Food in the News

Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Ground Beef

FDA Removes 7 Synthetic Flavoring Substances from Food Additives List

The FDA is amending its food additive regulations in response to two food additive petitions, to no longer allow for the use of a total of 7 synthetic flavoring substances and flavor enhancers (adjuvants).

FAQs about that Ubiquitous Fall Favorite, the Pumpkin

pumpkinRecently, have you noticed a lot of happy, orange faces smiling at you?  They're everywhere in October--standing proudly in front of houses, grinning from people's lawns, and shining candlelight through windows at night. No self-respecting publication or TV news (or food) show gets through autumn without discussing and depicting lavish Halloween decorations, gigantic pumpkin contest winners, and scrumptious pumpkin pie recipes to serve after the Thanksgiving turkey. Let's learn more about pumpkins. What are they? How big can they grow? What foods can we make with them?  Are they nutritious?  And, finally, what's actually in that can labeled "100% pure pumpkin"?

Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Ground Beef

What foods are healthy? Do you know? Does anyone?

SodaAre you eating foods and drinking beverages that are likely to decrease your risk of illness and lengthen your life?  I'll bet you're not sure. Of course, you know that too much sugar (especially added sugar), salt, and fat (especially saturated fat) are not good for you. You know that a diet  long on plant food and short on food from animals is healthier than the reverse.

FDA Investigates Multistate Outbreak of Cyclospora Illnesses Likely Linked to Salads from Fast Food Chain

August 2, 2018 Update

As of August 2, 2018, a total of 395 laboratory-confirmed cases of 

Starbucks' Formidable Attack on Pollution

How do you eat an elephant?  The best response is: "One bite at a time." Another might be "Get started now."  When it comes to the dinosaur-sized problem of global pollution, Starbucks Coffee Company just took a giant step forward, weaponized with a goal.  On July 9, the company announced, that, by 2020, it would no longer serve plastic straws with its drinks.  What's wrong with plastic straws?  They pollute the oceans with debris that survives for hundreds of

More about Lettuce And Fruit, Plus Two Amusing Food News Stories

There's good news about lettuce, fruit, frozen foods, and more.  Let's get right to it.



Milk: Is It Beneficial or Detrimental to the Bones?

yogurt; milkOnce upon a time (in my youth), milk was considered essential to promoting and maintaining good health, strong bones, and a desirable adult height. Now, despite cries of pain from the dairy industry, some researchers are suggesting that too much milk may actually be harmful to the bones. Should we believe that? In recent years, Americans have been consuming less milk than past generations did. Is that good or bad?

What/Where/When to Eat Or Not Eat

No, we're not covering the totality of the title topic, only a few  interesting  pieces of information that we've found online recently.  We assume readers of Shelf Life Advice are educated about food and already know that raw milk, raw sprouts


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