Posts Tagged ‘ FDA ’

Safe Chicken

The US Agriculture Department is looking to improve chicken safety and reduce the number of Salmonella outbreaks:

Salmonella outbreaks expose weaknesses in USDA oversight

Federal regulators and poultry companies are scrambling to find new ways to reduce salmonella contamination, which sickens a million Americans annually. And the Agriculture Department is planning to expand rules to limit salmonella on chicken parts, not just whole birds.

FDA Nutrition Labels are Getting Makeovers

“The Food and Drug Administration says that updating nutrition labels is a priority this year, although it’s unclear when the labels will change.”

FDA food labels

Getting information from food labels was one of the problems we’ve identified at the start of this project. It would be great to find out where the food comes from — how far did it have to travel? How was it produced? What was the eco footprint for the food we are consuming? We need to be able to make better choices at our local supermarkets. But to do that, we need good information.

Food Fraud

New study finds a 60% increase in food fraud from last year! Be careful what you eat — olive oil, milk, saffron, honey, and coffee are the most common fraud foods. To learn more please visit foodfraud.org.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines food fraud as: “the fraudulent addition of nonauthentic substances or removal or replacement of authentic substances without the purchaser’s knowledge for economic gain to the seller.”

And it’s not just in U.S. Read the previous blog post about substitution of horse meat into hamburger beef patties in the UK!