Food safety and labeling drove recent influencer conversations, especially when news broke of an outbreak of Escherichia coli (E. coli) at northwestern Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., restaurants. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) request for comments on the term “natural” and the carcinogenicity of meats and pesticides, too, stirred discussion. Read about these and more in this edition of Influence Feed.
Mainstream media coverage of food exploded when a World Health Organization (WHO) agency labeled processed meat “carcinogenic” and red meat “probably carcinogenic” to humans. The announcement dominated influencer discussions over the past week and even prompted The Late Show host Stephen Colbert to put bacon in his pipe and smoke it. Read about this story and more in this edition of Influence Feed.
Regulatory overseers are pushing back on rule-making bodies they say have gone too far. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans will not include sustainability, as the topic is beyond the purview of the Advisory Committee’s expertise. Additionally, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has deemed the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule of the Clean Water Act an overreach by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These stories dominated conversations in a period that also saw the passage of a California law regarding antibiotics usage in livestock, settlement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and more.
National and international groups are working with stakeholders to develop better strategies for tackling complex food issues. In the United States, antibiotic stewardship is drawing industry feedback. Meanwhile, food waste and climate change are prompting commitments from food companies and governments in preparation for United Nations (U.N.) resolutions. Read about these efforts and more in this edition of Influence Feed.
The public interest in food — where it comes from and how it’s made — has created such a groundswell of demand for transparency, it’s spreading to all corners of the industry. Most recently, media interest in the people behind the food industry is putting academia in the spotlight. See why a series of emails has prompted scrutiny regarding the relationship between food industry groups and academics. You also can read more about the impact of the nation’s largest fast-food chain announcing its intentions to use eggs raised cage-free.
The latest flurry of reports regarding what we eat includes an investigation by Consumer Reports regarding production standards for ground beef. In other food debates, you can read about reaction to a government warning for labeling claims made by the makers of Just Mayo. And see comments by McDonald’s Corporation and Mercy For Animals regarding the practices of a Tennessee poultry supplier accused of animal mistreatment.
Critics were quick to jump on The Coca-Cola Company for its role in funding a nonprofit organization that blamed obesity on lack of exercise. See what detractors had to say about the soda maker and how Coca-Cola’s CEO responded. You can also see what beta-agonist growth promotant was caught in the crosshairs.
In recent weeks, activist groups have reinforced a push for greater transparency in the food and agriculture industries. In a ruling that animal rights groups touted as a victory for free speech, a judge overturned Idaho’s “ag-gag” law. Meanwhile, celebrities lobbied the Senate concerning labeling foods with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). See why each side of these issues questioned the other’s motivations in this edition of Influence Feed.
Influencers weighed in on a mounting battle in Congress involving proposed legislation that would preempt states from GMO labels on foods. Meanwhile, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. is taking some heat after naming a new overseas supplier of pork. Plus, see why influencers continue to discuss avian flu in this edition of Influence Feed.
This edition of Influence Feed ranks the most highly discussed topics from the past six months as well as recent insight from our influencers. Commitments from large food companies and analysis from various nongovernmental organizations drove influencer conversations of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and pesticides. Regulatory action enflamed debates about agricultural policies and practices. Meanwhile, drought in California served as a consistent backdrop for commentary on agriculture in the United States.
In recent events, influencers have turned to Washington to address concerns about the health of humans and of poultry: Poultry farmers aired grievances regarding the handling of the avian flu epidemic; a nutrition study called for a reduction in consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages; and the prepared food industry applauded a relaxed deadline on menu labeling.
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