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International Food Security Assessment, 2015-2025

Categories: Africa,Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Income/Poverty

Expects food security in the 76 low- and middle-income countries to improve between 2014 and 2015 but to deteriorate toward 2025.  Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to remain the most food-insecure region in the world. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


FDA Takes Steps to Remove Artificial Trans Fats in Processed Foods

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

Press release with link to Federal Register article on finding that partially hydrogenated  oils are not generally recognized  as safe for use in human food.  The determination is expected to drastically reduce the use of PHOs in the food supply.  From the Food and Drug Administration


Presidential Memorandum: Creating a Preference for Meat and Poultry Produced According to Responsible Antibiotic-Use Policies

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Govt Personnel,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

Presidential directive  to managers of federal agency cafeterias to provide menu options for meat and poultry products prepared according to responsible antibiotic-use policies.  From the White House


How USDA Forecasts Retail Food Price Inflation

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Provides a detailed description of the revised methodology used by federal analysts to predict the movement of prices in 7 farm, 6, wholesale, and 19 retail food categories as well as information about the accuracy and performance of individual forecasts.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Economic Burden of Major Foodborne Illnesses Acquired in the United States

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Health/Medical,Statistics

About 48 million people in the U.S. fall victim annually to foodborne illnesses.  This report summarizes recent estimates that 9.4 million of these illnesses that can be traced to 15 pathogens and impose a $15 billion annual economic burden. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


21.3 Percent of U.S. Population Participates in Government Assistance Programs Each Month

Agency press release about the report entitled Dynamics of Economic Well-Being.  Provides a summary of who participated in the programs and for how long and offers a link to the full report.  From the Census Bureau


Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Participation in Government Programs, 2009-2012: Who Gets Assistance?

Focuses on the participation and characteristics of people who receive benefits from federal means-tested assistance programs such as Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, TANF, and Housing Assistance.  In 2012 approximately 21% of the population participated in one or more of the programs.  From the Census Bureau


Older Adults: Federal Strategy Needed to Help Ensure … Delivery of Home and Community-Based Services and Supports

Categories: Elderly,Food/Nutrition,Medicare/Medicaid,Transportation,Welfare/Social Services

Reviews federal programs that allow older adults to age in their homes, how these services and supports are provided,  and agency efforts to coordinate such services. From the Government Accountability Office


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