Latest from Laura Reiley

USDA dietary guidelines are driven by milk marketing concerns — not nutrition — lawsuit alleges

The USDA is charged with marketing American dairy and telling us how much milk to drink. Doctors file a lawsuit, saying this is a conflict.
  • Apr 29, 2021

Biden’s climate change plan may not nix cheeseburgers, but science says beef should be on the chopping block

Biden’s climate change plan does not suggest cutting beef consumption by 90 percent.
  • Apr 26, 2021

Biden signs law that makes sesame the ninth major food allergen

The Faster Act will also step up allergy research.
  • Apr 23, 2021
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Menthol cigarettes kill more Black Americans. Should Biden ban them?

Will the Biden administration be able to strike a balance between politics and public health to regulate menthol cigarettes? And what are the implications if it does? We explain the pending decision and unravel the history of menthol marketing.
  • Apr 22, 2021

USDA extends universal free lunch through next school year, bringing relief to millions of food-insecure families

Facing a September cutoff, the agency announces it will reimburse schools at a higher rate and expand school nutrition programs to all students.
  • Apr 20, 2021

FDA weighs ban on menthol cigarettes, which disproportionately addict — and kill — Black Americans

Menthol cigarettes are more addictive and 85 percent of Black smokers smoke menthol. The FDA will decide later this month whether to ban them.
  • Apr 20, 2021

FDA to urge limits on heavy metals in baby foods, starting with arsenic and lead

After pressure from parents and advocates, the agency is laying out a multiyear plan to address the issue.
  • Apr 12, 2021

Biden administration reverses Trump decision, will provide $1 billion a month more in emergency food assistance

Biden USDA reverses Trump administration decision, providing $1 billion per month more in emergency food assistance.
  • Apr 2, 2021

Food delivery apps are exempt from posting nutrition information. This loophole has added to our pandemic pounds, advocates say.

The FDA has given third-party food delivery apps a free pass not to post calorie counts. Americans’ health has suffered, advocates say.
  • Apr 1, 2021

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says only 0.1 percent of Trump administration’s covid farm relief went to Black farmers

Ag secretary Vilsack explains how his agency will fix a broken farm system, food insecurity, racial disparity and a healthcare crisis
  • Mar 25, 2021