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McDonalds has served its last halal McChicken sandwich in the U.S.

McDonald’s, the largest fast food chain to offer menu alternatives designated for observant Muslims, is removing the items from its menu, suggesting that preparing food exclusively to suit individual religious tastes is problematic for restaurants…  …

Experts warn obesity will soon reach pandemic proportions

Obesity has become a global pandemic that could leave more than half of all adults worldwide overweight within two decades, experts said, calling for urgent action beyond just blaming people for lacking willpower. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, health, nutrition and fitness experts said the world’s increasingly…

Christie: President might want a food taster if I am VP

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) again announced Tuesday that he definitely was not running for president, and he added that the Republican Party’s eventual nominee may want to think twice before picking him as a running mate. “I don’t know that there is anybody in America that would necessarily…

Act now to diversify crops at risk, say scientists

Farm chiefs have a narrowing chance to diversify vital crops at rising threat from drought, flood and pests brought by climate change, food researchers warned on Monday. The world’s nearly seven billion people are massively dependent on a dozen or so crops that, thanks to modern agriculture, are intensively cultivated…

UN declares famine in southern Somalia

The United Nations said Wednesday that famine has hit two parts of rebel-held Somalia, due to a severe drought affecting more than 10 million people in the Horn of Africa. “The United Nations declared today that famine exists in two regions of southern Somalia: southern Bakool, and Lower Shabelle,” a…

Diners who use big forks eat less: study

WASHINGTON — Researchers have found a new way to control the amount we eat: use a bigger fork. While numerous studies have focused on portion sizes and their influence on how much we eat, researchers Arul and Himanshu Mishra and Tamara Masters looked at how bite sizes affect quantities ingested.…

Inflation drops to 4.2% in June

Twelve-month inflation slowed unexpectedly to 4.2 percent in June from 4.5 percent in May as cheaper toys and televisions helped to offset high food and energy prices, official data showed on Tuesday. Consumer Prices Index inflation also surprisingly fell by 0.1 percent in June from May on a month-on-month basis,…

World food prices rise as cost of sugar soars

World food prices rose by one percent in June, the UN’s food agency said on Thursday. “A strong rise in international sugar prices” was behind much of the increase, the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organisation said in a statement. The agency said that its index of food prices rose to…

Peanut-free sections in baseball stadiums welcome allergic fans

BOSTON (Reuters) – For five hours before a Missoula Osprey minor league baseball game last summer, Cheri Pijanowski hand washed 150 white folding chairs with bleach and water. The metal deck and rails around the seats were power-washed and she meticulously reviewed the concession menu to eliminate not just Cracker…

Brazil candidate elected UN Food agency head

ROME — Brazil’s former food security minister Jose Graziano da Silva was elected Sunday as the next head of UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation, the first South American ever to get the post. Graziano beat off his main competitor, former Spanish foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, winning by 92 votes…

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