Mary Clare’s Recent Stories
Health Jul 31Obama overhauls poultry inspections for the first time in decades
The Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years, a move it says could result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year.
Health Jun 11House considers waiving healthy school lunch rules despite veto threat
The GOP spending bill on the House floor would allow schools to waive the school lunch and breakfast standards championed by first lady Michelle Obama for the next school year if they lost money on meal programs over a six-month…
Politics May 27First lady responds to critics of school nutrition guidelines
First lady Michelle Obama is answering Republicans in Congress who want to roll back healthier school meal standards, holding an event at the White House to highlight the success of the health guidelines. The Tuesday event is an unusual move…
Health May 19House Republicans propose letting schools opt out of healthy lunch programs
A GOP spending bill for agriculture and food programs released Monday would allow schools to apply for waivers if they have a net loss on school food programs for six months in a row.
Nation May 18Devastating coffee rust raises prices on high-end blends
The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease - and hold down the price of your morning cup.
Nation May 17Debate over genetically modified foods continues amid confusion
Vermont recently became the first state to require labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Bills and ballot initiatives are pending in many more. What about the rest of the country? And does labeling matter?…
Health May 05Some schools push to roll back healthy lunch requirements
Some schools say new health lunch guidelines have been expensive and difficult to put in place, and school officials are asking Congress and the Agriculture Department to roll back some of the requirements. Their main concerns: finding enough whole grain-rich…
Nation Apr 03FDA approves at-home heroin overdose treatment
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved an overdose antidote that doctors could prescribe for family members or caregivers to keep on hand, in a pocket or medicine cabinet. Called Evzio, it's a device that automatically injects the right…
Nation Mar 2625 pharmaceutical companies will phase out animal antibiotics
The Food and Drug Administration says 25 pharmaceutical companies are voluntarily phasing out the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals processed for meat.
World Mar 11Trade battle ferments over European cheeses
As part of trade talks, the European Union wants to ban the use of European names like Parmesan, feta and Gorgonzola on cheese made in the United States.