Thursday, October 30, 2014

#Taiwan Food Tycoon Faces Nearly 140 Fraud Charges

from A Taiwanese tycoon has been charged with nearly 140 counts of fraud over his alleged role in the country’s latest food safety scare, prosecutors say.

Wei Ying-chung (pictured center), one of the country’s richest men, has been indicted on 60 counts of fraud and 79 instances of aggravated fraud as well as violating food safety laws for selling tainted cooking oil, prosecutors in the central city of Changhua said.

The court has been asked to seize around Tw$440 million (USD 14.67 million) of illegal profits from selling the adulterated oil.
“Wei ignores the law and disregards the danger to public health and his corporate responsibility to manufacture and retail cooking oil made from feed oil to seek personal gains,” prosecutors said in a statement.
Wei was taken into custody on October 17 and faces a 30-year jail term if convicted of the crimes.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Something To Stop Doing Today: Drinking Soda

from Are you one of hundreds of millions of people around the world who drink soda every day? I hope not. New reasons why...and they're scary.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Saturday, October 4, 2014

World’s 10 Biggest Energy Gluttons

World Development Indicators
from Next time you get into your car and drive to the supermarket, think about how much energy you consume on an annual basis. It is widely assumed that Westerners are some of the world’s worst energy pigs. While Americans make up just 5 percent of the global population, they use 20 percent of its energy, eat 15 percent of its meat, and produce 40 percent of the earth’s garbage. Europeans and people in the Middle East, it turns out, aren't winning any awards for energy conservation, either. set out to discover which countries use the most energy and why.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Judge Won't Stop #Detroit Water Shutoffs

from A judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy refused Monday to stop the city from shutting off water if people can't pay their bill. Judge Steven Rhodes said the water department probably hasn't done enough to help people with chronically low income, but noted there is no "enforceable right" to water. Rhodes covered much ground as he read his opinion in court. He said Detroit's recent strategy to get people into two-year payment plans, starting with a 10 percent down payment, was "bold" and "commendable." Roughly 30,000 customers now are enrolled. Bankruptcy law doesn't grant the authority to interfere with city services, said Rhodes, who also turned aside constitutional arguments of due process and equal protection. "Detroit cannot afford any revenue slippage," said the judge, who heard two days of testimony last week.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Supermarkets Waste Tons Of Food As They Woo Shoppers

Ready-to-eat meals found in the prepared food aisle are a growing source of waste, as it is difficult to reuse meals that aren't sold but are fully cooked.from Supermarkets and restaurants serve up more than 400 million pounds of food each year, but nearly a third of it never makes it to a stomach. With consumers demanding large displays of unblemished, fresh produce, many retailers end up tossing a mountain of perfectly edible food. Despite efforts to cut down on all that waste, in the U.S., the consumer end of the food chain still accounts for the largest share. It comes down to shoppers demanding stocked shelves, buying too much and generally treating food as a renewable resource.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

U.S. Food, Chinese Processing: the Latest Food Outrage

from The US FDA prevents such things as artisinal cheese and butter being imported from Europe, products that have been in use for hundreds of years and don't make people sick, but--speaking of sick--this breathtakingly corrupt agency is allowing big food processors to grow food in the US but then process it in China in facilities with far less stringent regulation, and send it back here for us to eat! Worse, the producers only have to say where it was grown, not where it was processed!

There would appear to be no good explanation for this except corruption at the highest levels--not necessarily illegal corruption, but friendly handshaking between the executives of big food processors and FDA administrators. One thing is very clear: of least importance to the FDA is its obligation to protect us and our children. Far more important is to enable big food processors to increase their profits.

U.S. Hospitals Overdo Ebola Plans, Posing New Risks

from Fear of Ebola is causing U.S. hospitals to take precautions that, paradoxically, might backfire, increasing the risk to those caring for a patient with the deadly disease, researchers warned this week.
The only confirmed Ebola cases on U.S. soil so far have been two American aid workers flown from Liberia for treatment at Emory University Hospital. They were discharged this week after recovering from the disease that has killed more than 1,400 people in Africa. 

While calling the extra steps "understandable given the horrific mortality of this disease," Dr. Michael Klompas of Harvard Medical School and lead author of the paper in Annals of Internal Medicine, said they are unnecessary and could backfire.

For instance, if nurses and doctors wear unfamiliar gear such as head-to-toe hazmat suits, "there is absolutely a risk of making mistakes and contaminating yourself" with a patient's bodily fluids, said Dr. David Kuhar of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Going overboard could also hurt patients, Klompas said. If workers need to don hazmat suits before entering a patient's room, they will likely examine, test and care for patients less frequently.

Hospitals in 29 states have contacted CDC about 68 suspected cases: 66 were not Ebola and two test results are pending.