In late February, I alerted you to an FDA citizen petition which would allow the dairy industry to add non-nutritive sweeteners (such as aspartame) to milk and 17 other dairy products without the prominent front-label “nutrient content claims” currently required by FDA regulations — phrases like “reduced sugar” or “reduced calorie.”  I explained to you in detail […]


Late last month, I alerted you to an FDA citizen petition submitted by two dairy industry trade groups relating to dairy products and artificial sweeteners.  I told you how the dairy industry wants to change the “statements of identity” for milk and 17 other dairy products to allow non-nutritive sweeteners (such as aspartame) in these […]


No one knows better than I the tremendous potential power of an online petition to bring about needed changes in our food supply.  And now, just a day after the one-year anniversary of the launch of my “pink slime in school food” petition, it’s gratifying to report that two important new food petitions are catching […]


Food activist Nancy Huehnergarth tweeted this troubling Dairy Reporter item last Friday, which indicates that the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) are asking the Food & Drug Administration for permission to add aspartame and other artificial sweeteners to the flavored milk sold in U.S. schools without certain front-label disclosures. […]


NYC Mayor Bloomberg Proposes Ban on Large-Sized Sugary Drinks

by Bettina Elias Siegel on May 31, 2012

As I posted on TLT’s Facebook page last night, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is making big headlines this morning with a proposed city ban on most sugary beverages sold in containers larger than 16 ounces.  The move would affect restaurants, ball parks, movie theaters, street vendors and other establishments regulated by the city’s health […]


Nestlé Drops Artificial Ingredients in UK Candy – Why Not Here?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on April 11, 2012

While the blog was dominated by LFTB last month, many interesting “kid and food” news items came and went without coverage here.  I won’t try to recapture most of these for you, but a few are important enough that I want to share them now, even if they’re a little dated.  Here are two such […]


True Colors: A Gorgeous Palette of Real Food Hues

by Bettina Elias Siegel on April 4, 2011

After a week of talking quite a bit about synthetic food dyes (namely, the FDA’s decision not to require food dye warning labels, even though dyes exacerbate hyperactivity in some kids), I was happy to stumble on this story. A New York City artist named Tattfoo Tan photographed the fresh produce he regularly buys at […]

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FDA Punts on Food Dye Issue

by Bettina Elias Siegel on April 1, 2011

As I reported here earlier, the Food and Drug Administration held a two-day hearing this week to address concerns that artificial food dyes can cause hyperactivity in some children. An expert panel convened by the FDA had reported that while most children are unaffected by the dyes, children susceptible to hyperactivity can have worse symptoms […]

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For decades, some scientists and consumer advocates have believed there’s a possible link between the consumption of artificial food dyes and hyperactivity, at least in some children.  If that’s true, there’s serious cause for concern:  as recounted in a recent Washington Post op-ed on the subject, there’s been a five-fold increase in the per-capita production of […]


Lunch Tray Friday Buffet: February 25, 2011

by Bettina Elias Siegel on February 25, 2011

Last week I asked you to vote on whether or not I should continue with the Friday Buffet feature and the people have now spoken. At last count, 57% of you say keep it, while only 28% say ditch it.   So, as your humble blogging servant, I’m happy to dish it up for the […]