Wednesday, November 11, 2009

food industry news, always love it.

Two food industry blurbs passed through my inbox this week, and since they both relate to public health, I decided a post might interest others.
It seems that the debate continues about raw milk products.  Now that I live in Nicaragua, I often think about this because fresh (and not so fresh) raw milk products are very common.  Presumably this is the case in most of the world in small agricultural communities.  For this reason, I recently initiated a workshop with some local dairy producers to teach preferred milking practices and cattle sanitation. //  In the States I often thought about the ins and outs of raw milk because of my job selling artisan cheeses.  There is certainly a market for old world style cheese, made with all the flavor factors that [many people say] only raw milk can provide. Aqui en Nicaragua, tomo mi cafe con leche directo de la teta!  Vamos a ver si me hace dano...
The raw milk debate: Economic opportunity or legal liability?

Many states have recently passed legislation to expand the sale of unpasteurized milk, allowing farmers to sell larger quantities of unpasteurized milk and thereby enhance economic opportunities in these times of severe economic challenges for so many dairy farmers. In the latest ePerspective post, Catherine Donnelly, Professor at the University of Vermont and Co-director of the Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese, asks the question: Should economic opportunity be met at the expense of public health? Despite claims of health benefits associated with raw milk consumption, raw milk is a well documented source of bacterial pathogens which can cause human illness, and in some instances, death. Has raw milk legislation created economic opportunity or legal liability for farmers engaged in the sale of unpasteurized milk? Share your opinion today on Food Technology's ePerspective!


Kellogg discontinues immunity statements on Rice Krispies cereals

Kellogg Company has announced its decision to discontinue the immunity statements on Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereals. Last year, Kellogg started the development of adding antioxidants to Rice Krispies cereals. The company began advertising the change with large labels on cereal boxes that read in bold letters: "Now helps support your child's immunity."

While science shows that these antioxidants help support the immune system,given the public attention on H1N1, the company decided to make this change. Kellogg, based in Battle Creek, Mich., said it has heard very little concern from consumers about the claim, but is responding to concerns in the media about the timing of this front-of-the-box claim and the H1N1 flu outbreak. Kellogg said it will take several months to phase out the packaging but it will continue to offer the increased levels of certain vitamins in the cereal.

Really society?  REALLY?  Would some people actually, perhaps, purchase more rice crispies in as a preventative measure for swine flu?  Hehehe...

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