Dairy Industry Aims to Use Aspartame Secretly

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The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation want to be able to use aspartame without having to include it on product labels, as is currently required by law.

The FDA has been ignoring the petition, which was filed in 2009. Until now.

The agency is considering the petition, and if the milk lobby has its way, you won't know when you're drinking a "low-fat" milk product, such as chocolate or strawberry milk, chock full of aspartame.

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U.S. Government Spends Your Tax Dollars Advertising Food Stamps In Mexico

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The Daily Caller this morning reports that the U.S. government has been spending money advertising our food stamp program in other countries.

"Contrary to sound policy, the United States is spending money advertising food stamp benefits in foreign consulates," states a Thursday evening press release from the office of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), an outspoken opponent of the Mexico-U.S. Partnership for Nutrition Assistance Initiative.

Why are we unaware of the fact that our government is spending our tax dollars in this fashion? The campaign was on the down low, mentioned rarely in public agency materials. Gee, I wonder why Congress and the Dept. of Agriculture felt the need for such clandestineness. Perhaps they intuited that we Americans would wonder why our tax dollars are being used to promote food stamps to foreigners when we are losing our homes and our jobs and our national deficit is 16 trillion times the size of Kanye West's ego.

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"Don't Shoot!" New York Restaurants Don't Want You "Foodstagramming" Their Eats

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When you consider the food-related restrictions in New York, you should cry fat, giant tears of joy that you live in Miami -- a city that considers rules and regulations mere trivialities of no concern to locals. Restaurants in the Big Apple have instituted an "unofficial" ban on food photography, furthering the once great city's decline into a police state run by Mickey Mouse.

I'm not sure how tall Bloomberg is, but there must be something diminutive about a man who acts less like the mayor of a world-class city and more like the second-class dictator of a third-world country. He's banned smoking in parks and beaches. He's banned large sodas. He's banned food donations to homeless shelters. He's got his eye on milkshakes and popcorn. He's a Nazi and he's contagious. New Yorkers might as well be marching in step and wearing arm bands, the way they're swallowing (and now promoting) his anti-civil rights agenda. He's infected the rest of New York with his totalitarian food agenda and diners as well as restaurants are sporting "Team Food Nazi" t-shirts.

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Worst Food News 2012: Stupid, Crazy, and Gross

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When it came to food news in 2012, there were some real doozies. From murders committed over a disagreement about a snack, to food fetishist teachers, to frivolous 911 calls, people were really freaking cray-cray this year.

I've put together some of the most unfathomable occurrences from the past 365 days for your perusal. After all...why suffer alone?

5. Man Steals Pickled Food
This past March 28, police were called to a Chevron gas station in North Miami to stop a robbery. Unlike most thieves, who steal money, jewelry, or electronics, the criminal in question was stealing the most unsavory of gas station snackery -- pickled food. You know those grimy jars full of red formaldehyde and UFOs (unidentifiable food objects)? Well, he immersed his hands in several of 'em, gobbled down the grotesqueries, declared the food inedible, and then...ate some more. What we can't understand is how the damages were estimated at $48...
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Minimum Age Requirement To Purchase Energy Drinks?

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We all know that chugging down can after can of Monster, Red Bull, or Rock Star ain't exactly healthy, yet some of us chug down multiple doses of energy drinks every day.

An adult endangering his or her health is one thing, but how about a kid? Energy drinks have become a very popular drink among teenagers and Long Island feels it is time to intervene.

Nassau and Suffolk counties are proposing a minimum age requirement for purchase of energy drinks. Not surprisingly, the beverage industry is opposed.

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How Much Will You Pay For a Cup of Joe? Starbucks Introduces $7 Drink

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You'd think Starbucks isn't aware that our economy has tanked. The Seattle-based company has introduced a $7 cup of coffee - you know, just in case you have nothing to spend your money on, like say, oh, I don't know... Your mortgage maybe? How about Christmas presents?

The 16-ounce "grande" is Starbucks most expensive beverage to date. Made from Geisha, a "tough to grow bean," according to the Bucks, Costa Rica Finca Palmiera coffee sells for $40 a half pound. At that price CRFP better don a kimono and live up to the namesake of the bean it's derived from. Happy ending, anyone?

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Philly Restaurant Offers $26,000 Dinner: Bonus Designer Watch (Video)

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Maybe the economy hasn't tanked after all. How else can you explain shelling out $26,000 for dinner?

hat's how much it costs to enjoy La Castagne's nine course truffle dinner for four. The Philadelphia restaurant conceptualized a dining event that is "the most extravagant and exclusive in the entire world," according to Anthony Masapollo, managing partner of Le Castagne, as quoted in a press release.

Of course, it would be hard to get anyone to shell out $26k just for din din, so La Castagne has included some incentives. Behind door number one, you have one full-day cooking class with La Castagne's executive chef, Michael DeLone. Behind door number two you have one "47mm Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Amagnetic 3 Days Automatic Titanio wristwatch, a limited-edition Italian time piece manufactured by Officine Panerai." Whatever that is... Kidding! I looked it up; it's an expensive watch.

The menu boasts the "rarest ingredients in the world." Follow the jump for a gander at the most expensive nine course dinner on the planet.

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Disney Treats Make You Fat, Says Center for Science in the Public Interest

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The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has issued an open letter to Disney requesting the company stop allowing the images of its characters to be used on the packaging of holiday treats such as cookies and candy.

According to the Center, offending products include Pillsbury Halloween cookies featuring Cinderella's iconic glass slipper and packs of assorted candies including images of Buzz Lightyear.

Earlier this year, Disney proactively banned advertisements of unhealthy food items on all its television channels, websites, and radio shows in an effort to ban forces with others in the movement to improve the health of children.

As far as image placement, Disney's policy requires that 85 percent of food items marketed with its characters meet certain standards when it comes to nutritional content. According to CSPI director, Michael Jacobson, that is not enough.

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Companies Spend $41 Billion To Keep Consumers In The Dark

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There's a bit of an uproar over California's Proposition 37 scheduled for the November 6 ballot. Another twenty states are considering similar measures.

It's a simple proposition requiring that all genetically altered foods be labeled as such. Genetic modification can mean anything from manipulating the genes of a tomato to cloning a cow. Advocates of the proposition feel everyone has a right to know if what they are consuming is natural, or not so much.

So what is the problem?

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Burger King Drive-Thru Stinks, Says Study. Locals Disagree.

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According to a new study, Miami-based Burger King, has the worst drive-thru when it comes to service, speed, and accuracy.

The study, conducted by QSR Magazine, is conducted annually and rates the drive-thrus of Chick-fil-A, Krystal, McDonald's, Taco Bell, Wendy's, and Burger King. Categories such as service time, order accuracy, wait time, speaker clarity, and exterior appearance are used to quantify the quality of each drive-thru. 

The study was conducted between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to test the peak times of lunch and dinner.

I admit that I haven't been a frequent patron of fast food restaurants in recent years, but I have to disagree that our local fast food giants are the worst of the bunch.

I spoke with four 305ers to get their opinion.


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