Category: Food Safety

GMO Labeling: A National Policy

Labeling of GMOs eclipsed other discussions of food and ag as Senators took on what one calls “the most important vote for agriculture in the last 20 years.” In the background, a poultry processor set new animal care standards and startups marketed meat substitutes for Fourth of July barbecues. See how the labeling vote shook out and more in this edition of Influence Feed.

Chick Culling Curtailed, Soda Tax Approved

The biggest egg industry group is looking to change its policies regarding male chicks at the behest of a newcomer in the activist world. And Philadelphia just became the first major U.S. city to tax sugar-sweetened beverages. See what the movers and shakers of the industry have to say about these developments and more in this edition of Influence Feed.

Antibiotic Resistance and FDA Action

Worries about antibiotic resistance and its ties to livestock agriculture were intensified by the discovery of a strain of E. coli resistant to the “last-resort” drug colistin. And prominent voices debated new FDA policies after the agency announced a new Nutrition Facts panel and, later, issued new guidelines on sodium intake. See how these discussions and more played out in this edition of Influence Feed.

Product Recalls and Worker Conditions

Food safety returned to the spotlight when a series of recalls led to more than 50 million pounds of food being pulled from shelves. A recent report examining poultry plant working conditions raised concerns about the human impact of meat processing. Additionally, the FDA is re-evaluating some controversial labeling claims. Read about these topics and more in this edition of Influence Feed.

Labeling Conversations Abound

GMO labeling continued to guide influencer discussions, often leading to further dialogue on the role of transparency in food labeling. Ag Day drew support for agriculture, with a strong showing on Twitter. A smattering of reports also prompted debate on policies ranging from food safety to food waste. Read about these topics and more in this edition of Influence Feed.

GMO Labeling Showdown

Influencers issued hundreds of comments on GMO labeling as legislators rushed to establish national standards and preempt a Vermont labeling law that goes into effect July 1. These events follow an unsuccessful effort by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to resolve the issue in talks with stakeholders. We outline the bills proposed to the Senate as well as influencer reactions to GMOs and more in this edition of Influence Feed.

Food Safety in the Spotlight

Food safety concerns drove influence discussions in recent weeks: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released new standards for pathogens in poultry products, and Chipotle Mexican Grill’s food safety saga continued. Additionally, concerns about technology in food production drew attention to GMO labeling, food dyes and pesticide residue. Read about these topics and more in this edition of Influence Feed.

2015 Year End Retrospective

This edition of Influence Feed ranks the most highly discussed topics from the past six months as well as recent insight from our influencers. GMO labeling took the spotlight, primarily following congressional debates about state and national labeling rules. Food safety grew in volume due to reports about the safety of organic foods as well as an E. coli outbreak at Chipotle Mexican Grill. Influencers also addressed the stewardship of farmland resources in the face of climate change and antibiotic use for food animals.

Additionally, this edition covers recent influencer discussions regarding dietary guidelines, Chipotle’s food safety scares, corporate commitments to cage-free eggs and country of origin labeling.

Chipotle Struggles, SmartLabels and Climate Talks

There is no shortage of influencer activity as 2015 draws to a close. Chipotle returned to the forefront of influencer conversations with a second round of foodborne illnesses. The Grocery Manufacturers Association’s SmartLabel and the Paris Climate Conference also garnered remarkable levels of attention. In addition, the “In Brief” section reflects a flurry of activity, covering an extra five topics.

Chipotle, TPP and ‘Natural’ Food

Food safety and labeling drove recent influencer conversations, especially when news broke of an outbreak of Escherichia coli (E. coli) at northwestern Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., restaurants. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) request for comments on the term “natural” and the carcinogenicity of meats and pesticides, too, stirred discussion. Read about these and more in this edition of Influence Feed.