Food and Beverage News and Trends — April 2014: food industry opposes trans-fat bar and proposes setting limitations; and more

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Food industry opposes trans-fat bar, proposes setting limitations: Major food industry players recently urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to consider alternatives to an outright ban on trans fats, including establishing an allowable level of trans fat and adjusting ‘rounding rules’ for listed trans-fat amounts. The food industry submitted more than 1,600 comments objecting to the FDA’s de-designation of partially hydrogenated oils (the major source of non-animal-derived trans fat in food) as GRAS, in part arguing that FDA lacks scientific support for its position.

FDA’s Hamburg: GE foods present no safety risks: At the 3/27/2014 House Budget subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2015 FDA budget, commissioner Hamburg reaffirmed the FDA’s stance on the voluntary labelling of GE foods and reiterated the FDA’s position that mandatory labelling is only necessary where there is a risk of misbranding or false labelling. She further stated that the FDA will soon re-assert that many credible scientific organisations analysing the issue have found no evidence of safety risks with GE foods and, from a safety perspective, the FDA does not believe GE modification would constitute a material change to the product…

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