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Last updated: May 21 2018 20:00 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Paper mills as a significant source of PFAS contamination, but who’s watching? 21.5.2018 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., Chemicals Policy Director, and Maricel Maffini, Ph.D., Independent Consultant Across the country, communities are grappling with how to manage contamination of drinking water by perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs), a class of chemicals widely used in consumer products, industrial processes, and firefighting foams. Concern over the chemicals grew with the Environmental Protection Agency’s […]
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The truth about organic produce and pesticides 21.5.2018 Washington Post
The truth about organic produce and pesticides
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Counting calories won't reduce obesity. So why are we requiring restaurants to post them? 20.5.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Counting calories is now the law of the land. This month, a long-delayed regulation came into effect requiring all food chains with 20 or more locations to list calorie information on their menus. Nutritionists fought to include the rule in the Affordable Care Act as a means of fighting obesity....

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Missouri Is Making It Illegal To Call This “Meat” 19.5.2018 Mother Jones
The United States’ beef and pork producers churned out 48.4 billion pounds of red meat in 2015, and made $9 billion exporting it around the world. Despite that success, they appear threatened by the growing number of meat alternatives cropping up in grocery stores. Now, the livestock lobby is taking its beef to state lawmakers. […]
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6 things to watch in the House Farm Bill 18.5.2018 Washington Post
The bill, authorized every five years, involves way more than agriculture — such as requirements for food stamps and school lunches.
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EDF and others take FDA to court to demand action on carcinogenic flavors petition 17.5.2018 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., Chemicals Policy Director and Maricel Maffini, Independent Consultant   On May 2nd, EDF and other consumer health advocates filed a lawsuit to force the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make a final decision on our food additive petition, which asked the agency to reverse its approvals of seven carcinogenic synthetic flavors. […]
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If House Republicans Get Their Way, Rural Americans Are Screwed 16.5.2018 Mother Jones
Back in 2016, the Republican Party won the presidency and both chambers of Congress with strong support in rural areas, particularly among farmers. But since that triumph, the Grand Old Party hasn’t exactly been a champion of rural interests. As I’ve written in recent months, President Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigration is essentially an attack […]
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Egg farm responsible for salmonella outbreak had ‘unacceptable rodent activity,’ FDA report says 16.5.2018 Washington Post
Egg farm responsible for salmonella outbreak had ‘unacceptable rodent activity,’ FDA report says
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Salmonella sickens nearly three dozen people following recall of more than 200 million eggs 13.5.2018 Philly.com News
The outbreak has been traced to Rose Acre Farms, which recalled nearly 207 million eggs last month.
Salmonella sickens nearly three dozen people following recall of more than 200 million eggs 13.5.2018 Washington Post
The outbreak has been traced to a Rose Acre Farms facility in North Carolina sold under brand names such as Great Value, Country Daybreak and Crystal Farms. They were also sold to Waffle House restaurants and Food Lion stores.
Farmers Are Struggling to Make Ends Meet. This Controversial Policy Could Help. 12.5.2018 Mother Jones
With a trade war looming, commodity prices falling, and the dairy industry in full-blown crisis, a growing number of American farmers are embracing a controversial set of farm policies that would manage the country’s commodity production and stabilize crop prices. The policies, known as supply management, governed US agriculture for decades but were abandoned in […]
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Stop Talking About SNAP Fraud 11.5.2018 American Prospect
Jonathan Weiss/Shutterstock The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) ads in the District of Columbia were hard to miss. Posters begging passersby to help “STOP SNAP FRAUD!” replaced the usually more innocuous ads in Washington’s Metro system. While many of the ads were in underground subway stations, buses were also wrapped in fraud prevention ads. They plastered the Capitol South metro station, too—the one used by many legislative staffers—as Congress is gearing up to renew the farm bill, the massive legislation that may contain sweeping changes to SNAP, the program commonly known as food stamps. The nation’s capital has a progressive population (just  4 percent  of the city’s votes went to Trump in 2016), so these ads did not go over well. SNAP fraud, after all, is a relatively uncommon phenomenon in the District of Columbia and elsewhere. In 2016, out of 1,000 completed investigations of the city’s roughly 134,000 SNAP recipients, officials found only 134 clear-cut cases of fraud—a fraud  ...
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Midwestern voters gave Trump a chance. Now, they’re the key to his political future. 11.5.2018 Washington Post
Over the first 15 months of the Trump presidency, The Post visited the Midwest for extended and sometimes repeated interviews with residents. What emerged is a story of how attitudes toward the president have changed, told through the voices of people in a unique part of Trump Nation.
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EpiPen shortage hits Illinois 10.5.2018 Chicago Tribune: Business
A shortage of EpiPens is alarming patients in Illinois and across the country. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration added EpiPens and a similar epinephrine autoinjector made by Impax Laboratories to its drug shortage list on Wednesday, after weeks of complaints from patients who say they’ve ...
How many calories are in that pizza? Chain restaurants now have to tell you. 7.5.2018 Washington Post
Consumers should expect to see the labels at restaurant, grocery and convenience store chains with 20 or more locations.
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Mandatory GMO labels are coming to your food 5.5.2018 Washington Post
Mandatory GMO labels are coming to your food
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The Health 202: Calorie counts at restaurants are aimed at trimming waistlines. But science suggests they don't necessarily work. 4.5.2018 Washington Post
The Health 202: Calorie counts at restaurants are aimed at trimming waistlines. But science suggests they don't necessarily work.
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These startups are turning surplus food into new consumer products 3.5.2018 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
The idea began with a bin of discarded avocado pits. Where others would see waste, Drexel University Food Lab graduate students Sheetal Bahirat and Christa Kwaw-Yankson recognized an opportunity.After some experimenting, they made an avocado-pit tea by blanching, grating and dehydrating the pit. The tea has a mild, slightly fruity taste and a pleasing, natural pink color.
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Why companies should pay attention to FDA’s new push on heavy metals in food 3.5.2018 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Why companies should pay attention to FDA’s new push on heavy metals in food
Feds crack down on e-liquid packaging that looks like candy, juice boxes 1.5.2018 Washington Post
Feds crack down on e-liquid packaging that looks like candy, juice boxes
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