Subway is taking heat for allegedly shorting customers out of a full inch amid criticism suggesting its footlong sandwiches measure in at only 11 inches. The New York Post even got into the fray, conducting its own "investigation" into the matter, finding only three in seven footlongs measure in at the full 12 inches.
What's in an inch? Apparently, enough missing meat, cheese and tomatoes to cause an uproar. Subway, the world's largest fast food chain with 38,000 locations, is facing widespread criticism after a man who appears to be from Australia posted a photo on the company's Facebook page of one of its footlong sandwiches next to a tape measure that shows the sub is just 11 inches.
In the battle against childhood obesity, New York City appears to be doing better than Los Angeles, at least for low-income preschoolers. A study released Thursday compared obesity rates for young poor children in the nation's two largest cities over nine years.
In Britain, a horse is a horse — not a main course. Tesco, the country's biggest supermarket chain, took out full-page newspaper ads Thursday to apologize for an unwanted ingredient in some of its hamburgers: horsemeat. Horsemeat is eaten in European countries such as France, Belgium and Italy, as well as by many in China, among the traditionally nomadic people of Central Asia and in parts of Latin America.
Shares of Monster Beverage Corp. fell Friday after three lawmakers again called on energy drink makers to provide greater disclosures about the ingredients they use and evidence to support their marketing claims. The letter was sent to companies including Red Bull; Monster; PepsiCo Inc., which makes AMP energy drinks; and Coca-Cola Co., which makes Full Throttle and Nos.
A Grant County dairy cow sent to slaughter earlier this month is suspected of having had bovine tuberculosis, Washington state agriculture officials said Thursday. That ailment has not been seen in Washington cattle since 1988. There is no immediate human health concern, state health officials said.
Today, it seems high protein foods are one of the most sought after nutritional choices among American consumers to meet a variety of needs, from balancing diet, building muscle and weight loss. Indeed, according to new research from Mintel, introductions of foods and drinks making a high protein claim are almost three times higher in the US than anywhere else in the world.
The Federal Reserve predicts U.S. farm income could decline in 2013, but it depends upon how long the drought continues. Roughly two-thirds of the nation has been in a severe drought since last summer. The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Mo., said Thursday that if it continues, prices of corn and other crops would remain volatile because of tight supplies.
The Maine Board of Environmental Protection says the toxic chemical bisphenol-A should be banned from baby food, as well as from infant formula. The board agreed Thursday with Department of Environmental Protection staff recommendations pertaining to infant formula but also went further by applying it to baby food, as well.
A settlement stemming from a lack of gluten-free foods available to students at a Massachusetts university could serve as a precedent for people with other allergies or conditions, including peanut sensitivities or diabetes. Institutions and businesses subject to the Americans With Disabilities Act could be open to lawsuits if they fail to honor requests for accommodations by people with food allergies.
Cargill Beef announced Thursday that it will idle one of its two West Texas meatpacking plants and lay off all 2,000 workers because of a tight cattle supply following years of drought. The number of cattle in the U.S. has been dropping for years, but the pace accelerated during the past two years as drought dried up pastures and sent the prices of hay and other feed skyrocketing.
Food quality officials said Thursday they have identified more horsemeat traces in beef burgers produced in Ireland and pinpointed the problem in an imported ingredient. Ireland's second-largest manufacturer of supermarket beef patties shut down its production line in response.
Schools, restaurants and anyone else serving food are more vulnerable to legal threats over food sensitivities after the Justice Department determined that severe food allergies can be classified as disabilities under federal law. People who suffer from celiac disease don't absorb nutrients well and can get sick from the gluten found in wheat, rye and barley.
A new report provides the first-ever comprehensive report on beer distribution companies' total impact on national and state economies and gives an in-depth view of beer distributors' economic contributions by taking into account how beer distributor activities are intertwined with many parts of the economy, especially the personal services sector.
Mars, Inc. has been ranked 95 on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For list. the annual ranking compiled by Great Place to Work® Institute includes the most admired businesses as recognized by employees. The list, announced by FORTUNE and featured in the February edition of its magazine, honored the top 100 companies to work for in the U.S.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture is launching a campaign to encourage consumers to buy locally grown fruits and vegetables. Agency director Bob Flider says the state could see economic activity grow by $20 billion a year if consumers increased spending on locally grown food by 10 percent.
Kellogg stock is up, but at least one analyst isn't buying the hype. Robert Moskow cut his rating of the food company from "Neutral" to "Underperform," claiming little justification for the 10 percent increase in the stock's price since the report of its third-quarter results last year.
In a letter to the Associated Press, former Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp announced that he is no longer the CEO of a health drink company that so far isn't fulfilling commitments to create jobs after taking a $5 million grant from Lee County.
Federal Trade Commission has upheld a judge's earlier decision that POM Wonderful made deceptive claims about the health benefits of its products. A federal administrative judged ruled in May that the company used deceptive advertising when claiming that its pomegranate juice could treat or prevent heart disease, prostate cancer and other illnesses.
The National Fisheries Institute is hitting back at a Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI), which recently released a report stoking concerns about supposedly high levels of mercury in people and fish. NFIA says BRI "misled the public on the safety of commercial seafood."