A California bill that would require dine-in restaurants to provide single-use plastic straws only upon request passed the state Assembly. Restaurants would be warned for first and second violations and fined $25 per day for subsequent violations, with an annual fine limit of $300, reported The Wichita Eagle
The romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak could cost Kroger millions, according to the company's VP of corporate food technology and regulatory compliance. Lawsuits related to the outbreaks were filed against restaurants and retailers including Panera Bread, and Walmart's Sam's Club division Taylor Farms. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health notes a single foodborne illness incident can cost a fast food restaurant from $4,000 to $1.9 million, reported Fortune. In an update Friday on the nation's largest E. coli outbreak in a decade, health officials said 25 more cases have been added, raising the total number of illnesses to 197 in 35 states. At least 89 people were hospitalized.
Bottled water is milk's biggest competitor, according to the CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association. Bottled water consumption was forecast to reach 103 billion-gal. by 2017, a sharp jump from the 56 billion-gal. consumed in 2007. In turn, the milk market is promoting its health benefits, grab-and-go milk products and simplifying labels with ingredient lists that are easier to understand, reported Dairy Herd Management.
Artificial sweeteners don't cause spikes in blood sugar on their own, according to a review of previous studies published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The review focused on studies where an artificial sweetener was consumed without other foods and drinks containing calories and found no affect on blood sugar levels, but qualified the report by noting foods and drinks containing the sweeteners could affect blood sugar, reported HealthDay.
Sonic Drive-In is expanding a test of an ordering app allowing consumers to order beforehand and pick a location and pickup time. The company is testing the service in Lafayette, LA, with plans to expand it to Oklahoma City and then nationally by the end of 2018, reported The State.
The federal government will issue an additional 15,000 temporary worker visas for Maryland crab processors. The Department of Homeland Security agreed to issue the H2-B visas for the jobs after the federal government changed the visa allocation process from a first-come, first-served system to a lottery that resulted in crab processors being significantly short-staffed.
FDA published a warning letter sent to Orangeburg Pecan Company Inc. dated May 17 alleging violations of the Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation. Specifically, FDA inspectors found the presence of rodent excreta pellets during inspections between Oct. 17 and Nov. 16, 2017.
Eating higher amounts of protein is associated with a slightly elevated risk for heart failure in middle-aged men than those who eat less protein, according to research published in Circulation: Heart Failure. The study found the risk of heart failure was 49% higher for dairy protein, 43% higher for animal protein and 17% higher for plant protein. Only proteins from fish and eggs were not associated with heart failure risk.
The U.S. is facing a shortage of roughly 50,000 truck drivers, according to the American Trucking Associations (ATA). The ATA notes the U.S. will need 898,000 more drivers over the next decade to keep up with growth and demand, reported CNBC.
Obese children who consume at least two servings of cow's milk daily are more likely to have lower fasting insulin, indicating better blood sugar control, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center. The study found under half of children who reported drinking less than one cup a day had below the upper normal levels of fasting insulin, compared to almost three-quarters of children who reported drinking more than two cups a day, reported ScienceDaily.