Wednesday 24 January 2018

Food Court News March 9 – Weekly Briefing (audio)

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In this weeks summary of food news:

  • Inhaleable Caffine: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent a warning letter to Aeroshot, the maker of a caffeine inhaler. The agency says it’s concerned about misleading claims about the product and its safety.
  • Nutrition Label on Raw Meat: Shoppers may have already noticed changes in the meat isle at their local grocery store. Nutrition labels are now on raw meat and poultry products. under a new rule from the US Department of Agriculture.
  • Pink Slime: Food Court reported last month on McDonald’s announcement to longer use ammonia-treated “lean beef trimmings” known as “pink slime.” Although most fast food chains no longer use the product, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to buy the meat for school lunches.
  • Carcinogens in Coke: The Center for Science in the Public Interest reignited a debate over the safety of an additive long used by soft drink makers to give cola its brown coloring.  The Center released a study this week which found high levels of 4-methylimidazole (4-MI), a known animal carcinogen in Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, Diet Coke, and Diet Pepsi.
  • Celebrity Chef Settles Suit: Celebrity chef Mario Batali has reached  settlement to resolve a law suit that began in 2010 involving eight NY restaurants.
  • Campbell’s BPA Response: Responding to consumer concern, Campbell’s announced it plans to go BPA-Free. BPA (bisphenol A), a commonly used additive in food packaging, mimics human estrogen and is thought by some health advocates to be harmful to health.
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