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Mar 25, 2009 - 1:43:31 PM

Misc. News : Consumer Affair
Does Your Veterinarian Really Love Animals?
You wouldn't think a veterinarian would have to say, "I love animals." After all, doctors don't say, "I love people." But in 200 email messages to the Daily O’Collegian, the Oklahoma State University (OSU) student newspaper, that's just what vets and vet students are saying to defend the vet school's live dog labs.
Mar 7, 2009 - 7:44:15 AM

Misc. News : Recalls & Alerts
Whole Foods Market Recalls Select Peanuts, Peanut Products
Whole Foods Market of Bellevue, Washington is recalling seven peanut and peanut containing products, plus self-serve grind Peanut Butter due to potential salmonella contamination
Mar 2, 2009 - 3:46:00 PM

Misc. News : Consumer Affair
US shiitake market mushrooming
Shiitake mushrooms are the third most popular mushroom species in the U.S. In addition to taste, shiitake have a multitude of health benefits. Low in calories, glucose and sodium, shiitake are high in potassium, phosphorus, copper, and zinc.
Feb 26, 2009 - 2:39:36 PM

Misc. News : Consumer Affair
Analysis of fresh strawberries reveals consumer preferences
Fresh strawberries. Just the mention of this iconic spring and early summer fruit can elicit mouthwatering memories of shortcake, fruity drinks and sweet desserts.
Feb 26, 2009 - 2:19:47 PM

Misc. News : Consumer Affair
Start at the Store: 7 Ways to Prevent Foodborne Illness
Safeguarding your home against foodborne illnesses begins not at home, but at the supermarket, grocery store, or any other place where you buy food that you plan to store and serve.
Feb 13, 2009 - 11:53:18 AM

Misc. News : Consumer Affair
Medicare's idiocy
On Friday, February 6, 2009, Medicare announced its intention to stop paying for vitamin D blood tests in many Medicare districts.  If this rule passes, the change will quickly extend to all Medicare districts.
Feb 12, 2009 - 7:58:18 PM

Misc. News : Consumer Affair
Can Motherhood Be Addictive?
That's what 33-year-old Nadya Suleman would say if there were a self help group called Mothers Anonymous.
Feb 8, 2009 - 9:22:16 AM

Misc. News : Consumer Affair
Salt Institute re-launches its website
Long the most popular destination for Internet searchers for information about “salt,” the Salt Institute’s website, http://www.saltinstitute.org, has been re-launched with a new look and user-friendly organization.
Feb 5, 2009 - 3:22:56 PM

Misc. News : Consumer Affair
Energy drinks: The coffee of a new generation?
It's not uncommon for students to consume energy drinks to increase their concentration as they study throughout the night. "Energy drinks are the coffee of a new generation," says Stéphanie Côté, nutritionist with Extenso, a Université de Montréal health and nutrition think-tank. "These drinks are made up of sugar and caffeine and can have a negative impact on health."
Feb 5, 2009 - 2:51:17 PM

Misc. News : Recalls & Alerts
FDA Update on Recall of Peanut-Containing Products
A combination of epidemiological analysis and laboratory testing by state officials in Minnesota and Connecticut, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have enabled FDA to confirm that the sources of the outbreak of illnesses caused by Salmonella Typhimurium are peanut butter and peanut paste produced by the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) at its Blakely, Georgia processing plant.
Feb 5, 2009 - 9:10:59 AM

Misc. News : Consumer Affair
Why is Jessica Simpson Fat?
Like Britney Spears, her Halloween-costume grade hair extensions and brown eyes just emphasize how dark--and short--her real hair is. (She has her own hair extension line?)
Feb 3, 2009 - 3:00:50 PM

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Feb 1, 2009 - 3:46:42 PM

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Plums poised to give blueberries run for the money
Plums are rolling down the food fashion runway sporting newly discovered high levels of healthy nutrients, say scientists at Texas AgriLife Research.
Jan 30, 2009 - 9:32:05 PM

Misc. News : Recalls & Alerts
Jenny Craig Recall Jenny’s Cuisine® Anytime Peanut Butter Flavor Nutritional Bars
Jenny Craig Announces Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Jenny’s Cuisine® Anytime Peanut Butter Flavor Nutritional Bars Due to Possible Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) Contamination and Potential Health Risk
No Cases of Illness Reported

Jan 28, 2009 - 10:18:00 AM

Misc. News : Recalls & Alerts
FDA Warns Consumers Against Dietary Supplement Containing Undeclared Drug
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to take Venom HYPERDRIVE 3.0, a product sold as a dietary supplement and containing sibutramine. Sibutramine, a controlled substance with risks for abuse or addiction, is a potent drug that poses potential safety risks.
Jan 27, 2009 - 1:37:35 PM

Misc. News : Recalls & Alerts
SOPAKCO, Inc. Announces a Nationwide Recall of Certain SURE-PAK 12 Meals Containing Peanut Butter Products
SOPAKCO, Inc., of Mullins, South Carolina, is voluntarily recalling certain Sure-Pak 12 Meals because peanut butter packages in the Meals may have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella
Jan 27, 2009 - 1:36:16 PM

