Here is your latest food news!
1) New Proposed Nutrition Facts label: The White House and FDA announced proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts label; the label has had one other change (the addition of trans fat) since its release 20 years ago. Here is the side-by-side comparison of the old vs. new label. Last week, I shared my point of view on the latest changes, including what’s glaringly missing. Read it here.
2) New Limits for Marketing Junk Food in Schools: Last week, the White House announced new proposed school wellness standards. One key area focused on limiting junk food and sugary drink marketing in schools.
“The idea here is simple—our classrooms should be healthy places where kids aren’t bombarded with ads for junk food. Because when parents are working hard to teach their kids healthy habits at home, their work shouldn’t be undone by unhealthy messages at school.” – First Lady, Michelle Obama.
For example, Coca-Cola would no longer be advertised on a school’s scoreboard; however, diet soft drinks would still be permitted. This is where I strongly disagree. The ingredients in diet drinks are just as bad if not worse (i.e., artificial, chemical beverages) than regular soft drinks. Clearly, there is still a lot of work to be done, but this is a great step forward. Bravo Michelle Obama!
3) Cancer Cause for Massive Meat Recall? Recently, the USDA announced a massive meat recall (affecting TX, FL, CA and IL) of nearly 9B lbs of beef because a meat firm “processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection.” The slaughterhouse is currently under criminal investigation for potentially selling meat from cows with eye cancer. Read more here. Scary! This is yet another reason to stand up against current meat production practices via factory farms. Our health depends on it!
Quote of the Week:
“Take a stand for what’s right. Raise a ruckus and make a change. You may not always be popular, but you’ll be part of something larger and bigger and greater than yourself.” – Samuel L. Jackson