Among the aisles of gourmet cheeses, jams and chocolates at the Winter Fancy Food Show, held January 16–18 at San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center, there were identifiable trends, gems and innovations.
Washington, D.C.—Lawmakers have passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which will dedicate $4.5 billion to programs aiding the cause of a healthy school lunch. The presence of organic foods in underprivileged school cafeterias will receive a big boost, due to a $10 million Organic Pilot Program designed to help provide organic food choices in school nutrition programs.
Toronto, Canada—A recent study by University of Toronto scientists reveals that polyfluoroalkyl phosphate esters (PAPs), the chemicals used to line junk food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags, are contaminating food products. PAPs are applied as grease-proofing agents to paper food contact packaging, and when the human body metabolizes these chemicals, they are broken down into perfluorooctanesulfanoic acid (PFOA).