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Why Parents and Pupils Are Finding Healthy Packed Lunches Hard to Stomach

In All, Food Products, General, Guest Article, Nutrition by Guest Author

Guest author Charlotte E.L. Evans, University of Leeds Despite campaigns by household-name chefs, a survey of primary school children’s packed lunches in 2016 has revealed that they are still of poor quality and rarely meet all the food-based standards set for school meals. Vegetables and salad in particular are largely absent from packed lunches while snack foods such as crisps and …

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Why public health worries don’t have to ruin your cookie dough

In All, Food Products, General, Guest Article by Guest Author

Guest article by Brian Zikmund-Fisher, Associate Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, Interim Co-Director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, University of Michigan The following three statements are all true: Eating cookie dough can be dangerous, even after we’ve dealt with any raw eggs. I am a public health faculty member and an expert in health …

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How do food manufacturers pick those dates on their product packaging – and what do they mean?

In All, Food Products, General, Guest Article by Guest Author

Guest article by Londa Nwadike, Assistant Professor of Food Safety, Extension Food Safety Specialist at University of Missouri, Kansas State University No one wants to serve spoiled food to their families. Conversely, consumers don’t want to throw food away unnecessarily – but we certainly do. The United States Department of Agriculture estimates Americans toss out the equivalent of US$162 billion in …

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GM food labeling: risk communication researcher finds that consumers desire transparency and input in decision making

In All, Consumer products, Environment, Food Products, General, Guest Article, Nutrition, Research Brief by Guest Author

Guest article by Katherine McComas, Professor of Communication, Cornell University; Graham Dixon, Assistant Professor of Science and Risk Communication, Washington State University, and John Besley, Associate Professor of Advertising and Public Relations, Michigan State University The fast-approaching July 1, 2016, deadline for Vermont’s new labeling law – and a new federal proposal that would set a national system for disclosure – for …