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Tara Flour: A Reminder of the Real-Life Consequences of Broken GRAS

Source: EDF (August 10, 2022)

In the spring, folks who ordered from a company that sells pre-assembled smoothies and other frozen foods for home delivery, started getting sick—really sick—after consuming an item called “French Lentil and Leek Crumbles” (Crumbles). Daily Harvest, the manufacturer, recalled the product on June 17. A month later, Daily Harvest said it had ruled out various food-borne pathogens, mycotoxins, heavy metals, and major allergens and had “identified tara flour as the cause of the issue.”

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Unleaded Juice: Getting Credible Lab Results is Essential

Source: EDF (August 2, 2022)

FDA’s move to establish action levels on lead in juice – and eventually other foods that young children eat or drink – is an important step forward. While we believe that the action levels need to be tougher, any action level has a limited value if labs that analyze samples for contamination provide results that buyers, regulators, or consumers cannot trust.

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A Lawsuit Claims Skittles Are Unfit for Consumption. Experts Weigh In.

Source: New York Times (July 26, 2022)

If you’ve been paying attention to nutrition headlines lately, you may have noticed a recent lawsuit that claimed that Skittles — the colorful candies of “taste the rainbow” fame — were “unfit for human consumption” because of the presence of a “known toxin” called titanium dioxide.

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For Now, Skip Eating Products That Contain Tara Flour, CR’s Food Experts Say

Source: Consumer Reports (July 22, 2022)

Until more information is made available to the public, Consumer Reports’ food safety and policy experts recommend that consumers stop eating products that contain an additive called tara flour. This advice comes after a popular plant-based meal delivery service, Daily Harvest, named tara flour as the culprit behind a recent outbreak of illness related to its French Lentil and Leek Crumbles frozen product. The recalled product is known to have sickened almost 500 people so far. 

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