As childhood obesity rates hit all-time highs, food brands spend billions on advertising to turn kids into lifetime consumers of fat, sugar, salt, and nutrient-deprived junk food
Nov 8, 2020
Business Insider – Popular child influencers are generating millions of impressions for fast food and candy brands in YouTube videos targeted at kids, a report in the Pediatrics journal has found.
Videos of children playing with McDonald's toys and pretending to work at drive-thrus could potentially reach...
FOOD SAFETY NEWS | OPINION – Jared Polis is governor of Colorado. He is an interesting fellow.
We called him to the attention of readers of Food Safety News when he was serving in Congress because of his association with the Food Freedom movement.
Turn the clock back to 2015 when then-Congressman Polis, D-CO, was a proud member of the Food Freedom Caucus led by Rep. Thomas Massie, R-KY. They campaigned for national raw milk bills...
FOOD SAFETY NEWS – Lancaster Foods LLC is recalling processed butternut squash items because they may be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogene.
"The most common symptoms of invasive gastroenteritis due to Listeria monocytogenes are fever, diarrhea, arthromyalgia , and headache." – American Federation for Medical Research
This recall comes after two other butternut squash product recalls from Pero Family Farms Co. LLC and Publix Super Markets Inc. because of possible Listeria contamination.
There has been no confirmation as...
As we head into the holiday season and keep an eye on COVID-19 cases this upcoming winter, now is a great time to strengthen our immune systems to combat the virus. According to Associate Professor of dietetics and nutrition Cristina Palacios, supplements and foods rich in certain vitamins and minerals are crucial.
"Killing salads and other less popular, healthy items has helped McDonald's speed up drive-thru times by nearly 30 seconds over the past year."
Business Insider – In 2020, McDonald's gave up pretending to be healthy.
The McWrap disappeared back in 2016. Then, in late March, McDonald's announced it was slashing less popular menu items, including salads, grilled chicken, and yogurt.
The change was supposed to be a temporary move during the pandemic, but nine months later...
VegNews – This week, a petition to urge Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to go vegan for 31 days for the month of January was launched by JIVINITI Women’s Coalition.
The petition calls upon Harris to sign up for the Million Dollar Vegan 31-day challenge to promote the benefits of a plant-based diet during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic ...
In addition, the coalition has penned an open letter to the incoming administration detailing a multi-pronged approach...
Nov 30, 2020
Boston Globe – Peanut butter and jelly are a perfect match, most would agree.
But the pairing of a new PB&J cafe and a children’s museum has sparked calls for quick separation.
The Boston Children’s Museum and an adjacent storefront and cafe responded to a cascade of comments this weekend from parents on Facebook, many expressing concerns that children with peanut allergies would be accidentally exposed to the eatery’s namesake dish: peanut butter...
Penn State offers webinar on food safety for volunteers
“Cooking for Crowds: A Volunteer’s Guide to Safe Food Handling”
Dec 1, 2020
Food Safety News – The Penn State Extension service is offering a webinar next week for volunteers who help prepare and serve food for their nonprofit organizations. The webinar is set from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST on Dec. 8.
The webinar is titled, “Cooking for Crowds: A Volunteer’s Guide to Safe Food Handling.”
What you drink is just as important as when you drink.
Oct 28, 2020
HealthLine – What you drink accounts for 18 percent of the total calories you end up consuming per day, according to the USDA.
That means that if you aren't keeping track of what's in your cup, you could be tacking on an additional 483 calories to your daily diet without a second thought.
To help you on your weight loss journey, read up on...
Endocrine Society – According to a new study, over 80 percent of 200 COVID-19 patients in a hospital in Spain have vitamin D deficiency.
Vitamin D is a hormone the kidneys produce that controls blood calcium concentration and impacts the immune system. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a variety of health concerns, although research is still underway into why the hormone impacts other systems of the body. Many studies point to the beneficial...
October 23, 2020
Where's the (fake) beef?
CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS – The world's biggest burger chain risks losing customers as fake meat becomes more popular.
McDonald's conducted a test in Canada of its P.L.T., or plant, lettuce, and tomato sandwich.
As many fast-food restaurants cash in on surging demand for meat alternatives, McDonald's customers are still waiting for the world's biggest burger chain to put a plant-based patty on its menu.
McDonald's launched a test run in Canada last...
Oct 07, 2020
Readers Digest – Before March 2020, online shopping accounted for just 3 percent of all grocery sales, or about $1.2 billion.
By June, that number shot up to $7.2 billion. Now, with social distancing mandates still in effect in many places, plenty of customers are going to be using virtual carts for a long time to come.
“When COVID-19 hit, a lot of people who had never really thought about their grocery shopping...
“I can’t eat the lettuce, and that’s a problem, and I’ve told them. They’re just not listening.”
– Subway franchisee on having to serve week-old lettuce (Business Insider, 12.22.17)
No more wedge salad |
America has lost its appetite for iceberg lettuce |
Oct 13, 2020
Bloomberg – It is quite possible 2020 will be remembered as a turning point in American history, a moment after which the country became irretrievably different from what it had been before.
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