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Last updated: Jul 25 2017 17:56 IST RSS 2.0
 
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What does ‘natural flavors’ really mean? 25.7.2017 Washington Post
What does ‘natural flavors’ really mean?
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10 mega myths about farming to remember on your next grocery run 24.7.2017 Washington Post
10 mega myths about farming to remember on your next grocery run
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A Wake-Up Call: Coffee Recalled By FDA For Having Viagra-Like Ingredient 21.7.2017 NPR News
Regulators took issue with the tortuously named "New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee," which didn't declare a chemical akin to the erectile dysfunction drug's active ingredient.
Two years in, happy hour in Illinois stirs mixed results 21.7.2017 Chicago Tribune: Business
Bringing happy hour back to Illinois was billed as a needed boost to the hospitality industry that would result in more revenue for the state and local municipalities. But two years after the popular drink specials were legalized in Illinois after a 26-year absence, the law has been more ...
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Small tweaks to existing policies could make a huge difference for poor families 20.7.2017 Washington Post
Small tweaks to existing policies could make a huge difference for poor families
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California's nuts: Why the almond, pistachio, pecan and walnut were each declared the official state nut 20.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The almond, pecan, walnut and pistachio were each officially declared California’s state nut when Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed the declaration into law.

Botanically speaking, the nuts are technically seeds of drupe fruits, unlike the acorn — a true nut — which did not make the list. Even though...

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California doesn't have an official state fruit, but it does have four official state nuts 20.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary
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Transgenic fish are ready for us — are we ready for them? 19.7.2017 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
After decades of regulatory and legal challenges, AquaBounty aims to bring genetically engineered salmon to U.S. and Canadian markets next year.
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Could Congress put horsemeat back on the menu in America? 18.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • It’s taboo to eat horse in America. Anyone who wants to kill horses for human consumption in the United States will face plenty of obstacles — one of the biggest being Congress’ ban on Department of Agriculture funding for horsemeat inspections. But that may soon change: A panel in the House of Representatives has voted to lift restrictions on horse slaughter for meat. The amendment that banned funding for horsemeat inspections, which was tacked on to the annual USDA funding bill, w... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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In arid, lonely stretch out west, the health coverage that bloomed is at risk 17.7.2017 Washington Post
An expanded Medicaid program and private health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act have cut Nevada’s uninsured population by half, but Lyon County residents reflect the special vulnerability of rural communities to Washington’s health-care politics.
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Op-ed: Court ruling voiding Utah’s ‘ag-gag’ law got it right and other states should copy it 14.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Utah’s “agricultural operation interference” law criminalized making recordings of agricultural operations and lying to gain access to farms. Several states have passed legislation similar to Utah’s, essentially imposing a gag order on people who seek and share information about commercial agricultural production. These “ag-gag” laws gained momentum in state legislatures around the country only after animal rights activists successfully entered commercial farming operations and exposed abuses oc...
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What’s in your child’s mac and cheese? Toxic chemicals, a new study says 14.7.2017 Seattle Times: Local

Phthalates have been found in macaroni and cheese mixes made with powdered cheese. The chemical migrates into food from packaging and equipment used in manufacturing and may pose special risks to pregnant women and young children.
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'Uncertainty and dysfunction' have overtaken USDA program for organic foods, key lawmaker says 14.7.2017 Washington Post
'Uncertainty and dysfunction' have overtaken USDA program for organic foods, key lawmaker says
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Shoplifting in Chicago dropped after a change in the food stamp program 13.7.2017 Washington Post
Shoplifting in Chicago dropped after a change in the food stamp program
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House panel seeks to block FDA ‘vaping’ rules 13.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • A House panel is again trying to exempt increasingly popular e-cigarettes from new Food and Drug Administration rules. The legislation approved Wednesday by the Republican-controlled Appropriations Committee would prevent the FDA from requiring retroactive safety reviews of e-cigarettes already on the market. It would exempt some premium and large cigars from those same regulations. E-cigarette products introduced in the future would face the safety reviews. The development comes as... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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New CDC chief partnered with Coke in state obesity program 13.7.2017 Washington Post
The Georgia program that Brenda Fitzgerald led makes little mention of the problems with sugary soft drinks, putting her at odds with research and many health experts.
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Food Stamp 'Work Requirements' Are Kind Of A Sham 13.7.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A closer look at the supposed success of work requirements in Kansas and Maine.
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Maine Law Lets Municipalities Regulate Food 8.7.2017 NPR: Saturday
A new law in Maine lets towns regulate local food production. Supporters say it makes it easier for people to buy raw and organic foods locally. Opponents fear it could lead to lax food safety.
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The dark side of Trump’s much-hyped China trade deal: It could literally make you sick 8.7.2017 Washington Post
The dark side of Trump’s much-hyped China trade deal: It could literally make you sick
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US schools rethink meal-debt policies that humiliate kids 8.7.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

The U.S. Agriculture Department is encouraging schools to work more closely with parents to address delinquent accounts and ensure children don’t go hungry.
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