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Consumer questions: White goo on chicken - what is it?

3/6/2012

 

We received this inquiry from Best Food Facts reader Kathleen:

“Can anything be done on how we raise our chickens? The breasts are huge. Way too big. Then they put some solution in them which leaks out white goo while they’re cooking. On top, they have no taste. We can’t afford to buy Bell and Evens. There’s got to be a better way.”

Antibiotics For Animals: Dangerous for Humans?

2/29/2012

 

With all the buzz over questions about whether antibiotics fed to animals raised for food cause human antibiotic resistance, it seems apparent that this issue is at the forefront of consumer concerns. As well, we received the questions, “Why are antibiotics fed to livestock inside CAFOs or feedlots? Is this dangerous to humans?” from http://www.fooddialogues.com/. To address the topic, and as a follow up to our previous posts on the subject, we asked experts Dr. Peter Davies and Dr. H. Scott Hurd to respond.

"Pink Slime" in Chicken Nuggets?

2/22/2012

 

After an inquiry regarding mechanically separated chicken in chicken nuggets, we asked Dr. Casey Owens from the University of Arkansas for some clarification. She maintains that this is not the process used to make nuggets.

Many of you have seen it: the so-called "pink slime" video where food celebrity Jamie Oliver seeks to demonstrate to children how chicken nuggets are made. 

Bleach on carrots? Consumer question answered.

1/4/2012

We received the following inquiry from DeLyla regarding the white film on carrots:

"What is the scoop regarding baby carrots made from deformed carrots and then added bleach to them? Then, after a few days in your refrigerator the carrots get a white film on them? Is this chlorine and is it safe or does this cause health issues and or cancer?"

Pickle Juice – The New Sports Drink?

1/3/2012

We’ve been seeing some recent articles touting pickle juice as an aid to reduce muscle cramping. And companies are marketing the juice as a sports drink. To determine whether pickle juice packs this kind of a punch, we asked nationally renowned expert on nutrition and fitness Dr. Liz Applegate, Director of Sports Nutrition at the University of California-Davis, to weigh in on the topic.

What could be causing early puberty in girls? Expert clarifies reader question.

12/8/2011

In the post, Hormones in Milk: Are They Causing Early Puberty in Girls, we wondered, what is causing early maturity in girls? Based on what Dr. Ann Macrina indicated, it could be any of several factors.

One of our readers, Dan, asked for clarification from Dr. Macrina: "Dr. Macrina indicated it could be any of several factors – better nourishment, higher body weight and some even suggest exposure to chemicals. Does Dr. Macrina mean chemicals like pesticides and herbicides?"

Corporate Influence over Food Regulations? Reader question answered.

11/30/2011

We received the following question from Kat:

"Many of the experts’ responses indicate that the responsibility for monitoring food safety and standards, including the effects of GM food and pesticides on human health and living conditions for animals, rests with government agencies such as the EPA, the FDA, and the USDA. Given the frequency of corporate executives in government positions, especially in the food and agriculture industries, how heavily are food policies and legislature influenced by corporate interests? To what extent is there a conflict of interest and how can we be sure that food policies and legislation are in the best interest of the consumer rather than the corporation?"

To answer the question, we engaged two experts - one with a focus on public policy and another with experience serving in Washington. Here are their responses: 

Consumer Question - More Food Contamination Issues?

11/15/2011

 

Best Food Facts recently received a question from Marie asking, “It seems there were more food contamination issues in the past few years than usual. Is the problem growing?”

We’ve seen it in the news, too – Listeria outbreaks in cantaloupeSalmonella in chicken livers and E. coli in ground beef, to name a few. To answer Marie’s question, we contacted Dr. Julie Albrecht, from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, for some insight on foodborne illness.

Will Reducing Meat Consumption Help the Environment?

9/28/2011

We all want to do our part to help save the planet, right? Since farm animals create carbon emissions, will eating less meat create a cleaner environment?

Weird Food News

9/14/2011

Best Food Facts found strange news about food!

Doctors Orders: Drink Milk to Help With Lactose Intolerance

9/7/2011

Dr. Dennis Savaiano discusses foods to help with lactose intolerance.

Consumer Question - Is It OK to Use Leftover Onions?

8/16/2011

Blog post from Dr. Ruth MacDonald about using leftover vegetables and onions.

Part Two: Eggs – Organic, Cage-Free, Free-Range… What’s The Difference?

7/28/2011

Dr. Darrin Karcher and Dr. Scott Beyer discuss behaviors of egg laying hens as well as current production practices. This is the second in a three-week series.

Eggs – Organic, Cage–Free, Free-Range… What’s The Difference?

7/19/2011

Dr. Darrin Karcher and Dr. Patricia Hester define some common terms found on egg cartons at the grocery store - as well as the advantages and disadvantages to the housing systems for hens laying those eggs.

Milk Wars

7/13/2011

Comments on the Los Angeles school district flavored milk ban with Dr. Andrea Garber and Dr. Ruth MacDonald

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