November 15, 2009

FDA Warning Letters to Caffeinated Alcohol drink makers

From the Wall Street Journal:

WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration is taking aim at caffeinated alcoholic drinks, saying it will pull them off the market unless manufacturers can prove the beverages are safe to drink.

On Friday, the FDA sent letters to nearly 30 companies, giving them 30 days to provide evidence that their drinks don't pose health or safety risks.

The FDA hasn't approved the use of caffeine in alcoholic beverages, and companies might have to show that experts generally think mixing caffeine and alcohol is safe for consumers.

Comments posted on the WSJ website ask whether this will make it illegal to serve rum and Coke, Irish coffee, or black/white Russians.

The FDA Press Announcement

November 15, 2009 in Food and Drink, Ingredients | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

September 04, 2009

Beer that travels

Seems like there's a lot of news about beer lately.  Perhaps it's Oktoberfest in the air.  Thank you to Steven H. Sholk for forwarding this piece from the Wall Street Journal.  In Belgium, working with a 1.7 million dollar government grant, scientists are working on improving the shelf life of beer.  A government grant for longer-lasting beer?  Does this fit under nutrition policy?

Revolutionary Ferment: Cooking Up Craft Beer That Travels

LOUVAIN-LA-NEUVE, Belgium -- Sonia Collin, one of the world's leading beer chemists, has spent a life tinkering with recipes, consulting for everybody from mom-and-pop brewers to titan Anheuser-Busch InBev NV.

Now, in a lab in Belgium, a hub of craft brewing where Trappist monks have been fermenting complex beers for centuries, Ms. Collin seeks the specialty brewer's Holy Grail: great beers that keep their taste long enough that they can be shipped, stored and sold around the world without going bad.

Working with the help of a $1.7 million government grant, . . .

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September 4, 2009 in Food and Drink, nutrition policy, Science | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

August 25, 2009

Atrazine Herbicide Used on Corn May be Problem in Drinking Water

A report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) claims that EPA's current monitoring of drinking water misses spikes in herbicide levels.   

NRDC’s New Analysis Reveals Widespread Atrazine Contamination and Inadequate Regulation and Monitoring NRDC analyzed—in combination for the first time—the results of surface water and drinking water monitoring required by the EPA across the Midwestern and Southern United States. NRDC obtained these data from the EPA’s Ecological Watershed Monitoring Program (surface water) and the EPA’s Atrazine Monitoring Program (drinking water) as part of the settlement of litigation brought against the EPA and in response to two Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests submitted to the agency. Our analysis resulted in seven major findings:

more (links to the report)

Read about the report at the Washington Post

Hat tip: Steven H. Sholk 

August 25, 2009 in Farming, Food and Drink, Scientific studies | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack