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Mushrooms Have a Future in Fighting a Fowl Parasite
Wide use of a mushroom extract to protect poultry against a major parasitic disease is now closer, thanks to an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist and her South Korean colleagues.
Dec 8, 2006, 09:38
Pesticides linked to high risk of pediatric cancers
Rare pediatric cancers have been found not so rare in a potato-farming community of 14,000 residents on the western tip of Canada's Prince Edward Island, Global and Mail reported Wednesday Dec. 6.
Dec 7, 2006, 21:34
Congress Passes Sober Truth on Preventing (STOP) Underage Drinking Act
Passage of the STOP Act represents a long-overdue acknowledgement of the need to do more as a nation to address the harm caused by underage drinking. Unlike illicit drugs, for which we have a comprehensive government-wide strategy, there has been no credible national plan to combat alcohol problems,
Dec 7, 2006, 19:01
FDA investigating E. colo 0157 infections linked with Taco Bell
The Food and Drug Administration is assisting in the investigation of an outbreak of E. coli O157 infection in consumers associated with eating food from several Taco Bell restaurants in Northeastern states.
Dec 6, 2006, 23:31
Raw milk advocate says government made a big mistake
Michael Schmidt, living off nothing but raw milk and water for almost two weeks, was cited as saying the provincial government is messing with the wrong man, adding, "They made a big mistake. They should have known that I'm very determined, and that the public is too well educated to buy all their crap.
Dec 6, 2006, 11:07
Give consumers choice in milk
If consumers want raw milk so badly, then government should, according to this editorial, relax the rules and make it available.
Dec 6, 2006, 11:00
FSIS to Hold a Public Meeting to Help Define 'Natural' Label
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced a public meeting to discuss a petition to establish a definition for the voluntary claim "natural" and to gather comments on conditions under which the claim should be allowed to be used on the labels of meat and poultry products.
Dec 5, 2006, 16:38
NYC Trans Fat, Calorie Labeling Initiatives Approved
Congratulations to the New York City Board of Health, Health Commissioner Tom Frieden and Mayor Michael Bloomberg for adopting these bold new measures to promote the public’s health. When New York City's major chain restaurants comply with these sensible new regulations, I hope they make the changes nationwide.
Dec 5, 2006, 13:17
FDA Urged to Stop Claims for "Energy" Drinks
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should enforce stricter standards for "energy" drinks and other so-called functional foods, according to the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). Today CSPI testified at a hearing on the controversial foods convened by the FDA.
Dec 5, 2006, 11:48
Food pathogens found in 83% of chickens
The majority of chickens consumers use may be contaminated with food pathogens that potentially cause food poisoning, according to a new study by Consumer Reports, USA Today reported today.
Dec 4, 2006, 23:13
E. Col outbreak sickens more than 35 in NJ and LI
An outbreak of E. coli has sickened more than 35 in New Jersey and on Long Island, the New York Times reported today. The investigation is ongoing with preliminary evidence pointing the cases of E. coli illness to Taco Bell restaurants.
Dec 4, 2006, 19:21
"Calorie Burning" Enviga Tea Drink a Fraud, Group Says
Enviga, a new carbonated green tea beverage, claims that it burns more calories than it provides, resulting in "negative calories." But the nonprofit food watchdog group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), says that Enviga burns money, and over the long term is more likely to result in a negative bank balance than negative calories.
Dec 4, 2006, 13:00
Enforcing raw milk ban is counterproductive
Issues on the milk politics
Dec 2, 2006, 15:31
Durham farmer fights to change raw milk laws
About 150 supporters of Michael Schmidt toasted their glasses last week to the Queen of England. The glasses were filled with raw milk and the toast was to the Queen because she drinks raw milk as well.
Dec 2, 2006, 15:24
Food Defense: International Collaboration in a Critical Area of Biodefense
Good morning. I'd like to thank the European Institute for the opportunity to speak today about food defense and the importance of international cooperation and collaboration to protect the food supply from intentional contamination.
