Australian diet study finds low chemical exposure through food

A study in Australia looking at levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in food and drinks has found no food safety concerns for consumers.

The 26th Australian Total Diet Study (ATDS) by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) studied dioxins and dioxin-like compounds (DLCs), ​​polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs), polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs), ​dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (DL-PCBs) and non-dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (NDL-PCBs). These chemicals are of concern as they can accumulate in the body fat of animals and humans for long periods of time and be harmful.

Levels of dioxins and NDL-PCBs across all foods did not exceed Australian or European regulatory limits.

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Vietnamese coffee finds Seattle’s sweet spot

The first generation of Vietnamese coffee houses around Seattle catered directly to a single core audience: Vietnamese immigrants in search of the strong Robusta coffee they loved in a place that felt like home. But, starting last year, a new wave of Vietnamese coffee shops hit Seattle, aiming to share the Vietnamese coffee culture with a broader audience while combining it with that of the Pacific Northwest.

“There’s a fully caffeinated Vietnamese coffee movement sweeping America,” Dan Q. Dao wrote recently in a feature in Imbibe Magazine that spotlighted shops around the country, including Phin and Hello Em, both in … Read more