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FDA Needs YOUR Help In Defining ‘Natural’

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By KAREN GRAHAM, Digital JournalSouthFloridaReporter.com, Nov. 17, 2015 – There are no formal rules or regulations defining the use of terms like, “natural,” “all natural” or “made with natural ingredients.” Because the terms can be misleading, the FDA is asking the public to weigh in on the terms used on food labels.

We see “natural” labels on all kinds of food products every time we go shopping. The labels can be found on fruit juices, meats, snacks and many other products. However, there is some confusion about the term and how it is used.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already received several petitions asking the agency to define the word, “natural,” and one petition asking that the word be struck from all food product labels. There have already been requests from Federal courts, asking for a determination of the term in lawsuits where genetically engineered foods are part of the food product.

And because of the rising number of food product ingredients, as well as the many production methods now employed, the FDA has decided to ask for input from the public.

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