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Food Safety Issues with Shrimp?

Shrimp by-catch (Location: East Coast of Florida)

Shrimp by-catch (Location: East Coast of Florida) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shrimp are very popular on U.S. menus.  But there is concern about how it is produced, mainly in Southeast Asia and some concerns about bycatch in wild-caught shrimp.   Here is a very comprehensive report about shrimp safety from Consumer Reports.  Fortunately I live in North Carolina and only buy wild-caught North Carolina shrimp.  I buy them frozen after asking about how long they keep the thawed shrimp in the case and was told anywhere from 2 -5 days.

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Campbell and GMO Labeling?

Wow!  Never thought we would see this happening.  Campbell has decided to disclose whether its ingredient are genetically modified!  Will more companies follow?  We shall see. This appears to be a great victory for those who support GMO labeling.  And kudos to Vermont with its labeling law passage.  This will be interesting to watch as it evolves.

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The Problem with Diet Advice?

Let’s face it. The results of nutrition research is often frustrating to sort out and this article tells us why.  What to do?  I look at the big picture by studying epidemiological evidence such as diet patterns.  An example might be studying  the countries of the Mediterranean region and those of the Blue Zones which investigates the lifestyles of long-living healthy populations.

Epidemiology is the study of patterns of disease in human populations. Because epidemiological studies look directly at humans rather than infer results from animal studies, they provide the best tool for measuring environmental risks to humans.

Epidemiological studies provide evidence, not proof. A limitation is the uncertainty which is inherent in these types of studies.

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The Dietary Guidelines: What They Should Have Said

A sustainable approach similar to that of the Dietary Guidelines (DG) original advisory panel recommendations, before it became altered by the food industry and the government should be defined.  If we are successful in improving our food culture for better health and the environment, this approach has to become a reality.  The info-graph says it all at a glance. This past year  91 congressmen and senators who voiced criticism of the DG advisory panel recommendations received over $3 million dollars of donations from the food-related industry.

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Common Sense about the Dietary Guidelines

Since it is still Dietary Guidelines week, a final word from Michael Pollan on how we should use or not use them.  There is lots of common sense and a basic reality on how they are formed in the U.S. However, Brazil has the best!!!  Check them out on a previous post HERE.

There is also a link in the article about Brazil’s Guidelines.

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