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MU alerts FDA about potentially toxic pet food, prompting recall

tim evans

Following an alert by a University of Missouri veterinary toxicology expert working in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration, Midwestern Pet Foods Inc. voluntarily recalled some of their Sportmix brand of pet food Dec. 30, 2020. It expanded the recall Jan. 11. The FDA launched a formal investigation to identify all Sportmix pet ... Read More »

New plant-based lobbying groups bear watching

Vicky Boyd

On its surface, the announcement that a new group has formed to lobby on behalf of plant-based consumers and business may seem innocuous enough. After all, rice is a plant that enjoys popularity not only for its worldwide dietary contributions but also for its positive environmental footprint here in the United States. But read further, and the goals of the ... Read More »

Arkansas steps up fight against rice pretenders, but FDA still lags

fake rice

For the past several years, we have been taking on rice pretenders — that’s food marketed as some new-fangled rice that contains no rice at all. And last month, pretenders were dealt a heavy blow, thanks to a common-sense bill passed by the Arkansas Legislature that promotes truth in labeling of agricultural products. The bill establishes a standard of identity ... Read More »

FDA’s enforcement against plant-based ‘milk’ may bode well for rice

eat real rice bumper sticker

It appears the Food and Drug Administration may begin enforcing a standard of identity that defines milk as a “lacteal secretion, practically free from colostrum, obtained by the complete milking of one or more healthy cows.” This would mean the plant-based beverages made from ingredients, such as almonds, soybeans, hemp and even rice, would have to change the term “milk” ... Read More »

USA Rice takes aim at pretenders

eat real rice bumper sticker

The rice pretender war is heating up this spring as USA Rice is registering formal complaints and offering recommended fixes to purveyors of what the trade group terms “rice pretenders.” “Rice pretenders are food products that are marketed as rice, but contain no rice at all,”says Paul Galvani, chairman of the USA Rice Domestic Promotion Committee that is spearheading this ... Read More »

Cauliflower is nabbed for impersonating rice

Vicky Boyd

What’s in a name? Everything, if you’re the Washington, D.C.-based USA Rice. The organization has complained to the Food and Drug Administration that vegetable-based products that use “rice” in their name ­— such as Cauli Rice, Green Giant Riced Cauliflower, Trader Joe’s Rice Cauliflower and vegetable grower Apio’s Eat Smart Cauliflower Rice — are too confusing to the consumer. Read More »