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NOP compliant microorganisms scheduled to expire in 2016
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Mark your calendar for Aug. 19 residue sampling webinar
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July edition of The Organic Scoop now available
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Industry innovation spurs OTA move to tighten organic standards

Acting on extensive feedback and input from its members, OTA on Nov. 6 filed two petitions with the National Organic Program to amend the National List of substances that can be used in organic production and processing – in one case strengthening the requirement for organic ingredients and in the other, removing a non-organic substance [...]

Feedback still sought of FDA’s revised food safety regs

OTA sent its members a special food safety update yesterday reporting on OTA’s participation last week at an FDA public meeting in Maryland on its proposed changes to four rules for implementing its Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  OTA encourages its members to weigh in on whether the proposed changes adequately satisfy the concerns expressed [...]

Streamlined process for non-GMO labels on organic meat, poultry

Organic meat and poultry producers can now use a streamlined process to get approval for labels verifying that their products do not include genetically engineered (GE) ingredients. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has released new procedures for including a “non-genetically engineered” statement on the label of organic meat and poultry products.  This is [...]

EPA seeks comments on 72 inert pesticide ingredients

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requesting public comment on a proposal to remove 72 chemicals from its list of substances approved for use as inert ingredients in pesticide products. The move is a response to petitions from the Center for Environmental Health, Beyond Pesticides, Physicians for Social Responsibility and others, who asked the [...]

Collaborators present tool at Nitrogen Footprint Network

Researchers collaborating with The Organic Center presented their research at the first annual meeting of the Nitrogen Footprint Network this past week at the University of Virginia. The purpose of the workshop was to teach participants how to use the Nitrogen Footprint Tool, designed to measure the nitrogen footprint of a university or institution based [...]

Measure 92 in Oregon still unsettled

Eyes are still on the voting tallies for Measure 92, Oregon’s GMO labeling initiative, as efforts are under way to clear up signature errors on ballots that had not been counted as a result. Originally, 13,000 voters had a signature error on their ballots. As of the end of last week, the percentage of no [...]

Debate on genetically modify food

Intelligence Squared US, a non-partisan, non-profit organization founded in 2006 to restore civility, reasoned analysis and constructive public discourse to today’s media landscape, will hold a debate on the motion “Genetically Modify Food” Wednesday, Dec. 3, at New York City’s Kaufman Center. At the debate, four authorities with a variety of backgrounds – including an [...]

Monsanto to pay settlement in GMO wheat lawsuit

Monsanto Co. has reached a settlement with farmers raising white wheat in the Pacific Northwest who sued the company after export markets were disrupted following the 2013 discovery of unapproved genetically engineered (GE) wheat growing on an Oregon farm. Under the settlement terms, Monsanto does not admit any liability but agrees to pay $2.13 million [...]

$25 million study to look at GMOs’ impact on health

A group called “Factor GMO” backed by research institutions in Russia, the United States and Europe has announced it will undertake a $25 million study of 5,000 rats to examine the health impacts of CMO corn and herbicides. According to the group’s website, the research will be done over the next two to three years, [...]

Consumption guidelines to minimize arsenic exposure

Consumer Reports is issuing new consumption guidelines for consumers concerning rice products and other grains based on its latest analysis of data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and its own testing for arsenic levels in rice and other grains. The full report, “Arsenic in Your Rice: The Latest,” is available online at [...]