Schuster’s Blog – 2023 Farm Bill, YBRS non-participation, a deep dive into Lucky Charms complaints and more! | Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB)

Schuster’s Blog – 2023 Farm Bill, YBRS non-participation, a deep dive into Lucky Charms complaints and more!

Posted by: on Sunday May 22, 2022

by SNEB member Ellen Schuster,  MS

This ‘n that: Submit comments, info on listening sessions ahead of September White House conference on nutrition, hunger and health ( 2023 Farm Bill work begins at first Michigan hearing (; more on the Farm Bill  (; Farm Bill background ( Florida won’t participate in the Youth Behavior Risk Survey as 2 other states mull not participating ( New June PBS show – The Great American Recipe celebrates diversity ( Dr. Marion Nestle’s upcoming memoir, Slow Cooked: An Unexpected Life in Food Politics, available Oct. 4; interview (

Lucky Charms in the news: Over 7,000 say they were sickened after eating Lucky Charms, the FDA investigates (; health departments in at least 4 states (NY, MI, AK, KS) conduct interviews ( The latest podcast of Food Safety Talk, May 11, 2022 addresses the Lucky Charms complaints (about 30 minutes in, 19 minutes total): (

Food retailers in the news: More independent grocers add SNAP to e-commerce  ( TikToker compares Dollar Tree in different locations – items on hand and other characteristics – in a poorer vs. higher income neighborhood (

Mobile food and a new food word game: New survey data finds 49% of 18 – 34 year olds use meal kits weekly and 71% surveyed looked for meal kits that had a collaboration between chefs and local farmers ( Ice cream ‘on demand’ in Los Angeles ( A new food word game – Phoodle – that comes with fun facts and a weekly recipe (

Food in the news: The Heirloom Collard Project looks to save rare collard greens ( New chocolate bar replaces dairy with oats ( How one food company deals with supply chain disruption…reformulate, reformulate, reformulate – sometimes 20 times in 1 year ( Drinks: A new marketing term? Pure Tea has a ‘subtly sweet’ bottled tea that is lower in sugar – about 1 teaspoon of sugar 20 calories for 18.5 oz. or 75% less sugar than its sweet tea – it contains sugar and stevia

( The tea contains sugar and stevia. Alcoholic drinks-to-go become permanent in many states ( Panera’s new fruity lemonades with caffeine – 20 ounces have about 260 mg caffeine ( Why McDonald’s Coca-Cola tastes so good: the temperature, water quality, amount of syrup (taking into account ice melting) and more ( Cereal: A cereal made for adding…orange juice  ( 

Marketing food: Cereal and Crocs, no, it’s not a typo. Now you can buy crocs with cereal-based charms  ( ‘Wacky’ ice cream flavors – pizza, everything bagel and others – continue to hit the shelves. Brooklyn-based Van Leeuwen ice cream makes their Kraft Mac ‘n cheese available through the end of May and other flavors for a limited time at Walmart at $4.98/14 oz. These flavors are considered a ‘disruptive activation’ in the marketplace. Get ready for Grey Poupon Dijon w/pretzels ice cream coming in June. A recent innovative ice cream contest at a dairy food trade show included savory ice cream flavors like miso and spicy Thai peanut ( A deeper dive into how Kraft Heinz approaches the development and marketing of these new foods (


A Starbucks Community Store may be coming to your neighborhood. There are 150 such stores globally and one in Alabama has a retail job skill training for youth. Stores partner with the local community to develop food and economic security, health programming and more (