Digest – News: A grande gesture from Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts bids bye to trans fats

NEWS

Better latte than never: Thanks in no small part to consumer pressure, Starbucks has finally committed to sourcing 100% of its milk supply from dairy that's free of artificial growth hormones. (Food & Water Watch)

Monsanto's henchmen: Federal regulators are making a few small dairies purge their websites of any claims that their milk is healthier because they don't use the synthetic bovine growth hormone made by Monsanto Co. (St. Louis Today) Note: No wonder Starbucks isn't make a big PR splash with the above move, given astroturf groups like this one.

A hole in this claim: Dunkin' Donuts says its menu will be "zero grams trans fat" by Oct. 15. But it's following the letter, not the spirit, of the federal label: it guarantees that trans fat levels in its doughnuts, croissants, muffins and cookies will merely fall below half a gram per serving. The article doesn't explain whether that's because the chain will still use some partially hydrogenated oils, or because it will use butter, which has naturally occurring trans fats. (The Boston Globe )

High fructose crack syrup: Sodas sweetened with high fructose corn syrup contain high levels of a potentially dangerous compound often found in the blood of diabetics, a new study concludes. (US News & World Report) Kate at Accidental Hedonist has more about why HFCS is not the same as sugar, despite what soda makers say.

Pork barrel politics: Canada plans to spend $76 million to combat porcine diseases and restore "stability and profitability" to its hog farmers. (London Free Press)

Tyson Foods to stop using carbon monoxide in packaging meat (NWAnews.com)

USDA denies request to delay almond pasteurization rule (Washington Post)

Utah is considering tightening its animal cruelty laws to protect farm animals as well (Daily Utah Chronicle)

UK spent £2bn last year on organically produced food, cosmetics and clothes, up 30% (Observer )

China pursuing criminal charges against two companies for tainted pet food (Bloomberg)

COMMENTARY

Bon appetit, indeed: The CEO of Bon Appetit Management has an op-ed about how the food industry needs to wake up to animal welfare concerns. Bon Appetit is a nationwide food service company that manages hundreds of university, museum, and corporate cafes using local and sustainable ingredients when possible.(San Jose Mercury News)

Step up, Senate: An op-ed by a professor says the Senate now has the opportunity to write a true farm and food bill, one that articulates a "strategic, integrated approach to the relation between farming and food in rural America." Money quote, about how the Farm Bill should allow the interstate shipment of state-inspected meat: "Isn't it ironic that we accept shiploads of food with few inspections from China… but we bar meat produced here and inspected by state employees from moving across state lines?" (Des Moines Register)

 

 

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