Thoughts on Labor Day, the Food Industry, and Michael Moore

Thoughts on Labor Day, the Food Industry, and Michael Moore

Today is Labor Day, a holiday signifying … that summer is over, the last BBQ of the season, the school year is beginning, and great sales at the shopping mall. The original purpose of this day was, of course, to … Continue reading

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Kellogg’s Reprimanded for Falsley Claiming Frosted Mini Wheats Will Turn Your Kid into Einstein

Kellogg’s Reprimanded for Falsley Claiming Frosted Mini Wheats Will Turn Your Kid into Einstein

  The Federal Trade Commission announced yesterday that Kellogg’s has admitted it falsely advertised the nutritional merits of kids breakfast cereal Kellogg’s Frosted Mini Wheats Bite Size Cereal. From the LA Times: Kellogg’s national TV ads asserted that attentiveness improved … Continue reading

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SuperValu / Albertsons Launches NutritionIQ Food Labels

SuperValu / Albertsons Launches NutritionIQ Food Labels

The new year has ushered in a blizzard of new food labeling systems aimed at helping consumers make healthier choices at the supermarket. This week it is Supervalu, which kicked off nutritionIQ at its California Albertsons stores. The color-coded, easy-to-spot … Continue reading

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1862 – 2014: A Brief History of Food and Nutrition Labeling

1862 – 2014: A Brief History of Food and Nutrition Labeling

In the early 13th century, the king of England proclaimed the first food regulatory law, the Assize of Bread, which prohibited bakers from mixing ground peas and beans into bread dough. Ever since, it has been a cat and mouse game between the food industry and the public (fast forward to China 2008 – melamine in milk powder anybody?). In the US, food regulation dates back to early colonial times. Here is a brief overview of the last 150 years of government and industry food regulation: Continue reading

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