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By Andy Benson  Date: 8/18/09

BPA is Back!  In 2008, Health Canada made a firm decision to ban the use of bisphenol A in a wide variety of consumer products.  This decision by Health Canada had quite a domino effect, whereby companies such as Walmart, Nalgene and Toys R Us began to offer BPA-free products as a result of fear from just one study.

In late 2008, a group in the USA called the National Toxicology Project (a scientific review board affiliated with the US National Institutes of Health) made headlines when it released a statement saying  that BPA "may" cause some concern as a human health risk.  The statement contradicted positive safety assessments from the US Food and Drug Administration.  Needless to say, these announcements caused much confusion, and plenty of consumer concern.

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By Elizabeth Rahavi, RD  Date: 9/21/09

Last week NBC News correspondent, Chuck Todd found himself making news, rather than reporting it. The story goes: in the middle of a press briefing with Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, Todd sneezed. Sebelius, being polite, looked over to say "bless you," and to her surprise noticed that Todd was improperly sneezing into his hands. In the moment, Sebelius motioned to Todd to sneeze into his upper sleeve. You can watch the video here.

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By Ann Bouchoux   Date: 9/29/09

On September 12, at the age of 95, Norman Borlaug died, leaving the world a much better place than he found it.  Dr. Borlaug, a plant scientist, did “more than anyone else in the 20th century to teach the world to feed itself,” according to the New York Times article announcing his death.  His work in developing high-yielding plant varieties has been credited with saving hundreds of millions of lives

 

 

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By: Katie Burns  Date 9/15/09

September is Food Safety Education Month, and it’s a great time to brush up on your food safety practices to protect yourself and your loved ones from foodborne illness. While you may be familiar with the four basic practices from the Partnership for Food Safety Education's  “Fight Bac” campaign, did you know that the theme of the 2009 Food Safety Education Month is “Food Safety Thrives When You Focus on Five?” Read on for a refresher on the original four and to learn about number five.

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