Study reports link between cancer and ‘ultra-processed’ food

Another reason not to eat sugary cereals or drink soda: A study recently published by The BMJ  reports a possible association between intake of highly processed (“ultra-processed”) food in the diet and cancer. Further exploration is needed, but these results suggest Read More …

Mysterious illness afflicts long-time pot users

This syndrome may not be rare: Mrs. X knew something was wrong when she burned herself in the bath for the third time. The Australian woman—whose experience was documented anonymously in a published case study—had experienced sudden and severe episodes of illness for nine Read More …

How did drug get into dog food?

FDA investigating source of pentobarbital: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating where exactly in the supply chain that sodium pentobarbital was introduced into several recently recalled dog foods. The J.M. Smucker Co. has issued a voluntary recall of  Gravy Train, Ol’Roy, Kibbles N’ Read More …

Does your pot supplier have a HACCP plan?

Safety concerns include aflatoxins, chemical residues: As many U.S. States and Canadian provinces approach legalization of cannabis, the question of regulatory oversight has become a pressing issue. Should cannabis be treated as a drug or a food product when it comes Read More …

‘Friendly’ bacteria may reduce pregnancy risks

Study suggests milk with probiotics may be good for pregnant women: Pregnant women who drink milk containing probiotic “friendly” bacteria are less likely to have premature births or pre-eclampsia, a serious complication of pregnancy, suggests a Scandinavian study. Timing was everything, though, Read More …

Now there’s a looming tequila crisis

A shortage of agave is caused by demand: In the heartland of the tequila industry, in Mexico’s western state of Jalisco, a worsening shortage of agave caused by mounting demand for the liquor from New York to Tokyo has many producers Read More …

Oh no! Will climate change affect my wine?

Wine grapes will be among first to suffer: How will climate change impact food production? There will likely be many disruptions as once fertile areas become too hot and others that were once too cold to farm become arable. But one Read More …

Panera Bread recalls cream cheese

No illnesses reported: Panera Bread has announced it is preemptively recalling all of the 2 ounce and 8 ounce cream cheese products sold at its 2,000 U.S. locations. The fast-casual chain said it had made its decision “out of an abundance Read More …

Invasive parakeets (that’s right, parakeets) threaten crops

Former pets are costing farmers millions: Once a pampered pet and now a plague, the rose-ringed parakeet is threatening every crop on the Hawaiian island of Kauai—and multiplying fast. Rose-ringed parakeets haven’t always been Public Enemy No. 1. It wasn’t until the Read More …