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FDA Releases Updated Proposals to Improve Food Safety and Help Prevent Foodborne Illness

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Homeland Security,Laws/Regulations,Manufacturing

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm414867.htm

Press release with information about changes to pending proposed regulations relating to imported food safety, produce safety, and current good manufacturing practices.  From the Food and Drug Administration

 

Vitamin D and Calcium: A Systematic Review of Health Outcomes (Update): Executive Summary

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Health/Medical,Statistics

http://www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/ehc/products/537/1952/vitamin-d-calcium-executive-140902.pdf

Adds new information to a systematic review of the scientific literature on vitamin D and calcium dietary intakes as related to status indicators and health outcomes.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

The State of Food Insecurity in the World: 2014

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Statistics,United Nations

http://www.fao.org/3/a-i4030e.pdf

Reports on the progress made in reducing world hunger and reaching Millennium Development Goal 1C of reducing the number of undernourished people in developing countries by one-half by  2015.  From the Food and Agriculture Organization  and partner agencies.

 

Consumer Expenditures 2013

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cesan.pdf

Reports that average expenditures per consumer unit in 2013 were $51,100, little changed from 2012 levels.  Also offers details on the average consumer expenditures per category such as housing, food, transportation and so forth.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Household Food Security in the United States in 2013

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

http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/1565415/err173.pdf

Estimates that 14.3% of American households were having trouble feeding their families at some time during the year and that 5.6% had eating pattern disruptions because of lack of money.  Also presents statistics on characteristics of food insecure households and household spending on food.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Phosphate Resources

Categories: Africa,Agriculture/Rural Issues,China,Food/Nutrition,Great Britain,Science/Technology

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-477.pdf

Describes the importance of phosphates for food security, the location of dwindling reserves, and ways in which dependence on mineral reserves could be reduced. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

School Meal Programs: Implications of Adjusting Income Eligibility Thresholds and Reimbursement Rates by Geographic Differences

Categories: Children,Education,Food/Nutrition,Income/Poverty,Prices/Inflation

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/664689.pdf

Current eligibility rules for free and reduced-price school breakfast and lunch programs do not consider geographic differences in the cost of living.  This report looks at a variety of methods  for identifying geographic differences in living costs and the potential for using them in the school meals program.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

State of the World’s Forests 2014: Enhancing the Socioeconomic Benefits from Forests

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Food/Nutrition,Natural Resources,United Nations

http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3710e.pdf

Emphasizes how well-managed forests can contribute to sustainable development and promote food security.  From the Food and Agriculture Organization

 

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