enforcement

By Elaine Watson

In a memorandum on the new GMO labeling law coming into force in Vermont in July, attorney general William H. Sorrell says enforcement action will “focus on willful violations of the labeling law” and that there will be a six-month safe harbor period...

Senator Jeff Merkley:

Bill requires mandatory GMO labeling but would not require front of pack ‘warning’ statements

Sen. Merkley introduces new GMO labeling bill backed by Campbell Soup, Amy's Kitchen, but critics say it “can’t pass”

By Elaine Watson

Two days after Senator Pat Roberts’ voluntary GMO labeling bill got the green light from the Senate agriculture committee, Senator Jeff Merkley* (D-OR) has introduced a ‘common-sense’ alternative he claims will please supporters of mandatory GMO labeling,...

The Chipotle case highlights the legal minefield over non-GMO claims

California judge tosses Chipotle GMO labeling lawsuit

What does non-GMO mean? It depends on the consumer, says judge in Chipotle lawsuit

By Elaine Watson

A California federal court has dismissed a high-profile lawsuit alleging Chipotle falsely advertised its food as non-GMO. And while it has given the plaintiff leave to amend her suit, it has made it clear she will have to come up with a stronger argument...

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Can “green” claims turn the GMO debate around in 2016, analysts ask

By Elizabeth Crawford

Growing consumer concern about food waste and the environmental impact of food production could be a “conversation starter” for food manufacturers to shift consumers’ focus on genetically modified organisms away from the perceived negative impact to the...

Karen Howard, CEO and Executive Director of Organic & Natural Health Association

Dietary supplement industry shift takes hold in 2015

By Karen Howard, CEO and Executive Director, Organic & Natural Health Association

It has been proclaimed “nature abhors a vacuum.”  In the transition to modern times, this scientific theory is more commonly used to explain why inaction results in action. Perhaps the major events of the past year are the result of the natural products...

Chipotle: People who eat GM foods are not themselves genetically modified. The same applies to cows fed GM feed…

Chipotle: People who eat GM foods are not themselves genetically modified. The same applies to cows fed GM feed…

Chipotle vows to fight ‘meritless’ GMO lawsuit, but case highlights legal minefield over Non-GMO claims

By Elaine Watson

Chipotle says it will vigorously defend a “meritless and unfair” lawsuit accusing it of falsely advertising its wares as non-GMO. But attorneys say the case shows that firms are vulnerable to civil litigation over non-GMO claims if genetic engineering...

Garden of Life takes on B Corps mantle

Garden of Life takes on B Corps mantle

By Hank Schultz

Garden of Life, a manufacturer of organic dietary supplements, has bolstered it social responsibility message by transforming itself into a B Corp, the company announced this week. 

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GMA: 'HR 1599 protects the consumer from a costly and confusing 50 state patchwork of labeling laws'

House passes Pompeo bill that would prevent state-mandated GMO labeling

By Elaine Watson

The US House of Representatives has passed the industry-backed voluntary GMO labeling bill - The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act 2015 - by 275 votes to 150, and rejected all four amendments it was asked to consider.

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