June 21, 2012 |
ConAgra Foods Inc., the food giant that makes Hebrew National hot dogs, said a lawsuit questioning the product's kosher status is "without merit. " The lawsuit, filed by 11 consumers in federal court in Minnesota, claims that Hebrew National charges high prices for a designation it doesn't deserve. The suit, which is seeking class-action status, accuses ConAgra of often using dirty animals for its meats. Kosher standards demand healthy and clean livestock. According to the suit, employees of a meat processing company used by ConAgra complained that the beef preparation methods being used weren't up to par, but those workers were ignored, retaliated against or fired, according to the suit.
May 17, 2010 |
For decades, people have been ignoring advice to eat less salt — in large part because it's hard to avoid. Processed and restaurant foods are simply loaded with sodium. Now, under growing pressure from doctors, consumers, states, advocacy groups and even national-level advisors, big-name food companies are slashing sodium from soups, potato chips, sauces, condiments and other products. Last month, the Food and Drug Administration announced its intent to reduce salt in the American diet, beginning with a call for voluntary cutbacks from the food industry.
March 11, 2010 |
Soup, which sustained a nation through the Great Depression, has itself fallen on hard times in the "Great Recession." Winter is supposed to be prime soup season. And one might expect that to be even more the case with U.S. unemployment at 10% during one of the snowiest East Coast winters on record. Soup is a hot meal that's both cheap and quick. But trade data highlight the balancing act name-brand food companies face in this new era of American thriftiness. If it's not on sale, shoppers tend to look elsewhere.
December 15, 2009 |
Despite a 2-year-old pledge by more than a dozen major food companies to advertise healthier foods to children, about two-thirds of those companies' ads remain for products of low nutritional quality, according to a study released Monday. The report, released a day before the Federal Trade Commission and other government agencies are set to suggest nutritional standards for foods marketed to kids, concluded that the industry's effort at self-regulation has failed. Ads for sugary cereals, fast food and sweet snacks made up more than 70% of the total studied.
September 29, 2009 |
Most shoppers know that cabbage and carrots are smart choices at the grocery store. But it might surprise people that Lucky Charms, Froot Loops, Ritz Bits Peanut Butter Chocolatey Blast crackers and Kid Cuisine Magical Cheese Stuffed Crust Cheese Pizza meals are billed as "Smart Choices" under a controversial new food-rating program. A logo adopted by food company giants is showing up in major supermarkets: a green "Smart Choice" check mark, meant to replace the blizzard of health labels that clutter food package fronts: "Sensible Solution, "Smart Spot," and so on. Sponsors say the logo will help an overweight and overwhelmed public make better food choices in a way that reflects how people really shop.
April 28, 2002 |
Forget dinner. These days most food companies are moving right on to dessert, pumping up the sugar in many of their new products--even diet food--in hopes of attracting new customers and boosting sales of tired brands. Even frozen french fries are getting a chocolate and cinnamon sugar makeover. Sweet sells, judging by the top-selling products of last year.