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News Brief: CRF Frozen Foods Expands Recall of Frozen Fruits and Vegetables

In All, Food Products, General by Keri Szejda

CRF Frozen Foods has expanded its recall of frozen fruits and vegetables and has suspended operations at its facility. What Does the Recall Cover? The recall spans both organic and conventionally produced produce, 358 consumer products, and 42 separate brands. The affected products were manufactured or processed at the CRF Frozen Foods facility in Pasco, Washington with best by or …

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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 …

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Can a 3-Minute Video Influence Consumers’ Ingredient Safety Perceptions?

In All, Food Products, General by Keri Szejda

Swiss researchers from the Institute for Environmental Decisions conducted a study to evaluate the influence of a 3-minute video on consumer risk perceptions. The 2016 study, “The Dose Makes the Poison”: Informing Consumers About the Scientific Risk Assessment of Food Additives, was published in the academic journal, Risk Analysis. The purpose of the study was “not to motivate consumers to …

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Peanut allergy – what does the LEAP study tell us?

In All, Food Products, General by Andrew Maynard

Peanut allergy continues to increase, and affects an estimated 1% – 3% of the population in Western countries.  Yet we’re still not clear what the cause is. A recent British study though is indicating that exposing infants to peanuts early in their life can – surprisingly perhaps – decrease the chances of them later developing an allergy. The LEAP study – or …