FDA head says current products don’t meet labeling standards
The US Food and Drug Administration seems expressed concern on nondairy milk-alternative products that use the term “milk” in their marketing and labeling—like popular soy and almond milk products.
Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced Tuesday that the FDA will soon issue a new guidance on the use of the term. But he added that products aren’t abiding by FDA policies as they stand now. He referenced a so-called “standard of identity” policy that regulates how milk is defined and should be identified. he said “almond doesn’t lactate”, and the agency will soon tap the public for comments on the terminology and hopes to wring out a new policy within a year. In 2015, the agency cracked down on the labeling of an egg-less mayonnaise-like product called Just Mayo.
KFC chicken chain is officially working on the first vegetarian fried chicken to ever hit a big-name QSR. The faux meat’s first destination will be the United Kingdom, where smaller places like Temple of Seitan are famous for their own versions of plant-based fried chicken.
Over the next 7 years, KFC UK hopes to cut their calories per serving by 20%. They will also introduce multiple meals that are under 600 calories by 2020.
One of the ways they’re looking to do that is with this veggie alternative, which will utilize the same secret blend of 11 spices that all of Colonel Sanders’s chicken is seasoned with. The vegetarian fried chicken is meant to be a healthier substitute to their standard fare. There are not many details on what will go into it however.
The McDonald’s McVegan burger was trialed at select locations in Finland from October -November. In fact, the product was so successful it was officially rolled out to other regions just a month after trial phase. With consumers seeing McDonald’s upping their plant-based game and their expectations of other fast food brands raised, it was only a matter of time before another big name stepped up too. The soy patty burger is currently only available at select locations in Finland, and the success of the trial will reportedly determine whether the dish will be offered in other regions.
Subway Restaurants, the world’s most ubiquitous dining chain, will continue closing U.S. stores as it expands internationally.This year, about 500 more of its U.S. shops will be shut down. Last year, more than 800 stores went dark, with the total U.S. count dropping to 25,908. It also closed restaurants in 2016.
The sandwich shop, founded more than 50 years ago, is struggling to boost sales in the U.S. as newer, more modern chains emerge. Theyhave been hurt by fierce competition in the U.S., including McDonald’s Corp., whose domestic system sales rose 3.4 percent last year, according to data from researcher Technomic, supermarkets, and gas stations that are selling more grab-and-go fare.
They are currently banking on a new loyalty program which offers $2 discounts and free items, is available for the chain’s domestic and Canadian locations. This year, the chain will add more than 1,000 locations outside of North America, and is focused on growth in countries including the U.K., Germany, South Korea, India, China and Mexico.
Google has reportedly held “informal talks” with interested parties for a deal that would encompass the Zagat brand name and website. Mum’s the word on how much Google is after for the service, with Google keeping quite on the matter.
A charity in the United Kingdom is testing special vending machines that dispense essential items like water, food, and clothing to homeless people with nowhere to go at night. The free-to-use service is the work of Nottingham-based Action Hunger. Huzaifah Khaled is the founder of this organization. Access to the machines is exclusively permitted to those in need. Items can only be vended with the use of a special key card issued by Action Hunger. The key cards are disseminated to their partner organizations in each city, which tend to have homeless shelters and local outreach centers.
The key cards can be used to get up to three items per day, and Action Hunger hopes it will enable people to get some help, without becoming too reliant on the vending machines. The non-perishable contents of the vending machine such as fresh fruit, energy bars, sandwiches, socks, gloves, sanitary towels, toothbrush and toothpaste combination packs, and foil blankets, come from donations, while most of the fresh food is being supplied by redistribution organizations. In order to keep the key cards active, individuals must check in with their regular homeless shelter on a weekly basis.
The free vending machines will be in the United States February 2018. New York will receive the first machine, and Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle will follow. Action Hunger has a special interest in a host of cities across America and would like to reach as many people as possible including more areas in Europe.
Outlets are reporting that Chinese scientists have genetically altered pig embryos (using added genes from mice) to create “skinny pigs” who have a lower percentage of body fat and could be used, one day, to produce what some headlines are deeming “healthy bacon.
Genetically modified (GM) foods continue to be a contentious subject. Proponents believe that it could help feed millions of hungry people amid climate change and population growth. Others balk at the idea of eating science experiments.
The World Health Organization reports that the safety of GM foods depends on how the genes were tweaked, which will ultimately leave each item to be rated on a case-by-case basis. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration has approved genetically engineered salmon. And apples not prone to browning are expected to be available soon.