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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
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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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

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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 : 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

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
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

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
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

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
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 appointment.
Jan 14, 2009 - 12:12:45 PM

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
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

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
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:
Jan 9, 2009 - 8:39:56 AM

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
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

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
Alert Update of the Week: Stop Vilsack
Over 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

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
Newman's Own Organics gets warning letter
Based 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

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
Labeling of Bug-Based Food Colorings Will Help Some Consumers
After a decade-long gestation period, the Food 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

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
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

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
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

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
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

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
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

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
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

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
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

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
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

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
Next Ag Secretary Should Have Food Safety, Nutrition, and Environmental Focus, Groups Say
Consumer advocates and other public interest groups are today urging President-Elect Barack Obama to 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

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
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

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