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Infographic: Are Deceptive Food Labels Making America Fat?

November 24, 2014 1:35 pm | by Guiding Star | News | Comments

This infographic from Guiding Stars takes a look at the rising obesity rates in America. While 57 percent of shoppers state that healthy eating is very important, confusion about certain food labels may be causing consumers to unknowingly choose unhealthy choices.

VIDEO: Eat Holiday Dinner Like a Caveman

November 24, 2014 1:10 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Christmas isn't far away and overindulgence will undoubtedly be on the menu. But if you're...

Kids Give Sarcastic Thanks to First Lady For 'Mystery Mush' School Lunches

November 24, 2014 12:05 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

School kids are giving thanks to first lady...

Booming Quinoa Demand Fuels Bitter Feud Between Bolivia, Peru

November 24, 2014 9:28 am | by FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

International demand for quinoa continues to boom...

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Local Food Proponents Fuel Rise in Hunting Participation

November 24, 2014 9:17 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wildlife officials around the country suspect that local food connoisseurs are the reason for the increasing hunting population. For locavores, the motivation in learning to hunt is the best way to know where their food comes from.     

Minn. Company Recalls 1.2K Pounds of Ground Beef

November 24, 2014 9:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Ranchers Legacy Meat Co. of Vadnais Heights, Minnesota is recalling 1,200 pounds of ground beef because of possible E. coli contamination. The USDA says inspectors discovered the suspected contamination during a routine inspection.

VIDEO: Organic, Free-Range Tofurkey Farms

November 21, 2014 3:30 pm | by Team Coco | Videos | Comments

Many people this Thanksgiving will be making the ethical choice of eating Tofurkey. This week on "Conan," McClellan Farms reminds consumers of the importance of making sure your Tofurkeys come from organic, free-range Tofurkey farms.           

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Snack Tax: Navajo Lawmakers OK Price Hike on Junk Food

November 21, 2014 2:26 pm | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The sales tax on cookies, chips and sodas sold on the Navajo Nation is going up. Tribal President Ben Shelly signed legislation Friday to impose a 2 percent sales tax on junk food starting next year. It will remain in effect until 2020. 

The Fit Foodie's Predictions For 2015

November 21, 2014 2:21 pm | by Mareya Ibrahim | News | Comments

What's in store for 2015? A 20-year natural products industry veteran, chef, author and founder of EatCleaner.com anticipates steep growth in functional nutrition, organics and process-driven products with some surprising, bizarre ingredients getting a foothold that reads right out of a Survivor episode.

McDonald's Worker Charged in Glass-in-Big Mac Case Wins $437K

November 21, 2014 2:08 pm | by JAKE PEARSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former McDonald's worker acquitted of charges he placed shards of glass into a police officer's Big Mac nearly a decade ago has won a $437,000 settlement from the city after arguing the officer fabricated the story to win money by suing the fast food restaurant.

How Campylobacter Exploits Chicken 'Juice' Highlights Need for Hygiene

November 21, 2014 11:36 am | by Norwich BioScience Institutes | News | Comments

A study from the Institute of Food Research has shown that Campylobacter's persistence in food processing sites is boosted by 'chicken juice.' Organic matter exuding from chicken carcasses, 'chicken juice,' provides these bacteria with the perfect environment to persist in the food chain. 

Kozy Shack Recalls Pudding Over Labeling

November 21, 2014 9:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Pudding maker Kozy Shack Enterprises is recalling some of its puddings because they are not labeled as containing milk. The recall involves 4-ounce cups of Foodservice Kozy Shack Simply Well Chocolate Pudding.           

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Researchers Calculate 'Hidden' Emissions in Traded Meat

November 20, 2014 2:43 pm | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

An international team of researchers has, for the first time, estimated the amount of methane and nitrous oxide that countries release into the atmosphere when producing meat from livestock, and assigned the emissions to the countries where the meat is ultimately consumed.

NSF International Partners with American Feed Industry Association to Provide Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification

November 20, 2014 2:30 pm | by NSF International | News | Comments

The SF/SF Certification Program was developed to further enhance consumer confidence in the feed and food supply industry by establishing food safety guidelines. Adherence to these guidelines will help ensure continuous improvement in the delivery of a safe and wholesome feed supply essential for the growth and care of animals.

Canada's Food Safety System Ranked World's Best

November 20, 2014 2:15 pm | by Canadian Food Inspection Agency | News | Comments

The ranking highlights Canada's success in a number of areas such as our capacity to respond to food safety emergencies, as well as food safety communication to stakeholders and the public. The report also found that public trust in food safety was the highest in Canada.

