USDA and HHS Unveil New Dietary Guidelines
The release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans includes 23 Key Recommendations for the general population; includes advice to switch to fat-free or low-fat milk; drink water instead of sugary drinks and choose low sodium foods.
USDA head downplays calls to cut biofuel mandate
Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer said ethanol is not having a "major" impact on food prices, and downplayed calls by lawmakers and industry groups to make changes to programs that promote increased use of biofuels.
USDA list would pinpoint locations of recalled meat
For the first time, the Department of Agriculture is proposing that consumers be told which supermarkets and retail outlets have sold meat or poultry that is subject to a recall because of safety concerns.
Vermont Passes Genetic Labeling Bill
The Vermont House of Representatives approved H.112 on May 10. The bill will go to the senate next in fall 2013. If passed, the earliest the act could become law is January 2014.