Who Checks If Ingredients Are Safe? You’ll Be Shocked to Read

Who Checks If Ingredients Are Safe? You’ll Be Shocked to Read

This is a guest blog post by Richard Perlmutter, MS GRAS is the acronym for Generally Recognized as Safe. This is a designation for some food ingredients when they are used as intended. These ingredients are regarded as safe based on: … Continue reading

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Why is the Food Industry Spending $50 Million to Confuse Consumers?

Why is the Food Industry Spending $50 Million to Confuse Consumers?

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) are two trade groups representing the largest food companies in America. They are under pressure  from their member companies to alleviate the threat of the FDA’s new nutrition label, … Continue reading

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GMO Labeling Trek – Into the Darkness

GMO Labeling Trek – Into the Darkness

The new year has barely started and we’re awash with GMO news. General Mills announced that its iconic Cheerios cereal is no longer made from genetically modified ingredients. Earlier this week, Politico revealed documents that the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA) … Continue reading

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Which Simplified Nutrition Label Works Best for Consumers?

Which Simplified Nutrition Label Works Best for Consumers?

The CDC last week published the findings of an online consumer survey recently conducted to learn what Front of Pack (FOP) nutrition labeling system is most understandable. 480 people had to select one of five choices as most elucidating: no … Continue reading

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The FDA (Sort of) Approves Industry’s Front of Pack Nutrition Label

The FDA (Sort of) Approves Industry’s Front of Pack Nutrition Label

Food Navigator reports that the FDA is supporting the food industry’s rollout of the Facts Up Front nutrition labeling scheme (formerly known as Nutrition Keys).  This front of pack (FOP) system was seen by many, including Fooducate, as a preemptive move to undercut federal … Continue reading

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Oh No! More Industry Sponsored Nutrition Labels

Oh No! More Industry Sponsored Nutrition Labels

Earlier this week, the two largest food and beverage trade organizations announced a new industry initiative for Front-of-Package (FOP) nutrition labeling of groceries. The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) issued a joint press release: America’s leading … Continue reading

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Dear ADA, Whose Side Are You On – Consumers or Big Food?

Dear ADA, Whose Side Are You On – Consumers or Big Food?

Last week we wrote about a paper by Milbank Quarterly which found parallels in the behavior of the tobacco industry 50 years ago and the behavior of the food industry today. The authors of the paper did state that there … Continue reading

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The Top 20 Food Sources of Sodium in the American Diet

The Top 20 Food Sources of Sodium in the American Diet

The Grocery Manufacturer’s Organization (GMA), an advocacy group representing food and beverage manufacturers, periodically publishes science policy papers as “a guide for consumers, policymakers, and the media”. In a recent publication entitled Sodium and Salt [download PDF], the GMA tackles … Continue reading

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