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August 5th, 2011
07:31 AM ET

Deadly Salmonella outbreak kills one, hospitalizes 22 – can the U.S. keep its food supply safe?

A deadly salmonella outbreak from ground turkey has spread to 26 states, claimed one life and hospitalized 22 others. Federal health officials say it may be more resistant than usual to antibiotics.

The outbreak has been traced to ground turkey production at the Cargill plant in Arkansas. And with all the talk about budget cuts, the incident has renewed questions about the safety of our food and whether cutting funding to groups like the Food and Drug Administration can keep the food supply safe.

On American Morning this morning, David Acheson, Leavitt Partners's Managing Director of Food and Safety Import Practice and former Chief Medical Officer for the Food and Drug Administration, discusses the outbreak and how budget cuts could hamper our chances of spotting outbreaks sooner.

Filed under: Food • Food safety
July 21st, 2011
10:08 AM ET

Just eat it: Dealing with fish species who threaten the U.S. ecosystem by eating them

Two species of fish, the lion fish and the Asian carp, have invaded U.S. waters and are causing a great deal of environmental damage.

The Asian carp is threatening the ecosystems of rivers and lakes across the nation, while the lion fish is threatening to destroy reefs and decimate native fish populations in the southeast.

In an attempt to address these problems, Food and Water Watch, an organization that promotes safe, accessible and sustainable food, water and fish, has paired up with the James Beard Foundation to increase the culinary demand for the species by devising recipes using the fish.

Today on American Morning, Kerry Heffernan, Executive Chef at South Gate Restaurant in NYC, is cooking on set to show our viewers how to best prepare the fish. He is joined by Wenonah Hauter, the executive director for Food and Water Watch, who will be discussing the prevalence of invasive fish and explaining what the environmental consequences will be if the species continue to spread.

Filed under: Environment • Food
July 21st, 2011
09:55 AM ET

Walmart and Walgreens to bring fresh food to underserved communities

According to the USDA, close to 14 million people in the U.S. live in so-called "food deserts" where they don't have easy access to fresh fruit, vegetables or meats.

As a part of her "Let's Move" campaign, First Lady Michelle Obama is attempting to tackle this issue, announcing yesterday that Walmart, Walgreens, Supervalu (Save-a-Lot), and regional retailers are going to make healthy, affordable food available in under-served communities.

Walmart has pledged to open between 275 to 300 new stores in "food desert" areas and Walgreens has promised to sell fresh fruit and vegetables at one thousand of its stores.

Leslie Dach, executive vice president of corporate affairs at Walmart, and Gregory Wasson, president and CEO of Walgreens,  join Ali Velshi on American Morning today to talk about the endeavor and to discuss how they will make the initiative successful despite the poor economy.

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Filed under: Food • Health
July 20th, 2011
10:11 AM ET

Can you trust restaurant calorie counts? New study says not always

Diners who refer to a restaurant's website for calorie counts in an effort to eat healthy may be surprised to learn that they may be ordering meals with more calories than they think.

A new study by Tufts University nutrition researchers shows that nearly one out of five restaurant dishes has at least 100 calories more than what the restaurants states on its website.

Elizabeth Cohen, CNN Senior Medical Correspondent, joins Kiran Chetry and Ali Velshi today on American Morning to discuss the study and to explain how restaurants are accounting for such large discrepancies. For more information, check out Elizabeth's reporting here.

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Filed under: Food • Health
July 18th, 2011
10:30 AM ET

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile turns 75 today and joins American Morning on the circle

It's original mission in 1936 was to spread miles of smiles, letting everyone know about Oscar Mayer hot dogs.

Today, the iconic red and yellow "Wienermobile" is turning 75 years old – and Oscar Mayer is celebrating the birthday in style.

This morning on American Morning, the Wienermobile stops by Columbus Circle to celebrate! Kiran Chetry and Ali Velshi speak with Ed Roland, mobile marketing manager with Kraft Foods and Dylan Hackbarth and Kylie Hodges, two "hotdoggers" who drive the Wienermobile to talk about this milestone.

Filed under: AM Fun • Food
July 12th, 2011
11:32 AM ET

FDA: Calorie information to become manadtory for restaurant, fast food menus

As a part of the Affordable Care Act's push to reduce obesity in the US, the FDA will make it mandatory for information about the calories in foods to be on the menu at restaurants and fast food chains with more than 20 locations.

However, evidence is mounting that indicates that this may not be the most effective way to get Americans to be more conscious of their health.

Elizabeth Cohen, CNN senior medical correspondent, gives examples of some high calorie meals and discusses the implementation of the law on American Morning today.

Filed under: Food • Obesity
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