GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms)

Oregon and California ballot measures would require genetically modified foods to be labeled.

"On Nov. 4, in the most expensive ballot measure campaign in Oregon history, voters will decide whether to force food manufacturers to label their products that contain genetically modified ingredients sold in the state."1

"The measure would require any "prepackaged, processed food or raw agricultural commodity that has been produced using genetic modification" to include the label: "Produced with genetic engineering." If approved, the law would be put into effect by January 1, 2016."2

1. Tracy Loew. All eyes on Oregon as voters decide GMO labeling. Statesman Journal.

2. Colorado Mandatory Labeling of GMOs Initiative, Proposition 105 (2014).  Ballot Pedia.,_Proposition_105_(2014)

Possible Autism Breakthrough

"We believe that this may be preliminary evidence for the first treatment for autism that improves symptoms by apparently correcting some of the underlying cellular problems,” says Paul Talalay, MD.  of pharmacology and molecular sciences, who has researched these vegetable compounds for the past 25 years."1, 2

1. Chemical Derived from Broccoli Sprouts Shows Promise in Treating Autism.
News and Publications. John Hopkins Medicine.   October 13. 2014

2. Kanwalijit Singh, Susan L. Connors, Eric Macklin Kirby D. Smith, Jed Witahey, Paul Talalay, Andrew W. Zimmerman.
Sulforaphane treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

Peanut Corporation of America officials found guilty
A federal jury has returned guilty verdicts against three former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) employees in relation to a Salmonella outbreak which sickened almost 700.
Food Quality NewsSept 22, 2014

Artificial Sweeteners and Obesity.
Sugar Substitutes Linked to Obesity. Nature. Sept. 17, 2014. 
Sweeteners 'could cause obesity' scientists warn. The Telegraph. Sept. 17, 2014.

Oregon GMO labeling initiative secures place on November laveling ballot.
An initiative to mandate the labeling of foods containing ingredients from genetically engineered crops has qualified for statewide vote in November.
Oregon GMO labeling initiative secures place on November labeling ballot.
Food  July 25, 2014

BPA (Bisphenol A)
If passed by Congress and signed by President Obama, the Ban Poisonous Additives Act would within 180 days of enactment require that
reusable food and beverage containers (such as Thermoses) that contain BPA cannot be sold, and other food and beverage containers containing the substance cannot be introduced into commerce.
Legislation to ban BPA could push America backward-NAMPA.
Navigator-usa.comJuly 2014
Human trials planned for genetically-modified super bananas June 17, 2014

Genetically Modified Foods
Bananas that have been genetically modified to have high levels of Vitamin C
are scheduled to be tested. Hopefully, if they are marketed, they will be labeled as genetically modified.

Genetically modified ‘super banana’ to be tested on Americans
rt.comJune 16, 2014

Human trials planned for genetically-modified super bananas June 17, 2014

Bee Die-Off and President Obama
“Obama moves to save the honey bees, targets pesticides. However, the Europeans are ahead of us.

On December1, 2013 several European nations banned a wide class of insecticides named neonicotinoids in an attempt to reverse their rapidly declining bee population.
The result has been a success, their bee populations have rebounded.

“Italy banned neonicotinoids five years ago.
Bee kill incidents have been reduced, and yields have been maintained, avoiding any economic hardship for farmers”.
Other European countries have had similar success.
Rather than do what the Europeans have done to alleviate their bee die-off,
President Obama has by Executive Order,

ordered the below agencies “to develop a National Pollinator Health Strategy (Strategy).”
Wouldn’t it be make more sense to follow the Europeans example?

(a) the Department of State;
(b) the Department of Defense;
(c) the Department of the Interior;
(d) the Department of Housing and Urban Development;
(e) the Department of Transportation;
(f) the Department of Energy;
(g) the Department of Education;
(h) the Council on Environmental Quality;
(i) the Domestic Policy Council;
(j) the General Services Administration;
(k) the National Science Foundation;
(l) the National Security Council Staff;
(m) the Office of Management and Budget;
(n) the Office of Science and Technology Policy; and
(o) such executive departments, agencies, and offices as the Co-Chairs may designate.

Obama moves to save the honey bees, targets pesticides
Free Republic. June 20, 2014

Russia Suggests that War may be necessary to stop Monsanto. Toxicology
Posted by MBD.One Radio Network. July 3, 2013

Rebuttal: Neonicotinoids the real sting for bee populations
IFPress.comDecember 13, 2013

The White House. Office of the Press Secretary. Presidential Memorandum -- Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators. June 20, 2014. 

