New FDA nutrition labels a long time coming

The federal government is overhauling nutrition labels in light of public health research that reveals what is lacking in the country’s diet. The changes, spearheaded by the Obama administration and proposed by the Food and Drug Administration in February, are aimed at making healthy eating easier for the consumer.

Reporter’s guide: investigating meat, poultry and eggs

Multiple federal and state agencies have roles in the regulation of our food system. When a problem occurs, producers, consumers and even members of the media can have a hard time figuring out which agency to turn to for answers. While each specific case can have its nuances, here is a general guideline for the oversight process of domestic production and distribution of chicken and meat.

Beef recall expanded nationwide; politicians seek more information

Earlier this month, the Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that the California-based Rancho Feeding Corporation was recalling about 9 million pounds of “diseased and unsound” meat. At first, the recall only affected consumers in five states. Now, weeks after the recall was first issued, it has been expanded across the country.

California plant recalls nearly 9 million pounds of uninspected, unsound beef

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service recently announced that a California plant had to recall nearly 9 million pounds of beef processed from “diseased and unsound animals.” The beef was produced by Rancho Feeding Corporation – based in Petaluma, Calif. In addition to using diseased and unsold animals, a news release on the recall also stated that the products were shipped out to stores without the benefit of a full federal inspection, making them “unfit for human food.