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Fish Oils Soften Arteries, May Fight Heart Attack

Wed Jul 31, 2002

By Melissa Schorr

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Eating fatty acids found in fish oils may help reduce the risk of a heart attack by keeping arteries flexible, Australian researchers report.

"This is good evidence that eating fatty fish improves the health of the large arteries," lead author Dr. Paul Nestel, head of cardiovascular nutrition at the Baker Medical Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia, told Reuters Health.



by Beatrice Trum Hunter, who is one of America’s foremost food experts and an Honorary Member of NOHA. She is the Food Editor of Consumers’ Research Magazine and the author of many books on food issues, including Food Additives and Federal Policy: The Mirage of Safety; The Great Nutrition Robbery; and her classic Natural Foods Cookbook.

Soy consumption is being promoted vigorously. Despite many alleged benefits, there is a downside, which is being ignored.


The Dark Side of Soy

Supplements may do more harm than good

You see soy in everything from burgers to breakfast cereals. Studies show it can lower heart disease risk by reducing LDL, or bad, cholesterol--the Food & Drug Administration even said so in 1999. And many food companies claim it's helpful in treating hormonally linked problems, such as prostate cancer, osteoporosis, and hot flashes. If you believed all the hype, you'd be feasting on soy morning, noon, and night.


Food labels 'named and shamed'

Tuesday, 30 July, 2002

BBC News

Food labels are not always what they seem
Pork and beef sausages which contain 10% chicken are among the latest batch of products to be "named and shamed" by the Consumers' Association.

Yet again we have exposed how current laws leave food manufacturers free to abuse consumers


Is the meat, poultry and fish you buy as fresh as you think?

AMERICA’S GROCERY stores are among the most abundant food markets in the world.
       Meatworker: “We cut fresh meat here everyday.”
       Meatworker: “Every day fresh.”
       We rely on stores to tell us how fresh their meat poultry and fish are, trusting those tiny dates, computer programmed and carefully stamped on every package: the sell-by dates.
       Correspondent John Larson: “What do they think the date means?”


Romaine Lettuce, Bacteria Linked

Tue Jul 30, 2002

WASHINGTON (AP) - Consumers nationwide are being warned to avoid romaine lettuce made by Spokane Produce following an E. coli outbreak apparently caused by contaminated lettuce.

At least 29 people in Washington state have been sickened, authorities said Monday.

The lettuce was sold under several different brand names, and the Food and Drug Administration doesn't have a complete list and isn't sure if other states received shipments, FDA acting commissioner Lester Crawford said.


Wyoming Official to Head USDA Food Safety Agency

Wed Jul 24, 2002

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The US Department of Agriculture, which is investigating the second-largest ground beef recall in US history, on Tuesday named the director of Wyoming's state health department to head the USDA's food safety agency.

Garry McKee, director of the Wyoming Department of Health for the past three years, will run the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).


Cod Liver Oil May Prevent Middle-Ear Infections

July 8, 2002

Give kids a daily teaspoon of lemon-flavored cod liver oil, which has vitamins A and D and omega-3 fatty acids, then have them chew a tasty multi-vitamin tablet with selenium, a trace metal, and it may prevent otitis media in a number of children, according to a recently published study by researchers at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Otitis media, or middle ear infection, is common and costly, and often preceded by the upper respiratory infections that plague children in winter months.

The researchers, led by Linda A.