UK to Food Companies: Label Your Bad Nutrients RED

UK to Food Companies: Label Your Bad Nutrients RED

Hey FDA, take a look at what your British counterpart (Food Standards Agency) did last week. They issued guidelines for front-of-pack labeling of food items. No crazy inventions or wild west labeling decisions that have been confusing American consumers for … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Bias in Nutrition Research

Reflecting on Bias in Nutrition Research

This is a guest post from John Coupland, Ph.D. It originally appeared here. Academic food scientists (like me) are sometimes accused of being entirely in the pocket of the food industry and thus our opinions and expertise are easily dismissed. … Continue reading

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Opinion: The Great Food Conspiracy That Wasn’t

Opinion: The Great Food Conspiracy That Wasn’t

This is a guest post from James Pintner, CRC (Certified Research Chef) . Where do I start? There is no more conspiracy in the food business than there is in any other business. Conspiracies come from greed or from wanting … Continue reading

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Kosher Certification: A Model of Reliable Food Label Regulation

Kosher Certification: A Model of Reliable Food Label Regulation

This is a guest post from Timothy D. Lytton, Professor of Law at Albany Law School and author of Kosher: Private Regulation in the Age of Industrial Food. An endless parade of new food labels that misrepresent processed foods high in fat … Continue reading

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Junk Food Industry Lobbies Use Scare Tactics to Keep Selling, um, Junk to Kids

Junk Food Industry Lobbies Use Scare Tactics to Keep Selling, um, Junk to Kids

We’ve talked about marketing to children in the past, especially how their young impressionable minds are manipulated by junk food and fast food commercials. 4 government agencies have created a set of VOLUNTARY guidelines for the industry, which they hope … Continue reading

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Five Food Industry Tactics to Downplay Contribution to the Obesity Epidemic

Five Food Industry Tactics to Downplay Contribution to the Obesity Epidemic

To avoid public criticism and forestall government intervention, the food and beverage industry hopes that self-regulation is sufficient and also seeks to establish public-private partnerships. This reaction is common in industries under threat and can take helpful or harmful forms… … Continue reading

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Finally! The FDA Goes After Misleading Health Labels

Finally! The FDA Goes After Misleading Health Labels

Big news in nutrition labeling! The FDA has sent  a WARNING LETTER to 17 food manufacturers notifying them that 22 of their food products violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. From yesterday’s FDA press release: The violations cited … Continue reading

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64 Food Rules

64 Food Rules

Michael Pollan’s new book Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual came out over the holidays. For those of you not familiar with his work, Mr. Pollan, a professor of journalism and an author, is considered one of the grass roots leaders … Continue reading

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A New Year’s Resolution for the Food Industry – Honest Nutrition Labeling

A New Year’s Resolution for the Food Industry – Honest Nutrition Labeling

Just as the year is ending, the tireless consumer advocacy group CSPI (Center for Science in the Public Interest) has sent a 158 page report to the FDA, entitled Food Labeling Chaos – the case for reform [download PDF]. In … Continue reading

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“Infomercial” for Preschoolers on Health Benefits of Froot Loops

“Infomercial” for Preschoolers on Health Benefits of Froot Loops

We posted a few days ago about how 80% of Kids Commercials on Nickelodeon are for junk food. Junk cereal is also in the mix. If you were wondering how bad the situation is, watch the spot below for Froot … Continue reading

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