Mary Clare’s Recent Stories
Health Apr 24Two Listeria recalls raise questions about ice cream manufacturing
Blue Bell Creameries of Texas and Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams of Ohio — extremely popular brands in their home states — took all their products off shelves this week. Blue Bell ice cream is linked to 10 illnesses in four…
Health Apr 23Jeni’s ice cream recalls all products for possible listeria contamination
A second ice cream company has shut down production this week after health officials found listeria in a sample of its frozen treats.
Politics Apr 16USDA to propose standards for organic seafood raised in U.S.
After more than a decade of delays, the government is moving toward allowing the sale of U.S.-raised organic fish and shellfish. But don't expect it in the grocery store anytime soon.
Nation Apr 15Consumers buying more organic products, new data show
WASHINGTON — Consumer interest in the organic label continues to grow. The organic industry says U.S. sales of its products jumped 11 percent last year alone, to more than $39 billion, despite tight domestic supplies of organic ingredients.
Health Apr 10What is listeria and how did it get in my hummus?
WASHINGTON — Large food recalls have forced consumers to throw away hummus and ice cream that may be contaminated with the same potentially deadly bacteria — listeria.
Nation Apr 01Next-generation GMOs: Pink pineapples and purple tomatoes
WASHINGTON — Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional products.
Nation Mar 20States to test ways to get food stamp recipients back to work
WASHINGTON — Ten states will test new ways to get food stamp recipients back to work, using Agriculture Department grants aimed at helping some of the 46 million Americans who receive benefits move off the rolls.
Health Feb 20New diet guidelines: Drop the sugary drinks; coffee and eggs are OK
WASHINGTON — An extra cup or two of coffee may be OK after all. More eggs, too. But you definitely need to drink less sugary soda. And, as always, don't forget your vegetables. Recommendations Thursday from a government advisory committee…
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.