Congress appears likely to provide at least part of the $6 million needed to get a new 120-day notification program off the ground by Oct. 1. But many manufacturers are concerned with how the FDA will administer the program.
China has informed the U.S. Department of Agriculture that it found the pine wood nematode in U.S. shipments containing wood packing material. Chinese law requires quarantine of this pest, prompting USDA's Animal, Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to caution U.S.
Fruit Bites, a 140-g can of retorted sliced fruit pieces from Australia's Golden Circle Ltd., won two gold medals in the May 1999 "Can of the Year" competition sponsored by England's The Canmaker magazine.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) wants FDA to change its nutrition labeling requirements to include a line for "added sugars," charging that consumers should be able to tell when sugars are added in processing as opposed to occurring naturally in the food.
Australia is considering changes to its Food Standards Code on labeling of genetically enhanced ingredients that are equivalent to traditional foods. In comments to Australia's Ministry of Health, GMA said labeling criteria for genetically enhanced foods should be adopted only if the information is essential to health and safety.
Prompted by a sharp rise in cigar smoking, the Federal Trade Commission has asked Congress to pass legislation requiring warning labels on all cigar packaging and advertising, but FTC chairman Robert Pitofsky says the commission may go ahead and impose the requirement if Congress fails to act.
The International Assn. of Consumer Food Organizations (IACFO)--founded by the consumer advocacy groups CSPI, Japan Offspring Fund and the Food Commission UK--is urging that efforts to harmonize national food safety laws on an international basis lead to higher, not lower standards.