Monthly Archives: April 2012

Food Fraud

As if we didn’t have enough to worry about when it comes to deciding what food to eat, you can add another concern to the list:  fake food.  Yup, you read me right:  fake food!

This phenomenon, known as “food fraud” refers to food that is somehow changed or mislabelled with the intention of deceiving the consumer for financial gain.  According to a recent Huffington Post article, food fraud is part of a growing trend of faking out consumers. Continue reading

Government to Amend Food Regulations – hip hip hooray!

The government announced today it will be updating the Canadian food regulations to allow for quicker approval of new health claims and food additives:  Wowzers!!  In theory, this can only be seen as a major step in the right direction.  According to our Health Minister, Leona Aglukkaq, “our new approach will allow more timely approvals of safe, innovative products, while still protecting the health and safety of Canadians“. Continue reading

Food vs. NHP – Health Canada Just Threw Down the Gauntlet

This just in – Health Canada cracks down on foods marketed as natural health products.

Health Canada has stopped accepting natural health product (NHP) applications for food products and will require manufacturers to revise labels and/or reformulate existing food products approved pursuant to the NHP regulatory regime.

For years, companies have submitted food-like products for approval under the (arguably more lenient) NHP Regulations.  Now, all food-like products will need to be regulated as foods, including compliance with the relevant labelling requirements for nutrition, allergen and ingredient information. Continue reading

Food Labelling – This made me chuckle

Kosher for Passover – talk about a “regulated” industry!

With Passover upon us, I figure I’d write about one of the most highly regulated food industries: Kosher for Passover foods.

For those who aren’t familiar with the story of Passover, here’s a synopsis.

The holiday brings with it some pretty restrictive dietary rules:  In addition to avoiding leavened bread, Jews who follow the rules are also supposed to avoid foods made with wheat, barley, rye, spelt or oats – unless those foods are labeled “kosher for Passover.” Continue reading

Popping for Popcorn

Most people who know me know that I LOVE POPCORN. I mean I seriously love it, like pop-it-on-the-stove-and-eat-it-every-night love it. Sometimes I eat it plain with a little salt and sometimes I add frozen chocolate chips (don’t judge – it’s delicious).

Given my years-long love affair with popcorn, imagine my delight when I learned that it’s really, really good for you.  A new study, published out of the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania posits that popcorn may be the perfect snack food.  It’s the only snack that is 100% whole grain, and whole grain foods are chock full of antioxidants and fibre.  According to the new study, there may be more antioxidants in a bowl of popcorn than in many fruits and vegetables! Continue reading