FDA Won't Define 'Natural' Food Despite Judges' Pleas

Law360, New York (January 7, 2014, 8:17 PM EST) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will not determine whether foods with genetically modified ingredients can be labeled as “natural” at this time, the agency said Monday, declining several judges' requests to wade into class action litigation over companies' use of the term.

A California federal judge stayed a proposed class action against Gruma Corp. over its labeling of tortilla chips as “natural” in July in order to ask the FDA for input. Another California judge did the same in a suit against Campbell Soup Co., also in July, and a New Jersey federal judge administratively terminated litigation against General Mills...

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