Ener-G Egg Replacer 50 lb bag available at Industrial Commodities, Inc.
To inquire availability contact: Adam M. Hovermale (Vice President)
Phone: 859.368.8762 Mobile: 804-874-6722
Industrial Commodities, Inc.
1209 Sherborne Pl., Lexington, KY 40509
Phone: 800-523-7902 

Bee Die-Off
Two new Studies Address the the Ongoing Phlight of Honeybees

PVC is Polyvinyl Chloride. This is a plastic that has the following chemical formula: CH2=CHCl
BPA is BisphnolA. This has the chemical formula (CH3)2C(C6H4OH)2
PVC is commonly used in building materials, pipes, siding, flooring, some food containers. It has a tendency to outgas. “Phthalate DEHP is often added to PVC to make it flexible”1 PVC’s safety is being challenged. Much information is available on internet
BPA is commonly used in food/beverages and in some construction materials. Some chemicals can migrate from BPA into food/beverages. Polycarbonite contains BPA. FDA says the migration is low enough not to be a concern, except with baby bottles and sip cups. Some studies
disagree. FDA banned it sip cups and baby bottles. 
Reduce your use of PVC in Plastics and other Household Products.

Genetically Modified Food
China Rejections of GMO U.S. Corn Cost Up to $2.9 Billion. 
Feed and Grain.04/17/14

Genetically Modified Organism
Below are some recent studies implicating health risks from the use of the herbicide glyphosate on genetically engineered crops. These crops are genetically engineered to be resistant to this herbicide. 
Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases.
Entropy. Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneft Updaed 04/18/2013
Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance. Toxicology
Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Senef. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. Revised 09/024/13
New Study links glyphosate use with celiac disease and gluten intolerance. 
GM Watch 02/18/14
Glyphosate and Cancer. 
Dr. Mae Wan Ho. Institute of Science in Society. 03/02/14
Use of Herbicide Roundup linked to health dangers-U.S. Study 
Carey Gilam.Reuters. 04/25/13

Flour bugs are bugs that live in flour. Their eggs pass through all the sifting, sorting, and filtering because they are about the same size as the flour particles. The coarser the flour, the more likely intact bug eggs will survive. Over time such eggs may hatch. If you use the flour and/or
mix fast enough the bug eggs will not hatch. Some bug eggs can pass through 30 mesh screens through which coarser flours such as whole wheat and corn flour, pass.1 A mesh size of #30 has an opening of .0203 inch2.

The Food and Drug Administration uses several mesh sizes when looking for bug eggs,3 including Mesh 30. The United States Department of Agriculture recommends an even smaller Mesh 50 to sift for flour beetle eggs, “Pre-sift the flour with this size of sieve, or an even smaller #30  
mesh sieve.) For collecting eggs, a #50 mesh sieve should be used to pre-sift the flour.”4 A #50 mesh has an opening of .0110 inch.5. Even a #50 doesn’t catch all bug eggs.

Ener-G Foods will replace at no charge any of its products which become infested with bugs.

National Historic Site of Canada.
gSorting the Flour 03/02/14

DOCK Mesh (scale) Wikipedia.

Guide to Inspections of Grain Product Manufactures.
Food and Drug Administrations July 2013

Beetle Wrangling. United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Services

P.W.. Beeman, S. Hass and K. Friesen

Listings of Phenylalanine

We list Phenylalanine as a service to people with a genetic disease named PKU (Phenylketonuria). Phenylalanine occurs in almost all proteins. It is an essential protein to sustain in life, however people with PKU can only tolerate very small amounts. For example the 3.5mg of phenylalanine in our Potato Starch is tolerated by almost all people with PKU. 

Culinary Arts Schools

A Culinary Guide to Gluten Free Cooking

The Stepping Stones to Food Allergies
“One of the secrets in life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.” 
Jack PennNutimom Inc.05/31/12

Artificial Sweeteners and Weight Gain
Conflicting studies and opinions have been occurring concerning artificial sweeteners and weight gain.