Misc. News : Recalls & Alerts
Food Porn Alert: Chili’s "Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie"
After a full restaurant meal, would you order a rack of baby back ribs for dessert?  How about a rack and a half?  That would be roughly equivalent to Chili’s Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie—the latest Food Porn exposed in Nutrition Action Healthletter.
Jan 27, 2009 - 9:50:13 AM

Misc. News : Consumer Affair
Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing recommendations to the regions affected by severe winter weather in Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states. USDA is hopeful that this information will help minimize the potential for foodborne illnesses due to power outages and other problems that are often associated with severe weather events.
Jan 27, 2009 - 8:47:08 AM

Misc. News : Recalls & Alerts
FDA: Recall of Products Containing Peanut Butter: Salmonella Typhimurium
Recall of Products Containing Peanut Butter: Salmonella Typhimurium, Updated: January 26, 2009
Jan 26, 2009 - 10:18:33 AM

Misc. News : Recalls & Alerts
Another Salmonella Peanut Butter Outbreak - "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
Five months after the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak began, and nearly three weeks after the Minnesota Department of Health “spilled the beans” that tainted peanut butter was the vector, the public still has little idea why nearly 500 became ill with over 125 hospitalized and 11 deaths. Now, Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) has shuttered its doors and the town of Blakely, Georgia is reconsidering itself as “Peanut Capital of the World.”
Jan 26, 2009 - 10:10:31 AM

Misc. News : Consumer Affair
Hypertension and cholesterol medications present in water released into the St. Lawrence River
A study conducted by Université de Montréal researchers on downstream and upstream water from the Montreal wastewater treatment plant has revealed the presence of chemotherapy products and certain hypertension and cholesterol medications.
Jan 26, 2009 - 10:04:54 AM

Misc. News : Consumer Affair
Cell phones dangerous for child pedestrians, UAB study finds
Children who talk on cell phones while crossing streets are at a higher risk for injuries or death in a pedestrian accident, said psychologists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in a new study that will appear in the February issue of Pediatrics.
Jan 26, 2009 - 10:03:04 AM

Misc. News : Consumer Affair
DTV Transition and the Coupon Program
At midnight on February 17, 2009, all full-power television stations in the United States will stop broadcasting in analog and switch to 100% digital broadcasting. Digital broadcasting promises to provide a clearer picture and more programming options and will free up airwaves for use by emergency responders.
Jan 23, 2009 - 1:27:03 PM

Misc. News : Recalls & Alerts
Recalls issued for salmonella contamination
Commissioner Jerry Farrell, Jr. today announced that genetic testing on the 5-lb unopened tub of King Nut peanut butter found by food inspectors last week at a West Haven distributor has produced the first independently confirmed genetic match for the salmonella strain responsible for the nationwide outbreak. This finding definitively links the peanut butter sample implicated in the recent outbreak back to the manufacturer, Peanut Corporation of America.
Jan 20, 2009 - 5:10:00 PM

Misc. News : Consumer Affair
Austrian Government Study Confirms Genetically Engineered (GM) Crops Threaten Human Fertility and Health Safety
A long-term feeding study commissioned by the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, managed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health, Family and Youth, and carried out by Veterinary University Vienna, confirms genetically engineered (GM) corn seriously affects reproductive health in mice. Non-GMO advocates, who have warned about this infertility link along with other health risks, now seek an immediate ban of all GM foods and GM crops to protect the health of humankind and the fertility of women around the world.
Jan 17, 2009 - 3:05:16 PM

Misc. News : Consumer Affair
FOOD TOXINS: 30-Day Healthier Eating Non-GMO Challenge
The Institute for Responsible Technology’s (IRT) 30-Day Healthier Eating Challenge helps consumers eliminate genetically modified foods (GMOs) to achieve a healthier body in 2009. Their free Non-GMO Shopping Guide, available now, makes selecting healthier groceries quick and easy.
Jan 17, 2009 - 2:59:16 PM

Misc. News : Consumer Affair
Non-GMO Shopping Guide by Jeffrey M Smith
All you need to know about how to avoid GMO foods. The four main GMO sources are soy, corn, cottonseed, and canola. This means everything from vegetable oil to bread likely contains some level of GMOs. There is also GM Hawaiian papaya, and a little zucchini and yellow crook neck squash. The first US GM sugar beet harvest is underway, which means thousands of products in the U.S. will be produced using GM sugar.
Jan 17, 2009 - 2:53:08 PM

Misc. News : Recalls & Alerts
Kellogg Company Announces Voluntary Nationwide Recall
Kellogg Company Announces Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Austin® and Keebler® Branded Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers and Select Snack-Size Packs of Famous Amos® And Keebler® Soft Batch Peanut Butter Cookies Because of Possible Health Risk
Jan 17, 2009 - 12:07:47 PM

Misc. News : Recalls & Alerts
Kellogg Company Announces Precautionary Hold on Austin and Keebler Branded Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers
Kellogg Company today announced it has taken the precautionary measure of putting a hold on Austin® and Keebler® branded Toasted Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Crackers, Cheese and Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, and Peanut Butter-Chocolate Sandwich Crackers.
Jan 15, 2009 - 11:21:09 AM

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