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Food & Health : Agri. & Environ.
'Delicious' new grape debuts
Researchers at the University of Florida have introduced 'Delicious', a new muscadine grape cultivar. 'Delicious' ripens early, produces high yields, and is disease-resistant. The black fruit features exceptional taste and texture with an edible skin, making it well-suited for fresh fruit consumption and the potential for wine production. The name 'Delicious' was selected based on the comments of vineyard visitors who sampled the fruit
Mar 23, 2009 - 9:17:48 AM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
Study shows how Salmonella survives in environment
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have demonstrated how a single-celled organism, living freely in the environment, could be a source of Salmonella transmission to animals and humans.
Mar 23, 2009 - 9:14:54 AM

Food & Health : Food Chemicals
Review of probiotic trial research finds only Bifantis able to claim efficacy for IBS symptoms

Study adds to growing evidence of B. infantis 35624 efficacy in IBS population


Mar 23, 2009 - 9:12:26 AM

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
Fish consumption guidelines not environmentally sustainable
Recommendations to increase fish consumption because of health benefits may not be environmentally sustainable and more research is needed to clarify the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, write Dr. David Jenkins of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto and coauthors in an analysis in CMAJ http://www.cmaj.ca/press/pg633.pdf.
Mar 17, 2009 - 8:36:44 AM

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
Supreme Court Decision in Wyeth v. Levine Victory for Consumers
"Today's victory for Diana Levine is really a victory for all American consumers," said Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron.  The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, rejected the premise that drug manufacturers who fail to warn consumers of the dangers associated with their products can evade responsibility for the harm they do to Americans.
Mar 5, 2009 - 1:28:04 PM

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
Congress to Tackle Junk Food in Schools
Buoyed by a President and Secretary of Agriculture who have voiced their support for healthier school foods , health groups say this is the year Congress should take action .
Mar 5, 2009 - 12:56:27 PM

Food & Health : Cooking & Packing
Healthy Recipes: Lemon Dijon Salmon
If you’re looking for a quick, nutritious and flavorful dinner tonight, you’ve come to the right place. Requiring only a handful of ingredients and taking less than 20 minutes to prepare, this lemon Dijon salmon is the perfect alternative to quick-fix frozen dinners.
Mar 3, 2009 - 10:32:01 AM

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
FDA Can’t Protect Americans from Dangerous Dietary Supplements,
Add dietary supplements to the growing list of products the beleaguered Food and Drug Administration is failing to regulate.
Mar 2, 2009 - 3:44:47 PM

Food & Health : Food Chemicals
Antioxidants in Midwestern black raspberries influenced by production site
Black raspberries have been studied for decades by scientists and medical researchers interested in the fruits' apparent ability to limit the onset or severity of degenerative diseases, including cancer
Feb 26, 2009 - 2:18:01 PM

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
Message to Obama: Please Fix the USDA’s Organic Mess
President Obama and new USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack are being urged to take immediate action to repair the USDA’s increasingly dysfunctional National Organic Program (NOP).
Feb 24, 2009 - 3:00:52 PM

Food & Health : Agri. & Environ.
Resistant Antibiotics Found at the Beach and in Seafood
Global warming and our "absurd over-dependence on carbon-based fuels" is interconnected with the looming economic and national security crises said former US Vice President Al Gore to an overflow audience at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Chicago in February.
Feb 24, 2009 - 2:58:46 PM

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
Topps Urged to Stop Using Young Girls to Market “Baby Bottle Pop”
The Topps candy company has signed a musical trio of twelve- and fourteen-year-old girls to sell Baby Bottle Pop—a powdered candy sold in a miniature baby bottle, eaten by dipping a candy nipple in a sugary powder and licking it off.
Feb 18, 2009 - 7:59:29 AM

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
Monsanto's Many Attempts to Destroy All Seeds but Their Own
Some say that if farmers don’t want problems from Monsanto, the simply shouldn’t buy Monsanto’s GMO seeds. But it isn’t quite that simple. Monsanto contaminates the fields, trespasses onto the land taking samples, and then sues, saying they own the crop.
Feb 17, 2009 - 4:01:56 PM

Food & Health : Cooking & Packing
Healthy Recipes: Cranberry Oatmeal Pancakes
Pancakes made from most mixes aren’t what you’d call nutritional all-stars. They are usually low in fiber and quite high in sodium. Topped with additional butter and maple syrup, the fat and calories climb even higher.
Feb 17, 2009 - 10:33:53 AM

Food & Health : Technologies
New blackberry introduced
Introducing 'Natchez', the twelfth release in a series of erect-growing, high-quality, productive, floricane-fruiting blackberry (Rubus L. subgenus Rubus Watson) cultivars developed by the University of Arkansas.
Feb 17, 2009 - 10:21:48 AM

Food & Health : Technologies
Methyl bromide alternatives for California strawberry nurseries
Since around 1960, methyl bromide (MB) has been the foundation for soilborne disease and weed control in California strawberries. MB, classified as a Class I stratospheric ozone-depleting chemical, has been phased out since 2005, but is still being used in strawberry production under a critical-use exemption.
Feb 17, 2009 - 10:02:11 AM

