Dioxin in your mozzarella?

Italian farmers and food producers thought things were going well. They recently won battles to prevent mislabeling prosciutto that didn’t come from Parma and in February, the European Court of Justice ruled that only cheeses bearing the protected designation of … Continue reading

Spreading the word of diacetyl danger

As awareness of the health hazard from exposure to lung-destroying diacetyl spreads, government and food service industry safety officials worry over how to identify the presence of the controversial butter flavoring in cooking products. Most labels on oils, butters, margarines and cooking sprays only mention “natural and artificial flavorings.”

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How do you know where food comes from?

FDA has warned consumers to watch out for salmonella in Honduran cantaloupe but how can shoppers know where their lope came from if there is no label on it? American shoppers are increasingly demanding to know the origin of their food. But some growers, importers and lobbyists continue to fight it. The premier of Alberta says demands to label meat as coming from Canada is protectionism and a ploy by US beef and pork producers to protect their market share and has nothing to do with “Mad Cow” disease.

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Chefs urge diacetyl investigation

The nation’s largest organization for professional chefs today called for increased government investigations into the cause-and-effect relationship between the chemical butter flavoring diacetyl and the sometimes fatal lung disease that has destroyed the lungs of hundreds of workers in flavoring and popcorn plants.

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EPA's animal farm exemption

EPA’s scientists have found hydrogen sulfide and ammonia from animal waste from huge factory livestock operations can be powerful pollutants with potentially serious health effects such as acute respiratory irritation and damage to central nervous system. A Pew Commission report on Industrial Farm Animal Production that found “the toxic gas emissions can be harmful � and even fatal � to farm workers and surrounding communities.” So with researchers ssaying this this issue requiring greater, not lesser, scrutiny why is EPA moving to keep the massive operations from having to report how they’re polluting the air and water?

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Occupational Mortality Database

We don’t know of any popcorn plants in Washington State that use the chemical butter flavoring diacetyl, but the state’s Occupational Mortality Database show that over the past 50 years, cooks, chefs and candy makers, who often use the flavoring agent, have died of respiratory disease at a rate significantly higher than expected.

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