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Cereal prices surge to highest levels in decade
Cereal prices, particularly for wheat and maize, have reached levels not seen for a decade, according to FAO’s latest Food Outlook report.
Dec 7, 2006, 14:32
Another California-Grown Link Seen in E. coli Outbreak
FDA investigating Taco Bell ingredients as those sickened now include 99 people in 3 states; green onions from California could be the cause
Dec 7, 2006, 14:22
Not to pile on Taco Bell, but how many times does lightening need to strike?
In early December, 2000, Lake County Florida Health Department (LCHD) learned of seven hepatitis A cases, including five hospitalizations, in Lake and neighboring Sumter Counties in a two week span. During the previous two years, the total number of known hepatitis A cases in Lake County was twenty-two.
Dec 7, 2006, 10:34
Taco Bell Removes Green Onions From Its Restaurants
(HealthDay News) -- Preliminary tests have linked the E. coli outbreak at Taco Bell restaurants in three northeastern states to samples of green onions possibly contaminated with a harsh strain of the bacteria.
Dec 6, 2006, 13:04
S. Korea rejects third shipment of U.S. beef
South Korea rejected a third batch of beef imported from Iowa, USA after bone chips were found in a package.
Dec 6, 2006, 12:45
Schools Getting Raw Deal from Bottlers
Most school beverage deals aren't very lucrative, raising an average of only $18 per student per year, according to the first-ever multi-state analysis of school systems' contracts with beverage companies.
Dec 6, 2006, 11:11
An onsite McDonald's at a kids' hospital had patients rating the meals as healthier
(HealthDay News) -- Fast food restaurants set up inside many U.S. children's hospitals increase patient consumption of unhealthy meals and give some people the mistaken notion that the food is healthier than it is, a new study finds.
Dec 4, 2006, 10:12
Jones Soda switches to pure cane sugar
Jones Soda Co, a manufacturer of premium soda beverage and energy drinks, has decided to ditch high fructose corn syrup and start using pure cane sugar as a soda sweetener in their products, Seattlepi.com reported on Nov. 29, 2006
Nov 30, 2006, 19:27
Thankfully, Food and Energy Affordable This Holiday
Consumers should be able to afford their Thanksgiving dinner this year, the fuel to cook the feast and the gasoline to drive it to grandma's, said a Purdue University agricultural economist.
Nov 17, 2006, 21:10
McDonald in no hurry to replace trans fat
McDonald's Corp made "very good progress" in developing a replacement of trans fat, but there is no definite schedule to replace trans fat it uses for French fries, The Associated Press reported on November 15, citing the company's Chief Executive Jim Skinner as saying.
Nov 15, 2006, 15:48
Holiday season could ring in 'heartburn season'
DALLAS - Nov. 15, 2006 - Making merry is often synonymous with overindulging - whether from holiday feasts or rich desserts or alcoholic beverages - ringing in the holiday season as "heartburn season."
Nov 15, 2006, 00:32
FDA Notifies Consumers that Tomatoes in Restaurants Linked to Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the results of an investigation by state and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigators, which found consuming tomatoes in restaurants as the cause of illnesses in the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak.
Nov 4, 2006, 14:26
UF experts: Decaffeinated coffee is not caffeine-free
Coffee addicts who switch to decaf for health reasons may not be as free from caffeine's clutches as they think. A new study by University of Florida researchers documents that almost all decaffeinated coffee contains some measure of caffeine.
Oct 11, 2006, 00:20
Launch of World Beyond Dieting Week
A campaigning weight-control charity has declared the inaugural World Beyond Dieting Week to focus attention on what it says are the often-ignored real reasons underlying eating, overweight and self-image crises.
Oct 5, 2006, 21:43
Nutrition Labels Confuse Consumers
Many people don't have the reading and math skills to correctly interpret the nutrition labels on food packages, a new study finds.
