OJ unsafe to drink? FDA says it's pulp fiction
January 13th, 2012
01:30 PM ET
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Don't toss out that full carton of orange juice sitting in your refrigerator just yet.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is testing all orange juice and orange juice concentrate shipments as well as products at domestic manufacturers, but the regulating agency says "consumers can be confident that the orange juice in their refrigerators is safe."

Here's what you need to know: Why your orange juice is still safe

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In wake of Irene, keep your food safe
August 29th, 2011
02:15 PM ET
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Millions of East Coasters are without power today due to the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. While the storm may be over, there may be another threat brewing behind closed doors – of your refrigerator.

When the power goes out, your food safety awareness should remain on - just like your flashlights. Knowing how to properly store food and water before, during and after natural disasters like Irene can significantly reduce your chances of foodborne illnesses.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) offered the following recommendations to determine if your food is safe and how to keep it as such:
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iReport: Design your 'MyPlate'
June 2nd, 2011
03:15 PM ET
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has replaced the food pyramid with a more user-friendly plate icon to help Americans make healthy food choices.

We want to know what your ideal plate looks like. Our editor, Kat, created her version, which consists of some not-so-healthy helpings of fried okra, cherry pie, cheese grits, pulled pork, and a glass of scotch.

So, health repercussions aside, show us what your ‘MyPlate’ would look like. Turn your plate into a piece of art and send it to CNN iReport by Sunday at 5 p.m. EST. Your plate may be featured on Eatocracy, so let’s get creative!

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Food pyramid officially loses its edge(s)
June 2nd, 2011
11:00 AM ET
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The food pyramid has been dismantled in favor of a simple plate icon that urges Americans to eat a more plant-based diet.

One half of your plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables, with whole grains and lean protein on the other half, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Low-fat dairy on the side, such as a cup of skim milk or yogurt, is also suggested.

The new icon, MyPlate is designed to remind Americans to adopt healthier eating habits, in a time when more than one-third of children and more than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese.
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No GMO Frankenfish for this award-winning author
June 2nd, 2011
07:00 AM ET
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Last September's Food and Drug Administration hearings on the introduction of genetically modified salmon into the consumer food system, and issues around labeling the fish as such gave rise to heated debates in Washington and on this very site.

Consumer protection advocates said food should be labeled as such if it derives from a genetically modified organism. AquaBounty - the creator of the "AquAdvantage® Salmon" at the center of the debate, argued that genetically modified salmon should not be required to display additional labeling as it has the same qualities as the non-GMO Atlantic salmon.

Our friends at the newly launched Gilt Taste asked Paul Greenberg, the James Beard Award-winning author of Four Fish, the Future of the Last Wild Food to weigh in on the matter.
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