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Health Sep 10New federal food safety rules issued after deadly outbreaks
WASHINGTON — Food manufacturers must be more vigilant about keeping their operations clean, according to new safety rules released Thursday by the government in the wake of deadly foodborne illness outbreaks linked to ice cream, caramel apples, cantaloupes and peanuts.
Nation Sep 09Officials: U.S. to increase number of refugees by 5,000 next year
Officials say the United States is prepared to increase the number of refugees it resettles by 5,000 next year as European countries struggle to accommodate tens of thousands of refugees from the Middle East and Africa.
Politics Sep 09Kerry: US committed to accepting more refugees to aid allies
Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States is committed to increasing the number of refugees it is willing to take in as U.S. allies in Europe struggle to accommodate tens of thousands of refugees from the Middle East…
Nation Sep 04From eggs to trees, USDA’s promotional programs have courted controversy
WASHINGTON — The slogans are familiar: "The Incredible Edible Egg," ''Pork: The Other White Meat," and "Got Milk?" They've all been part of promotional campaigns overseen by the Agriculture Department and paid for by the industries that vote to organize…
Health Jul 24Proposed label would tell you how much added sugar to eat
Wondering if you are eating too much added sugar? The nutrition label on your food may one day help you figure it out.
Politics Jul 23House passes bill to prevent mandatory GMO food labeling
Companies would not have to disclose whether their food products contain genetically modified ingredients under legislation passed by the House Thursday.
Health Jul 09FDA delays calorie labels on menus until 2016
WASHINGTON — Diners will have to wait until the end of 2016 to find calorie labels on all chain restaurant menus.
Politics Jul 05How drones could replace workers on American farms
Agricultural use of drones is about to take off after being grounded for years by the lack of federal guidelines.
Health Jun 17Q&A: What are trans fats and why are they unhealthy?
WASHINGTON — You may not even know you are eating them, but trans fats will soon be mostly gone from your food. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it will require food companies to phase them out over the…
Health Jun 16FDA moves to phase out unhealthy artificial trans fats
Scientists say there are no health benefits to trans fats, which are used in processing food and in restaurants, usually to improve texture, shelf life or flavor. They can raise levels of "bad" cholesterol and lower "good" cholesterol, increasing the…