|Vote on Labeling Modified Food Spurs Costly Battle in Washington State|
The New York Times - 10/30/2013. By Kirk Johnson - A ballot measure in next week’s election will give voters here the chance to make Washington the first state to require the labeling of genetically engineered foods. But the question of whether to put a few words on a package has touched off a surprisingly high-stakes, big-dollar fight with potential implications for other states.
|Ractopamine: The Meat Additive on Your Plate That's Banned Almost Everywhere But America|
Alternet - 10/30/2013. By Martha Rosenberg - Have you ever heard of ractopamine? Neither have most US food consumers though it is used in 80 percent of US pig and cattle operations. The asthmas drug-like additive, called a beta-agonist, has enjoyed stealth use in the US food supply for a decade despite being widely banned overseas. It is marketed as Paylean for pigs, Optaflexx for cattle and Topmax for turkeys.
|F.D.A. Finds 12% of U.S. Spice Imports Contaminated|
The New York Times - 10/30/2013. By Gardiner Harris - About 12 percent of spices brought to the United States are contaminated with insect parts, whole insects, rodent hairs and other things, according to an analysis of spice imports by federal food authorities.