Mary Clare’s Recent Stories
Nation Dec 10Lawmakers wary of genetically modified foods
The food industry is likely to find a receptive Congress come January in its fight against mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods.
Health Dec 10Congress eases whole grain standards for school lunches
WASHINGTON — Congress is taking some whole grains off the school lunch line. A massive year-end spending bill released Tuesday doesn't allow schools to opt out of healthier school meal standards championed by first lady Michelle Obama, as House Republicans…
Nation Dec 05House Republicans continue to push for school lunch reform delay
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are making a final push this month to give schools a temporary break from healthier school meal standards.
Health Nov 25New FDA rules will require calorie counts in food establishments
WASHINGTON — Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at…
Health Oct 21Is that lavender soap really ‘organic’?
According to the Organic Trade Association, sales of those nonfood organic products were about $2.8 billion last year, a small share of the overall organic market but growing rapidly. Among the most popular items: household cleaners, cosmetics, gardening products, clothing,…
Health Sep 18White House orders government plan to combat antibiotic resistance
WASHINGTON — Signaling the seriousness of the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant germs, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the government to create a national plan to fight them by early 2015.
Science Sep 18USDA approves new genetically modified corn, soybean seeds
WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department has approved the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to a popular weed killer.
Nation Sep 17Food stamps cuts will only hit four states, review finds
Cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed, an Associated Press review has found.
Nation Aug 29Using tip from social media, USDA seizes 1,200 illegal giant snails
The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The Agriculture Department is trying to stop them. Since June, department authorities have…
Nation Aug 07Want a tattoo? The FDA urges you to do your research
WASHINGTON — Thinking about getting inked? Check the bottle first.