Bombarded by more than 100ꯠ comments and a request from Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Tom Harkin (D-IA), the Food and Drug Administration extended the comment period and will further review its proposed labeling regulations for dietary supplements.
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The food industry breathed a sigh of relief when House and Senate conferees agreed to drop from the 1999 Agriculture Appropriations bill a requirement that all fresh and processed meat products containing imported beef or lamb be labeled "imported." The labeling requirement would have covered everything from ground beef to frozen dinner entrees.
A new wrapper is flexing its muscle by adding functionality and informative graphics for PowerBar® Performance(TM) energy bars. Launched in July, the wrapper represents the first redesign for Berkeley, CA-based PowerBar® Inc.
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has decreed that as of August 1999 egg cartons must bear a label indicating that eggs must be refrigerated and that uncracked, uncooked eggs must be kept at a temperature of 45°F while being processed and shipped to consumers.
USDA is expected to issue a second draft of its organic labeling regulations by the end of the year. Bowing to pressure from the organics industry, the latest draft will include a stricter definition of what can be labeled organic.
Easy Gardener introduces a stand-up pouch and overwrapped "cookie pack" for its outdoor plant, tree and garden fertilizers. Replacing paperboard cartons, the plastic packs withstand moisture in flourishing outdoor lawn-and-garden centers.