Artificial Sweeteners can Actually Cause Weight Gain

Jamie Yacoub, M.P.H., R.D.Fit Day. 12/09/2013

Artificial sweeteners are safe and effective tools for weight management says obesity specialist
Elaine Watson.Food Navigator. 11/26/2013

Resistant starch
Resistant Starch is Amylose Starch. Amylose is partially resistant to digestion. Amylose is a straight molecule composed of glucose molecules. It nourishes friendly bacteria in our intestine. Amylopectin is a molecule made of many branches of glucose. The digestion begins in our
mouths with the enzyme Amylase which breaks amylopectin into its glucose-sugar molecules. The glucose branches are more easily removed than with amylose starch. This makes a sweet taste which varies depending upon the number of free, glucose molecules.
“All starches are made up of varying proportions of amylose and amylopectin.”1 “Potato Starch has about 20% amylose.”2
Resistant starch can be listed as dietary fiber. Food companies like doing this because it increases sales. If a starch doesn’t list dietary fiber it probably doesn’t contain significant amylose.
Non-Modified, Resistant Corn Starch is produced by several companies.3
Modified Resistant Starches are made by subjecting amylopectin starch to acids and/or bases to change the branched, chain molecule to straight, amylose molecules. Companies doing this are below. 4,5 
Both Potato Flour and Potato Starch Flour are cooked. My only comment on eating raw potato is to make sure the potatoes are not green or sprouting. 6.
It is possible to make amylose starch by heating some types of amylopectin starch into a gel and cooling it. This is RS4 starch.8 

1. Understanding Starch Functionality. Scott Hegenbart, Editor. Food Product Design. Jan. 1. 1996. 
2. Cargill Foods has produces resistant corn starch. 
3. Ingredion Company produces resistant corn starch
4. Cargill Foods makes resistant Tapioca Starch.
5. Penford rolls out fibre with resistant potato starch product. May 15, 2008
6. Delivering Digestive Wellness 7. Potato Starch Pilot Plant. Zockerforschung Tullin. Accessed December 4, 2014.
8. Food Processing Staff. Resistant Starch 101: A guide to Understanding This Fiber-Like Starch. Food Processing.

Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in Food
Imported broiler meat shows increase in ESBLK-production

Joe Whitworth,Food Quality news.10/14/13

GMO News
Going GMO-Free in 2014? Avoid These 6 Surprising Foods
Emily 01/04/2014 

Senators Angle for Monsanto Friendly FDA Voluntary GMO Labeling Guidance

Katherine Paul, Alexis Baden-Mayer.9/25/13 

WA GMO Initiative, See How I-522 will impact you. 

GMO labels won't affect supermarket prices, study says.
Maggie Hennessy. 09/12/2013

Genetically Modified Organisms. Maui joins Kauai in limiting GMO Crops. Hawaiian islands take more steps to limit spread of GMO crops.
Christopher D'Angelo.Reuters. 12/06/2013

Treatment for Candida Albican
A common herb consumed in Australia and South Asia named Gymnema Slyvestre is according to research at Kansas State University effective against Candida Albicans.......... 
Govindsamy Vediyappan.Research Treats the Fungus Among Us with Nontoxic Medicinal Compound. Kansas State University.09/12/2013.

Dr. Kummerow sues FDA......
Researcher files lawsuit vs FDA after it ignored his petition calling for ban on artificial trans fats. 
Elaine Watson.Food Navigator - USA. 08/13/13

Gut Bacteria
Diets high in fruits and vegetables and low in fat help grow good bacteria which keeps people thin. Transferring those bacteria to obese mice causes them to lose weight.
Gina Kolata.The New York Times. 09/05/2013

Nanotechnology and Food
Nanoparticles are smaller than one billionth of a meter in size. Food scientists are incorporating nanoparticles in food to obtain qualities that they want. For example silver is an antibacterial. Nanoparticles of silver are being incorporating into some foods for this reason. There is
concern that the safety of ingesting such nanoparticles hasn't been adequately researched.1 Nanoparticles are also finding their way into medicine. 

Toxic Nanoparticles Might be Entering Human Food Supply, MU Study Finds
QA Magazine. September 3, 2013

Nanotechnology applied to European food production- A review of ethical and regulatory issues. 
Trends in Food Science and Technology. September 4, 2013 

Genetically Modified Crops

US Regulations Misses some GM Crops

Heidi Ledford. Nature. 08/20/2013

Genetically Modified Crops Pass benefits to Weeds

Jane Qiu. Nature. 08/16/2013
GM rice delivers antibodies against deadly rotavirus
Michelle Dobrovolny. Nature. 08/09/2013.

Monsanto drops GM in Europe
Daniel Cressey. Nature. 07/23/2013.

Hunt for mystery GM Wheat hots up 
Heidi Ledford. Nature. 07/17/2013.

Modified Celluloses
"MODIFIED CELLULOSES Includes; hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, methylcellulose, methylethylcullulose, sodium carboxymethyl-cellulose" 
WHO Food Additives Series, No. 5., 1974. IPCS, Inchem. 

Hot Chocolate News
Chocolate May Help Keep Brain Healthy 
American Academy of Neurology, 07/31/2013