Here are some of the best food stories we came across this week:
- Starbucks Vows to Stop Using Dye Made from Beetles – The coffee behemoth has been using a red dye made from ground beetles in a number of its beverages. It will be phasing the dye out and replacing it with lycopene, a tomato-based extract, by the end of June.
- Returning Veterans Learn to be Organic Farmers – An innovative program, From Combat Boots to Cowboy Boots, is part of a burgeoning farming movement that helps young soldiers re-entering civilian life become organic farmers. According to the Agriculture Department, half of all farmers are likely to retire in the next decade.
- ‘Tuna Scrape’ Recalled After Salmonella Outbreak – The distributor of tuna scraped off the fishes’ bones that is commonly used in spicy tuna rolls recalled 58,828 pounds of it after a salmonella outbreak made sushi diners ill in 20 states and the District of Columbia.
- U.S. Fast Food has More Salt Than it Does Abroad – The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a report showing fast food in America contains more sodium than the same fast food sold in Europe and Australia — even the salads.
- Study Links Plastic Food Packaging with BPA Ingestion – A study published in Environmental Health Perspectives showed that plastic food packaging is a major source of potentially harmful chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalate DEHP, and most Americans are ingesting them via food packaged in plastic.
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