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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. 

Does Hen Housing Matter In Egg Safety?

2/3/2012

Researchers have been looking at the food safety implications of different hen housing methods, but research is underway in the United States. Researcher Dr. Deana Jones is studying the potential for food safety issues based on hens in different housing systems, and Dr. Jeroen Dewulf, a researcher in Europe, pointed out the vast differences in European egg production compared with United States egg production, and that the European research should be used cautiously to predict food safety in eggs in the U.S. 

Salt: How much is too much?

1/12/2012

When it comes to sodium, Best Food Facts experts agree: we need to pay attention to sodium levels in the foods we eat. To decrease sodium consumption, experts encourage choosing foods closest to their natural state and checking labels for foods with less sodium.

Dairy Allergy or Intolerance: Could carrageenan be to blame?

1/5/2012

Best Food Facts recently received a reader question from Margie asking, "Why is carrageenan added to so many dairy foods? My daughter is allergic."

To answer the question, we reached out to Dr. Roger Clemens, Adjunct Professor, Pharmacology & Pharmaceutical Sciences, USC School of Pharmacy.

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?"

Top Posts of 2011

12/30/2011

As the year winds down, we'd like to thank all of our readers for taking time to learn more about our food system. We appreciate your comments and questions! We'd also like to thank our food system experts for providing their thoughts and expertise throughout the year.

Holiday Leftovers: Keeping them safe

12/27/2011

As you make efforts to use up those holiday leftovers and prepare dishes like this low-fat turkey and veggie bake

Decoding food labels

12/21/2011

In the U.S., we are privileged to have so many food choices. When buying grocerries, we can choose from products labeled as natural, organic and free-range, among others. But what do all of those labels really mean? Best Food Facts searched out definitions for a few labels from the USDA, which regulates meat, poultry and processed egg products. For simplification, we have bolded the main takeaways in the definitions, but have kept the full definition available in case you would like more specific information.

Beef Recall: What you need to know

12/19/2011

Ground beef products from a Nebraska meatpacker have been recalled from 16 states, due to possible E. coli contamination. Look for your state here.

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?"

Arsenic in Your Apple Juice? Expert weighs in

12/1/2011

 

Following up on Dr. Oz's research finding arsenic in apple juice, Connie Diekman, RD, says she's not worried about the juice we have at home in our cupboards, but she would like to see more research and education about how juice should more appropriately fit into a healful eating plan. As we exit a holiday filled with positive stories and reasons to give thanks, we find one causing much concern - and reasonably so. As reported by several online sourcestelevision showsvideos and bloggers, there are, once again, questions about arsenic in juice. 

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: 

Turkey Time! Tips for a safe and sane feast

11/22/2011

The time to give thanks for all we have is here… as is the stress of preparing a meal with big expectations! Let’s hope we can all get through it without starting the turkey on fire or sending our guests away with food poisoning!

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