Bill would standardize warnings on food, drink
A bill poised to pass the House Mar. 2 would impose uniform safety warnings and labeling rules on food and beverages nationwide -- a significant change from current practices that the food industry argues will help consumers but many state agriculture and health officials fear will significantly reduce their ability to protect the public.
Beverages can add to weight gain
Each year, weight gain sneaks up on millions of Americans who indulge in high-calorie drinks. Beverages now make up 21 percent of our daily calorie consumption. That's nothing to hiccup at as obesity and diabetes sweep the nation. The first beverage guidance system was recently devised to help consumers like you and me maintain a healthy weight.
Behind the headlines: More on BSE from USDA
This transcript of a June 10 tele-news conference with Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns and Dr. John Clifford, Chief Veterinary Officer, Animal Plant Health Inspection Service provides USDA's take on its further analysis of previously inconclusive BSE test results.
Beer is losing its fizz among the drinking set
Though beer is still the most-quaffed alcoholic beverage in the country by far, it is slowly losing its grip around the marketplace edges. From 1998 through last year, beer's share of all alcohol servings slipped from 59.6 percent to 58.1 percent.