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Book Review: The Fluoride Deception by Christopher Bryson

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

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Book Review: The Fluoride Deception by Christopher Bryson

Few public health issues in American history have riled people quite like fluoride. Its story is replete with famous figures in American history, dramatic tales from the Manhattan Project, corporate cover-ups, redacted research, shattered careers of those that spoke against it's use and the tragedy at Donora in 1948. The tide that binds all these accounts together is a fascinating book called, “The Fluoride Deception” by Christopher Bryson. His work paints a picture with enough intrigue to be nominated for an Oscar but remains deftly aware of itself long enough to stay away from hyperbole – most of the time at least.

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GMOs: Does Regulation Ensure Safety?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

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GMOs: Does Regulation Ensure Safety?

The public's biggest concern when it comes to GMOs is their safety. There are a lot of misconceptions about genetic engineering. When pressed on science of GMOs, I have often heard people fear that the genetically modified material in the foods they are eating will somehow mutate their DNA too. While logically it sounds like that makes a bit of sense, scientifically its nonsense. So how do we test for and ensure that GMOs are safe? Allow me to introduce you to the complex world of genetic technology regulation. Image credit: kevin dolley on flickr.

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GMOs: Frankenfood or Evolutionary Advance?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

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GMOs: Frankenfood or Evolutionary Advance?

Why are crops and animals being modified? What GMOs are currently on the market? What new GMOs are being created? Good questions... (thanks to klar!! on flickr for that cool art.)

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Deja Vu? FTC Sizes Up Food Marketing and Childhood Obesity

Friday, December 18, 2009

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Deja Vu?  FTC Sizes Up Food Marketing and Childhood Obesity

The breath of the obesity epidemic being witnessed in the United States is troubling. Theories have been entertained to determine what is causing the obesity problem in children. Sedentary activities like video games and television regularly are brought out to the whipping post as the cardinal reason for the rapid rise but another view, that of food marketing to youth, has received increasing attention. That attention culminated in a summit put together by the FTC called Sizing Up. We attended - check out what happened.

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Nestle Cookie Dough Recall, Suspected E.coli 0157:H7 Outbreak in 26+ States

Friday, June 19, 2009

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Nestle Cookie Dough Recall, Suspected E.coli 0157:H7 Outbreak in 26+ States

Nestle USA today tacitly confirmed in a press release early reports that Nestle Toll House brand raw cookie dough was giving many people E.coli 0157:H7 infections by voluntarily recalling their entire line of products. Early reports from Bill Marler, food safety litigator, and a press release from the state of Colorado gave indications that a current rash of E.coli 0157:H7 cases across the country were tied to eating raw cookie dough (but this has still not been confirmed). (Image provided by NestleUSA)

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Food Safety Enhancement Act (HR 2749) Advances Out of Committee

Thursday, June 18, 2009

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Food Safety Enhancement Act (HR 2749) Advances Out of Committee

June 10th marked a historic day in food safety as the Food Safety Enhancement Act (HR 2749) moved out of subcommittee for a vote in the US House. UPDATE: It has now formally also moved out of committee for a real vote on the House floor.

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Food Safety – The US Policy Dimensions of HR 875 and HR 759

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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Food Safety – The US Policy Dimensions of HR 875 and HR 759

With the recent spat of recalls surrounding pistachios and peanut butter in the US, there has been a large response from the public to better safeguard the food supply. Here we review some of the options currently being discussed against the wisdom of some leading food safety professionals.

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Food Safety – The Recent History

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

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Food Safety – The Recent History

The early part of 2009 has witnessed one of the largest food contamination cases in US history. The Peanut Corporation of America had a salmonella outbreak in one of their factories, contaminating the majority of peanut-butter containing products in the United States. Here, we review the recent history of food borne illnesses and how they relate to the consolidation of the food industry.

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There Is Something Fishy About Intelligence

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

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There Is Something Fishy About Intelligence

Some fresh-caught research from Sweden found that a fish-laden diet improved the cognitive performance of teenage boys even when a whole slew of other variables were taken into account. [Great photo thanks to Jacob Bøtter's generous licensing over at Flickr]

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Truvia and PureVia: The Controversy of Stevia

Thursday, February 26, 2009

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Truvia and PureVia: The Controversy of Stevia

In our first two pieces about the new sweeteners Truvia and PureVia, we covered the history of saccharin (another artificial sweetener) and the science behind rebiana, the latest sweetener in both Truvia and PureVia. Now, in our final view of Truvia and PureVia we take a look at the political history of stevia - the base of rebiana, opinions of some of the major players in this debate and offer our final views on the subject.

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