5@5: Chipotle CEO 'deeply sorry' for E. coli, norovirus outbreaks | How smart is GMA's Smart Label really?

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Each day at 5 p.m. we collect the five top natural news headlines of the day, making it easy for you to catch up on today's most important natural products industry news.

Sorry, America: Chipotle CEO offers fat newspaper ad apology

Following outbreaks of E. coli and norovirus that traced back to Chipotle restaurants, Steve Ells, the founder, co-CEO and chairman of Chipotle, published an apology letter in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today promising to implement fixes in the company's supply chain, food safety program and training of workers. "To achieve our goal of establishing leadership in food safety, we collaborated with preeminent food safety experts to design a comprehensive food safety program that dramatically reduces risk on our farms, throughout our supply chain and in our restaurants," he wrote. Read more at Eater...


10 reasons why GMA Smart Label isn't 'smart' at all

A poll conducted by the Mellman Group found that nine in 10 consumers want GMO labels on food packages, and very few have ever scanned a QR code with their phone. And that's just a start of what's wrong with Big Food and the Grocery Manufacturers of America's QR code 'transparency' initiative. Read more at EcoWatch...

Advocates win labels for GMO 'frankenfish'

The $1.1 federal spending bill unveiled today includes a provision requiring the FDA to publish final labeling guidelines before allowing interstate commerce of any foods that contain genetically engineered salmon. Read more at The Hill...


Millions of 'organic' eggs come from industrial scale chicken operators, group says

In its newest report, watchdog group Cornucopia Institute has lots of criticism for what it considers lax enforcement of the USDA Organic label on eggs—specifically around treatment of hens. Read more at The Washington Post...


Startups bringing food safety testing out of the chemistry lab

New ways to detect pathogens and unwanted ingredients in foods—like a portable gluten tester, for example—could give manufacturers and consumers more power in the way of food safety. Read more at Food Dive...

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