Infographic: Health Not an Issue When Dining Out

November 20, 2014 12:20 pm | by The Hartman Group | News | Comments

An infographic by The Hartman Group shows that when eating out, consumers tend to eat less healthfully. The reasons for not eating as well when dining out include: focusing on things other than health when eating at restaurants and the menu not including enough healthy options.

Animal Rights Group Releases Chicken Slaughterhouse Abuse Video

November 20, 2014 10:10 am | by TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mercy for Animals says it has secretly documented abuse at a Chattanooga chicken processing plant. The group released a video online that it says was taken at a Koch Foods slaughterhouse. The video shows chickens that survive the slaughter process and then are scalded alive.

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Country of Origin Label For Meat Cuts Endangered

November 20, 2014 9:47 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. is running out of options in its effort to tell consumers where fresh cuts of meat originated after a successful challenge to package labeling by Canada and Mexico. A 2008 farm law requires that packages of steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identify where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

Cost of Thanksgiving is Going Up

November 20, 2014 9:37 am | by J.M. HIRSCH, AP Food Editor | News | Comments

The price for putting Thanksgiving dinner on the table for 10 people is expected to rise slightly this year, clocking in at $49.41. That's 37 cents higher than in 2013. For that, you can blame dairy products, coffee and marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole.

Governments Pledge More to Prevent Malnutrition

November 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by Nicole Winfield and Trisha Thomas, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 170 governments pledged Wednesday to do more to prevent malnutrition around the globe, adopting voluntary guidelines to promote healthy diets and reduce levels of obesity at the start of a three-day U.N. summit.    

Researchers Challenge Common Views on Fat, Salt and Sugar

November 19, 2014 10:35 am | by Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) | News | Comments

Nutrition recommendations and guidelines have been based on studies largely focused on the effect of specific nutrients on specific risk factor. However, this "nutrient-focused" approach and "single risk factor" approach to dietary guidelines has largely ignored the true impact on actual health of nutrients.

VIDEO: A Fast-Food Thanksgiving?

November 19, 2014 9:45 am | by ABC News | News | Comments

Rachel and Ryan of BuzzFeed craft a holiday feast using items found at fast-food restaurants. This Thanksgiving feast may not be the norm, but it's affordable and still quite tasty. The meal contains items like Potato Medley and a Green Bean and Onion Ring Casserole.

Food Books of 2014: A Year For the Geeks and Grains

November 19, 2014 9:30 am | by J.M. HIRSCH, AP Food Editor | News | Comments

We're always searching for the new "it" food. This year, wacky grains got their moment. And since ethnic is the new mainstream, cookbooks that help us grasp global cuisines — all the while making them feel familiar — hit a splendid pace in 2014.

Not Feeling Sexy? Juice Up Some Frogs

November 19, 2014 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

High in the Andean mountains, some locals believe putting frogs in a blender is the answer. There is no scientific evidence confirming any medicinal benefits from frog juice, but the Peruvians juice the frogs to cure asthma, bronchitis, sluggishness and a low sex drive.

Smoked Salmon Sold in mid-Atlantic Area Recalled

November 19, 2014 8:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A New York City company is recalling 564 pounds of Imported (Product of Denmark) Acme smoked salmon that was sold to Giant supermarkets in the Mid-Atlantic region because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.       

Syngenta Faces Dozens of Lawsuits Over GMO Seed

November 19, 2014 8:30 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Agrochemicals giant Syngenta is facing a growing number of lawsuits challenging its release of a genetically modified corn seed that China had not approved for import, with losses to farmers estimated to be at least $1 billion.     

Study: Sugar Substitutes Don't Overstimulate Taste Buds

November 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by SPLENDA | News | Comments

A new study from scientists at Penn State University shows that low calorie sweeteners, when used in amounts typical for preparing foods and beverages, do not overstimulate a person's sweet taste buds. Among the sweeteners used in the study was sucralose.

Dairy Foods: Stronger Than the Alternative For Children

November 18, 2014 1:38 pm | by National Dairy Council | News | Comments

By the time many children reach kindergarten they consume fewer nutrient-rich dairy foods than recommended by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Further magnifying the problem, they increasingly turn to less nutritious beverage choices.

Gluten-Free Foods Surge 63 Percent in Last 2 Years

November 18, 2014 1:00 pm | by Mintel | News | Comments

It seems these days, grocery shelves are exploding with gluten-free choices. All gluten-free food segments increased in the past year, though the snacks segment increased the most. Gluten-free snacks increased 163 percent from 2012 to 2014. 

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