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Don’t Be Afraid to Bring Home the Bacon; IARC Conclusions May Not Be What You Think »

October 27, 2015

By: Samantha Cooper, Manager, Food Safety and Quality Assurance

The news is filled with headlines about the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) carcinogenicity evaluation of the consumption of red meat and processed meat, classifying processed meat such as bacon and hot dogs as carcinogenic and red meat as probably carcinogenic. Some consumers seeing this announcement on their local news station or newspaper may grow fearful from this report, and might consider cutting these foods from their diet. We hope not.

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Food Rulemaking that Just isn’t Digestible »

October 20, 2015

By William Tatum, Director, Health and Nutrition Policy, Federal Affairs

GMA and others have raised strong concerns about a proposal made in July by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which included two pieces of labeling information about added sugars: a daily reference value (DRV) and a requirement to declare the percent daily value (DV.)

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Producers Big and Small Share Food Safety Responsibility »

October 14, 2015

By: Jennifer McEntire, PhD- Vice President, Science Operations

There is a commonly held, but erroneous belief that locally produced food and/or food from smaller establishments is safer. But when you take a deep dive into the facts an interesting picture emerges: bigger producers far away from your home actually produce very safe food.  

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A Need to Educate and Collaborate on Food Waste; Reflections from last week’s FWRA Food Waste Stakeholder Convening »

October 13, 2015

By: Meghan Stasz, Senior Director of Sustainability

Food waste is a major issue in the U.S. and globally, and last Tuesday, the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA) held an all-day meeting with other industry stakeholders focused on wasted food in the U.S. and spent the day discussing what is being done to address the problem.

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2015 Dietary Guidelines Should Be Based on Sound Science »

October 6, 2015

By William Tatum, Director, Health and Nutrition Policy, Federal Affairs

One of the main principles of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is that public policies must be based on sound science, and that’s why our organization is so interested in a House hearing Wednesday on the recommendations of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC).

The House Agriculture Committee hearing will review the process for developing the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell.

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Facts Up Front: a dietitian’s point of view »

October 5, 2015

By: Kim Kirchherr, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE, FAND

When I first became a dietitian, it was from personal interest and commitment to health and wellness for myself and my family.  This translated to a strong commitment to inspire and lead by example, making it fun to put actionable science and credible nutrition information to work for the audiences I serve and for the individual patients who, through education, are learning to manage their health conditions.

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