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Essential and Natural: Why This Ingredient Belongs in Organic Food

The “certified organic” seal is synonymous with healthy living and clean eating. But what exactly does it mean? And who decides what is or is not certified organic? In the United States, food is certified organic by the United States Department of Agriculture. The seal verifies a product has been made with 95 percent “certified […]

Whatever Happened to Sound Food Science?

“While we always strive for better science related to food safety, it is increasingly important that we also strive for better, more forceful, communication strategies.” If you want to see what the convergence of social media, government, questionable studies and a polarized society can do to torpedo food science and relevant research, you need look […]

Who Decides What’s “Essential”?

  Every five years, the USDA’s National Organics Standards Board (NOSB) reviews a long list of ingredients used in organic foods to determine their safety, sustainability, and essentiality. This includes both fully organic ingredients and those that are not organic but approved for use in organic foods. The ingredient carrageenan, a food stabilizer that is […]

New study proves no adverse effects of carrageenan

Food Science Matters expert Dr. Jim McKim releases new study New study proves no adverse effects of carrageenan in human cells WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — A new study on carrageenan, an ingredient key to delivering stability, texture and nutrients in many foods and beverages, clearly demonstrates that the ingredient does not induce inflammation […]

Fear-mongering continues with carrageenan – Food Dive

  The Cornucopia Institute and its Farm and Food Policy Analyst, Linley Dixon, sat through the spring meeting of the National Organic Standards Board and learned exactly nothing when it comes to the food additive carrageenan. In a June 22nd diatribe called “Will Carrageenan Remain in Organic Food” Dixon once again finds funding more relevant […]

Cornucopia Institute ‘Report’ Touts Flawed Science

The trade/lobbying group Cornucopia Institute has issued a ‘report’ that alleges a ‘smoking gun’ in carrageenan data published more than 10 years ago on an industry-supported website. The Cornucopia report was issued just as the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is conducting ‘sunset reviews’ of additives that may or may not be included in U.S. […]

Parameters and Pitfalls: Audio Slides – Elsevier

Dr. Myra Weiner discusses her most recent paper looking at carrageenan science   This paper provides guidance on the conduct of new in vivo and in vitro studies on high molecular weight food additives, with carrageenan, the widely used food additive, as a case study. It is important to understand the physical/chemical properties and to verify […]

In defense of ingredients – Food Business News, 3/8/16

Science, safety, seaweed and how to deal with misinformation.   Company executives may feel a scientific study gives a misleading view of their food product. Researchers may feel the study contains information about an ingredient that needs a further explanation or even a correction. A response may seem necessary, but consider the investment. “It takes […]