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Chris Waldrop is the Director of the Food Policy Institute at the Consumer Federation of America where he oversees research and advocacy. He monitors the USDA, FDA and coordinates the Safe Food Coalition, is on the Partnership for Food Safety Education board, and served on a National Academy of Sciences food inspection review.

U.S. Department of Agriculture statements and subsequent news reports have given the impression that, under the USDA’s new poultry inspection program announced last week, poultry plants will be required to test for Salmonella and Campylobacter. That is simply not true. It is true that, under the final rule, USDA will require poultry plants to…

How many calories are in a bottle of beer? How much alcohol is there in a shot of whiskey? How many serving are in a bottle of wine? Consumers would probably be hard-pressed to know the answers to these questions. Fortunately, that may soon change.  Late last month, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade…

The public has until July 5 to tell the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require chain restaurants to disclose the amount of calories in beer, wine, and spirits, beverages that play a significant factor in America’s battle of the bulge.

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In an effort to help consumers maintain a healthy weight and reduce health care …