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Food giants undermined China's obesity fight, scholar says

NEW YORK (AP) — China's efforts to keep obesity in check have been undermined from the inside by the food industry, according to newly published research. A scholar of Chinese society at Harvard University traced how a group funded by Coca-Cola and...

 

Routine food inspections halted by US government shutdown

NEW YORK (AP) — Routine food inspections aren't getting done because of the partial government shutdown, but checks of the riskiest foods are expected to resume next week, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. The agency said it's...

 

Low carb? Low fat? What the latest dieting studies tell us

NEW YORK (AP) — Bacon and black coffee for breakfast, or oatmeal and bananas? If you're planning to try to lose weight in 2019, you're sure to find a fierce debate online and among friends and family about how best to do it. It seems like everyone...

 

Repeat outbreaks pressure produce industry to step up safety

NEW YORK (AP) — After repeated food poisoning outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce, the produce industry is confronting the failure of its own safety measures in preventing contaminations. The E. coli outbreak announced just before Thanksgiving...

 

US officials: It's OK to eat some romaine, look for labels

NEW YORK (AP) — It's OK to eat some romaine lettuce again, U.S. health officials said. Just check the label. The Food and Drug Administration narrowed its blanket warning from last week, when it said people shouldn't eat any romaine because of an...

 

Romaine calm: Lettuce warning looms over Thanksgiving dinner

NEW YORK (AP) — Avoid all romaine lettuce, but don't worry about your turkey. With two food poisoning outbreaks making headlines before Thanksgiving, the messages about what's safe to eat can be hard to keep straight. Here's what you should know...

 

Americans, Canadians are warned: Don't eat romaine lettuce

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials in the U.S. and Canada told people on Tuesday to stop eating romaine lettuce because of a new E. coli outbreak. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is working with officials in Canada on the outbreak,...

 

Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing

OAKFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — Cows that can withstand hotter temperatures. Cows born without pesky horns. Pigs that never reach puberty. A company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab. It sounds like science fiction...

 

No accounting for these tastes: Artificial flavors a mystery

NEW YORK (AP) — Six artificial flavors are being ordered out of the food supply in a dispute over their safety, but good luck to anyone who wants to know which cookies, candies or drinks they're in. The dispute highlights the complex rules that...

 

Scientists: US military program could be seen as bioweapon

NEW YORK (AP) — A research arm of the U.S. military is exploring the possibility of deploying insects to make plants more resilient by altering their genes. Some experts say the work may be seen as a potential biological weapon. In an opinion...

 

Coke is hoping to turn free water machine into a cash stream

NEW YORK (AP) — Can a machine that dispenses water for free also turn into a cash stream for Coca-Cola? The world's largest soda maker is testing a fountain that lets people fill reusable water bottles with free, filtered water — but also offers...

 

Soy "milk" makers may need to find alternative description

NEW YORK (AP) — Soy and almond drinks that bill themselves as "milk" may need to consider alternative language after a top regulator suggested the agency may start cracking down on use of the term. The Food and Drug Administration signaled plans...

 

Is the "organic" seal worth it, given disputes on standards?

NEW YORK (AP) — Is paying more for organic milk, meat or a can of beans worth it? The "USDA Organic" label generally signifies a product is made with relatively minimal synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and that animals are raised according to...

 

Fiber optics? Range of ingredients bulk up food fiber counts

NEW YORK (AP) — Are the fiber counts for foods getting bloated? Browse supermarket shelves, and it's easy to find ice cream, yogurt and brownies with impressive fiber totals. That's because companies add ingredients to boost the fiber, a practice...

 
 By Candice Choi    Regional    July 30, 2017

Insider Q&A: Hormel aims new line at serving cancer patients

NEW YORK (AP) — Hormel sees potential new customers for its shelf-stable foods: cancer patients. The company known for Dinty Moore stews and Spam canned meats is promoting microwavable meals it says cater to people who are going through...

 
 By Candice Choi    Regional    July 2, 2017

Soy 'milk'? Even federal agencies can't agree on terminology

NEW YORK (AP) — Dairy farmers want U.S. regulators to banish the term "soy milk," but documents show even government agencies haven't always agreed on what to call such drinks. The U.S. Department of Agriculture "fervently" wanted to use the term...

 
 By Candice Choi    Regional    June 30, 2017

Science Says: Hot dogs minus added nitrites may be no better

NEW YORK (AP) — Backyard cooks looking to grill this summer have another option: hot dogs without "added nitrites." Are they any healthier? Oscar Mayer is touting its new hot dog recipe that uses nitrite derived from celery juice instead of...

 

Amazon-Whole Foods tie-up could speed grocery transformation

NEW YORK (AP) — Even before Amazon said it was buying Whole Foods, the grocery industry was scrambling to adapt to changing habits. Now the deal will likely quicken those efforts. Amazon's planned $13.7 billion acquisition of the organic and...

 
 By Candice Choi    Regional    June 14, 2017

FDA delays revamped nutrition facts panel

NEW YORK (AP) — A revamped nutrition facts panel designed to make it easier for Americans to see how many calories and added sugars are in packaged foods and drinks is being delayed. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it plans to push...

 

How food stamp cuts could ripple through the economy

NEW YORK (AP) — A proposal to curtail the nation's food stamp program would pinch families struggling to pay for groceries and ripple through other areas of the economy, including supermarkets and discounters, as people shuffle their budgets....

 

Can breakfast help keep us thin? Nutrition science is tricky

NEW YORK (AP) — Cereal makers have happily encouraged the belief that eating breakfast can help keep us thin and bring other benefits, partly by paying for studies that seem to support the idea. So, does that mean breakfast is bad for you? Not...

 

Mars investigating Skittles said to be intended for cattle

NEW YORK (AP) — A mysterious Skittles spill on a rural highway in Wisconsin is taking another twist, with Mars Inc. saying it doesn't know why the discarded candy might have been headed to become cattle feed. The case began when a Wisconsin sheriff...

 

Counting croutons: Restaurants tally items for calorie rules

NEW YORK (AP) — How might a bread basket for the table be counted under America's new calorie posting rules? What about seasonal items, croutons for salads, or pizza that's cut into squares? Restaurant and grocery chains scrambling to post calorie...

 

USDA: Egg group inappropriately targeted vegan spread

NEW YORK (AP, Oct. 7, 2016) — An egg industry group's discussions about thwarting the sale of an eggless vegan spread were inappropriate, a yearlong investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has found. The investigation also determined...

 

Food prices are falling. How are shoppers benefiting?

NEW YORK (AP, Oct. 5, 2016) — Food prices are falling, but how is that translating to your grocery bill? The cost of groceries is down an average of about 2 percent over the past year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, including a...

 

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