8:25 AM, Feb 27, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama wants to make changes to the Nutrition Facts label. It is all "part of an effort to help families make healthier choices," according to the White House.
"Today, First Lady Michelle Obama joined Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg at the White House to announce proposed revisions to the Nutrition Facts label, which has been significantly updated only once since its initial release twenty years ago. The Nutrition Facts label is found on roughly 700,000 products. The updates announced today support the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative in its ongoing efforts to provide parents and families with access to information that helps them make healthier choices," reads a White House press release.
“Our guiding principle here is very simple: that you as a parent and a consumer should be able to walk into your local grocery store, pick up an item off the shelf, and be able to tell whether it’s good for your family,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “So this is a big deal, and it’s going to make a big difference for families all across this country.”
The proposed updates are intended to reflect the latest scientific information about the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease. The proposed label would also replace out-of-date serving sizes to better align with the amount consumers actually eat, and it would feature a fresh design to highlight key parts of the label such as calories and serving sizes.
“For 20 years consumers have come to rely on the iconic nutrition label to help them make healthier food choices,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “To remain relevant, the FDA’s newly proposed Nutrition Facts label incorporates the latest in nutrition science as more has been learned about the connection between what we eat and the development of serious chronic diseases impacting millions of Americans.”
Some of the FDA’s proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts label are:
· Require information about the amount of “added sugars” in a food product. Based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans determination that calorie intake from added sugar is too high in the U.S. population and should be reduced. The FDA proposes to include “added sugars” on the label to help consumers know how much sugar has been added to the product.
· Update serving size requirements to reflect the amounts people currently eat. What and how much people eat and drink has changed since the serving sizes were first put into place in 1994. By law, serving sizes must be based on the portion consumers actually eat, rather than the amount they “should” be eating.
· Present calorie and nutrition information for the whole package of certain food products that could be consumed in one sitting or in multiple sittings.
· Refresh the format to emphasize certain elements, such as calories, serving sizes and Percent Daily Value, which are important in addressing current public health problems like obesity and heart disease.
7:44 AM, Feb 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama joined Jimmy Fallon and Will Ferrell, who were both dressed in drag, for a sketch last night on the Tonight Show.
Michelle Obama uses the comedy skit to talk up exercising--and they also talk about the Olympics. Then they discuss unhealthy foods, and she makes Fallon and Ferrell eat kale chips instead of potato chips, which they all act like they enjoy eating.
11:02 AM, Dec 11, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The team plays badly. The coach coaches badly. The owner owners badly. The fight song is revolting and the name is an offense against the laws of political correctness. But other than that …
11:15 AM, Nov 28, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
It is the pièce de résistance in feast that includes, in my family’s case: smoked turkey with oyster stuffing, Smithfield ham, Brussels sprouts, green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and various other basics. For desert there will be pies: pecan, apple, pumpkin, shoo fly, and coconut cream. All manner of good things. But the fried turkey is the star of this show.
1:41 PM, Oct 14, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama stopped by Martha's Table food pantry in Washington, D.C. and put on a green apron:
8:21 AM, Oct 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
An Allentown, Pennsylvania TV station reports that, because of Obamacare, one mother is forced to choose between a "new health plan or putting food on the table":
"One mother tells us the choice for her has come down to selecting a new health plan or putting food on the table," reporter Will Lewis says.
"A small group of people bound together by the need for health insurance, all say they are the people that the Affordable Care Act is not helping."
7:27 AM, Aug 12, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Good news for foodies. Not that they really need any these days but ... still. As Lauren Salkeld reports on the Epicurious blog, Epilog
3:02 PM, Jul 9, 2013 • By BLAKE HURST
The Grocery Manufacturers Association is hosting a Washington, D.C. summit tomorrow, July 10, inviting over 300 companies to discuss the labeling of genetically modified foods.
11:11 AM, Jul 4, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The hot dog is in decline in America, writes Paul Lukas at Bloomberg, and one thinks, "What isn't?" What institution, anyway. If everything were not in decline, then what would there be for journalists to write about (see Andrew Ferguson on George Packer and Haynes Johnson) and what would politicians have to campaign about?
3:25 PM, Jun 28, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
At the Radisson Blu in Dakar, Senegal, President Obama tried to get reporters to write about issues he believes are important. "[M]illet and maize and fertilizer doesn’t always make for sexy copy, but I very much hope that all the press who were in attendance today generate a story about this," Obama told the press.
The remarks came after a Food Security Expo in the African nation.
Recommends more government regulations and increased government and media pressure anyway.1:14 PM, Jun 21, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thursday published the results of a study on the effects of nutrition labeling on fast-food menus from 2005 to 2011. Researchers were interested in the impact of locally instituted regulations by various states and municipalities, including New York City, on the overall "healthfulness" of menu offerings.
3:34 PM, Jun 7, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Two U.S. senators want to build a "special Catfish Office" at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to Senator John McCain. The "Catfish Office" would cost $15 million a year.
4:27 PM, Apr 5, 2013 • By JIM SWIFT
A restaurant where President Obama took winners of his 2012 campaign’s “Dinner with Barack” contest was forced to close this week because it was cited for failing to comply with Washington, D.C.’s health and sanitation regulations.