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Update from the Fall 2016 NOSB Webinar

Once every five years, ingredients allowed in certified organic products are reviewed by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to determine whether they should be “relisted,” or continue to be permitted in organic products. Carrageenan, an ingredient naturally derived from seaweed and used in nut milks, ice cream, deli meats, and many other organic products, […]

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 […]

Food Science Matters Alerts Food Editors to Cornucopia Report Touting Flawed Science, 4/26/16

Food Science Matters Issues Response to Cornucopia Institute Image: PR Newswire  The Cornucopia Institute, a trade organization representing small organic farming operations, has issued a ‘report’ critical of the stabilizing ingredient carrageenan, derived from red seaweed. This is the organization’s latest lobbying effort employed during the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) hearings on the suitability […]

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. […]

Who regulates fear in the American diet? – The Hill, 4/14/16

Dr. Roger Clemens on food science and fear Image: The Hill  Anyone who has watched what passes for political discourse lately will agree that we live in a polarized society and that this polarization extends far beyond our politics. Some of us don’t trust business unless it is our own. Some of us believe that […]

Food Science Matters Alerts Food Editors to Carefully Review Carrageenan Science, 4/14/16

Work of lone researcher cannot be replicated under Good Laboratory Practices  Image: PR Newswire The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is currently conducting a review of nonorganic substances that are allowed as ingredients for use in U.S. organic foods. One of those substances under review is carrageenan, often identified as Irish Moss. Food Science Matters […]

Is carrageenan natural?

FMC’s Seaweed Platform Marketing Manager, Bill Matakas and food scientist Kantha Shelke share their expertise on carrageenan Source: NewHope360 What is carrageenan? Red seaweed extract. Homemade versions using Chondrus crispus, a.k.a. “Irish moss” were used for centuries across Ireland for respiratory problems. Today, two distinct varieties of carrageenan exist in U.S. manufacturing: Food-grade, or “undegraded,” […]