Sep 26, 2006, 09:38
Recommendations for a Safer Compost Tea
Compost tea is a brew favored by many organic growers. It's made by adding small amounts of mature compost to unheated water and leaving it to sit, or steep. The finished "tea" is then applied as a foliar spray or soil drench to promote plant growth and suppress microbes.
Sep 21, 2006, 21:12
Nationwide E. Coli O157:H7 Outbreak: Questions & Answers
The E. coli outbreak has sickened 114 people resulting in 60 hospitalizations and one death in 21 states, the FDA announced Monday.
Sep 19, 2006, 10:12
How Omega-6s Usurped Omega-3s in US Diet
Omega-6 fatty acids, used in food processing and prevalent in corn oil, permeate the American diet and compete metabolically with heart-disease preventing Omega-3s. A new book, "The Queen of Fats" tells the story of how this happened, why eating fish for Omega 3 may not benefit most Americans, and explains what we can do about it.
Sep 7, 2006, 11:59
Missing the Mark on Fruits and Veggies
(HealthDay News) -- Despite the known health benefits of fruits and vegetables, too few Americans are eating the recommended amounts of these foods, a new study finds.
Sep 1, 2006, 14:59
Consumer hygiene fears keep food industry on its toes
A major outbreak of E.coli 0157 poisoning in which 500 people were affected and 20 people died, seems to have led to improvements in the management of food risks in the retail and catering industries in Scotland, according to ESRC funded research at the London School of Economics.
Aug 30, 2006, 08:20
The Human Cry in New Orleans
(HealthDay News) -- It's a cruel paradox for Hurricane Katrina survivors that the dying are sometimes better off than the living.
Aug 28, 2006, 09:41
Food expiration dates affect perception of freshness
As food manufacturers move away from expiration dates and use "best if used by" dates on foods instead, research shows that consumers turn their noses up as the "best if used by" date approaches -- and not because of the food's perceived safety. Researchers asked 36 panelists to evaluate different types of yogurt with various "best if used by" dates, but no mention was made of the dates.
Aug 24, 2006, 00:00
A third of the world population faces water scarcity today
Stockholm (August 21, 2006) -- One in three people is enduring one form or another of water scarcity, according to new findings released by the Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture at World Water Week in Stockholm.
Aug 21, 2006, 09:09
Buying drugs from online pharmacies may pose health risks
(foodconsumer.org) - People who buy prescription drugs on the Internet could be putting their health at risk, according to a new study in the medical journal The Lancet.
Aug 11, 2006, 08:41
Mechanical defects plague many external defibrillators
(foodconsumer.org) - Mechanical glitches in automated external defibrillators have caused around 370 deaths, a new study finds.
Aug 9, 2006, 09:44
Nation's beaches under scrutiny as EPA is sued over pollution
(foodconsumer.org) - The number of beach closures due to bacterial contamination increased for the third year running, according to a new report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
Aug 4, 2006, 12:16
74 become ill after eating raw oysters
City and federal officials were cited as saying that 74 people are believed to have gotten sick from eating raw oysters from the Pacific Northwest that were sold in New York City restaurants and stores last month.
Aug 1, 2006, 22:54
Homeopathy: Natural Approach or All a Fake?
July 30 (HealthDay News) -- To believers, homeopathy is a natural approach to medicine, a holistic therapy that takes the entire patient into account. Homeopaths believe that "like cures like"
Jul 30, 2006, 11:49
New insight into how serotonin reduces appetite could help in developing safer anti-obesity drugs
A study led by a UT Southwestern Medical Center researcher sheds light on how the brain chemical serotonin, when spurred by diet drugs such as Fen-phen, works to curb appetite.
Jul 19, 2006, 23:42
Doctor, Nurses Arrested Over Katrina Deaths In Hospital
(foodconsumer.org) - A doctor and two nurses allegedly killed four people by administering a lethal cocktail of drugs at a New Orleans hospital in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Jul 18, 2006, 16:50