Denny’s Chicken Supplier, Shown Door- An undercover video showing all kinds of bad stuff happening at chicken factory farm, House of Raeford (sounds like a Tarantino horror movie), led to Denny’s dumping them as a supplier. Apparently, Arby’s doesn’t have a problem with it. (opednews)

Factory Fish Farms- Fish consumption has doubled in the last 40 years. It’s estimated that in another 40 years, ocean harvested fish will be no more. So, if the oceans can’t supply enough fish, why not farm them? Environmental contamination, disease and over fishing of “feeder fish” are three reasons. Good thing President Bush has an answer for us. (cnn)

The New Diet Craze- Atkins, Southbeach, Zone….meh, so passe`. Try the foodstamp diet. Instead of limiting the types and quantity of food you eat…limit the amount of money you have to spend on food. “Uh oh, you just broke a jar of peanut butter? You’re going to be really thin soon.” (sfgate)

What in your chicken?- More than just arsenic, chicken now come complete with and injection of extra water, sodium and seaweed. This so called “enhanced” chicken has up to 8 times the amount of sodium injected into it as compared to it’s “natural” counterpart. That’s 370 mg of sodium vs. 45 mg for the same size portion. (baltimore sun)

EU Standardizes Organic- The European Union finally agrees to rules around organic farming and standardizes labeling to inform consumers about the food they buy. The food must be 95% organic to be considered “Organic”. There is some debate over a rule that allows for .9% GM contamination to still be considered organic. Farmers say this is unavoidable. (international herald tribune)

US Loosens Organic Standards- Not to be outdone by the Europeans, the USDA may to loosen organic standards. (wait, that’s opposite of what the EU is doing). The new standard allows for 38 nonorganic new ingredients to be added to products that would still be labeled “organic”. Our trusted officials at the USDA apparently think the current standard is too tough for food processors to abide by. (la times)

FDA Moves to Risk Based Approach- A new approach in the way the FDA keeps our food safe. Switching to a risk based approach will require importers to supply the FDA with paperwork explaining how the food was packaged, produced and transported. So, are they inspecting food, or paperwork? You be the judge. (wall street journal)

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