Food & Health : Technologies
Sweet potato takes a ride on space shuttle Columbia
Because of the distinct lack of grocery stores in outer space, scientists are looking for ways to provide food for long-term space missions.
Feb 17, 2009 - 9:32:06 AM

Food & Health : Cooking & Packing
Can Your Kitchen Pass the Food Safety Test?
What comes to mind when you think of a clean kitchen? Shiny waxed floors? Gleaming stainless steel sinks? Spotless counters and neatly arranged cupboards?
Feb 13, 2009 - 10:44:55 AM

Food & Health : Technologies
Pros and Cons of Commercial Irradiation of Fresh Iceberg Lettuce and Fresh Spinach: A Literature Review - Part V. Conclusions
As this multi-part series on FDA’s new rule approving commercial irradiation of fresh iceberg lettuce and fresh spinach comes to its conclusion, it is important to ask if and how this movement by the regulatory agency can be translated into action by industry and consumers to promote public health. I embarked on this literature review to help answer these questions, and to gain a better understanding of the pros (advantages) and cons (limitations) of implementing commercial irradiation of lettuce/spinach. Follow these links to read the entire series.
Feb 8, 2009 - 6:27:58 PM

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
Bush Handed DuPont Goodbye Gift Over Toxic Teflon Chemical
The Charleston Gazette reports today that in the last weeks of the Bush administration, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) quietly handed DuPont Co. a three-year extension to complete tests on a toxic DuPont product mandated by a 2005 legal settlement.
Feb 8, 2009 - 4:27:48 PM

Food & Health : Food Chemicals
Arginine discovery could help fight human obesity
A Texas AgriLife Research scientist and fellow researchers have discovered that arginine, an amino acid, reduces fat mass in diet-induced obese rats and could help fight human obesity.
Feb 4, 2009 - 12:14:08 PM

Food & Health : Food Chemicals
Are There Antibiotics in Your Food?
Routine dosing of farm animals with cephalosporin antibiotics to prevent disease and promote growth would be prohibited effective October 1, 2008.
Feb 4, 2009 - 9:05:27 AM

Food & Health : Cooking & Packing
Healthy Recipes: Spinach Pesto Pasta
This week’s spinach pesto packs extra nutrition and an intense flavor into every bite. Combining spinach with the fresh basil adds a rich source of vitamins A, C and K, as well as folate and potassium. Some higher-fat ingredients – grated cheese, nuts and oil – are also featured in this pesto. Although these are calorie-dense choices, they provide heart-healthy fat that is part of a healthy diet when eaten in moderation.
Feb 3, 2009 - 9:36:35 AM

Food & Health : Agri. & Environ.
UCLA study: U.S. Women at Greater Risk from Teflon Chemical
A major new study published yesterday in Human Reproduction, a European reproductive medicine journal, has found that pregnant women and women of child-bearing age in the United States are at greater risk than previously thought for infertility and reproductive problems as result of exposure to the toxic Teflon chemical PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid).
Jan 31, 2009 - 1:22:08 PM

Food & Health : Food Chemicals
Queen's chemist sheds light on health benefits of garlic
Researchers have widely believed that the organic compound, allicin – which gives garlic its aroma and flavour – acts as the world's most powerful antioxidant. But until now it hasn't been clear how allicin works, or how it stacks up compared to more common antioxidants such as Vitamin E and coenzyme Q10, which stop the damaging effects of radicals.
Jan 30, 2009 - 9:27:50 AM

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
AHA stands by advice to include omega-6 PUFAs in heart-healthy diet
A new Science Advisory report from the American Heart Association recommends that omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), as found in vegetable oils, nuts and seeds, are beneficial when part of a heart-healthy eating plan.(1) Consumers should aim for at least 5-10% of energy (calories) from omega-6 PUFAs, and will derive most benefit when omega-6 PUFAs replace saturated or trans fats in the diet. Precise recommended daily servings will depend on physical activity level, age and gender, but range between 12 and 22 grams per day
Jan 30, 2009 - 8:45:37 AM

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
FDA: No labeling needed for meat or fish from genetically engineered animals
Consumer Union reported Jan 15, 2009 that the FDA had announced that it would not require labeling on meat or fish from genetically engineered animals.
Jan 29, 2009 - 3:58:23 PM

Food & Health : Agri. & Environ.
Common Toxic Chemicals May Delay Pregnancy
Perfluorinated chemicals used in food packaging, pesticides, clothing, upholstery, carpets and personal care products among others may delay pregnancy, a new study in the Jan. 29 online edition of Human Reproduction suggests.
Jan 29, 2009 - 9:24:34 AM

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
USDA Secretary Nominee Causes Dustup in Organic Industry
While former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack testified before Congress during confirmation hearings, a controversy was bubbling in the organic food and farming industry concerning his appointment.
Jan 29, 2009 - 9:09:20 AM

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
USDA reopens public comment period on proposed rule for biotechnology regulations
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will be extending the public comment period for another 60 days on a proposed rule to revise existing regulations regarding the importation, interstate movement and environmental release of certain genetically engineered (GE) organisms.
Jan 28, 2009 - 9:21:05 PM

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