About Our Sources

As you look for answers to your questions about food on our site, you’ll note that a specific source is given for nearly all information, and links to many of our sources are also provided. Listed below are the types of sources our writers used and some examples of each type. (This is not a complete list of our sources.)

U. S. government websites:

• United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

• United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

• United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

• United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)


University Websites and/or Email Contact with University Faculty Members

• University of Illinois, Dept. of Food Science and Human Nutrition (Susan Brewer, Ph.D.)

• Texas A&M University System (The Texas Agricultural Extension System)

• Kansas State University

• Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

• University of Hawaii at Manoa, College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources, Dept. of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Science

• University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research (Dr. Rani Govindasamy-Lucey)

• University of Nebraska

• Cornell University, Dept. of Food Science (Stephen C. Murphy)

• North Dakota State University


Note: Information about food safety can usually be obtained by googling Cooperative Extension Service plus the type of food you’re researching. This will get you to whatever information is available on many different academic sites, such as the ones listed above.


Additional Websites






Environment, Health and Safety Online (EHSO.com)



Food Alert by Morton Satin

An Apple a Day: the Myths, Misconceptions, and Truths about the Foods We Eat by Joe Schwarcz, Ph.D.

Healthy Eating: A Harvard Medical School Special Health Report edited by Frank M. Sacks, M.D.

The Best of Health by Marvin M. Lipman, M.D. and the Editors of Consumer Reports on Health

Poisons on our Plates: The Real Food Safety Problem in the United States by Michele Morrone

The Oxford Companion to Food by Tom Jaine


Note: To learn more about books we used as sources and other recently published books about food safety and nutrition, click here.


Food Product Manufacturers

• Kraft Foods, Inc.

• Mott’s®

• Arizona Tea Company

• Folgers Coffees


Note: To reach the websites of food product manufacturers, google the company name plus home. Alternatively, phone the company and ask for customer service.



• American Dietetic Association

• Canned Food Alliance

• International Dairy Foods Association

• The Association of Dressings and Sauces

• Tea Association of the United States of America


Note: These can also be reached by website or telephone.


Magazine and Journal Articles

Consumer Reports

• Numerous academic journals


Supermarket Research

• Checking product dating and packaging

• Interviewing store and department managers



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