It’s okay to eat tomatoes, but hold the fresh peppers

More than a month after a nationwide alert connecting certain raw tomatoes to a rare form of salmonella, it's OK to eat all kinds of tomatoes again, according to the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reports Associated Press. But there’s a caution – hot peppers.

We all scream for ice cream, but …

Americans really do scream for real ice cream, according to new research from Mintel. In fact, nine in 10 consumers (89 percent) enjoyed a cool, creamy scoop in the past year. In comparison, only 59 percent ate novelties such as ice cream sandwiches or bars, 37 percent consumed sherbet and...

Bud goes global

Rumors have been circulating for weeks, and now Anheuser-Busch, which controls more than 48 percent of the American beer market, will no longer be American owned. Brussels, Belgium based InBev SA, the maker of Stella Artois and Beck's, said today it will buy U.S.

Carbonated beverage sales lose their fizz

The next few years mark a critical time for the U.S. beverage industry, executives and experts said at the recent Beverage Digest Wall Street Smarts conference, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. From 2003 to 2006, U.S. beverage sales grew some 4 percent annually, slowed to 2 percent growth last year and...

Americans still confident in our food supply

Even with the number of major recalls in recent years, many U.S. consumers remain confident in domestically produced food, including fresh produce, but more than 50 percent are wary of imported food and unsure about our food inspection system, according to a recent study, reports The Packer.

Going on staycation

Forty percent of Americans taking "staycations" this summer say they will grill outdoors more as part of their plans, according to the latest Weber GrillWatch Pulse of 1,094 adults from Palatine, Ill.-based Weber-Stephen Products Co. "Staycation" is relatively new term, but 15 percent of respondents recognized it as "a vacation...

Giving products new life

The charms of Mr. Peanut and the Michelin man may be stronger than you suspect, suggests a study published in the Journal of Consumer Research, reports CBS News. Consumers respond more to products brought to life with human traits and characteristics than unanimated goods, according to lead author Pankaj Aggarwal,...

Anti-germ lollipop fights cavities

Americans spent an estimated $85 billion on oral health care last year. Still, 79 percent of children will have a cavity by age 17. Dr. Wenyuan Shi, a medical microbiologist at UCLA, believes Americans are taking the wrong approach to fighting tooth decay, reports ABC News.

Fruit trumps cookies … maybe

Fruit is now the No. 1 one snack item parents give to children under the age of six, leading researchers to believe that parents are taking childhood nutrition more seriously, according to a survey by NPD Group.

Roadblocks to healthy changes

Although the vast majority of Americans (86 percent) attempt changes to improve their overall health, less than half of those who consider making lifestyle changes (46 percent) are actually successful, according to a Harris Interactive survey, commissioned by