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I am hoping some of you may be able to point me toward information I think must be out there...but that I haven't been able to find!
I've seen both "Food Inc." and "Fresh" - two recently released documentaries about the contemporary U.S. food system, with emphasis on serious problems created by factory farms and other practices common within large-scale agricultural operations. These are powerful and thought-provoking films, and they put forth - visually and orally - some critical issues (health, ethical, environmental to name just a few) for all to consider.
That said, I am also interested in viewers who may question some of the perspectives/facts shared in either or both of these films. As I said above, I know the films raise critical issues, but I sense that some of the films' generalities might be overstated. (Admittedly, I may be wrong in this, but I'd like a broader foundation for evaluation than just my own inadequate knowledge base!)
Thanks, in advance, for any insights you could share with me and/or any references/websites/etc. you could point me toward.
Suzanne Pelican, MS, RD
Food & Nutrition Specialist / WIN Wyoming Coordinator
Family & Consumer Sciences
University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service
Dept. 3354, 1000 E. University
Laramie, WY 82071
307-766-5177; fax: 307-766-5686
Community Commons is a great site and you can make cool maps on a range of topics - great educational tools especially for policy makers. Access and sign on. tf
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Strengthened Nutrition Standards for School Snacks and Beverages Ensuring Today��s Children Have Healthy Food in Schools
The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Supports the United States Department of Agriculture��s Step Forward to Modernize Decades-Old Nutrition Standards
(Indianapolis, IN �C June 27 2013)�DThe Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) released the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture��s (USDA) school nutrition standards interim final rule for snack foods and beverages sold in school vending machines, stores and �� la carte lines. The standards are scheduled to go into effect at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.
SNEB applauds USDA��s efforts to ensure healthier snacks and drinks are accessible to all students, in all schools, across the nation. These revised standards will help support a holistic approach to health and wellness in the school-setting �C from nutrition education in the classroom and cafeteria to now healthy school snacks and drinks.
��These standards will help align wellness efforts across the cafeteria and school campus, and address the critical issue of childhood obesity impacting too many children today,�� said SNEB President Linda Drake, MS.
As schools will have a year to put these revisions into place, SNEB is on tap to work with schools, community leaders and other stakeholders to ensure the changes are seamless. ��We will be coordinating with our membership and networks to provide the tools and resources schools need to make this transition as easy as possible,�� Drake reinforced.
She noted, ��Many schools and districts across the nation have already made nutrition updates to school snacks and beverages, and these case studies can be shared to help others make these changes.�� Schools are a critical area in which to address healthy eating and SNEB looks forward to working with USDA as schools move to provide healthy foods for all children throughout the school day.
The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior represents the unique professional interests of nutrition educators in the United States and worldwide. The over 1000 members of SNEB are dedicated to promoting effective nutrition education and healthy behavior through research, policy and practice and have a vision of healthy communities, food systems and behaviors. Visit the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior at www.sneb.org. SNEB is a USDA/Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion National Strategic Partner.
Membership and Marketing Director
Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior
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- *FDA takes action to protect consumers from dangerous medicines sold
by illegal online pharmacies**: *I*nternational Operation Pangea VI
combats online sale and distribution of unapproved prescription medicines
* - *United States Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado,
seized and shut down 1,677 illegal pharmacy websites and FDA issues warning
letter to large affiliate network of illicit online "pharmacies".*
- The OCI Cybercrime Investigations Unit banner is now displayed on
seized websites to help consumers identify them as illegal. Here are some
- FDA issued a warning letter to EvaPharmacy network: *
- *FDA Warning Letter*: Following an inspection, NYK-DO issued a
warning letter to *Crop Pharms* that cites claims promoting CurrantC
Black Currant Nectar, CurrantC All Natural Black Currant Concentrate,
CurrantC Genuine Dried Black Currants, 100% Pure Black Currant leaves, and
CurrantC Black Currant Syrup on their website,
for cancer prevention, protection against Alzheimer’s, reduction in blood
pressure and cholesterol, and other disease claims. There was also issue
with the products claiming to be “anti-oxidant rich” when the types of
antioxidants were not listed therefore causing the product to be misbranded.
- *New Public Notifications for Tainted Supplements:*
Silver Sword: *
Strawberry Balance: *
Meizi Evolution: *
- *Beta Labs, LTD Announces a Recall of Dietary Supplements Oxyphen,
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>From FDA Law Blog: Last week, Health Science Funding, LLC filed what might
be the first medical food lawsuit against FDA. (A copy of the Complaint is
available *here* <http://www.hpm.com/pdf/blog/Prastera%20Complaint.pdf>,
and a copy of the Motion for a Preliminary Injunction is available
Plaintiff markets what it claims to be a medical food for women with lupus,
The concept of a “medical food” is a legal category recognized by Congress
in 1988 in the Orphan Drug Amendments, and later incorporated into the
Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act ("FDC Act"). A medical food is:
a food which is formulated to be consumed or administered enterally under
the supervision of a physician and which is intended for the specific
dietary management of a disease or condition for which distinctive
nutritional requirements, based on recognized scientific principles, are
established by medical evaluation.
