On November 22 2020, a Reddit user shared the following image to r/facepalm, which purported to show a Giant Food “super spread” advertisement: No way this went unnoticed from facepalm The post, which was an image
Quick Take A report from two dozen experts — including a doctor named to President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board — recommended using existing social service programs to connect people with COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Th
On November 18 2020, the Gravel Institute (@GravelInstitute) tweeted a photograph purportedly showing cars waiting to get to a food bank in Dallas, Texas: This is a line for a food bank in Dallas. Congress has decided to leave millions of Americans t
Multiple Facebook posts shared hundreds of times claim New Zealand’s government passed legislation that revoked residents’ “human right to grow food”. The claim is false; the New Zealand Department of Primary Industries told AFP that “there i
Police have jailed a woman in Georgia accused of pretending to be an FBI agent to score a free fast-food meal, saying she allegedly threatened to arrest restaurant workers if they didn’t serve her a complimentary bite.
On October 3 2020, Facebook user Kevin Selfaison shared the following image set, which purportedly showed rations aboard the Navy ship USS Nimitz (archived here): Alongside a gallery of 25 images, Selfaison wrote: If you ever wonder what food is li
A number of posts on Instagram and Twitter have made claims about how much MPs can expense for food per day. The posts say: “Didn’t even realise MP’s get a £25 per day food allowance.£125 per week£1300 per year ( pe
One would think poor people are most at risk around food insecurity.
The Rome-based United Nations agency has long specialized in getting assistance to some of the world’s most dangerous and precarious places.
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/federal-food-box-credit-trump/ Letters written on behalf of U.S.
More than 100 million food aid boxes were distributed across the United States in 2020 in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
A sheep farmer in Britain has been found guilty of planting baby food laced with metal shards in stores as part of a plan to blackmail a supermarket chain.
One of Germany’s best-known food companies said it will rename a popular spicy dressing because of the racist connotations of its name.
The president's social media post raised hackles among anti-corruption experts.
#Goyaway called for a boycott of the popular Hispanic food and seasonings company in July 2020.
A photo shared thousands of times on social media shows a Whole Foods Market checkout lane with a sign that reads “cash not accepted,” implying the store refuses transactions with paper bills and coins. This is misleading; Whole Foods said on Twitt
Can you smell the copypasta rumors?
Did U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez say, "If food runs scarce, it's okay to eat pets?" No, that's not true. This claim about the liberal New York congresswoman is in a satirical article published by a known network of satire writers who see
An article shared more than 17,000 times on Facebook claims that Canadian authorities advise against eating romaine lettuce after an outbreak of E. coli throughout the country was traced to Costco. This is false; there is no ongoing recall of romaine l
Are Starbucks or KFC coupons offering free food products to customers in the Black Lives Matter movement real? No, that's not true: Coupons being shared on social platforms are fake. Starbucks, for one, has apologized and denied the claim. An
Looks like someone's pranking.
Did President Trump send out a tweet claiming that he and Vice President Pence were escorted to the secret White House bunker, and complaining that former President Obama had left it dirty and unsupplied? No, that's not true: the screenshot of
We love to bad mouth processed foods – usually while our mouths are full of it.
Inflammatory, fabricated quotes have been making their way around social media.
Every afternoon, Sandra Pérez and Francisco Ramírez go over their list of fellow New Yorkers who need help because of the coronavirus pandemic. Some are sick. Others lost jobs, but have children to feed. Others are elderly or disabled. All are immigr
Was the late herbalist known as "Dr. Sebi" (real name Alfredo Bowman) correct when he claimed that viruses don't exist? No, this is false. Viruses do exist, as the world is witnesseing now with the novel coronavirus, which is responsible for m
Deliberately licking and coughing on things during a pandemic spreads fear and disgust, along with the health risks.
Widespread claims on social media inaccurately assert that certain foods and supplements can prevent or cure COVID-19.
Are meats from Smithfield Foods, "the world's largest pork processor and hog producer," packaged in China before being shipped to the United States for sale? No, that's not true: This is an old rumor that's resurfaced and prompted calls for bo
Eating a diet made up of alkaline foods will not prevent someone from being infected with COVID-19 since the body’s pH levels cannot be changed through diet.
The CDC and other experts note that the virus is new and still being studied, but they say there’s no evidence yet that COVID-19 sickens people through their digestive systems.
On March 26 2020, a number of social media posts involved a woman in Pennsylvania who allegedly “coughed” on $35,000 worth of food — forcing a Gerrity’s store to discard all of the items: “Grocery store Gerrity’s Supermar
Even looming food shortages are apparently not enough to prompt some consumers to try soy- and tofu-based products.
Is every household in the United States receiving $500 in emergency food stamps and a $1,000 stimulus check? No, that's not true: The U.S. House has passed a sweeping coronavirus response package, but the U.S. Senate has not yet taken it up -
The president assured Americans, after speaking with leading grocery chain executives, that grocers would remain open and that the supply chain remained healthy.
The former vice president got his attack lines mixed up, falsely accusing Trump of wanting to fingerprint food-stamp recipients.
A February 14 2020 tweet about “socialism” and a putative $50,000 wage earner paying $36 in tax towards food stamps and $4,000 towards corporate subsidies went wildly viral, appearing in screenshots on Facebook and discussion forums in the
Always check the expiration date on social media promotions.
Taco Bell wasn’t open on Christmas Day, but a burglar in Georgia decided he wanted a festive feast anyway — and to take a nap while he was at it.
Product labels offer valuable information to consumers, but manufacturers can misuse them to increase profits. This is particularly true for the USDA's organic label.