Food and Beverage Alert: citizen petition filed for hummus standard of identity; and more

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Citizen petition filed for hummus standard of identity
A citizen’s petition has been submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking to establish a standard of identity for hummus, based on the traditional ingredients of chickpeas and tahini. The definition sought by the petitioner for hummus is ‘the semisolid food prepared from mixing cooked, dehydrated or dried chickpeas and tahini’ with one or more of several designated optional ingredients. Under the definition, chickpeas would have to be ‘the predominant ingredient by weight, except water’ and the finished product would have to contain at least five per cent tahini by weight. According to petitioner, consumers are confused by similar dips that use black beans, white beans, lentils and soybeans instead of chickpeas…

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