Tag: food

Conscious Food Choices, Beyond Pesticide Residues

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I buy local food (except bananas, of course. And mangoes. And the occasional Roquefort.) I eat a plant-based diet (other than the matzoh ball soup from Saul’s, because what’s a little chicken broth now and then?). I even have a chicken coop in the backyard (ok, it’s been 6 months and I still haven’t gotten…

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Alice-in-FDA-Land: More Hypocrisy on GMO Labels

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This week, in explaining its position that labels will not be required on genetically engineered (GMO) salmon, FDA says that they legally cannot require such labeling. The agency claims that they are bound by labeling laws, which call for a “material” change in the salmon before labels can be required. A material change, FDA says,…

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GMO Salmon and the Banality of Corruption at FDA

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Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a meeting on its preliminary assessment that genetically engineered (GMO) salmon are safe to eat. A couple weeks prior, the agency released eleven years’ worth of data on the GMO fish, giving consumer and health advocates precious little time to review the basis for the…

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Truthiness and Fairness on GMO Labels at FDA

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Today the FDA is meeting to discuss labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) salmon. Assuming that the agency makes the experimental fish the first GMO animal approved for human consumption, FDA’s proposal suggests that no labels will be required to let consumers know when they are buying the GMO fish. What’s worse, some suspect that the…

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Eco-Tip: Avoiding BPA in Baby Products

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Sadly, the California legislature failed last month to pass a ban on the harmful chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) in infant bottles, cups, and food containers. Scientists are doing an extraordinary amount of research about BPA, and it can be hard to keep up with the latest news. Here’s a short summary from a pediatrician from Dartmouth…

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Eco-Tip: The Incredible, Inedible Egg

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The FDA website has updated information on the recalled eggs and how to read egg cartons for recalled products. Just this morning, two new egg brands were added to the growing recall list. Some more tips: 1.  Cook Eggs Thoroughly: Cooking and baking generally kills salmonella, as long as eggs are cooked thoroughly. So soft…

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Egg on Our Faces: Recalled Eggs Produced by Corporate Criminal

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Factory animal farms run by corporate criminal Austin “Jack” DeCoster have a long legacy of worker safety violations, environmental crimes, and animal abuses. Now DeCoster’s Iowa egg operation has been found responsible for salmonella poisoning that has sickened people in at least twelve states. Up to 1300 people (and counting) may have suffered from the…

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Something Stinky About Kellogg’s Serial Recalls

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On Friday, world’s largest cereal producer Kellogg’s announced a recall of 28 million boxes of sugary Apple Jacks, Fruit Loops, Corn Pops and Honey Smacks “due to an uncharacteristic off-flavor and smell coming from the liner in the package.” (see the full recall list, below) Late on Friday is the ideal time for companies to…

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