Medical foods may be marketed without prior approval or notice to FDA. In
fact, no law or regulation on its face gives FDA the authority to approve
medical food labels. Nevertheless, Plaintiff submitted the label for
Prastera® DHEA to FDA and asked that FDA confirm that the product is a
medical food under the law. Plaintiff claims that, rather than confirming
that the product is a medical food, FDA raised two concerns: 1.) Dietary
supplements are not “automatically” Medical Foods; and 2.) FDA is not aware
of any “distinct nutritional requirements” for DHEA in female lupus
patients. In addition, FDA allegedly “verbally threaten[ed] Plaintiff with
Plaintiff claims that FDA’s concerns are irrelevant to the question of
whether the product is a medical food. Notably, although Plaintiff asked
FDA to confirm that the product is a medical food, it claims that FDA is
not qualified to determine whether lupus patients have distinctive
nutritional requirement for DHEA (an essential element of the medical food
definition). Plaintiff claims that FDA’s knowledge of such nutritional
requirements is irrelevant. Unsatisfied with FDA’s response, Plaintiff now
turns to the Court and asks that the Court confirm that Prastera® DHEA is a
medical food. In addition, it asks that the Court enjoin FDA from taking
enforcement action against Plaintiff until the Court rules.
Plaintiff claims that the case involved a “straightforward issue of
statutory construction.” However, FDA history regarding medical foods
suggests that Plaintiff’s interpretation of the medical food definition is
not that simple. For numerous legal reasons we anticipate that the Court
will not seize what Plaintiff identifies as a rare “opportunity to create a
legacy” and “help save four women’s lives today, and another four tomorrow,
and another four every tomorrow for years into the future.”
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*Joanne P. Ikeda, MA, RD*
*Department of Nutritional Sciences*
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> From: Margo Wootan <mwootan(a)cspinet.org>
> Subject: [ssb-listserv] USDA finalizes nutrition standards for competitive foods in schools
> Date: June 27, 2013 8:30:24 AM EDT
> To: NANA Coalition <nana(a)cspinet.org>, foodmarketing(a)cspinet.org, ssb-listserv(a)googlegroups.com
> Reply-To: mwootan(a)cspinet.org
> Today, USDA finalized the national school nutrition standards for vending, a la carte, school stores, and other foods sold outside the school meal programs (see attached). Combined with the improvements in school lunches, all foods and beverages sold in schools will need to meet healthy nutrition standards.
> Thank you to all the NANA members and other partners who helped make this possible over the last decade – laying the groundwork by passing state and local policies, getting cosponsors for the Harkin bill, passing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, helping to generate hundreds of thousands of comments on the proposed standards, etc. We wouldn't be here without you.
> We hope you will share this wonderful news with your members and followers. Below are model Facebook posts and tweets. We also want to share a new infographic (also attached) from the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project, which supports the updated nutrition standards.
> Also, please join us for our next tweetchat to discuss healthy snacks, including in schools. It’s this Friday, June 28 at 1 PM EDT. Be sure to follow @MomsRising, @CSPI, and the hashtag #FoodFri to participate.
> Model Tweets
> Good news! @USDANutrition just finalized strong stnds 4 snacks/bevs sold in schools through vending, a la carte, etc. #SchoolFoodsRule
> New @USDA school nutrition stnds set sensible limits on calories, salt, sugar & fat 4 foods & healthier beverage stnds #SchoolFoodsRule
> Under new @USDA nutrition standards, companies can’t just fortify junk foods and qualify them as healthy for schools! #SchoolFoodsRule
> New #Infographic demonstrates the need 4 strong nutrition standards for #schoolsnacks. #schoolfoodsrule http://bit.ly/11VYlci
> Why do #schoolsnacks matter? New #infographic explains how these foods affect kids’ diets and health. http://bit.ly/11VYlci
> Facebook Posts
> Great news! Today USDA finalized strong nutrition standards for school snacks and beverages. Starting next school year, children will be protected from the sugar drinks and junk food that tempt them through school vending machines, a la carte lines in cafeterias, and school stores and snack bars. SHARE if you are as excited as we are! (PHOTO ATTACHED)
> Many students currently attend schools where unhealthy snack options are available every day. That's why USDA's updated nutrition standards for foods sold through vending machines, school stores, & a la carte lines are so important! With roughly 1 in 3 young people overweight or obese, it’s time to make sure all school foods are healthy. (INFOGRAPHIC ATTACHED)
> Margo G. Wootan, D.Sc.
> Director, Nutrition Policy
> Center for Science in the Public Interest
> 1220 L Street, NW, Suite 300
> Washington, D.C. 20005
> 202-265-4954 (fax)
> Make your voice heard on important health and nutrition issues! Join CSPI's online action network at my.cspinet.org.
> (See attached file: KSHF--School-snack-food-standards-v3.jpg)(See attached file: girl at vending machine.jpg) (See attached file: Interim_Final_Rule.docx)
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