House debates tax deductible dietary supplements
A new bill in the US that could give tax breaks to employees who
purchase dietary supplements and medicinal foods has been referred
to the Committee on Ways and Means in the House of Representatives.
Stricter controls for imports into EU
Stricter controls are being introduced on imports of organic
products from third countries into the EU, Organicts.com reports
Activism and biotechnology, US consumer is cynical
Only a small number of U.S. consumers are aware of activism related
to biotechnology, according to a recent report from the US United
Soybean Board (USB).
Process to spread fat with ease
Foodservice company Van den Bergh Foods has received a US patent
for a process for preparing a fat continuous spread.
GRAS approved nutraceutical for mass-market beverages
Polyphenolics Inc., receives GRAS affirmation for grape seed and
grape skin extract,purified concentrated phenolic/flavanoid
Food Irradiation raises safety questions
The controversy surrounding food irradiation continues this week in
the US with a declaration from the Centre for Food Safety that the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ignored growing
GMO's: Let the consumer decide
At present the United States is locked into a battle with the
European Union over the marketing of Genetically Modified Organism
Generic health claim for saturated fats agreed
The UK-based Joint Health Claims Initiative (JHCI) has concluded
its deliberations on a generic health claim for reduced saturated
fat in the diet.
Food stamps exchanged for vitamins
Americans who benefit from food stamps could soon be exchanging
coupons for vitamins, the Associated Press reports this week.
Hopes pinned on new organic law in Poland
A new law on organic farming in Poland promises to step up the
development of eco-friendly farming and boost exports of Polish
health food to Western Europe, reports Polish newspaper The
Funding to assess benefits of omega-3 fatty acid consumption
The US Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has monitored two
spending bills for the dietary supplement industry.
Thai government to stop Jasmine rice patent
The Thai government has hired two US lawyers to represent the
country in a lawsuit aimed at preventing American rice breeder
Chris Deren from patenting a new rice variety developed using
genetic material from Thai jasmine rice.
Argentine organic farmers wait for GM ruling
Argentine organic farmers expect a ruling soon on whether a legal
challenge against the state's support of genetically modified (GM)
corn crops will go to trial, the group's president said.
Herbal medicine on the brink of ban
Germany is considering forbidding the sale of products containing
more than tiny amounts of the herbal medicine kava kava.
Billions of dollars to fight bioterrorism
In the biggest push yet to strengthen US defences against
bioterrorism, key senators yesterday introduced legislation aimed
at providing $3.2 billion.