Fast casual restaurant chain Panera is expanding the list of additives they won’t allow in their food. The company announced Tuesday that, by the end of 2016, all of the food in its U.S. bakery-cafes will be free of artificial preservatives, colors, sweeteners and flavors. New “clean” salad dressings free of artificial ingredients will be…

The Nutrition Facts label can be the conscious consumer’s best friend, but it often leaves shoppers more confused than informed. It may be comforting for someone to find a list of common and easily recognized ingredients on the label. For instance, Triscuits crackers were named and marketed for only including three ingredients: whole wheat, oil,…

Food ingredients such as butylated hydroxyanisol, acesulfame potassium or methyl salicylate may sound scary, but the only thing threatening about them is their name, according to a new guidefrom the International Food Information Council which explains the names and purposes of common additives in order to make them less off-putting to consumers. The guide…

Raw meat and poultry products are sometimes marinated or injected with water, salt water, flavorings and other additives, but consumers may not know that unless they read the fine print on the package.

Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) wants such information disclosed conspicuously on the label.

Under a …