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Draft Guidance to Food Industry for Voluntarily Reducing Sodium in Processed and Commercially Prepared Food

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Food/Nutrition,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

Press release about request for public comments on proposed agency guidance that would create voluntary sodium reduction targets for the food industry.  Describes current average sodium intake of Americans, the proposed target amounts, and the science behind sodium reduction and health improvement.  From the Food and Drug Administration


Food Security Among Hispanic Adults in the United States, 2011-2014

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Hispanics,Income/Poverty,Statistics

Estimates the extent and severity of food insecurity across diverse groups of Hispanic households.  Food insecurity was worse among Hispanics identifying as Mexicans, Central/South American, and Puerto Rican than among those identifying as Cuban.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Daily Water Intake Among U.S. Men and Women, 2009-2012

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Health/Medical,Statistics

Describes water needs and average amounts consumed by age, sex, and race/Hispanic origin.  Also covers sources of water consumed. From the National Center for Health Statistics


Consumer Expenditures Midyear Update, July 2014 Through June 2015 Average

Reports that average consumer expenditures were up 5.9% compared with the 2013-2014 midyear average.  Average incomes also increased by 6.6%.  Covers average household expenditures by specific categories.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

(education     energy     food/nutrition     health/medical     housing/homelessness     prices/inflation     statistics     transportation)

Genetically Engineered Crops: USDA Needs to Enhance Oversight and Better Understand Impacts of Unintended Mixing with Other Crops

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Environment,Food/Nutrition,Health/Medical,Science/Technology

Proponents assert that GE crops are more pest-resistant, require less labor, and increase productivity.  Opponents cite possible harm to agriculture, the environment, and humans.  This report examines steps federal agencies have taken to regulate GE crops, the extent and impact of unintended mixing of GE and non-GE crops, and the amount of information provided to the public on GE crops.  From the Government Accountability Office


FDA Approves Folic Acid Fortification of Corn Masa Flour

Categories: Births/Deaths,Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Health/Medical,Hispanics,Laws/Regulations

Press release on federal approval of fortifying corn flour with 0.7 milligrams of folic acid per pound of corn masa flour.  Folic acid helps prevent birth defects affecting the brain, spine, and spinal cord.  The change is expected to help Hispanics for whom corn masa flour is a staple food.  From the Food and Drug Administration


The Food Assistance Landscape: FY2015 Annual Report

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Income/Poverty,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

Examines federal spending for 15 food assistance programs and trends in the prevalence and severity of household food insecurity in the U.S. through 2014.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


U. S. Food Commodity Consumption Broken Down by Demographics, 1994-2008

Categories: Education,Food/Nutrition,Income/Poverty,Statistics

Who eats what?  This report examines food availability and consumption for 63 commodities by consumers’ age, gender, income, race/ethnicity, and education. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


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