Food and Beverage News and Trends — Vermont AG defends GMO statute; ‘natural food’ trade group is formed; and more

By Stefanie Jill Fogel, Mary B Langowski and Tiffani V Williams

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Vermont AG defends the state’s GMO statute
On 8 August 8, the Vermont attorney-general (AG) filed a motion to dismiss a case brought by food trade groups against the state’s newly enacted statute requiring GMO foods be labelled. The AG asserted that the statute withstands all five claims challenging its constitutionality. Among those claims, plaintiffs argue that the statute interferes with freedom-of-speech rights under the First Amendment and attempts to regulate interstate commerce. The case was filed in federal court in Vermont.

New ‘natural food’ trade group is formed
A new trade organisation has been formed with the mission of defining the meaning of the term ‘natural’ as applied to food products. The Organic and Natural Health Alliance (ONHA) has announced its plans to define ‘natural’ in a way that takes consumers’ views and impressions into account. The group will formally launch itself at the Supply Side West trade show in Las Vegas in October 2014…

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