5@5: No samples at Costco? | PFAS riskier than predicted | Clean 'chicken'

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March 9, 2020

2 Min Read
Costco might prohibit food samples because of corona virus fears
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No snacking at Costco—at least at some stores, at least for now, maybe

If you didn't eat free food samples at Costco, did you really go to Costco? The company hasn't commented yet, but sources as diverse as Business Insider, USA Today and Reddit are reporting various levels of sampling restrictions in different states. The concern is that having multitudes of human hands grabbing food from the same serving trays could accelerate the spread of the corona virus. Read more at Food & Wine


FDA finds 'short-chain' PFAS chemicals more toxic than previously thought

Fluorotelomer alcohol—a "forever chemical" used in food packaging and textiles—presents a greater risk to human health than previously estimated. A new study from the Food and Drug Administration found that FTOH accumulates in the fat, liver and plasma in rats, and stays there for more than one year. Read more at EWG.org


Alternative chicken company keeps it simple

New York-based Daring focuses on sustainability and animal rights in making its vegan chicken substitute. The chicken strips do not include GMOs, gluten, additives or saturated fats. Made with soy protein, water and a blend of spices, the product has 14 grams of protein. Read more at Fast Company


Can the private sector make it a super year for nature?

Margaret O'Gorman, president of the Wildlife Habitat Council, looks at what corporations have said about the environment so far this year—but is all the talk just hot air? Corporate executives aren't experts in ecosystem collapse or what to do to stop it. Neither are politicians. Read more at GreenBiz.com


Miami Beach residents oppose projects to counter sea-level rise, flooding

Miami Beach has committed to spend $1 billion on new infrastructure that will defend the island from increased flooding and rising sea levels. But some residents oppose the changes because they will be unsightly and could lower property values. Read more at The Wall Street Journal



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