US regulatory food incompetence

Just in case anyone was subdued into acceptance of the idea that the USA food system functions well – never mind even better than the UK or EU systems, we should just take on board, that here is the world’s largest meatpacker recalling 6.9 million pounds of beef linked to antibiotic-resistant Salmonella. So input antibiotics… Read more

Sugar tax own goal

We may now have the sugar tax, but of course what most of the soft drink suppliers have done is substitute other sweeteners for sugar (which we have consumed for about 500 years). I’m unaware of any trials that suggest the alternative sweeteners are in fact either any better or even good for us at… Read more

Ready to Eat – or not?

We should not forget that “Prêt à manger” actually means “Ready to eat”. Calling it PRET disguises the idea, though I’m sure those that work for them have rarely, if indeed ever, thought about their origins. So they completely lost the philosophy of the company name when a poor girl succumbed to her allergy. We… Read more

Life is a death sentence

In our occasional forays into the world of food and drink there are two interesting ripostes to some peer reviewed health reports. A Lancet analysis revealed that if rising life expectancy means years in good health, then health expenditure is expected to increase by only 0.7% of GDP by 2060. Unfortunately it is entirely understandable… Read more

Food is Healthcare ..

Mentioning the Pioppi Diet to a couple in passing the other day, ‘Well’, they said, pretty much in unison, ‘you know what they say…’ As I didn’t, I thought I’d share the reply: “Food is basically Healthcare, Medicine is certainly not Healthcare, Medicine is Sickcare.” Now we all know  – and if we don’t, there… Read more

Retail own label plus

Following rather downbeat suggestions (including mine) on retail performance in the UK I fear that when the investigation by the French Autorité de la Concurrence, the equivalent of the UK Competition and Markets Authority,  is undertaken and when also  the FT reports (frequent paywall): “The investigation is not a big surprise — it seems like… Read more