The maker of Cherrios and Nature Valley Granola Bars has thrown in the towel on GMO labeling.
General Mills announced Friday it will start labeling products that contain GMO ingredients so it won’t run afoul of Vermont’s looming mandatory GMO labeling law. “We can’t label our products for only one state without significantly driving up costs for our consumers,” General Mills CEO Jeff Harmening said. The company web site offers a list of products and their ingredients.
Other food companies are beginning to break ranks in the battle against mandatory GMO labeling. Mars, Inc., maker of Snickers candy bars, says it will now label their products containing GMOs, despite the fact, “We firmly believe GM ingredients are safe.”
Campbell’s Soup announced earlier this year that it would begin labeling its products that contain GMOs.
Food manufacturers are forced to act now since Congress failed to take action on GMO labeling to prevent a “patchwork” of state labeling laws. As the Grocery Manufacturers Association said, “One small state's law is setting labeling standards for consumers across the country."
When in Greenland…
Next time you’re in Greenland preparing to grill polar bear steak, make sure it’s well done. Three Frenchmen recently learned that lesson the hard way. They were part of a group that traveled to East Greenland where they each consumed roughly 7 ounces of polar bear meat that had been killed by Inuits, the indigenous people that inhabit Arctic regions of Greenland, Canada, and Alaska. The Frenchmen fried the steaks but left the middle pink. They became quite ill, and upon their return to France, were determined to have trichinellosis infections. Authorities notified the Inuits that their polar bear meat was tainted with Trichinella, which seemed to matter little. That’s because the Inuit recipe calls for boiling polar bear meat.
Vaccine Deniers Guilty
The verdict has been rendered on the adults who refuse to vaccinate themselves or their children against measles and whooping cough—guilty for causing the resurgence of the diseases. That decision was handed down from epidemiologists whose analysis was published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
The researchers drew a “cumulative epidemic curve”—the trajectory of the infection's spread—finding that among the first groups of people to contract measles and pass them along were (surprise!) non-vaccinated individuals. As the Los Angeles Times said, “That suggests that unvaccinated people ignited many of the outbreaks—and were a key accelerant in their spread.”
Your Future Is Branded
Overall meat department sales have increased 2.5% since the recession that began in 2008. That’s good news if you are a livestock producer, but there’s more to learn about how rapidly changing shopping habits will influence your business in the future. For instance, the recently released National Meat Case Study found 96% of fresh meat products were branded, either with a store brand or a supplier brand.