• An outbreak of multi-drug resistant salmonella has sickened 77 people across 26 states, and killed one person. The outbreak has been linked to ground turkey, prompting one of the largest food recalls in history by Cargill. The contaminated meat was dated anywhere from February to August – check your freezers! [Obama Foodorama]
  • More people than ever are using food stamps through enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The USDA reported that 45,753,078 Americans use the program – or, roughly 1 in 7 people. [Obama Foodorama]
  • A recently released paper in Health Affairs reported that insurance coverage for Hispanics in Massachusetts has improved since health reform in 2009, but that disparities still exist. The study conducted by JSI found that Spanish-speaking Hispanics were far less likely than English-speaking Hispanics to have obtained coverage or to have a usual source of care, indicating a need for health reforms to establish programs to aid this population in obtaining coverage. [Boston Globe]*
  • A rule change affecting some breweries in Massachusetts will now require them to grow at least half of the hops and grains they use, or get them from a domestic source.  For small breweries, this rule change could hurt their business and could prevent them from serving beer on the premises of breweries – that means no tastings – sad. [Boston Globe]
  • The FDA is finally trying to define “gluten-free” by creating standards and clarifying how gluten-free foods can be labeled  by food manufacturers and restaurants. A gluten-free label was first proposed in 2007, but nothing has happened yet. Creating a standard is essential so that people with celiac disease, who are unable to digest gluten, are not misled by food labels. [ABC News]

TGIF, people. Enjoy your weekend!

*shameless plug – I helped work on this paper!

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