Eggs linked to contamination scare in Europe have entered UK, reveals Food Standards Agency | The Independent

A “very small number” of European eggs that may be contaminated with a potentially harmful pesticide have entered the UK, the Food Standards Agency said on Monday. The watchdog said the threat to public health was “very low” and that the number of eggs involved represents about 0.0001 per cent of the eggs imported into the UK each year.

Source: Eggs linked to contamination scare in Europe have entered UK, reveals Food Standards Agency | The Independent

Despite persistent rain, local corn crop is plentiful, ready | TribLIVE

“The rain helped a lot once we got the corn planted,” said Katharine Paskorz of Paskorz Berry Farm in West Deer.

Paskorz started selling corn about a week ago, and is right on schedule, she said.

The Paskorz’s farm sells its corn at $6 for a dozen ears and $3 for a half-dozen, a deal considering a single ear is 60 cents.

Source: Despite persistent rain, local corn crop is plentiful, ready | TribLIVE

The hidden environmental costs of dog and cat food

Gregory Okin is quick to point out that he does not hate dogs and cats. Although he shares his home with neither — he is allergic, so his pets are fish — he thinks it is fine if you do. But if you do, he would like you to consider what their meat-heavy kibble and canned food are doing to the planet.

Okin, a geographer at UCLA, recently did that, and the numbers he crunched led to some astonishing conclusions. America’s 180 million or so Rovers and Fluffies gulp down about 25 percent of all the animal-derived calories consumed in the United States each year, according to Okin’s calculations.

Source: The hidden environmental costs of dog and cat food

German supermarket chain yanks eggs amid pesticide scare

A major supermarket chain said Friday it is removing all eggs from sale in its German stores amid a scare over possible pesticide contamination that Dutch producers fear will cost them millions of euros in lost income.

Aldi said the move was a “purely precautionary measure” and there’s believed to be no health risk. It said that, effective immediately, it will only accept eggs that have tested negative for the pesticide Fipronil.

The scare, which originated in the Netherlands and Belgium, has drawn growing attention in neighboring Germany. Germany’s agriculture minister and the European Commission both have said the situation is under control.

Source: German supermarket chain yanks eggs amid pesticide scare

US Food Products Packaged in China -patch.com

US Food Products Packaged in China

StarKist, once a unit of San Francisco-based Del Monte Foods, is now owned by South Korea’s Dongwon Industries. It was purchased by Dongwon five years ago for $363 million.

At the cannery inspection Nov. 2010, the FDA found “serious violations” involving StarKist’s seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point plan and its production of low-acid canned foods. FDA said both the canned tuna and pouched packed tuna being produced by StarKist on American Samoa are “adulterated.”

Source: US Food Products Packaged in China -patch.com

Schumer urges FDA to probe fast-food packaging health effects | Newsday

Fast-food wrappers, cups and cartons made with phthalates — a chemical banned in other household products — should be further investigated for their health effects

Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Senate minority leader, issued a letter to the head of the Food and Drug Administration on Sunday calling on the agency to launch a study into the consequences of using phthalates in food packaging. In his letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, Schumer notes that federal regulators have already banned six forms of the chemical, which is used to make products more “flexible and harder to break,” from being used in “children’s toys and other child care products, like those designed to facilitate sleeping, feeding, sucking or teething.”

Source: Schumer urges FDA to probe fast-food packaging health effects | Newsday

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Ben and Jerry’s ice cream test uncovers weedkiller glyphosate – Business Insider

Ben & Jerry’s is under fire after a test uncovered a controversial ingredient in its ice cream.

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) found glyphosate, the main ingredient in weedkillers like Roundup, in 10 out of 11 samples of the company’s ice cream flavors, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Source: Ben and Jerry’s ice cream test uncovers weedkiller glyphosate – Business Insider