« Because of the changing landscape of food ingredients and production, and in direct response to consumers who have requested that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explore the use of the term « natural, » the agency is asking the public to provide information and comments on the use of this term in the labeling of human food products.
Specifically, the FDA asks for information and public comment on questions such as:
• Whether it is appropriate to define the term « natural »
• If so, how the agency should define « natural » and
• How the agency should determine appropriate use of the term on food labels.
The FDA is taking this action in part because it received three Citizen Petitions asking the agency to define the term « natural » for use in food labeling, with one Citizen Petition asking that the agency prohibit the term « natural » on food labels.
The FDA has noted that some federal courts, as a result of litigation between private parties, have requested administrative determinations from the FDA regarding whether food products containing ingredients produced using genetic engineering or foods containing high fructose corn syrup may be labeled as « natural. » (…)