Regulation and Policy

Bringing the natural and organic products industry the latest regulation and policy news from around the World.

Washington Post reports raise doubts about organic standards in the US

Two recent Washington Post reports by Peter Whoriskey have raised doubts about organic standards in the US.

UK alt-med charities under threat from “despicable attack”

An investigation into UK-based charities that promote complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) could dramatically reduce access to natural health approaches, CAM bodies have warned.

Time to abandon “artificial contract between food and medicine” – ANH founder

An “artificial contract” between food and medicine that has formed the basis of much European Union (EU) regulation of natural health products should be abandoned, says the founder of Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-International).

FDA threatens criminal prosecution against supplement makers over cancer claims

The US Food and Drug Administration today posted warning letters addressed to 14 US-based companies illegally selling more than 65 products that it says fraudulently claim to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure cancer.

Regulatory scientific definition for manuka honey hailed as "major milestone"

A new scientific definition to authenticate manuka honey, which sits at the heart of a new initiative aimed at clamping down on product fraud, has been hailed as a "major milestone".

Regulatory scientific definition for manuka honey hailed as “major milestone”

A new scientific definition to authenticate manuka honey, which sits at the heart of a new initiative aimed at clamping down on product fraud, has been hailed as a "major milestone".

Upcoming ISO guidelines could "legitimize greenwashing"

The forthcoming global guidelines for natural and organic cosmetics – ISO 16128 – are not fit for purpose according to industry experts, speaking at the recent Natural & Organic Products Europe.

Upcoming ISO guidelines could “legitimize greenwashing”

The forthcoming global guidelines for natural and organic cosmetics – ISO 16128 – are not fit for purpose according to industry experts, speaking at the recent Natural & Organic Products Europe.

EFSA to set upper safe limit for daily sugar intake

The European Food Safety Authority is to give formal advice on daily sugar intake for the first time.

Latest GOTS standard allows ‘combined products’ to certified

Strict criteria for ‘additional fibre material’ and a new category for ‘combined products’ are among the changes in Version 5.0 of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), released on 1 March 2017.

Chefs, will you stir the pot over GMOs?

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Genetically modified foods (GMOs) are coming to the UK. Quietly but determinedly the UK government is pushing forward with its plans to open up the UK’s farms, fields and kitchens to GM technology.

Legalise nutrition!

Let’s seize on Brexit as an opportunity to legalise good nutrition and outlaw bad food, says Patrick Holford.

Oikos criticizes Norwegian Government plan to abandon organic target

Norway’s lead organic body Oikos (Organic Norway) has criticized Norwegian Government proposals to abandon the country’s goal of making 15% of all food production and consumption organic by 2020.

Organic can be “flagship model” for sustainable farming and growth – IFOAM EU director

Organic food and farming offers a “flagship model for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, says the director of IFOAM EU.

NPA and ANH-USA appeal to Trump Administration on supplement benefits

US trade association the Natural Products Association (NPA) and the Alliance for Natural Health-USA (ANH-USA) have jointly launched a “grassroots” campaign to encourage members of Congress to include dietary supplements in any Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) legislation introduced as part of so-called ‘Repeal and Replace’ efforts by the new Trump Administration.