Food in the News

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

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.

New Variations of Old Favorites; Foods That Improve Medical Conditions

Peanut ButterWhen you're deciding what to eat now or soon--in a restaurant or in the supermarket--what influences your decision?  Besides a bargain price, you may be yearning for great taste, a novel gustatory experience, food that's considered healthful, or something recommended to decrease an annoying or dangerous symptom.

The Health Risk of Hot Beverages

In recent years, the health benefits of drinking coffee and tea have been well publicized. But now comes bad news for those that like these beverages really hot.  No, it isn't about a  possible burn from a spill. The warning speaks of  internal injury, specifically to your esophagus if the hot drink you're enjoying is too hot for your tissues to handle. 

 

Foodborne illness: Is it increasing or decreasing in the U.S? Why?

Recently, Time magazine devoted considerable space to explaining this seemingly contradictory headline : "Why the rise in food poisoning reports is actually a good thing."  Does Time approve of an increase in foodborne illness?  Not at all.  Here's the point:  Foodborne illness is in the news more "because of the speed with which outbreaks are identified--and the public notified." 

Can Super Bananas Save Millions of Lives? Can Better Coffee Come from Adding Butter?

bananasMaybe you thought bananas were already a superfood or at least a super food. But in Uganda, where they're a major part of the population's diet, they're not super enough.  So human testing is about to begin in the U.S. to see if genetically-altered bananas can solve the problem of a serious nutritional deficiency and make a major nutritional contribution to the lives of about a million children just in Uganda. 

 

Now here's something much less significant that's also widespread in the news media:--the new fad of flavoring coffee with butter.

If those you love happen to love chocolate, should you worry?

Especially when children and/or grandchildren are involved, there's always some risk to worry about.  But just in case you're temporarily between worries, here's  a new candidate: In late March, 2016, a nonprofit consumer health protection organization named As You Sow published (online) an alarming and highly publicized article dealing with the presence of lead and cadmium in many popular  brands of chocolate candy.  

CRF Frozen Foods Lead to Food-born Illness Outbreak

Because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, CRF has now recalled all of the company's frozen vegetable and fruit items, both traditional and organic. Check your freezer for the frozen  produce listed in this announcement:

 

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm498841.htm

 

 
 

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