Unlike some other countries, junk food remains inexpensive and easily accessible in Australia and is widely marketed to kids.
UK supermarket chains have dropped the use of “best before” date labels to reduce the amount of food being thrown out when it’s still perfectly edible. It’s just as big a problem in Australia.
Looking to save money on your grocery bill but not sure about home-brand food? It’s actually a healthy option, with a few exceptions.
South Africa should introduce regulations that mandate the nutritional labelling of fast foods. This will help consumers make informed dietary choices.
Most U.S.-grown soybeans are genetically modified, so products containing them may be required to carry the new ‘bioengineered’ label.
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There’s a new label on many US food products – here’s what it means and who pushed to add it.
Labels are not the only tool needed in the effort to prevent noncommunicable disease.
It’s not clear how health claims could be substantiated, enforced or understood, but there are other ways to encourage healthy food choices.
Up to 35% of people misdiagnose themselves (or their children) with a food intolerance or allergy. It’s time to set the record straight.
New processed food products might contain what would otherwise be waste from other foods.
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The cost of food that gets trashed anywhere between the farm and your plate is hundreds of billions of dollars a year in just the US. But a lot can be salvaged as ingredients for other food products.
Do you know where your coffee comes from? The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of knowing about our supply chains. Here, a woman carries harvested coffee beans in a coffee plantation in Mount Gorongosa, Mozambique, in August 2019.
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The COVID-19 crisis highlights the importance of supply chains. But even with the increased recent attention, most supply chains remain murky. Consumers can play a key role in lifting that cloud.
A seafood counter is shown at a store in Toronto in 2018. A study that year found 61 per cent of seafood products tested at Montréal grocery stores and restaurants were mislabelled. Fish is a common victim of food fraud.
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Trust in our global food supply chains remains a concern. For the foreseeable future, much of Canada’s food fraud remains hidden in plain sight, sitting right there on our grocery store shelves.
There are still some serious issues around food labelling that must be addressed and enforcement is one of them.
Standard serving sizes are anything but standard.
When a manufacturer lists a serving size on their food label, it’s based on their expectations of what you’ll eat, not what the dietary guidelines recommend.
Botany defines milk as a kind of juice or sap, usually white in colour, found in certain plants. Plant-based liquids have been called milk for centuries.
Margarine makers once had to colour their product pink. Calls to restrict the use of the word milk are similarly protectionist.
A government-commissioned report estimated that South Australia’s ban on genetically modified crops cost canola growers A$33 million since 2004.
South Australia has lifted its moratorium on GM crops, while Tasmania has extended its ban. But the question should no longer be a simple binary of being “for” or “against” GM technology.
Most consumers are unaware that the Health Star Rating system is compensatory, and that one negative nutritional attribute, such as high sugar, can be cancelled out by a positive attribute like fibre.
A food heath labelling system Australia and New Zealand introduced five years ago is under review and needs a significant overhaul to make it useful for consumers looking for healthy options.
Will food laws change as more GM foods are created?
With Gottlieb’s departure from the FDA imminent, what should we expect from the FDA? How is it likely to regulate the still controversial genetically engineered foods?
What is in these products? And if additives don’t affect your health, would you care?
Food fraud, the centuries-old problem that won’t go away.
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Dairy farmers used to put sheep brains and chalk in skim milk to make it look frothier and whiter. Coffee, honey and wine have also been past targets of food fraudsters. Can the law ever keep up?
Interested in a juicy burger grown in the lab?
Cultured meat comes from cells in a lab, not muscles in an animal. While regulatory and technological aspects are being worked out, less is known about whether people are up for eating this stuff.
Testing the claims.
It may come as a shock to discover that businesses are allowed to pay local authorities for advice on environmental health standards and food labelling.
Vermont has had food labels that indicate food has been ‘partially produced with genetic engineering.’
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Vermonters’ views on labels for genetically engineered foods shed light on consumers’ views, as the federal government considers mandatory labels.