5@5: EPA takes on fake coronavirus cleaners | USDA to revisit country of origin labeling

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April 3, 2020

2 Min Read
cleaning supplies

Disinfectants and sanitzers claiming to protect against COVID-19 are rampant, so officials at the Environmental Protection Agency are planning on issuing enforcement measures that will prevent sales of such products. Any brand that claims to kill or repel bacteria or viruses must be tested and registered by the E.P.A. and with the federal government. Read more at The New York Times


USDA announces it will revisit country of origin labeling

USDA is proposing stricter rules for American-made labels after critics made clear that labeling foreign meat as "Made in the U.S.A.," which is legal if it was processed stateside, hurts domestic cattle ranchers and misleads shoppers. Ranchers have continued to post losses even as processors earn over $600 per animal. Read more at The Counter...


Food shortages? Nope, too much food in the wrong places

The COVID-19 pandemic is has thrown a wrench into the U.S. food supply chain, especially now that chain restaurants, cafeterias and schools have shut down. Producers still have enough goods to meet the previous level of demand and many growers are now reportedly "walking away from big portions of their crop" after losing some of their biggest buyers so suddenly. Read more at NPR


Edible insects set to be approved by EU in 'breakthrough moment' 

Soon, all residents of the European Union will be able to legally consume mealworms, locusts, crickets and grasshoppers in food products. Proponents of the new ruling say that eating insects is one of the more obvious answers to world hunger as it is an extremely cheap and high-quality protein. Read more at The Guardian


Jeff Bezos donates $100M to US food banks

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has donated $100 million to Feeding America, a charity that supports food banks nationwide. Feeding America generated $2.9 billion in revenue last year, most of which was allocated toward sending food to pantries, and is considered the second-largest U.S. charity by revenue. Read more at CBS News

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