NBC NEWS: Genetically Engineered Pink Pineapple Is Safe to Sell, FDA Says
"A strain of pineapple genetically engineered to be pink instead of yellow got the go-ahead from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. '(Del Monte) submitted information to the agency to demonstrate that the pink flesh pineapple is as safe and nutritious as its conventional counterparts,' the FDA said. 'The new pineapple has been genetically engineered to produce lower levels of the enzymes already in conventional pineapple that convert the pink pigment lycopene to the yellow pigment beta carotene. Lycopene is the pigment that makes tomatoes red and watermelons pink, so it is commonly and safely consumed.'" Read full story.
POPSUGAR: Cue the Mad Rush: Patti LaBelle Releases a New Sweet Potato Pie at Walmart For Christmas
"Patti LaBelle made the season brighter by releasing this new 10-inch Premium Sweet Potato Pecan Pie ($10), available at Walmart for a limited time this holiday season. According to a press release sent by Walmart, "It's made with the perfect blend of spices, butter and sweet potatoes – all topped with pecans." Two inches larger than her original sweet potato pie and with twice the flavor thanks to the pecans, this new pie is bound to go fast." Read full story.
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FOODBEAST: Sorry USDA, But Your New Expiration Date Language Won't Help Food Waste
"The agency's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released a sheet of new recommendations for 'food dating,' as it's called, regarding how these labels of food quality should be presented. These dates that are presented on labels lead to a huge misunderstanding with consumers, however. Often, they treat these dates as the true expiration dates for products, and if an item is past that date, they will toss it out accordingly. However, all products are still edible and of high-quality following these labeled dates." Read full story.