February 25, 2010

Moldy Tomatoes Used in Food

1 Bribery Scheme May Have Affected Food Safety

Four purchasing managers at big-name companies including Kraft Foods and Frito-Lay have pleaded guilty to taking bribes from suppliers over the last 14 months. The supplier, SK Foods, apparently bribed the companies to get bids and information on the confidential bids put in by competitors. Five people connected to SK have admitted being in on the scheme, and investigators indicted Frederick Scott Salyer, SK Foods' owner, with racketeering, fraud and obstruction of justice. What's more, the company is said to have passed off less-than-perfect tomato product, including products so moldy they violated federal law and fruit that was older than should have been used. The poor product was sent to many more companies than those involved in the bribery, and some made it into the food supply.

More at New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

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Train Hard, Train Quickly

2 No Time to Workout? That's No Excuse!

No time to exercise? New research might render that excuse moot and change the way health experts advise people to train. Intense exercise performed within a short period of time, also known as interval training, might just be the smart way to work out, say exercise experts who conducted the research. Said Jan Helgerud, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, “High-intensity interval training is twice as effective as normal exercise.” Most studies of the effectiveness of interval training have been conducted on younger, fitter people and some experts caution that more research is needed before recommending this type of workout for everyone. Everyone, however, should consult a doctor before beginning an exercise program, regardless of its intensity.

More at Associated Press | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Calories Burned by Exercise

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They Like Big Butts

3 Curvy Women Give Men a Buzz

Men can catch a buzz, similar to one they’d get from drugs or alcohol, by looking at women with curves, according to a new study from Georgia Gwinnett College that was published in the journal PLoS One. In the study, 14 men were asked to rate the attractiveness of photos of women’s naked butts before and after the women had surgery to augment their derrieres. Subsequent brain scans measured increased activity in the regions of the brain that are linked to rewards, including those associated with responses to drugs and alcohol, when the men viewed the women’s “after” photographs. "These findings could help further our understanding of pornography addiction and related disorders such as erectile dysfunction in the absence of pornography,” said researcher Steven Platek.

More at New York Daily News | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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