What is "All Natural" Food? FDA Asked to Define
Americans spend an estimated $40 billion annually on foods labeled “all natural.” But consumers have also filed more than a hundred class action lawsuits accusing companies of misleading labeling by using the words on products that contain synthetic, artificial, and genetically engineered ingredients, reports The New York Times. As a result, federal judges have asked the Food and Drug Administration to define what the term means. The agency is currently reviewing 7,600 comments from the public about a definition and how the term should be used on food labels. This effort follows the recent conclusion by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine that genetically engineered crops appear safe to eat and do not harm the environment, a finding that some have questioned. A solution: more education, more facts, and more transparency.
John Howell, Editorial Director
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