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The Raw Milk Debate: Economic Opportunity or Legal Liability

Despite claims of health benefits associated with raw milk consumption, raw milk is a well documented source of bacterial pathogens which can cause human illness, and in some instances, death (Oliver et al., 2009; Schmidt and Davidson, 2008). Consumers who choose to purchase and consume raw milk should understand that raw milk may contain dangerous bacterial pathogens. Consumers should also understand whether they are in a risk group, which increases their chances of adverse health impacts from exposure to bacterial pathogens. Keep Reading

Food scientists: let a dietitian take you to lunch today

Who knows, by the end of the meal, you might have the best R&D plan to help Americans make better food choices. This thought struck me—a food scientist working in the nutrition world—while I cruised the expo floor at the American Dietetic Association’s (ADA) national convention a couple of weeks ago. Several hundred exhibitors were offering their latest food products to appeal to the 10,000 registered dietitians looking for healthier foods. It seems that food scientists could take a cue from them. Keep Reading

Guiding America to healthier food choices?

A trip to the grocery store can be an overwhelming experience. With tens of thousands of products to choose from, how can a consumer decide which are best? While the Nutrition Facts label points out important nutritional features of each product using a consistent format, many food companies are turning to front-of-the-package (FOP) labeling and grocery chains are implementing at-shelf labeling to quickly and easily help consumers make healthy choices. Each uses different rating systems in an effort to provide a simplified tool for consumers. A new online rating system, GoodGuide.com, rates a variety of brand labels, not only on nutritional content, but adds the dimensions of environmental performance such as energy usage, and social performance such as labor practices. GoodGuide’s database of products is available through its website, by text messaging the product bar code, or through downloading an iPhone application. Thus technology-savvy consumers can have access to each product’s information while shopping. Keep Reading