June 20, 1995
Food vendors in Belair Market fighting a proposal to put a supermarket in Oldtown Mall know they couldn't survive the competition. But their opposition shouldn't stop the city from trying to give East Baltimore residents, especially those who live in the Lafayette Courts and Latrobe Homes housing communities, a better place to buy groceries.Public Voice for Food and Health Policy, a consumer advocacy group based in Washington, recently issued a report on the lack of supermarkets in inner-city neighborhoods.
March 20, 1991
Wonder how much fat you're chowing down in that hot dog or in the packaged, breaded frying chicken you picked up at the supermarket?It's pretty hard to tell with many meat products because the majority carry no nutritional labeling.But it looks as if that's going to change. The government is gearing up to require nutritional labeling for much meat and poultry, and expects to have a preliminary proposal ready for public comment by March 31.Nearly 60 percent of meat and poultry products today provide no nutritional labeling, according to a survey released March 6 by the consumer group Public Voice for Food & Health Policy.
September 18, 1991
If a Washington-based consumer advocacy group has its way, supermarkets, restaurants and other places selling molluskan shellfish will have to post signs warning that raw or partially cooked oysters, clams or mussels may cause "acute illness and even death" from microbiological contamination in certain high-risk individuals.Those individuals considered to be at greatest danger of food poisoning include people with cancer, diabetes, liver disease, alcoholism, AIDS and kidney disease.Public Voice for Food & Health Policy recently petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to mandate the cautionary labels in order to counter what it calls inadequate government regulation of certain shellfish species.
May 29, 2003
Cmdr. Bill Spann, the public voice of the Naval Academy for the past three years, is leaving the military college tomorrow and retiring from the Navy. His successor as the school's public affairs officer and chief spokesman will be Cmdr. Rod J. Gibbons, 39, a 1986 graduate who last served as deputy director of public affairs for the U.S. Northern Command, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. At Annapolis, Gibbons will oversee a 20-person office that deals with the news media, coordinates VIP visits and community-outreach programs, and puts out the school's newspaper, The Trident, and other internal publications.
November 30, 1993
Too much fat. Too much sodium. Too few fruits and vegetables. Not enough of certain vitamins.Sounds like a meal at the local pit beef stand, doesn't it? Unfortunately, the above description is taken from a U.S. Department of Agriculture report on school lunches nationwide.The study released last month found levels of fat and sodium in school cafeteria fare that far exceed the government's dietary guidelines. In another recent study of children's eating habits, the consumer advocacy group Public Voice for Food and Health Policy said 57 percent of youngsters ages 6 to 11 eat less than one serving of fruit daily, and 32 percent eat less than a serving of vegetables a day.The federal government has too long ignored or pooh-poohed these bad habits.