Consumer Reports Tests Variety Of Foods For GMOs

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The controversy is growing over whether foods should be labeled if they contain GMOs — genetically modified organisms.
Vermont recently passed legislation requiring GMO labeling and dozens of other states are considering similar actions.

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Consumer Reports tested more than 80 processed foods to see just how widespread GMOs are and whether you can trust food labels.
About 90 percent of corn produced in the United States is now genetically modified. The same is true with soybeans. Consumer Reports’ tests show GMOs can be in lots of foods, including some cereals, snack bars and soy-based infant formulas.
Since labeling is not required, you can’t tell by looking at the package, although some may say “No GMO,” “Non GMO” or “Non-GMO Project Verified.”
Consumer Reports tested a variety of products containing soy or corn for GMOs — at least 2 samples of each — each from a different lot.
“Unless they were labeled organic, the vast majority of products without a specific claimregarding GMOs actually did contain a substantial amount,” Dr. Michael Crupain said.
What about foods labeled “natural?”
A Consumer Reports’ survey of 1,000 people found that more than 60 percent believe “natural” means “no GMOs.”
That’s not what the tests found.
“There is no legal definition for the claim ‘natural’ on processed foods. Virtually all the samples we tested that said ‘natural,’ but didn’t make claims about being organic or non GMO in fact contained a high percentage of GMOs,” Dr. Crupain said.
Then, there are unverified claims like “Non GMO.” Though not independently certified, they mostly proved accurate in Consumer Reports’ tests.
The one exception was Xochitl corn chips, They’re labeled “no GMO,” but contained a high proportion of GMO corn in all six samples tested.
Its “Organic” white corn chips did meet Consumer Reports’ standards for non-GMO.
“Our findings confirmed that the most reliable labels for avoiding GMOs are ‘Non-GMO Project Verified,’ or organic, both independently certified,” Dr. Crupain said.
A spokesperson for Xochitl chips told Consumer Reports that the company and its supplier “are both baffled” by Consumer Reports’ test results.
You can get more of Consumer Reports information on GMOs and food labeling on their website: ConsumerReports.org

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Hurricane triggers sewage spill in Hawaii

Hurricane triggers sewage spill in Hawaii
Ana’s rains flooded Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant

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This NOAA satellite image taken Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. EDT shows Hurricane Ana just to the south of Hawaii. While Ana wouldn\'t make landfall on any of the islands, it will bring high winds, heavy rain and high surf to the southern facing beaches. Further east, Tropical Storm Trudy brings very heavy rains to the Acapulco, Mexico area. Over the mainland, an area of low pressure moves eastward across the southern Rocky Mountains with rain showers and isolated thunderstorms.
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By Jim Mendoza Hawaii News Now: KHNL/KGMB

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Hurricane Ana’s steady rain soaked Oahu Saturday through Sunday and disrupted the system at the Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant. The plant processes 60 million to 70 million gallons of wastewater on an average day. It’s equipped to handle twice that, but not what Ana poured down.

“Then it started spiking up, spiking up, spiking up. It went up to 240 million gallons,” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said.

That overloaded the system and sent 5,000 gallons of partially treated wastewater into Honolulu Harbor. But 20 million gallons went into the treatment plant’s storeroom.Surfer Emile Meder, 23 of Honolulu, watches the waves at Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sat., Oct. 18, 2014 as Hurricane Ana passes southwest of Hawaii.

“Twenty million gallons of sewage up to a couple inches of the tops of doors,” Caldwell said. “Somewhere between 6 and 8 feet of sewage down in this area where all of our electrical panels are.”

The flood short circuited electrical panels that operate the plant’s eight sewage clarifiers. Sand Island can still treat wastewater but can’t send sludge from the sewage to a processing plant until electricity is restored..

“They’re working very hard to get these two primary clarifiers up and running again. They anticipate having it up and running by Thursday if not sooner,” Caldwell said.A county bus is stranded on Highway 11 in Naalehu, Hawaii where heavy rains from Hurricane Ana flooded the road on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Hurricane Ana was on course to miss Hawaii by more than a hundred miles but was generating high waves, strong winds and heavy rains that prompted flash-flood warnings throughout the islands.

He said the treatment plant can function with just three clarifiers.

“We’ve learned that in future rain events we’re going to make sure that any holes and overflows are dealt with and temporarily sealed,” Caldwell said.

He said Ana has prompted his administration to develop a standard operating procedure for future rain events.

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    Tourists watch surfers out in choppy waves at Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, as Hurricane Ana passes southwest of Hawaii.

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  • Tourists watch surfers out in choppy waves at Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, as Hurricane Ana passes southwest of Hawaii. A paddle boarder heads to shore at Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, as Hurricane Ana passes southwest of Hawaii. Surfer Emile Meder, 23 of Honolulu, watches the waves at Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sat., Oct. 18, 2014 as Hurricane Ana passes southwest of Hawaii. Surfers ride choppy waves at Waikiki Beach in Honolulu on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, as Hurricane Ana passes southwest of Hawaii. A county bus is stranded on Highway 11 in Naalehu, Hawaii where heavy rains from Hurricane Ana flooded the road on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Hurricane Ana was on course to miss Hawaii by more than a hundred miles but was generating high waves, strong winds and heavy rains that prompted flash-flood warnings throughout the islands. People watch high surf at South Point, Hawaii on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 as Hurricane Ana carved a path just south of the island state. The storm prompted a flood advisory and winds strong enough for officials to urge caution. This NOAA satellite image taken Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. EDT shows Hurricane Ana just to the south of Hawaii. While Ana wouldn\'t make landfall on any of the islands, it will bring high winds, heavy rain and high surf to the southern facing beaches. Further east, Tropical Storm Trudy brings very heavy rains to the Acapulco, Mexico area. Over the mainland, an area of low pressure moves eastward across the southern Rocky Mountains with rain showers and isolated thunderstorms.
 Traffic navigates a flooded street in Waikiki in Honolulu Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Hurricane Ana brought a steady rain to the Hawaiian Island of Oahu as it passed about 180 miles west. Ward Kea, of Honolulu, jumps over a puddle as he prepares to board a bus in Honolulu Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Hurricane Ana brought a steady rain to the Hawaiian Island of Oahu as it passed about 180 miles west.

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