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Consumer trends: 61% of Americans pay attention to food labels

Food labels are more than just marketing words on a package — they reveal important health information for consumers and allow them to make more informed buying decisions as they stroll down the grocery aisles.

Michigan State University recently released the results of its Food Literacy and Engagement Poll, a survey of over 2,000 Americans […]

Package problems: Food safety experts comment on mail-order perishables

Consumers can get just about anything online these days. Beekeepers can buy live bees online. Researchers can purchase real human skulls. With enough money, you can get your own private island via the World Wide Web.

It makes sense, in this age of online convenience, that more and more food companies, wholesalers and grocers […]

Move over plastic. Packaging made from milk could protect food in the future

At the grocery store, most foods come wrapped in plastic packaging. Not only does this create a lot of non-recyclable, non-biodegradable waste, but thin plastic films are not great at preventing spoilage either. Furthermore, some plastics are suspected of leaching potentially harmful compounds into food. To address these issues, scientists are now developing a packaging […]

Science: Faulty ‘best by’ dates drive up food waste

When it comes to judging if the food in your refrigerator is still safe to eat, many turn to the “best by,” or “use by” date stamps usually found on food packaging. Some experts are saying, however, these labels fail to communicate meaningful information and may be contributing to the huge environmental problem of food […]

Some pizza box chemicals no longer considered safe by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week its plan to publish a final rule that will ban three chemicals used in many pizza boxes and other food packaging.

Known as perfluoroalkyl ethyl types, these chemicals are used in food contact substances and act as oil and water repellents for paper and paperboard. […]