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.
U.S. shipments of caps and closures are projected to increase nearly 3% annually through 2003 to 157 billion units, according to a study called "Caps & Closures" by The Freedonia Group (Cleveland, OH).
A nurse using an iodine swab to prep a patient for surgery or IV insertion can do so quickly and cleanly with the self-saturating Betadine® PrepStick(TM) applicator from The Purdue Frederick Co., Norwalk, CT.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared a new health claim for labels of foods containing 51% or more of whole grain ingredients by weight. Labels of products meeting this standard may state: "Diets rich in whole grain foods and other plant foods and low in total fat, saturated fats and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers." This is the eleventh health claim approved by FDA for food labels and the first one to link a food's effect with two diseases.