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Report: Meat Producers Ignore Pleas For Health, Environmental Reform

Report: Meat Producers Ignore Pleas For Health, Environmental Reform

| October 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

A commission evaluating the impacts of animal agriculture says the industry has resisted change. And it says government agencies have failed to regulate the industry’s environmental and health practices because of “overwhelming” political influence.

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Your Kitchen Spices Can Often Harbor Salmonella

Your Kitchen Spices Can Often Harbor Salmonella

| August 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Spices may add more than flavor to your food: Some harbor dangerous bacteria. Contamination has caused big outbreaks in the United States, and the FDA is looking into how to reduce the risk.

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Did Tyson Ban Doping Cows with Zilmax to Boost Foreign Sales?

Did Tyson Ban Doping Cows with Zilmax to Boost Foreign Sales?

| August 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Tyson Foods said it will stop using the controversial drug, which fattens cattle, because of potential animal welfare issues. But many in the beef industry say the company is just interested in boosting exports to countries like China and the European Union, where growth-promoting drugs for meat production are banned.

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FDA Approves Gluten-Free Label

FDA Approves Gluten-Free Label

| August 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

The FDA’s new rule says gluten-free food can’t contain more than 20 parts per million of gluten. Most products on the market with the label already meet that standard.

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What Poisoned Pomegranates Tell Us About Food Safety

What Poisoned Pomegranates Tell Us About Food Safety

| August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Food and Drug Administration recently announced a plan to try and prevent American food companies from importing contaminated produce from abroad. The case of the poisoned pomegranates from Turkey shows that our safety systems for imported food, however helpful, are not foolproof.

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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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