FDA Seeks Public Input on the Term “Natural” for Food Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) announced the establishment of a docket to receive information and comments from the public on the use of the term “natural” in food labeling.  The FDA’s action is in response to 3 citizen petitions asking that the FDA define the term “natural” and 1 citizen petition asking the FDA to prohibit use of the term on food labels, as well as requests by multiple Federal courts sought administrative determinations from FDA, in conjunction with litigation between private parties, regarding whether food products containing GMO ingredients or particular ingredients, e.g., high fructose corn syrup, may be labeled “natural.”  Continue reading “FDA Seeks Public Input on the Term “Natural” for Food Products”