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Help Define “Natural” on Food Labels

Uploaded: Mar 13, 2016

The FDA has extended request for comments on what “natural” means on food labeling. The Food Party! took a field trip to a grocery in Michigan to see how the term is being used these days....

I especially love the "natural flavor with other natural flavors."

I think natural should include no pesticides, chemicals, no GMO’s and no irradiation. How about you?

If your New Years resolution was to write more letters to officials, and even if it wasn’t, please post a comment on their website

And if you have a moment, paste it below too for others to learn and strengthen their response.

Comment period ends May 10, 2016.

From the FDA website:

“The FDA is taking this action in part because it received three Citizen Petitions asking that the agency define the term “natural” for use in food labeling and one Citizen Petition asking that the agency prohibit the term “natural” on food labels. We also note that some Federal courts, as a result of litigation between private parties, have requested administrative determinations from the FDA regarding whether food products containing ingredients produced using genetic engineering or foods containing high fructose corn syrup may be labeled as “natural.”

The FDA has considered the term “natural” to mean that nothing artificial or synthetic (including all color additives regardless of source) has been included in, or added to, a food that would not normally be expected to be in that food. However, it did not address food production methods, such as the use of pesticides, nor did it explicitly address food processing or manufacturing methods, such as thermal technologies, pasteurization, or irradiation. The FDA also did not consider whether the term “natural” should describe any nutritional or other health benefit. “

Local Flavor Update
Woodside Bakery closes March 15

The last day of business for the Woodside Bakery & Cafe will be Tuesday, March 15. There will be a farewell party with a $25 buffet dinner on that evening at the restaurant. Call 650-851-0812 to RSVP