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NPR's Science Desk Experiments With Twinkies

The NPR science desk was inspired to take part in the fine, and longstanding, tradition of experimenting with Twinkies.

Did Food Safety Auditors Cause The Fatal Outbreak From Tainted Cantaloupe?

Food producers rely on private auditors, not the FDA, to make sure they are following food safety rules. But the auditor of the Colorado melon farm that was the source of last year's fatal outbreak not only gave the farm a rave review, he also recommended changes that may have caused the problems.

Maker Of Twinkies Files For Bankruptcy

Hostess Brands — maker of Ho Hos and, of course, the Twinkie — is filing for bankruptcy. The Texas-based company owes millions to its suppliers and labor unions. It is the second time Hostess has sought protection from its creditors in eight years.

FDA Cuts Off Orange Juice Imports Over Safety Concerns

Low levels of a fungicide, called carbendazim, have been found in orange juice products that contained juice imported from Brazil. Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has halted orange juice imports from all countries.

Hostess, Maker Of Twinkies, Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Twinkies maker Hostess Brands Inc., is again seeking protection from its creditors, blaming high debt and rising costs of labor and raw materials. Sales of Twinkies are down, despite its prime product placement in the 2009 film Zombieland.
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Reusable Grocery Bags Can Be Health Threat

The 5-cent bag tax is less than a month old in Montgomery County, and while residents embrace the reusable alternative, a report warns that those bags have issues of their own to keep in mind.