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How To Choose Between Free-Range, Free-Run, Organic And Conventional Eggs

How To Choose Between Free-Range, Free-Run, Organic And Conventional Eggs

Eggs can come with a lot of labels these days — free-range, organic, cage-free. How is a consumer to know which ones are the best choice? Here’s the breakdown of what all those labels on your eggs mean. 1. Conventional eggs: These eggs often don’t have their harvesting practices labelled, and are usually the least expensive. In conventional systems, four hens are typically housed in each two-square-foot battery cage, in barns containing thousands of birds. This makes them prone to…

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Sugar’s On The Food Label, But You’ll Have To Guess How Much Has Been ‘added’

Sugar’s On The Food Label, But You’ll Have To Guess How Much Has Been ‘added’

Lobbying by food industry means Canada food labels won’t list ‘added sugar’ There are 152 ways to say “sugar” on a food label. It can be called isomaltulose, agave, barley malt, sorghum or brown rice syrup, even potato syrup solids. All of those obscure synonyms will be listed in one convenient place on the food label, behind the word “sugar,” as Health Minister Jane Philpott announced Wednesday. But you will still never know how much of that sugar was deliberately…

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Health Minister Jane Philpott announces new food labelling, marketing regulations

Health Minister Jane Philpott announces new food labelling, marketing regulations

Canada to follow World Health Organization recommendations released in 2010 The federal government is overhauling Canada’s healthy eating guidelines with a sweeping strategy that will include new rules for marketing and labelling certain foods aimed at children. Health Minister Jane Philpott said the “iconic” Canada Food Guide has not kept up with the country’s changing demographics and lifestyles. “The classic one-size-fits-all guide no longer meets the needs of Canadians,” she said in a Montreal speech. Philpott said the guide must…

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Best before dates and expiry dates: 5 things you may not know

Best before dates and expiry dates: 5 things you may not know

People often confuse best before dates and expiry dates By Aleksandra Sagan, CBC News     Mar 25, 2015  Steak, eggs, canned soup — all kinds of fridge and pantry staples have a best before date on the packaging. People often confuse best before dates with expiration dates, but the two labels tell consumers very different things. “It’s confusing,” says Ellie Topp, a professional home economist. “[The best before] date has nothing to do with the safety of the food….

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The Dirty Secrets of 'Clean' Labels

The Dirty Secrets of 'Clean' Labels

By Brenda Goodman, MA     WebMD Health News    Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD    July 23, 2015  Consumers have become deeply distrustful of their food. There’s Samantha Adams, who had her “aha moment” when she happened to read the label of the barbecue sauce she was feeding her 1-year-old. “I couldn’t believe the No. 1 ingredient was high-fructose corn syrup,” says Adams, 30, who lives in Jackson, N.J. “I had no idea that things were like that….

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What Does That Grocery Label Mean?

What Does That Grocery Label Mean?

By Leslie Young    Investigative Reporter   Global News A huge number of labels appear on supermarket foods, but their meaning might be confusing. Here is a look at some of the most common labels. Organic Organic foods are certified by an outside body to contain at least 95 per cent organic ingredients. However, the “organic” label is only certified when a food is traded over provincial or national borders. While some provinces have certifications for organic products within their…

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Artificial Sweeteners in Milk?

Artificial Sweeteners in Milk?

By Heather White, Executive Director at Environmental Working Group, a national environmental health and consumer advocacy organization 64       Sun 03/31/2013Milk is milk – but it won’t be if the conventional dairy industry gets its way.  Four years ago, the International Dairy Foods Association and National Milk Producers Federation, which lobby on behalf of the industry, petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to change the official definition – the so-called “standard of identity” – of milk. And not just…

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9 Ways to Fix Our Food System

9 Ways to Fix Our Food System

Hungry for change? Take these simple steps right now! By Max Follmer       October 10, 2012 Drink Fewer Sodas And Sweetened Beverages Fact: If you replace one 20-ounce soda a day with a no-calorie beverage (preferably water), you could lose 25 pounds in a year. Eat At Home Instead Of Eating Out Fact: Children consume almost twice as many calories when eating food made outside the home. Tell Schools To Stop Selling Sodas And Junk Food Fact: Over…

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Food allergy label changes come into effect

Food allergy label changes come into effect

New food labelling regulations apply to priority allergens, gluten and sulphites CBC News  Posted: Aug 3, 2012 Health Canada’s new food labelling regulations, which came into force Saturday, will make it easier for people with food allergies, their families and caregivers to determine which products to avoid. The regulations were announced in February 2011. After an 18-month phase-in, packaged foods must clearly list allergens using common names, like “milk” instead of “hydrolyzed casein.” The new rules apply to priority allergens in foods…

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Consumer groups demand GMO labeling, question food safety

Consumer groups demand GMO labeling, question food safety

By Carey Gillam Tue Mar 27, 2012 (Reuters) – Critics of genetically modified crops are making new demands for government mandated labeling to identify foods on grocer shelves that contain ingredients from transgenic corn, soybeans and other crops. Labeling drives are underway on both state and federal levels, and on Tuesday several U.S. consumer groups released a survey and results of a petition drive that they say shows overwhelming consumer support for labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMO)….

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