Government Data Shows Rise in Recalls of Organic Foods

Government Data Shows Rise in Recalls of Organic Foods
Data Shows Rise in Recalls of Organic Foods

Data from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Agriculture shows a sharp increase in the number of recalls of organic food products.

Stericycle, a company that handles recalls for businesses, uses this government data to compile quarterly reports on food recalls. Organic food products accounted for 7 percent of all food units recalled so far this year, compared with 2 percent of those recalled last year, according to the New York Times.

Organic food accounted for only 1 percent of the total units recalled in 2012 and 2013. Kevin Pollack, Stericycle vice president, said the growing demand for organic ingredients was at least partly responsible for the increase in organic food recalls. Pollack said it is “striking” that since 2012, “all organic recalls have been driven by bacterial contamination, like salmonella, listeria and hepatitis A, rather than a problem with a label.” Bacterial contamination can cause serious illnesses and deaths, especially for the very young, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that food-borne illnesses cause about 3,000 deaths annually. The overall amount of food recalled because of suspected bacterial contamination has increased this year, adding to an upward trend in food recalls since 2012, according to the Times. Stericycle predicts a 24 percent increase in the number of food units that will be recalled this year, the Times reports.

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Chemicals Used to Replace DEHP May be Just as Dangerous, Research Shows

Chemicals Used to Replace DEHP May be Just as Dangerous
Chemicals Used to Replace DEHP May be Just as Dangerous

About a decade ago, consumer plastics manufacturers began removing DEHP – a chemical that is a probable human carcinogen – from their products in a move that was hailed as an advancement in the interest of public health. Now new research suggests the chemicals used in place of DEHP may be just as harmful.

In an issue of the journal Hypertension, researchers say they have found an association between high blood pressure and the presence of DINP and DIDP, two replacements for DEHP. In a separate study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, the same researchers link the chemicals to insulin resistance, Time.com reports. Continue reading Chemicals Used to Replace DEHP May be Just as Dangerous, Research Shows

“Diet” Artificial Sweeteners may be Making Consumers Fat and Sick, Study Finds

Artificial Sweeteners may be Making Consumers Fat and Sick
Artificial Sweeteners Making Consumers Fat & Sick

If you love diet soda or you always stir in a couple of packets of aspartame, sucralose or saccharine into your morning coffee, you may be setting yourself up for obesity, diabetes and other health problems.

Israeli researchers discovered last year that mice who consumed artificial sweeteners were more likely to become obese and develop glucose intolerance. They found that these products change the number of intestinal bacteria that impact metabolism, which converts food to energy or stored fuel. Conceivably, if the link exists in mice, it may also exist in humans, according to Scientific American.

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Recalled Kraft Macaroni & Cheese may Contain Small Metal Parts

 Recalled Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Contains Small Metal Parts

Recalled Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Contains Small Metal Parts

Kraft Foods Group recalled about 242,000 cases of its Original flavor of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner over concerns that the products contain small metal parts.

The affected 7.25-ounce boxes have “Best When Used By” dates of September 18, 2015 through October 11, 2015, and are imprinted with the code “C2” directly below the date on each individual box. The “C2” refers to a specific production line on which the affected product was made, according to an FDA press release on the agency’s website. Continue reading Recalled Kraft Macaroni & Cheese may Contain Small Metal Parts