• According to The Atlantic, the average American consumes a whopping 42 pounds of corn syrup every year. Yikes! Check out the graphic above to see what else we eat. [The Atlantic]
  • Yesterday, Michelle Obama announced a major commitment by Darden Restaurants (parent company of Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and Longhorn Steakhouse) to her Let’s Move! campaign. Darden will revamp its menus to create healthier options for kids’ meals and reduce sodium and overall calories by 10% in the next five years, with a long-term goal of 20% reduction. As FLOTUS said, this is an important step for the restaurant industry to take in making healthy options available for consumers. [Obama Foodorama]
  • SNAP (food stamps) beneficiaries in some states can use their benefits at fast food restaurants and Yum! Brands (which owns Taco Bell and KFC, among others) is attempting to expand this aspect of the program. The SNAP program is meant to provide supplemental foods to low-income families and, ideally, such foods would be nutritious. The issue prompted Marion Nestle (food policy expert) to chime in on how to prevent expansion from happening. [The Atlantic]
  • A new regulation by the USDA bans the sale of some cuts of beef known to be contaminated with potent strains of E. coli bacteria. These 6 strains (dubbed the “Big Six”) can cause extreme illness, sometimes resulting in death. Labeling them as adulterants is meant to protect the public by improving food safety. However, ground beef won’t be tested under the new rules despite the fact that it is a frequent source of foodborne illness. [Obama Foodorama]
  • Also in food safety news, the FDA announced the creation of the CORE Network (Coordinated Outbreak, Response & Evaluation), “created to manage not just outbreak response, but surveillance and post-response activities related to incidents involving multiple illnesses linked to FDA-regulated human and animal food and cosmetic products.” This is a change from the FDA’s previous approach to food safety – which entailed responding to outbreaks, but not doing an adequate job of preventing them – to more vigilant monitoring by full-time staff. [FDA]