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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…
Nation Dec 11Government may subsidize white potatoes for low-income women, children nutrition program
It's another political victory for the popular potato. For the first time, low-income women would be able to pay for white potatoes with government-subsidized vouchers issued by the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program, known as WIC. The potato provision…
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.