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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
Mar 17, 2009 - 8:36:44 AM
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
Congress to Tackle Junk Food in Schools
Buoyed by a President and
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jan 28, 2009 - 9:21:05 PM
Food Allergies: Reducing the Risks
Food allergies can range from merely irritating to life-threatening.
Approximately 30,000 Americans go to the emergency room each year to
get treated for severe food allergies, according to the Food Allergy
and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN). It is estimated that 150 to 200 Americans
die each year because of allergic reactions to food.
Jan 23, 2009 - 1:50:41 PM
New RDA for vitamin D may not mean too much
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has quietly announced composition of the next vitamin D Food and Nutrition Board (FNB), a committee that will set recommendations for both adequate intake and upper limits well into the next decade. The IOM allows public comments for the next nine days; see the bottom of the hyperlink below.
Jan 20, 2009 - 4:54:47 PM
USDA Secretary Nominee Causes Dustup in Organic Industry
As former Iowa Governor Tom
Vilsack begins his confirmation hearings in Congress, a controversy is
brewing in the organic food and farming industry concerning his
Jan 14, 2009 - 12:12:45 PM
Group Accuses USDA of Continued Illegal NAIS Activity
In a letter sent today to USDA and Congress, and copied to state
veterinarians in all 50 states, R-CALF USA alleges illegal activity on
the part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with regard to
the agency’s Dec. 22, 2008, memorandum that canceled Memorandum 575.19
originally issued on Sept. 22, 2008.
Jan 12, 2009 - 6:07:32 PM
Melamine Contamination in China
The FDA has been collecting and analyzing
samples of domestically manufactured infant formula for the
presence of melamine and melamine-related compounds. To date,
FDA tests have found extremely low levels of melamine in one
infant formula sample and extremely low levels of cyanuric
acid in another. The levels
were so low (well below 1 ppm) that they do not pose a health risk
to infants: http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/melamine/testresults.html.
Jan 9, 2009 - 8:39:56 AM
FDA Prevents Two Dairies from Adulterating Animal Drugs and Food
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that the District Court
for the District of New Mexico has enjoined Do-Rene and Clover Knolls Dairies
and their owners, Douglas B. Handley and Irene Handley, from adulterating new
animal drugs and introducing adulterated food into commerce. Both companies
are based in Clovis, N.M.
Jan 9, 2009 - 8:30:32 AM
Alert Update of the Week: Stop Vilsack
the past month, the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) has been
alerting our nationwide network about Obama's proposed appointment of
Monsanto ally and former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack to the position of
Secretary of Agriculture.
Jan 7, 2009 - 1:00:54 PM
Newman's Own Organics gets warning letter
on our review of the product label, we have concluded that the Spelt
Pretzels product is misbranded within the meaning of section 403(w) of
the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) [21 U.S.C. § 343(w)]
because the label fails to declare the presence of wheat, a major food
allergen, as required by section 403(w)(1)
Jan 7, 2009 - 8:25:28 AM
Labeling of Bug-Based Food Colorings Will Help Some Consumers
After a decade-long gestation period, the
and Drug Administration has finally ordered
that food and cosmetics manufacturers that color their products with carmine
and cochineal list them by name in ingredient lists.
Jan 5, 2009 - 10:13:49 AM
Govt. Science Panels Skewed Toward Industry, Says Report
The National Coal Council issues
reports with titles such as “Coal: America’s Energy Future” and “The
Urgency of Sustainable Coal.” And while its web site loads, Aaron Copeland’s
“Fanfare for the Common Man” streams triumphantly over the image of an
American bald eagle.
Jan 5, 2009 - 10:11:12 AM
Court Scolds Gerber for Marketing Candy as “Fruit Juice Snacks”
The Gerber Products Company, owned
by Nestleì, has drawn harsh criticism from a U.S. Court of Appeals for
using pictures of real fruit to market a gummi-bear-like candy formerly
called “Fruit Juice Snacks.” The Court said consumers would likely
be deceived because the package depicts images of oranges, cherries and
strawberries, though the leading ingredients are corn syrup and sugar.
Jan 2, 2009 - 12:04:37 PM
FDA warns Coca-Cola over Diet Coke Plus nutrition claims
The FDA sent a warning
letter on Dec 10 to Coca-Cola Co saying its Diet Coke Plus with added
vitamins and minerals does not meet the agency's standards, Reuters
reported Dec 23.
Dec 23, 2008 - 9:37:22 AM
Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency
The U.S. Department of
Agriculture is providing recommendations to the regions affected by
severe winter weather in Northeastern 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.
Dec 16, 2008 - 12:02:53 PM
Norms for GM crop testing created by biotech industry - Center For Food Safety
Superb letter from the
Center for Food Safety in defence of Dr Bhargava, re the controversy
over GM regulation before India's Supreme Court.
Dec 16, 2008 - 11:55:34 AM
Stevia: What’s the Rush?
Cargill and Coca-Cola are sticking their thumbs in the Food and Drug Administration’s eyes by rushing to market novel sweeteners based on the stevia plant. Cargill has been marketing its Truvia product as a table-top sweetener for several months, and, according to media reports this week, Coca-Cola will start marketing stevia-sweetened drinks. So far, the other main producer, Merisant, and user, PepsiCo, of a stevia-based product have held back. A small company, Wisdom Natural Brands, put SweetLeaf sweetener on the market several months ago.
Dec 15, 2008 - 2:27:04 PM
Consumer Groups Call on Obama Administration to Take Action on Food Safety During First 100 Days
The Institute of Medicine today
stated that the Food and Drug Administration’s food safety system remains
ill-equipped to meet emerging challenges, and the legal authority underlying
all government inspection programs should be updated to emphasize prevention
of foodborne illness.
Dec 12, 2008 - 1:03:21 PM
Next Ag Secretary Should Have Food Safety, Nutrition, and Environmental Focus, Groups Say
Consumer advocates and other public interest
groups are today
President-Elect Barack Obama
appoint an individual who appreciates the diversity of programs administered
by the $95-billion-a-year department, as opposed to a candidate whose primary
experience involves large-scale agricultural production.
Dec 11, 2008 - 1:38:09 PM
WHO sets tolerable daily intake for melamine
In a statement
issued on Dec 5, 2008, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that an
international panel of experts has established a tolerable daily intake or TDI for
melamine, an industrial chemical found recently in contaminated milk products.
Dec 9, 2008 - 11:47:47 AM