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September 15, 2015


school lunch

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.

February 2, 2014


holding marijuana plant

Colorado Creates Food Safety System To Regulate Marijuana Industry

Colorado’s marijuana regulators, essentially, have to create a new state-run food safety system to ensure that the now-legal THC-infused foods are safe.

January 29, 2014

Calories and Sugar 

Strawberry jam lists sugar and high fructose corn syrup as its top ingredients.

FDA Will Update Nutrition Labels

Nutrition science has changed over the past 20 years, but nutrition labels on food haven't — until now.

July 9, 2013

Farm Inspectors 

usda headquarters

Meat Inspectors Get Blowback for Blowing Whistle

A whistleblower group says USDA officials are retaliating against meat inspectors who report inhumane treatment of animals at slaughterhouses.

June 13, 2013

Soda Strikes Back 

kid drinking orange soda

Soda Back In Spotlight: Kids Drink Less, NYC Still Wants Ban

Sugary beverage consumption has gone down over the past decade, especially by children.

January 16, 2013

Caffeine Overload 


Energy Drinks Give You Wings, Land You In The Hospital?

Energy drink-related hospital visits have doubled between 2007 and 2011, but the caffeine isn't entirely to blame for the injuries.

November 13, 2012

Big Butter Is Watching You 


Bringing Butter Back: Danes Repeal ‘Fat Tax’

After only a year, Denmark's unpopular tax on saturated fat is to be repealed in January.

April 11, 2012

Drug Bust 

Close up of two jars of multi-colored pills.

Want Livestock Antibiotics? Get A Prescription, Says FDA

The FDA released new guidelines recommending that pharmaceutical companies require prescriptions for antibiotics to be used on livestock.

July 19, 2011

Obesity Epidemic 

Man In A Hospital Mask

F As In Fat: What Americans Can Do To Be Healthier

This comprehensive study shows that many factors affect the obesity crisis, notably restrictions individuals face in their access to exercise and healthy food.

July 12, 2011

Food Safety 

E. coli

Food Safety Testing Program On The Budget Chopping Block

The USDA's Microbiological Data Program will be cut if Congress passes the proposed budget bill. How will this affect food safety for Americans?

May 24, 2011

Nutrition For All 


Congressional Budget Cuts Hurt Women, Infants And Children

$500 million will be taken from the WIC program, which provides at-risk mothers and babies with nutritional meals.

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