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5@5: FDA rethinks 'added sugar' labels for honey, maple | Amazon highlights emerging beauty brands

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

FDA reconsiders added sugar label for maple syrup, honey

After producers rallied against a proposed change to the Nutrition Facts panel that would require pure honey and maple syrup to be labeled as containing added sugars, the FDA has said it will reconsider. More than 3,000 comments were submitted to the agency, many expressing concern that requiring the natural sweeteners to be labeled as containing added sugar would confuse consumers and hurt the industry. “The feedback that FDA has received is that the approach laid out in the draft guidance does not provide the clarity that the FDA intended,” the agency said in a statement, adding that it will work with stakeholder on a “sensible solution.” Read more at Star Advertiser…

 

Amazon launches indie beauty shop dedicated to emerging brands within its marketplace

The e-tailer is giving emerging beauty brands a dedicated space on its site that could up their chances of being noticed by shoppers—while boosting its own profile in the personal care space—with a new Indie Beauty Shop. To qualify to appear in the shop, brands must be at least 50 percent owned by an independent operator and not be carried by Target, Walmart of Ulta Beauty. Amazon takes 15 percent of sales and charges a monthly fee. Early participants include Maple Holistics and organic brand Ogee. Read more at Beauty Independent…

 

Food recalls explained: Why it seems like food contamination is on the rise

There have been eight foodborne illness outbreaks since January, by the CDC’s count, including the most recent salmonella outbreak tied to pre-cut melon. But experts say that contamination isn’t necessarily on the rise, but rather that the ability to detect it has improved. Using genome sequencing, experts can use the genetic fingerprint of a food to tie it back to its source. Read more at Chicago Tribune…

 

Confectionery manufacturers continue to seek natural colors

To meet consumer demand, many candy companies are looking to swap out the artificial colors used in their products with natural ones. But they don’t want to give up the bright and bold look that’s a hallmark of their products, and finding these ingredients is proving to be a challenge. Read more at Candy Industry…

 

Anthropologie to launch new ‘wellness’ shops in Bay Area stores

Following the success of a 1,000 square-foot wellness shop that it opened in its Palo Alto store earlier this year, Anthropologie has 12 additional wellness shops in the works. The store-within-a-store features hair and skin care products, essential oils, supplements, coffee and tea, books and more. Read more at The Mercury News…

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