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Research brief: new study offers insights on occupational BPA exposure

In All, Consumer products, Food Products, General, Research Brief by Keri Szejda

A CRIS Bits research brief on the article, “Urinary Bispenal A (BPA) Concentrations among Workers in Industries that Manufacture and Use BPA in the USA” published in the Annals of Work Exposures and Health. Background For most people, exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) is relatively low, and primarily occurs from our diet (BPA is used in the packaging materials of some food and …

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For Antibacterial Soaps, Context Matters

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

Guest authors Sarah Ades, Pennsylvania State University and Kenneth Keiler, Pennsylvania State University An FDA ruling on Sept. 2 bans the use of triclosan, triclocarban and 17 other antiseptics from household soaps because they have not been shown to be safe or even have any benefit. About 40 percent of soaps use at least one of these chemicals, and the chemicals …

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Spray-on Food Packaging…That You Can Eat

In All, Food Products, General, Research Brief by Keri Szejda

Here at CRIS Bits, we focus on food ingredient safety. And typically we’re talking about the actual food. But its now looking like the food packaging itself might very well soon be edible. The spray-on coating is currently under development by a team from the United States Department of Agriculture led by Peggy Tomasula. Tomasula presented her research at the meeting …

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Which foods are “healthy”?

In All, Food Products, General, Nutrition, Research Brief by Keri Szejda

Curious whether nutritionists and the public have a clear and consistent idea about what foods are “healthy”? The New York Times surveyed nutritionists and members of the public and asked them to make simple assessments about 52 food items: Is the food “healthy,” “unhealthy,” or “I don’t know”? The nutritionists – 672 of them – were all members of the …

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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 …

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New Analysis of Old Data: A Paradox to the Diet-Heart Hypothesis?

In All, General, Nutrition, Research Brief by Keri Szejda

A research brief on “Re-evaluation of the traditional diet-heart hypothesis: Analysis of recovered data from Minnesota Coronary Experiment (1968-73),” a peer-reviewed article published in the journal, The BMJ. Background The well-accepted “diet-heart hypothesis” predicts that replacing dietary saturated fat with unsaturated fat (specifically vegetable oils high in linoleic acid) reduces heart disease by decreasing serum cholesterol. Randomized-controlled trials have established …

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Consumer Reactions to Europe’s Horsemeat Scandal

In All, Food Products, Research Brief by Keri Szejda

A research brief on “Consumers’ Confidence, Reflections and Response Strategies Following the Horsemeat Incident,” a peer-reviewed article published in the journal, Food Control. Background In 2013, routine testing revealed that processed beef products sold in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland contained horsemeat, sparking a European Union-wide investigation of food fraud. Purpose The study explored the meat fraud’s impact on …