Several important news stories broke as The Natural Foods Merchandiser was going to press with this issue. To keep readers informed, we've posted our coverage about these issues online. Among them:
- California Certified Organic Farmers has developed a new expedited-approval process for growers and manufacturers who don't have the usual 12 weeks before harvest or product launch to finish organic certification. CCOF says the program does not take any shortcuts with the National Organic Program's standards. Click here for full story.
- Gluten-free products may soon carry their own label as part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004. Click here for full story.
- DuPont announced it would eliminate PFOA, a chemical used in Teflon cookware and oil-resistant packaging, by 2015. Click here for full story.
- Several industry members, including chef Jesse Cool and Organic Valley's chief executive and founder, George Siemon, were honored for their commitment to sustainable agriculture. They took home Sustie Awards, given by the Ecological Farming Association. Click here for full story.