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The war against food allergies can get personal. Celebrity chefMing Tsai went on a mission to address allergy-related safety issues after learning his son suffered from seven of the eight most common food allergies. Tsai started with the food-handling practices he introduced at his Wellesley, Mass.-based restaurant Blue Ginger. Eventually, he got the Massachusetts state legislature to back an allergy-safety bill. In short, Tsai has long viewed his childs allergy as a cause to rally around. By mentioning Malias allergy, Obama started to make the issue a little more personal too. But unlike Tsai, the President possesses greater resources and can bring even more attention to this often misunderstood medical condition. I frequently refer to food allergies as a hidden disability you cant tell that someone has food allergies just by looking at them. Many people also lack the knowledge of what causes allergic reactions and how to avoid them. Because of this, those of us with food allergies face the constant risk of accidental exposure. According to Food Allergy Research and Education, the nations leading advocacy organization for this condition, food allergies lead to more than 200,000 emergency department visits each year.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times / November 15, 2013) Also November 17, 2013, 9:00 a.m. You have no more excuses for eating junk food while traveling. At the nations busiest airports, 76% of restaurants offer at least one healthy entree, according to a survey by a panel of doctors. Thats a big improvement from 2001, when only 57% of airports offered at least one healthy dish. Based on a ranking by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Denver International Airport came out on top, with 86% of its restaurants offering healthy dishes like wraps, barley burgers, vegetable soup, Roma tomato paninis and spinach salads. Los Angeles International Airport tied for third place with 83%, an increase of seven percentage points from 2012, when the airport ranked 10th, the study found. But LAX may move up in the rankings because the study was completed before the airport expanded and opened the Tom Bradley International Terminal in September with 31 new eateries. The emphasis on fresh, healthy fare is a major highlight of Tom Bradleys new dining program, said Eileen Hanson, a spokeswoman for Westfield Inc., the concessions developer at the terminal. Todays travelers, many of whom adhere to special dietary considerations, expect the same quality food that theyre able to get outside the airport. But LAX is not all sprouts and tofu. You can still stuff yourself at three McDonalds, two Panda Express and two Burger King eateries. For the third year in a row, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the worlds busiest airport, was at the bottom of the healthy food ranking, with a score of 51%. ALSO:
Chuck Schumer blasted the Obama administration Sunday for taking steps toward allowing Chinese chicken to be exported to the United States, despite Chinas disgusting food safety record. It is shocking that given Chinas poor track record with regard to food-safety, the [U.S. Department of Agriculture] is taking moving towards allowing China to raise, slaughter and process chicken to be eaten in the U.S., said Schumer (D-NY). The move by the USDA, which was revealed secretly to Congress, would undermine the agencys mission of guaranteeing American consumers a safe food supply, he said. He called on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to reconsider the effort. The report revealed that the USDA is considering granting the Chinese slaughter system equivalence to the U.S. food safety standards, which would allow those chickens raised and processed in China to be sold in the U.S. Other steps are required before Chinas system would be deemed equivalent. But Schumer said that the report caused major concern that USDA is moving in that direction. Schumer first raised the alarm about Chinese chicken in September, when the USDA proposed allowing American-raised chicken to be shipped to China for processing and then exported back to the U.S. China has been the location for a nauseating list of food scandals, including arsenic found in calamari and rice, pasta infested with maggots, pumpkin seeds mixed with glass chips and rat meat sold as lamb.
