Since my news post last week was short and early, here are a few more news item that you might have missed:

  •  The same potent strain of E. coli that killed 46 people in Germany recently seems to have traveled to France, probably via sprouts (the same culprit as in the German outbreak). [USA Today]
  • The FDA released a set of 9 very graphic labels for cigarettes. They’re pretty scary – do they get the message across? [CNN]
  • In other labeling news, a joint effort between Quality Assurance International and the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness has produced a new and easily identifiable label for gluten-free foods. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye and deteriorates the small intestine of people with celiac disease. Currently, foods are required to list wheat as an ingredient, but gluten can hide in a lot of other foods and additives, making it hard for someone with celiac disease to easily select G-F foods. The new label will be applied to those foods that have undergone rigorous science-based testing to ensure gluten-free status. It’s unclear to me who will be required to seek certification – it might be voluntary? [NY Daily News]