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Nation Feb 19Stores pull ground cumin from shelves as peanut-related recall expands
Hundreds of products are being pulled from store shelves after traces of peanut were found in ground cumin spice — a life-threatening danger to some people with peanut allergies.
Health Feb 11Death of the bake sale: New rules mean healthier fundraisers
WASHINGTON — When it comes to school fundraisers, bake sale tables loaded with sugary goodies are out. Fun runs, auctions and sales of healthier treats are in.
Politics Feb 03Panel reverses, says white potatoes should be included in WIC benefits
Ostracized by health officials for several years, the white potato is back in favor. The prestigious Institute of Medicine said Tuesday that people aren’t getting enough starchy vegetables or potassium and fiber, nutrients that are plentiful in potatoes.
Nation Jan 255 ways drones could change the way America eats
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, a trade group, says agriculture could account for 80 percent of all commercial drone use, once government regulations allow it.
Nation Jan 13Poll finds most Americans want GMO food labels
Two thirds of Americans support labeling of genetically modified ingredients on food packages, even if they may not read them, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.
Politics Jan 085 things to know about upcoming U.S. dietary guidelines
You've heard it before: Eat fewer calories, more fruits and more vegetables. Those recurring themes as well as some new advice about sugar, salt, meat and caffeine could be part of the government's upcoming dietary guidelines for healthy eating.
Politics Jan 03Government may consider sustainability in new dietary guidelines
A new focus on the environment would mean asking people to choose more fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and other plant-based foods — possibly at the expense of meat.
Health Jan 02Meat industry bristles at suggestion of sustainable dietary guidelines
A panel that advises the Agriculture Department is ready to recommend that you be told not only what foods are better for your own health, but for the environment as well. That means that when the latest version of the…
Health Dec 31Majority of Americans favor calorie postings in restaurants, vending machines
WASHINGTON — More than half of Americans say they already have enough information at restaurants to decide whether they are making a healthy purchase. But they want even more.
Politics Dec 23FDA targeting sellers of pure caffeine powder
The Food and Drug Administration is building a legal case against companies that sell pure powdered caffeine, which can be fatal even in small doses. The FDA warned consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine this summer after the death of…