Topic: fda

5 ‘Fancy’ Food Label Terms You Need To Understand Before You Buy Another Morsel

5 'Fancy' Food Label Terms You Need To Understand Before You Buy Another Morsel

How many times have you chosen the ‘artisanal’ loaf over the plain old baguette, or the ‘natural’ chicken to save some dollars on the organic stuff? Food label creators reach from an arsenal of fancy language to rope you into buying their product, so it’s important to be able to sniff out the bs from the truth. Here’s a glossary of some terms that can be misleading if you aren’t savvy to their meaning. More »

For Shame! Bakery Shut Down For Putting Extra Sugar & Fat In Their ‘Sugar-Free’ Treats, Acts Like It’s No Big Deal

For Shame! Bakery Shut Down For Putting Extra Sugar & Fat In Their 'Sugar-Free' Treats, Acts Like It's No Big Deal

The Butterfly Bakery in Clifton, New Jersey has some explaining to do. After a prolonged investigation, the FDA found that the bakery falsely labeled some of their products fat and sugar content, going as far as putting sugar into their “No Sugar Added” blueberry muffins. The company must remained closed until all of their products match what they actually put on the label. And according to the bakery, it’s really no big deal. More »

Out With The Snacks, In With The Structure: New FDA Proposal Could Ban School Junk Food

Out With The Snacks, In With The Structure: New FDA Proposal Could Ban School Junk Food

I still remember how my mom would occasionally give me an extra fifty cents to buy an ice cream cone or a cookie during lunch. It was a once-in-a-while thing — she didn’t let my brothers and I have a ton of junk — and always felt super special. In recent years, however, I’ve noticed that more and more kids come to school and wind up eating purely the fattiest, sweetest stuff they can get their hands on. And it’s really easy, too: the school is the one selling it. More »

5-Hour Energy Linked To 13 Deaths And ‘Spontaneous Abortion’; Why Is Anyone Still Buying Energy Drinks?

5-Hour Energy Linked To 13 Deaths And 'Spontaneous Abortion'; Why Is Anyone Still Buying Energy Drinks?

It seems there’s never been a better time to quit drinking caffeine, especially if you’re hooked on energy drinks: First, there was Monster; now, the FDA is saying that 5-Hour Energy was mentioned in 90 FDA filings–including 13 deaths and 30 life-threatening events, including a ‘spontaneous abortion’ (i.e. miscarriage)–over the past four years. And we thought soda was bad. More »

Monster Energy Drinks Have Too Much Caffeine? Venti Starbucks Coffee Has More

Monster Energy Drinks Have Too Much Caffeine? Venti Starbucks Coffee Has More

You may have heard that Monster energy drinks are under FDA investigation after being cited in five deaths and one heart attack. There’s also a wrongful death lawsuit against Monster, filed by the parents of 14-year-old Anais Fournier, who died due to caffeine toxicity. Yet as more details about these deaths comes out, it seems less clear exactly where fault lies — and how dangerous (or not) these drinks are. One 24-ounce can of Monster contains 240 milligrams of caffeine, about the same as one to two 8-ounce cups of coffee  – and significantly less than a venti at Starbucks, which comes in around 415 milligrams. More »

Recall Update: Peanut Butter Recall Now Impacts Whole Peanuts, Too

Recall Update: Peanut Butter Recall Now Impacts Whole Peanuts, Too

This peanut butter recall refuses to die. In fact, it keeps spreading. New reports from the FDA over the weekend noted that now, not only are hundreds of nut butters and peanut butter-containing snacks being recalled for potentially being tainted with Salmonella, but whole peanuts may be unsafe to eat, as well. The additional information has already impacted a variety of snack bars, and will likely soon start to trickle down toward train mixes and other nut-containing food items. More »