Looking for ways put food stamp recipients to work

Only about a fifth of SNAP recipients are eligible for training. The rest are elderly, disabled, children or already in the workforce.

Looking for ways put food stamp recipients to work

Ten states will test new ways to get food stamp recipients back to work, using Agriculture Department grants aimed at helping some of the 46 million Americans who receive benefits move off the rolls. The grants come as the Republican Congress is exploring ways to cut the program, which cost $74 billion last year — […]

Eggs, coffee OK for healthy diet

Eggs, coffee OK for healthy diet

An extra cup or two of coffee may be OK after all. More eggs, too. But you definitely need to drink less sugary soda. And, as always, don’t forget your vegetables. Recommendations Thursday from a government advisory committee call for an environmentally friendly diet lower in red and processed meats. But the panel would reverse […]

More government advice on how to eat

More government advice on how to eat

You’ve heard it before: Eat fewer calories, more fruits and more vegetables. Those recurring themes as well as some new advice about sugar, salt, meat and caffeine could be part of the government’s upcoming dietary guidelines for healthy eating. Whether individuals listen or not, the dietary guidelines affect nutritional patterns throughout the country — from […]

FDA targeting sellers of pure caffeine powder

The Food and Drug Administration is building a legal case against companies that sell pure powdered caffeine, which can be fatal even in small doses. The FDA warned consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine this summer after the death of an Ohio teen. Some major retailers have stopped selling it in bulk, but the substance […]

USDA goes on a giant snail hunt

All were traced back to one person in Georgia, who was selling them illegally

USDA goes on a giant snail hunt

The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The Agriculture Department is trying to stop them. Since June, department authorities have seized more than 1,200 live specimens of the large snails, also known as giant African […]

FDA says some tattoo inks cause infections

Infections from tattooing are nothing new. Hepatitis, staph infections or the superbug

FDA says some tattoo inks cause infections

Thinking about getting inked? Check the bottle first. The Food and Drug Administration is warning tattoo parlors, their customers and those buying at-home tattoo kits that not all tattoo ink is safe. Last month, California company White and Blue Lion Inc. recalled inks in in-home tattoo kits after testing confirmed bacterial contamination in unopened bottles. […]

FDA readies new plan to reduce use of salt

Food industry has already made some reductions

FDA readies new plan to reduce use of salt

Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty — a long-awaited federal effort to try to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke. The Food and Drug Administration is preparing to issue voluntary guidelines asking the food industry to lower sodium levels, FDA Commissioner […]

First Lady fires back at GOP over school meals

Michelle Obama has largely stayed away from policy fights

First Lady fires back at GOP over school meals

First lady Michelle Obama is answering Republicans in Congress who want to roll back healthier school meal standards, holding an event at the White House to highlight the success of the health guidelines. The Tuesday event is an unusual move for the first lady, who has largely stayed away from policy fights since she lobbied […]

Calorie warnings will soon get in your face

People may pass on that bacon double cheeseburger if they know that it has 1,000 calories.

Calorie warnings will soon get in your face

Diners could soon see calorie counts on the menus of chain restaurants. But will they be able to get that same clear information at grocery stores, convenience stores, movie theaters or airplanes? The food industry is closely watching the Food and Drug Administration to see which establishments are included in the final menu labeling rules, […]