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DIET AND NUTRITION

Americans Are Fed Up With Nasty Lettuce

“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. Yes, that’s...

Does Vitamin D Prevent Covid-19?

"Researchers found a relationship between vitamin D deficiency and risk of developing COVID-19." Oct 13, 2020 | By British Medical Journal via MedicalXpress | The professional perception of vitamin D as a medicine, rather than as a key nutrient, is constraining practice and jeopardising the health of elderly care home residents in England, conclude researchers in the journal BMJ Nutrition Prevention & Health. At a time when the vulnerability of elderly care home residents is under the spotlight...

‘Gas Station Mixed Fruit Cup’ – And Other Bad-Idea Foods

'Gas Station Mixed Fruit Cup' part of broad cantaloupe recall  Eagle Produce cantaloupe recalled at Meijer stores for Salmonella contamination Oct 7, 2020 Food Safety News – Grand Rapids, MI-based Meijer, in conjunction with Eagle Produce,LLC in Aguila, AZ., today announced the recall of whole cantaloupes and some cut cantaloupe fruit trays and bowls. The recall is part of a sampling investigation by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and is due to the potential...

Grocery Shortages Are Back, And Getting Worse

"Food insecurity more than doubled as a result of the economic crisis brought on by the outbreak." Sep 27, 2020 NPR – With COVID-19 continuing to spread, and millions of Americans still out of work, one of the nation's most urgent problems has only grown worse: hunger. In communities across the country, the lines at food pantries are stretching longer and longer, and there's no clear end in sight. Before the pandemic, the number of families...

US Farmers Take On Fake “Made In USA” Labels

"The Secretary of Agriculture has a policy that says a foreign beef product that enters the USA and is subject to only minor processing, such as being taken out of a big box and packaged in smaller boxes, can bear a 'Product of USA' label.” – Wade Fox, South Dakota cattle producer FTC’s move could help make ‘Made in the USA’ label meaningful again PLUS: Message from USA beef producers  By Dan Flynn on September 16, 2020 Food...

Most People Can’t Name The USDA’s 4 Steps To Food Safety

"Food safety experts know that following the four steps to food safety is easier said than done." Closing the gap between food safety messages and consumer action USDA calls food safety education meeting for early October September 5, 2020 Food Safety News – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is holding a virtual public meeting on Oct. 6 to discuss the state of consumer food safety education, current research, and future studies...

Covid-19 Is Crippling Global Food Production

"ong lines at food banks even in wealthy countries like the United States attest to the struggle to keep families fed with tens of millions newly unemployed." Eat more crickets, says UN in response to farm crisis |  Pandemic brings hard times for farmers, worsening hunger for millions | Sep 01, 2020 AP – The coronavirus pandemic has brought hard times for many farmers and has imperiled food security for many millions both in the cities and the...

Eating Organic Can Reduce Pesticides In Your Body By 70%

A new study shows that US families consume cancer-linked glyphosate in their food. The good news: going organic rapidly reduces levels. 11 Aug 2020 The Guardian – Never before have we sprayed so much of a chemical on our food, on our yards, on our children’s playgrounds. So it’s no surprise that Roundup – the world’s most widely used weedkiller – shows up in our bodies. What is perhaps surprising is how easy it is to...

Crappy Salad: Fecal Parasite Cases In 13 States, 690 Sick

"Cyclospora is spread by people ingesting something—such as food or water—that was contaminated with feces (stool)." Health toll of fecal parasites in bagged salad keeps rising |  Is it willful contamination or simply bad toilet habits again?  Aug 14, 2020 | Food Safety News – The outbreak of parasitic infections linked to Fresh Express bagged salad mix has grown by 49 new laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora, upping the total to 690 people, up from 641. The latest report is...

Bagged Salads: A Bag Of Trouble

Another recent outbreak exposes the weaknesses in our food supply chain and the need to make healthier food choices ...  Hundreds Sickened by Parasite in Bagged Salad July 27, 2020 WebMD Health News – An outbreak in bagged salads has sickened 641 people in 11 states, the FDA says. The salads were made by Fresh Express at a plant in Illinois and may be contaminated with cyclospora. Fresh Express recalled bagged salads with a product code of Z178 or...

The Smithsonian Diet: Bread, Wine, Cheese

How Cheese, Wheat and Alcohol Shaped Human Evolution Over time, diet causes dramatic changes to our anatomy, immune systems, and maybe even skin color. Smithsonian Magazine, Brian Handwerk You aren’t what you eat, exactly. But over many generations, what we eat does shape our evolutionary path. “Diet,” says anthropologist John Hawks, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, “has been a fundamental story throughout our evolutionary history. Over the last million years there have been changes in human anatomy, teeth and...

No More Coon Cheese

Edward William Coon's name to be removed from the product he developed | July 24, 2020 | CNN Business – An Australian dairy company is rebranding a controversial line of cheese products that share a name with a racial slur, in an attempt to "eliminate racism" from its brand. "Coon" cheese — which has been sold in Australia for more than 80 years — has been the focus of complaints for decades. The company has insisted that...

Is Your Diet A Threat To National Security?

"Every day, our country suffers massive health, social, and economic costs of poor diets." – Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, Tufts University July 20, 2020 CNN – America's poor diet isn't just bad for us. It's now considered a threat to national security. Diet-related illnesses are a growing burden on the United States economy, worsening health disparities and impacting national security, according to a white paper published Monday in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Poor nutrition is the...

Why No One Goes To Panda Express Anymore

"Panda Express has shut down all 11 of its New York City locations temporarily in response to COVID-19 ... Panda Express had locations in Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. Some New Jersey locations have also closed." – Eater.com iwaspoisoned.com  SEARCH RESULTS FOR : PANDA EXPRESS Panda Express, East Berry Street, Fort Worth, TX, USA Type: Poisoned Symptoms: Nausea Vomiting Other Jun 25 2020 at 11:58 PM “broccoli beef I haven't eaten fast food in months, I ate half of their...

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