The Food and Drug Administration took a closer look at gluten-free, trans fat and acrylamide during the year.
What is a "zero" level of artificial trans fat in products? How attainable is zero trans fat, and how will smaller food manufacturers achieve that goal? The baking industry had questions following an announcement by the Food and Drug Administration that it has concluded partially hydrogenated oils (P.H.O.s) no longer belong on the list of ingredients generally recognized as safe. Click to read the full story.
The Food and Drug Administration in August issued a final rule defining gluten-free for voluntary food and beverage labeling. In order to use the term on its label, a food must meet all of the requirements of the definition, including that the food must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten, according to the agency. Click to read the full story.
Judge Dennis M. Cavanaugh of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey approved a consent decree of permanent injunction against Butterfly Bakery, Inc., Clifton, N.J., and its president, Brenda Isaac, for unlawfully distributing misbranded food products, the Food and Drug Administration reported March 13. Click to read the full story.
In May, the Kellogg Co. agreed to create a fund of $4 million and make certain changes to the marketing and labeling of its Frosted Mini-Wheats cereal as part of a proposed settlement in a class action lawsuit dating back five years. Click to read the full story.
Baked foods, together with potatoes and coffee, were a centerpiece of new Food and Drug Administration guidance aimed at reducing acrylamide in the food supply. The draft document, which will not be binding on manufacturers even when finalized, was issued by the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition on Nov. 14. Click to read the full story.
Food manufacturers have been making health and nutrition-related (H.N.R.) claims for some of their products since 1989, but by 2010 43.1% of foods and beverages carried at least one health claim, such as low fat, high fiber, gluten-free or no trans fat, researchers from the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. Click to read the full story.
In a vote of 54 to 45 the Senate voted down an amendment to the farm bill seeking to overhaul the U.S. sugar program late on May 22, meaning the sugar program will remain basically unchanged from its current form once a new farm bill is hammered out. Click to read the full story.
New legislation passed both chambers of the New Jersey state legislature that would prevent truck drivers from operating as independent contractors. It would establish a presumption that a work arrangement with drayage trucking or parcel delivery trucking is an employer-employee relationship. Click to read the full story.