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EIGHT FOODS THAT SPURRED THE FOOD SAFETY ACT

What does it take to pass a food safety law? In 1906, it was the gut-wrenching passages of the crusading novel The Jungle. In 1938, it was largely the “Elixir Sulfanilamide tragedy.” In 2010, the Food Safety Modernization Act passed in the Senate because of Democratic control, prompted by almost too many food safety recalls to name. 
Thankfully, PBS NewsHour put together an informative little infographic charting eight foods that contributed to the most widespread outbreaks in the last four years.


http://www.good.is/post/infographic-eight-food-recalls-that-spurred-the-latest-food-safety-bill/


FOCUS ON NUTRTION: MAY IS NATIONAL MEDITERRANEAN DIET MONTH

Barbara Ruhs, MS, RD, LDN is our guest blogger, the "Neighborhood Nutritionist", "Supermarket Dietitian" and Bashas' in-house dietitian. She provides grocery shoppers with the necessary tools and resources to improve health and manage a food budget.

Barbara graciously agreed to answer some questions about the Mediterranean Diet.
May is National Mediterranean Diet Month





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FOCUS ON NUTRITION: DO PRISONERS EAT A MORE NUTRITIONALLY BALANCED MEAL THAN OUR SCHOOL CHILDREN ?

Hopefully you haven't gotten the chance to taste jailhouse cuisine, but if you're a product of the American school system, you probably have childhood memories of standing in line for grey mashed potatoes, half-thawed mystery meat, and slimy canned peaches. 


How do the trays measure up?














CONTAINER SUPPLY TO REMAIN TIGHT AS A CONSEQUENCE OF GLOBAL ECONOMIC DOWN TURN BACK IN '08.

Container Supplies to Remain Tight, WSC Says
Joseph Bonney | May 16, 2011 7:37PM GMT The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story

 |   |   |  Report says industry still hasn’t recovered from disruption of 2009 Shippers and carriers can expect container supplies to remain tight this year as the industry tries to catch up from box manufacturers’ lost year of 2009, the World Shipping Council said. In an analysis of container supply, the WSC said the shortages will force shippers and cargo interests to plan and forecast carefully to ensure they have containers when and where they’re needed. 
The report looks at global trends, not individual trade lanes. The report notes that supply and demand were thrown off kilter by the recession, which in 2009 produced the first-ever annual decline in global container shipping volume. Production of new containers, which had averaged 3 million 20-foot-equivalent units a yea…

A CRITICISM OF THE BANANA INDUSTRY AND THE "FAIR TRADE" LABELING SYSTEM: DOES THE SAME APPLY TO THE MANGO INDUSTRY ?

Following Fair Trade: Even the most locally minded eaters tend to consume some foods and beverages that only grow in distant regions—usually the hot and tropical ones—and many of those areas are also home to some of the world’s poorest populations.  To ensure people at the origin of global supply chains receive just treatment, adequate pay, and access to health, education and a good quality of life, the Fair Trade standard was created.  Fair Trade regulations often have positive environmental consequences, but at the root protects people—facilitating farming practices and trade relationships that empower farmers and their communities.









Bananas are one of the most widely consumed fruits on earth, eaten in many parts of the world as a starch, not a fruit, and therefore a staple element of basic diets.  The banana industry is one of the more notorious in the global food trade for its historic mistreatment of plantation workers and for the relative monopoly that a handful of multinational corp…