(Photo: Seth Perlman, AP) Trans fats provide texture and shelf life, but come with health risks Consumption has dropped since FDA required listing trans fats on food labels FDA action allows manufacturers several years to find substitutes SHARE 4777 CONNECT 430 TWEET 131 COMMENTEMAILMORE The Food and Drug Administration's plan announced Thursday to take artificial trans fats entirely out of the food supply is pushing the industry to reformulate the remaining products that still have them. Pie makers looking to Thanksgiving dinner needn't fret, however. The FDA plan won't affect Crisco, crucial to flaky crusts, because the vegetable shortening maker removed trans fat from its product several years ago. Many companies began to take trans fat-containing ingredients out of their products over 10 years ago, when health concerns about them surfaced and when cities, including New York and San Francisco, banned their use in restaurants. An FDA rule requiring they be listed on nutrition labels in 2006 further spurred food manufacturers to remove them. In a statement, the Grocery Manufacturers of America said since that 2005 food manufacturers have already lowered trans fats in products by more than 73%. Today, the FDA says, 12% of all packaged foods contain a partially hydrogenated oil, the formal name for trans fats. Numerous studies have shown that consumption of trans fats can have "lots of adverse health events, including raising bad cholesterol and lowering good cholesterol," said Penny Kris-Etherton, a professor of nutrition at Penn State University in University Park, Pa. "There really is no safe level of consumption of trans fat," FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 5,000 Americans a year die of heart disease because artificial trans fat is in the food supply "and another 15,000 will get heart disease," said Thomas Frieden, CDC director. These fats "increase the shelf life of foods but decrease the shelf life of humans," said Dean Ornish, a professor of medicine at the University of California-San Francisco. Companies are pushing to find substitutes. But it's not easy, says Janet Collins, a food chemist who is president of the Institute of Food Technologists in Chicago. Collins outlined the most difficult cases: Coffee creamer: Fresh cream quickly goes rancid and vegetable oil would do the same if it weren't hydrogenated. Canned frosting: Butter-based frostings melt and turn into "puddles of goo." Hydrogenated oils stay solid and keep frosting smooth at room temperature.
But the ultimate responsibility will fall on the shoulders of local stakeholders like discount shops, teachers, parents or beneficiaries. Supreme Court The plan faces hurdles. On Sept. 23, Indias Supreme Court ruled that ID cards cant be made mandatory, in part because many Indians lack the documentation to prove their identities. There are also concerns over whether government funds will be spent wisely and the possibility that a database of ID numbers for every Indian could be manipulated to commit identity theft or voting fraud, said V. Suresh, a Chennai-based attorney in Tamil Nadu and an adviser to the Supreme Court on food security . Governance and accountability has to improve, Suresh said at his office outside the High Court in Chennai , Tamil Nadus capital. All this technology cant save India from poor execution of its systems. The state of 66 million people started its own program five years ago that hasnt moved beyond the pilot stage and is about to be folded into a National Informatics Centre initiative, said M.P. Nirmala , the Tamil Nadu food secretary. Even so, she denied there was a malnutrition problem. Our systems are working and making things better, Nirmala said.
According to the Food Safety and Standards Act India (FSSAI) 2006, every food manufacturer should get a licence from the Food and Drug Authority or an authority connected to FSSAI. If the food manufacturer has an annual income of less than Rs 12 lakh, a process of registration is enough. The centralised act has been implemented to promote safe food across the country. The act came into force in August 2011. "As per the union government's notification and the amendment of the Food Safety and Standards (packaging and labelling) Amendment Regulation, 2013, it is necessary to print an FSSAI licence/registration number and FSSAI logo on the packaging of food products. This notification would help the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) track manufacturers who do not have FSSAI licences/registration," said Shashikant Kekare, joint commissioner (food), Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), Pune. Dilip Sangat, assistant commissioner (food), FDA, Pune said, "The first notification was issued in June 2013. It had set December 7, 2013 as the deadline for complying with the norms. The food authority, after due consideration of issues raised by the stakeholders, has issued guidelines and extended the date for complying with the norms up to July 1, 2014." The move will bring down the number of illegal or bogus manufacturers and put all food manufacturers on the FDA's radar, ensuring more quality checks on food manufactured and sold here, Sangat added. Vilas Bhujbal, a trader from Gultekdi, said, "The notification should be implemented in letter and spirit to ensure stringent quality checks and bring down adulteration." How to read the numbers The 14-digit number provides information about the manufacturer's licence or registration details, and the manufacturing state.
Professor Marie Reird with the University of Hull believes that, all things considered, these findings indicate that sugar does not necessarily lead to weight gain, and that it should not be frowned upon as much as it is. EurekAlert reports that, in order to determine how soft drinks consumption influences a woman's dietary habit, specialists carried out an experiment with the help of 41 volunteers. The women taken into consideration for this study all qualified as obese, and they were all asked to drink 1 liter of soft drinks on a daily basis for a period of 4 weeks. Unknown to the volunteers, 20 of them were given soft drinks containing sugar, whereas the remainder were offered beverages sweetened with aspartame. During these for weeks, the women were asked to also write down the things that they ate, take notes about their mood and even keep an activity diary. It was thus discovered that the women who drank sugar-sweetened soft drinks throughout the duration of this experiment had reduced their average daily intake of calories from food by about 1,584kJ (378kcal). This meant that they had compensated for roughly 88% of the energy they got from the soft drinks. By comparison, the women who drank soft drinks sweetened with aspartame did not reduce their daily intake of calories, the researchers detail in their paper. Commenting on these findings, study co-author Professor Richard Hammersley said that, This line of research suggests that sucrose (sugar) given blind is compensated for elsewhere in the diet and does not lead to weight gain. The women ate fewer carbohydrates from other sources, and also reduced their intake of energy from other parts of the diet. Sucrose does not cause weight gain any more than any other type of food, he went on to argue. FILED UNDER:
This is not a gimmick or game," said one posting from Philadelphia. "Please let me know, I have food stamps for sale..... Serious Replies only!!!" "I have $500 worth and it costs $350 cash. No I will not do half!" said another posting from around Atlanta. "I don't need to sell. If you would like to get an extra $150 to $175 in grocery and pay no taxes and can see the benefit that you will still be saving then email me or call me and we can arrange the whole deal as soon as you like." Such abuse is becoming legion, despite cries from supporters of the program that such claims somehow engender racism or stereotypes. The ads, quite obviously, speak for themselves. According to the Fox News report, people who are legitimately hungry and desperate are hitting up Craigslist looking for deals on food stamps . "DO YOU NEED SOME QUICK CASH?? -- $100 (atlanta)," said the title of one such post, in which the buyer offered: "If you get Food Stamps and need some extra cash then hit me asap." Another posting, from the Trenton, N.J., region, said the seller claimed to have a $100 EBT card available Nov. 1 for only $60. "Contacted by FoxNews.com and asked about the legality of such a transaction, the seller cryptically responded: 'Lol are u serious is the govt legal of course but I hve a customer Good day [sic]." According to Craigslist policy, food stamp coupons are among items that are not supposed to be transferred, sold or bartered on the site. However, unless such ads get flagged by others, there is little that such sites - which operate in small, medium and large markets around the nation - can really do.
The money raised so far by both sides, about $27.7 million, is the second highest amount for a state ballot measure. It trails money raised for and against a 2011 measure to privatize liquor sales, which totaled about $32.4 million, according to the disclosure commission. The No on 522 campaign has raised a record-setting $21.4 million to fight food labeling, while supporters have raised $6.3 million. On Nov. 5, Washington voters will decide whether to approve I-522, which requires genetically engineered foods offered for retail sale to be labeled. Products would have to carry a label on the front of the package disclosing that they contain genetically engineered ingredients. Supporters say consumers have a right to know whether foods they buy contain such ingredients and a label is no different from nutrition and other labels.
The Daily News food drive kicked off Thursday as New Yorkers were called upon to open their hearts and kitchen cupboards to the needy. For the 31st year, the newspaper has joined forces with City Harvest and the city's Finest and Bravest for the Daily News Readers Care to Feed the Hungry of New York food drive. Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily News P.S. 41 students collected 6,000 pounds of food for last year's drive, tops in the city. The citys largest anti-hunger drive collected more than a million pounds of food last year. Daily News Editor-in-Chief Colin Myler implored New Yorkers to make this years drive bigger and better than ever before. Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily News Daily News Editor-in-Chief Colin Myler says New Yorkers should make this year's drive the biggest yet, 'because our neighbors need food and help.' Not for the sake of breaking records, but because our neighbors need food and help, Myler said at a press conference at the Engine Co. 7/Ladder Co. 1 firehouse in Tribeca. Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily News Jilly Stephens, City Harvest's Executive Director, noted that one in three city children and one in five seniors lives in the poverty. City Harvest relies on the New York City community and at the Daily News we take that responsibility very seriously, Myler added. As long as hunger continues to be an issue in our city, we will work to combat it. A group of fifth-graders from P.S. 41 in the West Village took center stage at the event, loading the City Harvest truck with food donations. Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily News Bill Holiber, President and CEO of the Daily News, is hopeful that this year's food drive will surpass last year's.
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