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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
"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
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
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
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
FDA Seeks Injunction of Seafood Processor
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that it is seeking a permanent injunction against Worldwide Fish & Seafood, Inc. (Worldwide Fish), Suzanne Weinstein, its president and owner, and Timothy A. Lauer, its general manager.
Nov 7, 2006, 19:02
Nutrition Journal Hid Contributors' Ties to Food Industry
A nutrition journal published by the American College of Nutrition failed to tell readers that a special supplement on salt intake was written and edited by consultants to the salt industry.
Oct 3, 2006, 00:35
Rice Industry: Keep Genetically Engineered Varieties in the Lab
The US rice industry can take a lesson from Hawaiian coffee growers. In 2004, the University of Hawaii and others were getting dangerously close to conducting outdoor trials of genetically modified (GM) coffee—plants whose DNA had been artificially inserted with genes from other species. Growers throughout the state knew if their premium coffee became contaminated with GM varieties, it would threaten their markets.
Sep 29, 2006, 08:30
New York City wants to ban artery clogging trans fat
The ban is not to completely forbid use of trans fat, also known as partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. Up to 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving is still allowed.
Sep 27, 2006, 10:55
Montana Legislators Call for COOL Implementation
R-CALF USA applauds the bipartisan support that Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (M-COOL) enjoys from both Montana Senators.
Sep 22, 2006, 22:22
WHO Considers Global Phase-out of Trans Fat
A World Health Organization (WHO) proposal to implement its strategy to combat diet-related disease includes a recommendation that governments around the world phase out partially hydrogenated oils if trans-fat labeling alone doesn't spur significant reductions in their use.
Sep 21, 2006, 00:27
Finally, put me out of business, please!
So, it is happening again, another E. coli O157:H7 outbreak tied to by fresh, pre-washed, ready-to-eat produce from California. This time it is spinach - again. As of this morning the numbers are concerning - 21 States, 114 confirmed illnesses, 60 hospitalizations, 18 with life-threatening Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) and perhaps now 2 deaths.
Sep 20, 2006, 20:50
Letter in opposition to the "Food Industry Protection Act"
We are opposed to S. 908, the Commonsense Consumption Act, because it gives an unjustified, super-sized protection to special interests. The bill will prevent consumers and states from holding the food and dietary supplement industries liable for negligent and reckless conduct.
Sep 18, 2006, 22:50
Food poisoning lawsuit filed against San Diego restaurant
A lawsuit was filed Wednesday against Filiberto's, the Arizona restaurant chain whose restaurant located at 3446 University Avenue in San Diego was traced as the source of a food poisoning outbreak in late August, 2006.
Sep 14, 2006, 19:09
Don't Steal our Meals! Say Dieting Researches
A prominent weight-control charity has launched a Don't Steal Our Meals campaign against what it says is a disturbing new escalation in the Food Industry's hard sell.
Sep 2, 2006, 00:43
CFIA Report Conflicts with USDA Position on BSE
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued last week the conclusive report on its epidemiological investigation of a 50-month old dairy cow diagnosed with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) on July 13, 2006,
Aug 30, 2006, 18:02
Monsanto Whistleblower Says Genetically Engineered Crops May Cause Disease
Monsanto was quite happy to recruit young Kirk Azevedo to sell their genetically engineered cotton. Kirk had grown up on a California farm and had worked in several jobs monitoring and testing pesticides and herbicides.
Aug 29, 2006, 19:34
Soft drink makers settle benzene case
(foodconsumer.org) - As part of a lawsuit settlement, two soft drink companies agreed not to use ingredients in their products, which would otherwise form cancer-causing benzene.
Aug 26, 2006, 17:22
Keeping our food supply safe: Sufficient record-keeping needed from field to table
We have a huge flaw in our food safety system in this country. On a micro level, it prevents people injured or killed by contaminated food products from identifying the source of their illness.
Aug 25, 2006, 19:31
Canada warns over dangers of unpasteurized fruit juice and cider
With the fall harvest season approaching, Health Canada is advising parents and caregivers that children should not be served unpasteurized apple juice or other unpasteurized products, such as unpasteurized cider, fruit juices and raw milk.
Aug 23, 2006, 23:57
USDA Undermines Organic Law, Authority of Expert Panel Ignored
Organic livestock farmers may soon have access to additional medicines to treat their animals for common ailments. The USDAâ€™s National Organic Program has proposed rule changes to add thirteen new materials to the â€śNational Listâ€ť of approved substances for organic producers and is accepting public comments through September 15th.
Aug 22, 2006, 21:06
FDA approves viruses as food additive to prevent Listeriosis
(foodconsumer.org) - The Food and Drug Administration has approved a food additive used on meat including cold cuts, wieners and sausages to reduce the risk of listeriosis caused by pathogenic bacteria called Listeria monocytogenes, news media reported Friday.
Aug 19, 2006, 11:56