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October 11, 2016



WHO Urges Nations Around The Globe To Tax Soda

A World Health Organization report recommends fiscal policies, including taxes, that hike the retail price of sugary drinks to fend off obesity and diabetes.

August 24, 2016


berkeley soda tax

Berkeley’s Soda Tax Appears To Cut Consumption

A new study finds the nation's first soda tax succeeded in cutting consumption of sugary drinks, but it's uncertain if the effect will be permanent.

August 19, 2016


bread bits

Can You Turn Scraps Into Premium Products?

Entrepreneurs hope customers will pony up for high-end foods made from rescued ingredients.

May 11, 2016



Philly Soda Tax Campaign Finds Friend In Bloomberg

Former New York City Michael Bloomberg is pledging his money and support for the proposed Philadelphia soda tax.

April 27, 2016


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Plateau But No Decline: Child Obesity Rates Hold Steady

A new study finds 33 percent of American children are overweight. But researchers hope the findings don't overshadow the success stories out there.

April 13, 2016



Are Farmers Doing Enough To Control Antibiotic Resistance?

Federal agencies are changing some of the rules for how antibiotics are used on farms, which is raising questions about when antibiotics are really necessary.

February 25, 2016


Panera's Bacon Turkey Bravo Sandwich on Tomato Basil bread

Judge Rules NYC Can Require Sodium Warnings On Menus

The latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans, released in January, recommend limiting sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams (about 1 teaspoon) per day.

January 21, 2016


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Senate Nears Compromise On School Nutrition Rules

The deal OK'd by a key Senate panel preserves stricter school nutrition standards enacted since 2010, but it gives schools more leeway in implementing them.

January 11, 2016


New York Salt Warning

Salt Battle In New York Threatens To Spill Over

A court battle over salty food warnings is heating up in New York and could set the tone for other food label initiatives across the country.

December 9, 2015


Boston College

Chipotle Under Fire In Boston After Students Become Sick

80 students have fallen ill in Boston after eating at Chipotle, causing the restaurant chain to close another store during the investigation.

September 15, 2015


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Helping Kids Eat Healthier At School? Give Them Time

A new study found school children are more likely to choose healthy school lunch options if given more time to consume them.

September 9, 2015


A doctor administers a blood sugar test to a patient

Study: Half Of Americans Have Diabetes Or Pre-Diabetes

A new study found that about half of all adult Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes, a number that has remained stable for several years.

August 5, 2015



Cyclospora Outbreak Linked To Cilantro

384 people have reported illness in 26 states with cyclosporiasis—the disease caused by a single-cell parasite, cyclospora.

July 10, 2015



Calorie Counts Delayed, Rules FDA

Menus across the nation were supposed to post calorie counts by year's end, but the FDA has delayed the deadline.

June 22, 2015


oreo in milk

What Will Take Trans Fats’ Place?

Trans fats will be phased out in three years—so what will take its place in cookies, frosting and donuts?

May 7, 2015


chickens in cages

Officials Seek To Contain Avian Flu As Outbreak Spreads

Beyond containing the virus, there’s another huge challenge: disposing of all the dead birds.

February 11, 2015


pouring raw milk

To Limit Sales, States Propose Legalizing Raw Milk

Despite health warnings, some states have proposed legalizing raw milk sales in order to impose strict regulations on the risky - and growing - market.

September 11, 2014


Children getting pizza for lunch at a school cafeteria

Report Shows US Obesity Rates High But Holding Steady

A new report found that obesity rates in most states have leveled off, with some states even showing a decrease among young children from low-income families.

June 4, 2014


A Yelp lunchbox declares that 'in the future, everything will be reviewed.'

Yelp Helps New York Track Food Poisoning

New York is the latest in a growing list of cities using social media to sleuth out food borne illness outbreaks.

April 9, 2014



Using DNA Data To Prevent Food-Borne Illness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is approaching food-borne illness in a different way -- by mapping the DNA of harmful bacteria.

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