Dec 2, 2006, 15:15
Less Fertilizer Can Mean More Nutrition
Giving too much phosphorus to wheat and barley plants has been shown to raise the amount stored as phytate, rather than as more digestible forms of phosphorus. This finding is important for two reasons: Livestock that are fed high-phytate grains excrete more phosphorus in their manure, which can pollute water.
Nov 29, 2006, 10:38
Edible Coatings May Boost Food Safety
(HealthDay News) -- A natural, edible coating could help keep deadly E. coli bacteria and other nasty bugs away from fresh produce, U.S. government scientists report.
Nov 27, 2006, 15:43
USDA deregulates genetically modified rice
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today granted marketing approval of a genetically-engineered (GE) rice variety following its illegal contamination of the food supply and rice exports, first announced three months ago. The controversial decision was taken despite the insistence of its developer, Bayer CropScience, that it dropped plans to commercialize the variety, known as LibertyLink601 (LL601), five years ago.
Nov 26, 2006, 16:03
Making Wheat Flour More Nutritious
Your favorite bread, breakfast cereal or pasta might tomorrow be made with wheat flour that's more nutritious than ever. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and university scientists have identified a gene that can increase the protein, iron and zinc content of wheat kernels.
Nov 24, 2006, 11:38
9th Circuit Denies USDA's Request to Dismiss Case
Billings, Mont. – The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (9th Circuit) has denied the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Motion for Summary Affirmance, stating in its decision that the agency's rarely used legal maneuver was denied "because the arguments raised in response to the motion (by R-CALF USA) are sufficiently substantial to warrant further argument."
Nov 23, 2006, 10:35
Got Cotton? Texas Researchers' Discovery Could Yield Protein to Feed Millions
COLLEGE STATION - A scientific method used to explore cancer and HIV cures now has been successfully used by agricultural researchers in the quest to develop food for the world's hungry.
Nov 20, 2006, 16:00
The trans fat you may not know
But not as many people know the fact that trans fat can be formed in a food which is rich in unsaturated oil and subject to treatment at high temperature.
Nov 18, 2006, 20:57
China: Duck eggs contaminated with Sudan Red I
In China, duck eggs with red yolk command a much higher price than their counterparts as such duck eggs are found more nutritious. But not all red yolk eggs are as good as thought.
Nov 18, 2006, 17:33
Potatoes developed for new markets
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The skin of the potato is a deep garnet red, its flesh a brilliant ruby. When boiled and mashed it turns a creamy fuchsia.
Nov 16, 2006, 18:05
Edible food wrap kills deadly E. coli bacteria
USDA chemist Tara McHugh displays edible food wraps designed to slow the spoilage of fresh fruits and vegetables. Similar wraps developed by McHugh also kill E. coli.
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Nov 16, 2006, 18:01
AHA opposes trans fat ban
In a written testimony obtained by the New York Post, the American Heart Association (AHA) opposed a proposed ban on use of trans fat in eateries in New York City, Newstargets reported.
Nov 16, 2006, 16:00
Cars, computers may be major sources of PBDEs
Older computers may emit significant amounts of toxic polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants, particularly those light PBDEs, according to new research published on November 1, 2006 on the Environmental Science and Technology's Research ASAP website.
Nov 14, 2006, 19:48
More carcinogens detected in drinking water
Drinking water may contain more cancer-causing agents than previously thought. Canadian Researchers have detected two new nitrosamines in drinking water in a city, which can be 100-10,000-fold more carcinogenic than trihalomethanes(THMs).
Nov 12, 2006, 13:55
'Nanorust' cleans arsenic from drinking water
The discovery of unexpected magnetic interactions between ultrasmall specks of rust is leading scientists at Rice University's Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN) to develop a revolutionary
Nov 10, 2006, 00:38
Firefighters face increased risk for certain cancers
CINCINNATI -- University of Cincinnati (UC) environmental health researchers have determined that firefighters are significantly more likely to develop four different types of cancer than workers in other fields.
Nov 10, 2006, 00:32