The U.S. FDA is expected to issue a final rule on preventive controls under the Food Safety Modernization Act by mid-2015. Proposed rules on accreditation of third-party auditors and on establishing a verification process for foreign suppliers are anticipated this quarter, with final rules expected by mid-2015.
A California judge has stalled a lawsuit against Mission tortilla chips for claiming to be "all natural" despite including GMOs in order to give the FDA time to clearly define what belongs in "all natural" products, though both plaintiff and defendant are skeptical of the ruling.
"The FDA has repeatedly declined to define or clarify the term 'natural' when asked to do so, and courts across the country have declined to apply the primary jurisdiction doctrine as a direct result of the FDA's inaction on this very issue," stated the plaintiff's lawyers.
Locusts fed a high-carbohydrate, low-protein diet kept eating until they consumed enough protein, according to research by Stephen Simpson of Sydney University’s Charles Perkins Centre. When the diet balance was reversed, however, the locusts stopped eating carbohydrates before reaching the optimal amount, leading them to lose weight in much the same way humans respond to high-protein diets, Simpson said. "We found that same pattern in a whole range of other animals. The other omnivore we found it in was us."
How and when fruits and vegetables are stored and consumed may affect their nutrition value, Rice University researchers reported in Current Biology. The study found that harvested produce remains alive, is affected by light and can change levels of chemicals that may affect health value.
France's Rhodia and Russia's Sibur have agreed to a letter of intent for a 50-50 specialty surfactants production plant in Russia. If the deal is finalized, the plant would be expected to open in 2013.