A rose by any other name: What to label alternative ‘dairy’ and ‘meat’ products?

The dairy and meat industries have been abuzz in recent years about the matter of names. Can alternative “dairy” products truly be called dairy? After all, we’ve always called the liquid inside of coconuts “milk,” even though coconuts assuredly don’t lactate. Similarly, can plant-based or lab-grown “meat” products use “meat” in their names?

It’s a […]

EU to implement new origin labeling

Beginning in 2015, the European Union (EU) will require origin labeling on certain meat products.

The measure, which was approved by a majority of member states in the Standing Committee on Food Chain and Animal Health last week, will require origin labels on chilled, frozen and fresh pork, poultry, sheep and goat meat. In addition […]

New generic labeling rule announced

A new rule has made it easier to implement certain types of meat and poultry labels, thanks to a new generic labeling rule announced last Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS).

The new rule expands the criteria for labels to be considered generically approved. For example, label […]

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House advances funding bill that bans horse slaughter, gives FDA a small boost – Food Safety News

The bill bumped up the budget for the U.S. Food and Drug […]

USDA launches web-based label approval system

The label approval process for meat, poultry and eggs could get much quicker thanks to the launch of a new, web-based system today.

The Label Submission Approval System will allow food manufacturers to submit label applications to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) online. The system will automatically flag errors in the application […]

Report: Majority of consumers consider U.S. food supply safe, number of those who want more information on food labels up

Most U.S. consumers consider the food supply safe, but they still want more information, according to a survey released today.

The number of Americans who want more information on food labels has risen 6 percent in the last two years, according to an International Food Council survey.

About 24 percent of consumers indicated they would […]