FDA to research on symbols to be used in conveying “healthy” nutrient content claim

U.S – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing a 30-day procedural notice on the preliminary quantitative consumer research it plans to conduct on voluntary symbols that could be used in the future to convey the nutrient content claim “healthy.” This notice summarizes and responds to the comments the FDA received on a 60-day procedural notice issued in…

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Pairwise unveils consumer label with gene edited leafy salad greens as flagship product

U.S – Pairwise, a US-based company that uses CRISPR technology and gene editing to develop new varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables, has unveiled its first consumer label, Conscious Foods. The introduction of Conscious Foods represents a significant next step in the Pairwise mission to build a healthier world through better fruits and vegetables using CRISPR and gene editing to…

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FDA launches new online tool to familiarize farmers with proposed rule on agricultural water

U.S – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a new online tool to help farmers understand the requirements of the proposed rule on carrying out agricultural water valuations. If finalized, the rule will replace the microbial criteria and testing requirements for pre-harvest agricultural water for covered produce other than sprouts. The Agricultural Water Assessment Builder v. 1.0 is…

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Cornell AgriTech, Sun World International develop two grape varieties after 13 years of work

U.S – Cornell AgriTech, an agricultural research station and Sun World International, a global fruit genetics and licensing company, have developed two grape varieties that have better growing characteristics for farmers and offer new flavors for consumers. The 13-year collaboration has led to the development of Sugrafiftytwo, an ultra-early ripening green seedless grape variety with a sweet Muscat flavor and…

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Bord Bia develops new Food Processor Standard to promote sustainability

IRELAND – Bord Bia, an Irish state agency that promotes sales of Irish food, has developed a new Food Processor Standard (FPS) that requires processors to submit a three-to-five-year sustainability plan. The new standard combines and replaces the Meat Processor Quality Assurance Standard (MPQAS) and the Prepared Fruit and Vegetable Standard (PFVS). The MPQAS was developed for meat factories that…

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