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Biotech labeling and public hearing

Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-OH, introduced a bill requiring mandatory labeling of all food products developed from or containing ingredients derived from biotechnology.
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Processors urge no labeling of biotech foods

Food industry representatives stressed the safety of biotech foods in testimony at a hearing of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee in early October.
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Wine labeling being reviewed

In February 1999, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms granted authority to wine makers to include a mention that moderate consumption of wine is associated with a lower risk of heart disease for some people.
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Soy health claim OK

Foods containing soy protein may now bear a health claim on the product label stating they can cut the risk of heart disease. According to a rule issued by FDA, which took effect Oct.
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Is recycling sacred in California?

If you've read through Michele Raymond's report on the upcoming battle over plastic containers and recycling in California (see p. 44), you recognize you're reading a piece that originates from someone with a pro-recycling bias.
Products such as these may soon be able to claim they help prevent heart disease.
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FDA urged to approve soy health claim

The National Food Processors Assn. and the Grocery Manufacturers of America are urging FDA to approve a pending health claim for labels that links soy protein with the prevention of coronary heart disease.
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House: Delay OHSA's ergonomics standard Single food agency

Representatives of both the National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) and GMA told a Senate subcommittee that a coordinated approach is preferable to a single food safety agency.
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House: Delay OHSA's ergonomics standard Supplement labels

In written testimony to FDA on structure/function claims for dietary supplements, Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) says that while consumer safety is obviously FDA's top priority, real risks are few and far between.
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FDA pressed to 'repackage' 120-day approval program

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.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Ungaretti & Harris (Chicago, IL): Eric F. Greenberg, an attorney specializing in packaging law and regulations, joins as partner.

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