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Taco Bell Reveals ‘Weird Names’ of Seasoned Beef Ingredients

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Taco Bell has revealed the remaining 12 percent of the ingredients in its “seasoned beef” that are not beef. At its website, Taco Bell lists the following as the comprehensive ingredients in its “seasoned beef” mixture: “Beef, Water, Seasoning [Cellulose, Chili Pepper, Onion Powder, Salt, Oats (Contains Wheat), Maltodextrin (Corn, Potato, Tapioca), Soy Lecithin, Tomato Powder, Sugar,… Continue Reading

Fast-Food Walkout: Does Worker Well-Being Affect Food Safety?

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Thousands of fast-food workers in dozens of U.S. cities are reportedly set to stage a one-day national strike on Thursday to protest the industry’s low wages and predominant lack of basic benefits. Organizations representing restaurant employees say they expect it to be the largest-ever strike within the fast-food industry, which employs an estimated 4 million… Continue Reading

Taco Bell to Cancel Kids’ Menu

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Mexican-style restaurant chain Taco Bell says it will begin phasing out its children’s menu, and will no longer have one by January. The company announced Monday that it will no longer offer separate options for kids, but will instead incorporate its crunchy taco, soft taco, bean burrito and other kids’ items into its regular menu…. Continue Reading

Ridding Schools of Fast Food, Junk Food, and Soda Pushers

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With the passage of the Healthy, Hungry-Free Kids Act of 2010, in addition to improving school meals, Congress required the U.S. Department of Agriculture to update nearly nonexistent nutrition standards on so-called competitive foods. These are foods sold outside the school meal program, including fast food items sold alongside the reimbursable lunches, and soft drinks… Continue Reading

Most Kids’ Meals Served at Restaurant Chains Unhealthy, Study Finds

More than 90 percent of kids’ meals offered by the nation’s chain restaurants fail to meet the National Restaurant Association’s definition of a healthy meal for children, according to new study released Thursday by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Researchers analyzed 3,498 meal combinations on kids’ menus at eateries across the country,… Continue Reading

Rep. Slaughter Releases Survey Results on Antibiotics in Food

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) this week released the results a survey conducted by her office on antibiotics used in meat and poultry production. In February, the congresswoman wrote to 60 of the nation’s largest food manufacturers, restaurants, and retailers and asked them to respond with details on their policies, including what percentage of the meat… Continue Reading

Guide to Fighting Fast Food in Your Own Back Yard

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It’s hard not to get depressed over the politics of food these days, given the massive power of the food industry to influence everything from the farm bill to childhood obesity. So a new report, Slowing Down Fast Food: A policy guide for healthier kids and families, on how we can fight back couldn’t come… Continue Reading

Playgrounds for Bacteria at Fast Food Restaurants

It all happened by accident. One day this past spring, Erin Carr-Jordan, mother of four and professor at Arizona State University, rushed into a Tempe McDonald’s because her three-year-old child needed to use the bathroom. Before they left, her child wanted to spend time at the fast-food restaurant’s playground.   What happened next surprised her…. Continue Reading

Jack in the Box Drops Toys from Kids’ Meals

The Center for Science in the Public Interest Tuesday congratulated Jack in the Box for stopping toy-based marketing to children, “regardless of its motive.” The advocacy group was reacting to news that the San Diego-based fast-food chain won’t include toys along with its children’s meals. Jack in the Box said it wasn’t responding to pressure… Continue Reading