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US debate continues on salmon ‘Frankenfood’

US experts held a second day of hearings into whether to allow genetically modified salmon to become the first so-called “Frankenfood” animal to be served up on American dinner tables. The meeting, which tackled the thorny issue of labelling, came after a 14-member committee of independent experts consulted by the…

Wal-Mart to invade big cities with smaller stores

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is planning an aggressive push into urban markets with a new small format that’s a fraction of the size of its supercenters. The expansion, expected to be spelled out next month at the retailer’s meeting with analysts at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., is aimed to pump…

FDA begins considering genetically modified ‘frankenfish’ for US food supply

Fish or frankenfish? A Massachusetts company wants to market a genetically engineered version of Atlantic salmon, and regulators are weighing the request. If approval is given, it would be the first time the government allowed such modified animals to join the foods that go onto the nation’s dinner tables. Ron…

FDA won’t allow food to be labeled free of genetic modification: report

‘Extra labeling only confuses the consumer,’ biotech spokesman says That the Food and Drug Administration is opposed to labeling foods that are genetically modified is no surprise anymore, but a report in the Washington Post indicates the FDA won’t even allow food producers to label their foods as being free…

Industry lobbies to change ‘high fructose corn syrup’ to ‘corn sugar’ on food labels

RELATED: High fructose corn syrup (aka “corn sugar”) literally fuels cancer cell growth, study finds Americans’ consumption of corn syrup has fallen to a 20-year low on consumer concerns that it is more harmful or more likely to cause obesity than ordinary sugar, perceptions for which there is little scientific…

US egg recall above half-a-billion and growing

A massive recall of eggs possibly tainted with salmonella bacteria is now at more than half-a-billion and could grow, the top US food safety official said Monday. “It is the largest egg recall that we’ve had in recent history,” Margaret Hamburg, head of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA),…

UN says millions without help in Pakistan floods

The World Bank said Tuesday it will redirect $900 million of its existing loans to Pakistan to help in flood recovery, as the U.N. warned that many of the 20 million people affected by the disaster have yet to receive any emergency aid. The floods began three weeks ago but…

Crabs provide evidence oil tainting Gulf food web

Scientists watching Gulf of Mexico’s blue crabs for evidence that oil is entering food chain To assess how heavy a blow the BP oil spill has dealt the Gulf of Mexico, researchers are closely watching a staple of the seafood industry and primary indicator of the ecosystem’s health: the blue…

UK to investigate claim that milk from cloned cow sold to public

British food safety officials are to investigate a claim that milk from the offspring of a cloned cow was on sale for public consumption. The disclosure has provoked concern among some farming campaigners, and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is set to investigate a report in Friday’s International Herald Tribune…

Baghdad officials have killed over 58,000 stray dogs in just three months

Teams of veterinarians and police shooters have killed some 58,000 stray dogs in and around the Iraqi capital over the past three months as part of a campaign to curb an increasing number of strays blamed for attacks on residents. The Baghdad provincial government said in a statement released Sunday…

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