April 7th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
The FDA has sent warning letters to several supplement makers about health claims the companies have been making on social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter, reports NutraIngredients-USA.com.
Read More:FDA Says Facebook ‘Likes’ Equals Illegal Medical Advice and Health Claims
April 6th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
Two national nonprofits, Animal Legal Defense Fund and Compassion Over Killing, have filed a complaint in a federal district court in Oakland, Calif. against the FDA, USDA, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and Agriculture Marketing Service, and the FTC for failing to regulate animal welfare labeling claims common on egg cartons.
Read More:Deceptive Egg Carton Labeling Lands FDA, USDA and FTC in Federal Court
April 5th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
Colony Collapse Disorder, the mysterious illness killing off countless bee communities around the world, is expected to result in rising food prices, reports Rodale.
Read More:Widespread Bee Deaths Are Gonna Cost You: Higher Food Prices Expected
April 4th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
After gathering more than 270,000 signatures petitioning the use of artificial colors in Kraft’s Mac & Cheese, food blogger Vani Hari—better known as the Food Babe—hand delivered the requests to the company, but failed to get a satisfactory response.
Read More:Kraft Rejects Consumers: Controversial Artificial Colors Staying in Mac & Cheese
April 3rd, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
Facing rising feed costs, drought and high state taxes, farming is becoming increasingly more difficult for California’s dairy farmers, and some are being courted to leave the state, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Read More:California Dairy Farmers Migrating to Cheaper States
April 2nd, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
Olive oil’s already known for its heart health benefits, and now new research finds several more reasons for making it part of a healthy diet. Two recently released separate studies link olive oil consumption to a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s and the ability to maintain a healthy weight.
Read More:Decreased Alzheimer’s Risk and Healthy Weight Linked to Olive Oil Consumption
April 1st, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
Recent studies published in Science Translational Medicine and in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism point to the key role intestinal bacteria play in how easily people gain or lose weight, reports the New York Times.
Read More:How Much Do You Weigh? It All Depends on Who Lives in Your Gut
March 31st, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
The sanctity of the U.S. certified organic label has come under scrutiny recently as the USDA has approved the use of non-organic additives in organic foods and allows massive CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) to receive organic certification. In Germany, however, eggs now must be produced in non-industrial settings to receive organic certification after a recent egg scandal.
Read More:Chicken Abuse Scandal Leads Germany to Redefine Organic Animal Products
March 30th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
A classification loophole in pesticide approval under the EPA’s ‘conditional registration’ clause is allowing thousands of pesticides into the market without enough testing, reports Salon.
Read More:EPA’s ‘Conditional Registration’ of Pesticides Poses Health Risks
March 29th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
New research published in the latest issue of the journal Pediatrics finds many mothers are feeding infants solid food too early, reports the New York Times.
Read More:Got Milk? Babies Should Avoid Solid Food for First 6 Months, Many Don’t