New safety rules for school lunches due by July

The USDA is preparing to enact new food safety rules for school lunches. First up: beef. While not all details are available, one change requires all beef used for schools to be sampled off production lines every fifteen minutes. That’s…

A prelude to eggs in five steps

I was planning a blog post about how complicated it is to buy eggs these days due to the variety of words used in labeling. Joseph Satto of the Huffington Post beat me to the punch and goes on to…

New nutrition labels

Consumer advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest has proposed a redesign to nutrition labels on packaging. Changes include larger type for calories and serving size, easier to read ingredients list, and display the amount of whole grains.…

Is your yogurt really yogurt?

U.S. law allows food manufacturers to label a food as something that it only vaguely resembles. For example, what is yogurt? Yogurt is, according to Merriam Webster, is “a fermented slightly acid often flavored semisolid food made of milk and milk…

Gummy Vitamins

Here’s what happens when I drop the ball on reading ingredients and purchasing thoughtfully: I end up giving my kids really expensive candy fortified with vitamins. Here are the ingredients for Disney Gummies Princesses: Corn Syrup, Sugar, Grape Juice Concentrate,…

Katie Couric talks about antibiotics in livestock

The use of antibiotics in livestock has been linked to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Katie Couric delves into the issue on the CBS Evening News. She also points out the link between antibiotic usage and cheap meat.…