Food Safety

3:57am

Fri January 24, 2014
Around the Nation

Drinking Water Not Tested For Tens Of Thousands Of Chemicals

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 6:48 pm

Al Jones of the West Virginia Department of General Services tests water as he flushes faucets and opens a rest room at the State Capitol in Charleston, W. Va., on Jan. 13, four days after a chemical spill into the Elk River. It wasn't until Jan. 21 that state officials were told by Freedom Industries that a second contaminant had also entered the river.
Steve Helber AP

The fact that a second contaminant in West Virginia's drinking water eluded detection for nearly two weeks — despite intense testing of the water — reveals an important truth about how companies test drinking water: In most cases, they only find the contaminants they're looking for.

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2:45pm

Thu January 23, 2014
The Salt

Potential Carcinogen In Colas Has FDA Reviewing Data

4-MEI, a chemical created during the manufacturing of caramel color used to dye sodas brown, is under new scrutiny.
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A new study from Consumer Reports finds varying levels of a chemical compound classified as a possible human carcinogen in many popular brands of soda.

The findings have prompted the Food and Drug Administration to take a new look at the compound, 4-methylimidazole — or 4-MEI for short. It is found in the caramel color that soda makers use to dye the drinks brown.

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9:48am

Mon January 6, 2014
Business

Cheerios GMO-Free Decision Mostly About Marketing

Boxes of the oat-based cereal Cheerios will soon sport a GMO-free label, a move that wasn't hard to make.
Credit laffy4k / Flickr/Creative Commons

A popular breakfast cereal will soon sport a label on its familiar yellow box declaring it free of genetically modified ingredients, both a win for anti-GMO activists and the mark of a big food company looking to tap into a niche market for its product.

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1:54pm

Tue December 10, 2013
Health

Rodent Activity Responsible For Windsor Company's Meat Recall

Most products recalled are prepackaged sausage, jerky and pork.
Credit Fraser Lewry / Flickr/Creative Commons

1:13pm

Tue December 3, 2013
Agriculture

The Push For GMO Labeling Comes To Colorado

Protesters in Denver rallied this past summer at the state capitol, asking legislators to act on a GMO labeling rule.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

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