Today's Abstract FNS April 2009

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April 27, 2009

Today's Abstract FNS April 2009

In this month’s issue of Food, Nutrition, & Science from The Lempert Report: Earth Day, 365 Days a Year, Obama Picks Hamburg for FDA, Shopper Attitudes Toward Recalls, and more. In the news, last week marked the 39th anniversary of the first Earth Day, celebrated annually on April 22nd. More than 20 million people across the U.S. are estimated to have participated in that first Earth Day back in 1970. More than a billion people, in 180 nations around the globe, celebrate the holiday today. While celebrating the Earth with organized birthday festivities is a great way to remind consumers about the importance of preserving precious resources, we also believe that sustainable practices should not be limited to a single, yearly event. In this month’s Food Safety Update column over the last decade, the Food and Drug Administration has come under scrutiny for not recognizing problems – like the recent outbreak associated with peanuts – sooner. With the FDA budget lagging behind agencies like the CDC, and a growing list of scandals (i.e. Vioxx and tainted pet food) many legislators have advocated for a full-blown FDA makeover. Now, with Obama’s nomination of Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Hamburg for FDA commissioner, they might get exactly that. And, in this month’s Shoppers and Trends column, only about 60% of Americans report ever having looked for recalled food in their homes, according to a recent study from the Rutgers University Food Policy Institute. The study, which talked to a random sample of adults in all 50 states, was designed to provide insight into consumers’ current responses to food recalls. CLICK HERE to read these stories and more.

In this month’s issue of Food, Nutrition, & Science from The Lempert ReportEarth Day, 365 Days a Year, Obama Picks Hamburg for FDA, Shopper Attitudes Toward Recalls, and more.  

In the news, last week marked the 39th anniversary of the first Earth Day, celebrated annually on April 22nd. More than 20 million people across the U.S. are estimated to have participated in that first Earth Day back in 1970. More than a billion people, in 180 nations around the globe, celebrate the holiday today. While celebrating the Earth with organized birthday festivities is a great way to remind consumers about the importance of preserving precious resources, we also believe that sustainable practices should not be limited to a single, yearly event.

In this month’s Food Safety Update column over the last decade, the Food and Drug Administration has come under scrutiny for not recognizing problems – like the recent outbreak associated with peanuts – sooner. With the FDA budget lagging behind agencies like the CDC, and a growing list of scandals (i.e. Vioxx and tainted pet food) many legislators have advocated for a full-blown FDA makeover. Now, with Obama’s nomination of Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Hamburg for FDA commissioner, they might get exactly that.

And, in this month’s Shoppers and Trends column, only about 60% of Americans report ever having looked for recalled food in their homes, according to a recent study from the Rutgers University Food Policy Institute. The study, which talked to a random sample of adults in all 50 states, was designed to provide insight into consumers’ current responses to food recalls.

CLICK HERE to read these stories and more.
 
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