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Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health (the department she chaired from 1988-2003) and Professor of Sociology at New York University. Her degrees include a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition, both from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (2002, paperback 2003) and Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology, and Bioterrorism (2003, paperback 2004), both from University of California Press. Her book, What to Eat, published by North Point Press/ Farrar, Straus & Giroux (2006, paperback 2007), was named as one of Amazon.Com's top ten books of 2006 (Health, Mind, and Body) , and a "Must Read" by Eating Well magazine. Her most recent book is Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine, published by University of California Press in 2008. Her forthcoming book, co-authored with Malden Nesheim, is Feed Your Pet Right (Free Press/Simon & Schuster, May 2010).

I worry a lot about the ability of the FDA to set limits on the excess marketing practices of food companies.  The latest cause for worry is the seemingly trivial fuss over what to call High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS).

HFCS is not especially high in fructose (its fructose content is about the same as …

I haven’t said anything about the E. coli 0104 crisis in Germany up to now because I’ve been waiting for the evidence.  Without evidence, the source of the outbreak remains uncertain.

Sunday, the minister of agriculture (in Lower Saxony) announced that sprouts are the cause. But are they?

What is known without question is that …

I’ve been asked repeatedly this week to comment on the huge press outcry about a study that links diet sodas to an increased risk of stroke and heart disease.

I have not seen the study and neither has anyone else. It is not yet published.

It was presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke …

Editor’s note: If you had a magic wand, how would you conjure up ways to make the food supply safe?  We asked several people to consider the possibilities. Here is another response, from author and professor Marion Nestle, who writes about food issues on her blog Food Politics.

Bill Marler, the food safety lawyer …

I listened in on Monday’s White House conference call announcing that President Obama would sign the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Speakers said the new bill will give the FDA the tools and authority it needs to help prevent the CDC’s new estimates of the annual burden of foodborne illness: 48 million cases,  180,000 hospitalizations, and …

Food companies insist that they can make health claims for their products, whether backed by science or not, because commercial speech is protected by the First Amendment.

The First Amendment, in case you have forgotten, says:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the