When it comes to incidences of foodborne illness, this week brought more bad news, like cases of salmonella poisoning from peanut butter. Here are some other stories that will keep you informed about the latest in food safety and healthy eating:
- Huffington Post: The Boston Globe and nonprofit group Oceana each found many of the seafood items sold in supermarkets and used in restaurants are mislabeled to reflect different species. Implications include endangering the health of customers with fish allergies.
- Eating Well: Cali could lead the way in making purveyors put a label on genetically modified food. Until then, a good rule of thumb is to ask questions about your tomatoes, soybeans, corn, canola, sugar beets, golden rice, pork products, and apples.
- Grist: Radioactivity from the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima has not lessened. The journal Science is warning large and bottom-dwelling species of fish “carry most risk.” In the U.S., Oregon State University has found traces of radioactivity in the Pacific albacore.
- Psychology Today: Excessive parental expectations may be a factor in boys developing anorexia.
- Reuters: The levels of caffeine listed on energy drinks are found to be inconsistent, with 11 of 27 brands not including on their packaging. The lack of transparency can be dangerous. A 14-year-old girl allegedly died from caffeine overdose after drinking two large cans of Monster Energy in a short period of time.
- SFoodie: While they can be used to absorb industrial waste and pesticides, most mushrooms are not meant for human consumption. Out of 70,000 types, we can only eat about 250.