Eating Out on Calorie Counts

Surprise! Unless something really out-of-the-ordinary happens, chain restaurants will have to list the nutritional information of the foods they serve, beginning on May 5. Why is this a surprise? Because the menu labeling law is embedded in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — also known as “Obamacare” — and almost everyone thought the law would be […]

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Is There Such a Thing as a Food Safety Culture?

Note: This article first appeared on http://www.sagefoodsafety.com Is there such a thing as a food safety “culture?” If so, what would it be? In a presentation at a food safety conference recently, then-acting FDA Commissioner Stephen Ostroff observed that for the new food safety law to succeed, there needed to be a “food safety culture” […]

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Government Leaks in Pursuit of Trump

Donald Trump’s  apparent flirtation with all things Russian has put him squarely in the sights of the mainstream media, which is pursuing government leaks with almost righteous vengeance. Right now, the Trump team is under siege by a press corps that is acting like a slumbering attack dog that was suddenly kicked into action. Its […]

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Infographic News

No this isn’t about a gory photograph or video. Instead, it is about a writer (me) trying to become conversant and comfortable using infographics to convey content in a way that attracts attention. For quite some time. I’ve routinely added photographs to my blog posts. But the world is rapidly becoming visually-oriented, and it’s time […]

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Say No to Raw Dough

My wife and daughter occasionaly will snack on raw cookie dough before baking a batch of cookies. I’ve warned them several times not to do that, because raw flour can be contaminated with e.coli and salmonella bacteria (from raw eggs in the flour), both of which can make you very sick.  But my warnings have generally […]

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