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GMOs 101: FDA launches GMO consumer education initiative

By Mary Ellen Shoup

The FDA, USDA and EPA have launched ‘Feed Your Mind’, a new Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative that aims to increase consumer awareness and understanding of genetically engineered foods (GMOs).

Governments on both side of the Atlantic are shining a spotlight on sugar in order to reduce obesity. Pic: GettyImages/vchal

Sugar in the spotlight: The tax and the new Nutrition Facts label

By Gill Hyslop

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is rolling out a new Nutrition Facts label that shines a spotlight on ‘Added Sugars’ to help Americans cut back on the amount they consume, while on the other side of the pond, the UK’s sugar tax is producing...

Potassium bromate is highly effective oxidizing agent that is revered by some but shunned by others. Pic: GettyImages/kapulya

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Potassium bromate in bread: Outlawed in Europe, but considered safe in America

By Gill Hyslop and Kristine Sherred

Bread has been baked for millennia using the same basic ingredients – flour, yeast, salt and water. However, what many Americans may not know is that some of their breads may also contain ingredients that are banned in many countries, including the EU...

WFCF has updated its Gluten-Free standard. Pic: ©GettyImages/JoyImage

New gluten-free standard launched

By Gill Hyslop

Where Food Comes From – which provides independent, third-party verification of food production practices in North America – has launched the ‘Gluten Free by WFCF’ standard.

The structural chemical formula and molecule model of asparagine. Pic: ©GettyImages/Bacsica

Guest article

What are the next steps in acrylamide mitigation?

By Gill Hyslop

While the introduction of the EU’s acrylamide regulation was a suitable first step, various regulatory bodies are calling for more to be done to make food safer. Man-Yee Chung, global business manager, Fine Baking & PreventASe, at DSM, ponders the...

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