Health benefit of trans fat ban questioned

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A nutrition expert says the government’s ban on artificial trans fats in processed foods won’t have a huge impact on health. Jeremy Davis, assistant professor at Southern Illinois University, says the removal of partially hydrogenated oils, where trans fats are found, will not have the effects the Food and Drug Administration says it will. HEALTHY… Read more »

White House wants updated biotech product strategies

The White House is ordering three federal agencies to update their strategies for regulating biotech products. A memorandum telling the USDA, EPA and FDA to “prevent unnecessary barriers to future innovation and competitiveness” says the agencies must improve “transparency, coordination, predictability and efficiency” while they continue “to protect health and the environment.” The White House-established… Read more »

High oleic oils on rise as trans fats on the way out

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Expect to see more high oleic oils as ingredients and eventually at the store. What is high oleic food oil?  It’s an oil with health properties that are healthy for the heart.  High oleic sunflower oil and soybean oil are a few examples. Russ Sanders’ company, DuPont Pioneer, makes Plenish oil from high oleic soybeans. Plenish has no… Read more »

Plenish™ possibilities increase

The makers of Plenish™ High-Oleic soybeans see continued growth for the product now that the Food and Drug Administration has decided to have artificial trans-fats removed from processed foods. Russ Sanders with DuPont Pioneer tells Brownfield this decision has been a long time coming, “You can go back as far as 2002 when FDA first… Read more »

Why ban trans fats?

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The Food and Drug Administration is making food manufacturers get rid of artificial trans fats in processed foods over the next three years. But, what are artificial trans fats? They are found in partially hydrogenated oils often used in processed foods.  But what are those? HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Trans fat ban (1:30 mp3): FDA – Trans fats

ASA: Trans fat decision means opportunity

The government’s phase-out of trans fats in processed foods has further opened opportunities for soybean growers. High-oleic soybeans have no trans fats and Wade Cowan, president of the American Soybean Association, says high oleics can replace partially hydrogenated oils which DO contain trans fats. He tells Brownfield Ag News, U.S. growers want to meet the… Read more »

Veterinary Feed Directive final rule

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released its Veterinary Feed Directive final rule, which provides oversight of important antibiotics used in feed for food animals. Dr. Ron DeHaven, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) CEO says AVMA fully supports the provision and the flexibility and consistency it provides. “It provides greater veterinary oversight, something short… Read more »

White House holds Antibiotic Stewardship Forum

In another step to combat antibiotic resistant bacteria, President Obama has signed a memorandum declaring the role the federal government will have in the responsible use of medically important antibiotics in the meat and poultry supply chain. “Within 120 days the General Services Administration (GSA) will initiate a process to make meat and poultry produced… Read more »

Should added sugars be added to nutrition panel?

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So, what about adding added sugars on nutrition labels? The Corn Refiners Association, which represents makers of corn-based sweeteners, says the U.S. dietary guidelines committee’s recommendation on added sugars is not scientifically sound and would confuse consumers. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Adding added sugars to labels (1:30 mp3):  

Listeria and recent recalls

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Recent recalls about listeria bacteria have caused concern. But a food safety specialist says recalls are reassurance.  Joan Hagerfeld Baker with South Dakota State University talks about the outbreak in several states from contaminated Blue Bell ice cream. She says recalls mean the food safety system is working. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Listeria related recalls (1:30… Read more »