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The FDA Doesn’t Want Chickens To Explore The Great Outdoors

The FDA Doesn’t Want Chickens To Explore The Great Outdoors

| July 25, 2013 | 1 Comment

The FDA’s new proposal aims to reduce the risk that chickens will pick up salmonella from wildlife and lay contaminated eggs. But some farmers worry that the guidance could make it much harder for them to let their birds range freely on pastures.

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How Much Arsenic Is Safe In Apple Juice? FDA Proposes New Rule

How Much Arsenic Is Safe In Apple Juice? FDA Proposes New Rule

| July 12, 2013 | 1 Comment

The FDA’s proposal would set a threshold of 10 parts per billion for inorganic arsenic in apple juice — the same standard used for drinking water. In 2011, a pair of investigations raised alarms about the levels of inorganic arsenic, a carcinogen, in the juice.

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Outbreak Traced To Pomegranates Reveals Flaws In Global Food Chain

Outbreak Traced To Pomegranates Reveals Flaws In Global Food Chain

| July 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

People usually don’t worry about hepatitis A in fruit, but an outbreak caused by Turkish pomegranates has sickened 136 people so far. The illnesses highlight how U.S. reliance on imported fruit and vegetables creates novel health risks. New federal regulations in the works are designed to reduce that risk.

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The Farm Bill: A Senate Catfight Over Catfish

The Farm Bill: A Senate Catfight Over Catfish

| June 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Inspecting seafood for safety hazards is currently the job of the Food and Drug Administration. But U.S. catfish producers want the Department of Agriculture involved, too. Critics say it’s just a crackdown on foreign producers who are taking over the U.S. market.

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How Trace Amounts of Arsenic End Up In Grocery Store Meat

How Trace Amounts of Arsenic End Up In Grocery Store Meat

| May 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

A recently published study found slightly elevated amounts of inorganic arsenic in samples of chicken meat purchased at grocery stores. Arsenic-based drugs are no longer used in chickens — but they are still used in turkeys.

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Tiny Mites Spark Big Battle Over Imports Of French Cheese

Tiny Mites Spark Big Battle Over Imports Of French Cheese

| May 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Microscopic bugs called cheese mites are responsible for the distinctive rind and flavor of the bright orange French cheese Mimolette. But now, the FDA has blocked more than a ton of Mimolette from entering the country, because the agency says the mites left on it make it unfit for consumption.

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Wrigley: Maybe We Won’t Sell Caffeinated Gum After All

Wrigley: Maybe We Won’t Sell Caffeinated Gum After All

| May 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

No caffeinated chew for you! The Wrigley Company pulled its Alert Energy caffeinated gum off the market after the product roused concern from the Food and Drug Administration.

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Next Meal: Engineering Food

Next Meal: Engineering Food

| May 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Are the benefits of genetically engineered foods worth the risks? Check out this half-hour special from QUEST Northern California that explores the pros and cons of genetically engineered crops and what the future holds for research and regulations.

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One In Three Fish Sold At Restaurants And Grocery Stores Is Mislabeled

One In Three Fish Sold At Restaurants And Grocery Stores Is Mislabeled

| February 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Fish fraud is often just a form of swindling when a cheap fish, like tilapia, is sold as pricy red snapper. But a conservation group says it also puts consumers at risk of health issues and makes it harder to avoid buying fish that are being overfished.

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FDA Releases Rules To Strengthen Safety Of Food Supply

FDA Releases Rules To Strengthen Safety Of Food Supply

| January 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Two years after a food safety bill became law, the FDA issues a rule to prevent foodborne illness in produce and one to require food manufacturers to have plans in place to prevent contamination. Foodborne illness sickens about 48 million Americans each year.

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Not Just For Coffee Anymore: The Rise Of Caffeinated Foods

Not Just For Coffee Anymore: The Rise Of Caffeinated Foods

| December 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Are we getting “Jack’d”? A surge in new caffeine-containing foods leads to new questions about just how much caffeine we’re getting in our daily lives. Some advocates are calling for labeling, and they raise concerns about children’s and teens’ consumption.

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Food Safety with Health Dialogues

Food Safety with Health Dialogues

| August 20, 2009 | 2 Comments

Spinach, alfalfa sprouts, peanut butter, beef…almost weekly, FDA and USDA alerts fill my inbox with notices about food recalls due to Salmonella or E. Coli. How does our food supply get contaminated? And what safeguards exist to ensure that the foods we eat are produced in safe and sanitary conditions? In response to concerns about the food supply, President Obama called for tougher food safety measures, and in May of this year launched a Food Safety Working Group to update the system of food safety in America.

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