Food in the News

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.

 

LETTUCE:  EAT IT AND FEEL SAFE

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 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.

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

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"?

New GMO Law! Is Everybody Happy? Of Course Not!

Non-GMOA new GMO labeling law--which activists have been clamoring for--has finally been passed by both Houses of Congress and been signed by the President. In general, it will require the food industry to let consumers know which foods contain GMOs and which do not.  This act has been referred to as a compromise. Compromises do not make everyone happy, and sometimes make no one happy. Therefore, we probably haven't heard the end of the GMO debates. 

Where Foodborne Illness Begins… and the New Federal Rules Designed to Help Prevent It.

September is National Food Safety Education Month, a time to focus on questions like: Where does the contamination that causes foodborne illness begin? If you guessed “in the kitchen,” you’d be missing a big part of the picture. Although disease detectives can discover germs and toxins from contaminated food that has made people sick in the kitchens of private homes and restaurants—these places are not necessarily where harmful viruses and bacteria enter the food.

Do we need a new system for food dates? Why?

Quaker OatsA new federal law for dating foods has been proposed.  I think the general response from the public has been, "It's about time."  But it will take a lot more time to get the new system enacted and then onto food labels.  Introduced in the House of Representatives on May 19, 2016, the Food Date Labeling Act of 2016 is just getting started on the road to becoming U.S.

 
 

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