Tag Archives: STANDARD OF IDENTITY

USA Rice Questions Whether Riced Vegetables Can Use Rice In Their Name

USA Rice, in a recent blog post indicated that it is considering asking FDA and other regulatory agencies to “look into” the use of “rice” or “riced” in the name of vegetables that have gone through a ricer.  USA Rice President and CEO Betsy Ward states “Vegetables that have gone through a ricer are still … Continue Reading

State Regulators Chime in on Plant-based Milk Labeling Debate

Under a standard of identity “milk” is defined as “the lacteal secretion, practically free from colostrum, obtained by the complete milking of one or more health cows” (21 C.F.R. Section 131.110).  For years, the dairy industry has called on the FDA to crack down on the use of dairy-related terms such as “milk” for plant-based … Continue Reading

Labeling Plant-Based Products as “Milk” Violates Standard of Identity, Members of Congress tell FDA

Under a standard of identity “milk” is defined as “the lacteal secretion, practically free from colostrum, obtained by the complete milking of one or more health cows” (21 C.F.R. Section 131.110). Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Peter Welch (D-VT) and 32 other member of the U.S. House of Representatives sent Food and Drug Commissioner Robert M. … Continue Reading

Happy New(s) Year

We welcome our readership back with a wrap-up of recent news items of interest: Vermont authorizes independent organizations to provide “non-GM” verification In anticipation of the upcoming July 1, 2016 effective date for Vermont’s GM labeling requirements, the state Attorney General has authorized two independent organizations to provide verification that food has not been knowingly … Continue Reading

Mayo-nays

FDA cites “Just Mayo” products for non-compliance with the standard of identity for mayonnaise, among other issues. Startup company Hampton Creek previously has faced criticism and legal challenges related to its decision to market an eggless mayonnaise substitute under the name, “Just Mayo.”  Critics have argued that the labeling and marketing are likely to result … Continue Reading

Just In on Just Mayo

Just Mayo sued again over allegedly deceptive name. In November 2014, Unilever (maker of Hellmann’s mayonnaise) sued Hampton Creek, the maker of a mayonnaise substitute called “Just Mayo.”  Unilever argued that Just Mayo was labeled and marketed as standard “mayonnaise” despite its failure to comply with FDA’s standard of identity for the product.   Under FDA’s … Continue Reading
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