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Lawmakers want definition of 'natural' put on food labels

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Two Connecticut lawmakers will make a push on Tuesday to have the definition of 'natural' put on food packaging.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Rosa DeLauro said they'll be at the Edge of the Woods natural food market in New Haven to call on the Food and Drug Administration to move forward on updating food labels.

They said right now, there are no rules regulating the term "natural" when it's used to label food.

As a result, corporations have mislead shoppers looking for healthy meal options, according to Blumenthal and DeLauro.

They cited research from Consumer Reports. The research suggested that consumers believed "natural" on meat and poultry packaging meant no artificial ingredients, growth hormones, genetically modified ingredients or antibiotics. It also said they thought the term applied to no artificial ingredients, pesticides or GMOs in packaged or processed foods.

Blumenthal and DeLauro said they sent a letter to the FDA earlier this year to urge the agency to better define the term "natural." They believe the definition on food packaging should mean free of artificial foods, ingredients, and substances.

Both lawmakers said they're cosponsors of the Food Labeling Modernization Act, which would require the FDA to update its definition of the terms "healthy" and "natural." It would also create a single health label that would be applied on the front of food packaging so consumers can easily see it.

A news conference with Blumenthal and DeLauro is set for 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

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