California beverage tax only mostly dead

Last year, then-Governor Brown surprised many by signing into law a fast-moving, 12-year ban on local soda taxes. Reports suggest that Brown had made the move to forestall a threatened voter initiative—backed by business groups—that would have made it significantly more difficult for counties [...]

Will meat alternatives lose to EU label literalism?

Just a few days after Nestlé announced the launch of plant-based Incredible Burger—under its Garden Gourmet brand—the European Parliament’s ag committee voted to block meat alternatives from using words like “steak,” “sausage,” “burger,” hamburger,” etc. The full parliament will vote on the ban after [...]

USDA decides no mandatory GMO labeling for beet sugar, HFCS

The long-awaited USDA regulations for the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS) have been released. USDA presented its decision as founded on extensive scientific research and precedents established by FDA. Perhaps the most notable part of the rule is that refined ingredients with undetectable [...]

Updated nutrition labels highlight added sugars

FDA has changed the guidelines for nutrition labels on packaged goods to more clearly present the information that is more accurate and nutritionally valuable to consumers—at least theoretically. The new labels will make the number of servings per package and the serving size more [...]