Kosher Foods Go Missing in Vermont

Demand off for Kosher foods in Vermont. Supermarket (illustration)Hadas Parush/Flash 90)
Supermarket (illustration)Hadas Parush/Flash 90)

The Burlington Free Press reports that some Kosher foods have been pulled from shelves in Vermont supermarkets. Evidently, there is not enough demand in Vermont (there are less than 20,000 Jews in Vermont) to prompt producers to comply with the labeling law. Recently, the House passed a GMO labeling law that is expected to be signed into law by the President. Read the whole story here.

House Signs Labeling Bill

The GMO labeling bill has been passed onto the President’s office, who is expected to sign it into law. It has been a long discussion, the battle lasting the last seven years. Most believe that this is a good thing, despite the fact that it is seen by some as a blocker of sorts to state regulations that might have been more restrictive and not rely on the potential use of QR codes.

“What today really means is that we’ve left the legislative period of this battle after seven years and moved into the regulatory and marketplace phase of it, which was where it was always headed anyway,” said Gary Hirshberg, a founder of Just Label It, a coalition that advocates labeling.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Gary Hirshberg, right, at the Capitol in 2015, with Senator Richard Blumenthal, left, and Senator Pat Leahy. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times
Gwyneth Paltrow and Gary Hirshberg, right, at the Capitol in 2015, with Senator Richard Blumenthal, left, and Senator Pat Leahy.
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Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

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Florida Lab Accredited for GMO Testing

In this article for the Bradenton Herald, Janelle O’Dea talks about SRQ Bio’s recent ISO certification to do GMO testing in it’s Sarasota facility. This is news likely to be repeated across the nation as labs come on board with the science required to carry out certified testing. It’s one thing to mandate labeling and testing (89% of Americans favor the mandate, according to the Mellman Group), but quite another to put in place the necessary resources to carry out said tests. I believe it will be important to have these (certified) resources locally throughout the country to expedite testing, especially since some of our trading partners require it as well. SRQ Bio tests human food, pet food, and cosmetics as well.

Ghania Ait-Ghezala, SRQ Bio’s technical director for GMO testing stands in front of SRQ Bio’s GMO-testing lab, which is certified under an international standard to conduct the tests. Janelle O’Dea jodea@bradenton.com
Ghania Ait-Ghezala, SRQ Bio’s technical director for GMO testing stands in front of SRQ Bio’s GMO-testing lab, which is certified under an international standard to conduct the tests. Janelle O’Dea jodea@bradenton.com

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Senators reach deal on labeling

AP writer Mary Clare Jalonick outlines the Senate bipartisan deal to require labeling of GMOs nationally. This action is prompted by several states threatening to enact labeling laws, Vermont being the latest. The law is not as targeted as the Vermont law, however, allowing a ‘text’, ‘symbol’, or electronic label accessed by smartphone.

Read the entire story at the Press Herald

Study finds Genetically modified foods safe

GMO food safeThe National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine concluded that monkeying with the genetics of our food doesn’t produce the “Frankenfood” that some opponents claim – but on the flip side it isn’t producing substantially increased yields, as promised. The committee examined over 1000 studies before coming to their conclusion.

Read the article in the Press/Herald