Nearly 400 businesses and organizations dedicated to food safety and consumer rights appealed to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week in hopes of giving consumers the right to know what’s in their food. The petition, on behalf of the Just Label It organization, is hoping a mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods, also known as genetically modified organisms or GMOs, will become mandatory. More specifically, foods altered with at the molecular level Continue reading
Looks like the newest potential makeover to take place in the U.S. isn’t the basis of some nighttime reality TV show…. The Food and Drug Administration is in talks to makeover and revise the nutrition labels that break down calories, serving sizes, and other food facts in an attempt to fight the national obesity epidemic. According to the FDA, some of the changes could be proposed as soon as Continue reading
Fans of the Cheesecake Factory and Cold Stone Creamery Beware: The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) released this year’s Xtreme Eating Awards for the restaurants that have the fattiest, saltiest, calorie-richest, non-healthy foods conceivable. And it isn’t pretty. In their annual tradition of attempting to shame restaurants for their unhealthy choices, CSPI has put together a list of the most indulgent menu items at some of America’s most popular restaurants. Continue reading
Functional Food – the food industry term for products that can potentially lower cholesterol, slim your waistline, improve immunity, or regulate your digestive system. Otherwise known as a marketing strategy for food companies to promote food labels with health or wellness-maintaining properties. There is nothing wrong with such claims, in fact they’re perfectly legal, however, they must be backed up by at least some credible science. Continue reading
What does it mean to be gluten-free? That is the question the Food and Drug Administration has been trying to answer since 2004. This was the year Congress gave the FDA 4 years to come up with an answer. Seven years later and three years overdue, there is still no set definition defining a gluten-free product. Continue reading
There has been recent debate as to whether or not a possible link between food dyes and hyperactivity exists. While an FDA panel recently said ‘no’ to food coloring warning labels, the panel did acknowledge that food coloring may intensify problems experienced by children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Given there was not enough conclusive evidence to warrant the labels, the impact of food coloring on children is still a point of contention considering the FDA estimates that food dyes can cause asthma, hives, headache, and behavioral changes. Continue reading
According to Time Magazine, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council recently reported food-borne illnesses in the U.S. cause more than 5,000 deaths each year. The recalls listed here are voluntary on behalf of the manufacturers, for the surprising reason that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t have the power to recall food. Until we have mandatory FDA food inspections, we are at our own risk. So the best you can do until the Senate decides to change this is remain mindful of what you buy, wash your food and hands well, prevent cross-contamination by keeping raw meats separate from produce, and if possible, buy organic (especially the dirty dozen).
Here are the latest major U.S. Food Recalls: Continue reading