- From teas to powdered lemonade mixes and protein shakes, products formulated with mushrooms are springing up all over the place, with reishi leading the pack.
- Before the chill of fall settles in, a group of DC urbanites – some foodies and others not – gathered to sample and critique four variations of kitchen staples designed to engage consumers while also easing the burden of cooking from scratch, including Hummustir, Barengo balsamic vinegar, Hoboken Farm’s marinara sauce and organic chopped salad kits from Ready Pac.
- The choice between artificially sweetened and sugared soft drinks does not seem to make a difference in the onset of chronic conditions such as diabetes, according to Swedish research.
- Ambitious Australian brand, Tiger Buck has launched a beef jerky product to market to cater to a lack of pre-packaged premium snack options available at bars and liquor retailers.
- Most Americans are trained from a very young age to believe that beautiful is better – even when it comes to food – but as most people also know, this isn’t always true.
- Last week when I was scrolling through my endless emails, separating the important ones from the junk mail, just as I was about to send one to the tra... Read more: Subscription, Beauty, Wellness, Non-Gmo, Organic, Cruelty Free,Green News
- Tennessee-based Stratas Foods is expanding its manufacturing presence in the Northeast with the acquisition of Supreme Oil Company, based in Englewood, NJ.
- World Food Processing is branching out from pea protein to offering a line of whole pulse ingredients aimed at helping food manufacturers achieve fortification targets.
- WILD Flavors & Specialty Ingredients (WFSI), part of Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), is tapping into the vegan market with its protein power drinks and Clarisoy dessert toppings.
- Nestlé has lowered its full year outlook from 4.2% to 3.5% as it feels the effect of a deflationary market.
- Federal officials say they think an E. coli outbreak traced to beef from Adams Farm Slaughterhouse is over, but they qualified that announcement Wednesday with a warning that consumers unaware of the company’s recall of beef, veal and bison could inadvertently become additional victims.
“This outbreak appears to be over. However, the recalled beef, veal, and bison products may still be in freezers,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s report.
- A timely petition for certiorari is going to keep Austin “Jack” DeCoster, 82, and his son, Peter DeCoster, 52, out of jail, at least for several more months while the U.S. Supreme Court decides if it is interested in their case.
The high court is being asked to decide if a corporate official without specific knowledge of a violation can be incarcerated for the offense. The issue is being closely watched in corporate America as a half dozen Amicus briefs from business groups are part
- Two new confirmed cases of Hepatitis A were recorded in Hawaii in the past week, bringing the total number of people sickened to 291. And, another restaurant worker has been identified as a victim, raising concerns about the possibility of additional exposures.
Hawaii Department of Health Officials take questions from reporters Aug. 16 following the announcement that frozen, imported scallops served at Genki Sushi restaurants have been linked to an ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak. Speakers inc
- At the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Boston this week, emerging and maturing trends showcased on the show floor included more watermelon-based products, variations on peanut butter and lots of fruit- and vegetable-forward convenience foods.
- Long-coveted as a premium place for impulse purchases, the checkout aisle may not actually be the best place for encouraging candy consumption, according to Packaged Facts research.
- If you're reading this, it's likely you've heard about the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. In 2015, nearly 200 world leaders committed to work toward 17 SDGs in a collective effort to end extreme poverty and achieve sustainable growth. In particular, Goal 2 has the laudable benchmark of ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture by 2030. Read more: Food, World Food Day, Sustainability, Agriculture, Shumei, Sdg, Sustainable De
- A grocery store specializing in Asian food remains closed as Canadian officials continue to investigate a Listeria outbreak that has hospitalized at least six people, one of whom has died.
Public health officials from Vancouver Coastal Health told CBC News on Monday that they had not yet determined if Listeria monocytogenes infection caused the death because the victim had other underlying serious health issues.
The specific source of the Listeria contamination at Foody World in Richmond, Britis
- After receiving reports last week of about 75 norovirus cases, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries closed down shellfish beds in the Town of Wellfleet on Cape Cod.
State food protection officials also notified businesses to recall any affected shellfish harvested in the area on or after Sept. 26, according to a public health advisory issued Oct. 13.
The areas temporarily closed to shellfish harvesting are CCB11, CCB12, CCB13 and CCB14.
- Ten of the good guys and gals in the battle to defeat foodborne illness just got $2 million from the Center for Produce Safety to help with seek-and-destroy efforts focused on pathogens’ pathways to people via produce.
While fresh fruits and vegetables are undeniably vital for good health, many of them pose a greater risk for foodborne illness than other food groups — partly because they are often eaten raw.
“Fruits and vegetables consumed raw are a particular concern,” a
- The oceans hold a vast reservoir -- 700 billion tons -- of carbon, dissolved in seawater as organic matter, often surviving for thousands of years after being produced by ocean life. Yet, little is known about how it is produced, or how it's being impacted by the many changes happening in the ocean.
- Illinois-based ingredients supplier, Ingredion, has launched a soluble prebiotic fiber that provides fiber and prebiotic benefits and supports sugar and calories reduction efforts for bakeries, while allowing formulators to keep their clean labels.
- Geneva, Switzerland-based Natural Taste Consulting (NTC) is launching a natural bitter blocker capable of significantly reducing the undesired bitter/metallic taste of potassium salt.
- Chocolate makers can thwart carcinogenic mineral oil contamination in products through regular testing, managing cocoa transportation and adding barrier layers in packaging, say scientists.
- Check out FoodNavigator-USA’s latest gallery of new products hitting US shelves. Trends to watch include meat snacks (and plant-based alternatives), more pulse-based innovations from extruded snacks to spaghetti, spoonable kefir and cheese, drinking vinegar, and a new beverage for consumers following a low FODMAP diet.
- If you’ve got food poisoning, Iowa’s got your number — and its toll free — 844-IowaSic.
Patricia Quinlisk, medical director for the Iowa Department of Public Health, said the announcement of the number for the state’s new food poisoning detection and response initiative Monday should reduce the number of foodborne illnesses, citing the importance of early and accurate information to outbreak detection and investigation efforts.
“Once a call is made to the Iowa
- Editor’s note: Food Policy Action (FPA) issued its National Food Policy Scorecard for the 114th Congress on Oct. 17, revealing how members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives voted on key food issues. The organization released this statement with the scorecard, which is presented in the form of an interactive map on its website.
This is the fifth annual congressional scorecard released by the organization to educate the public about votes taken by Congress on critically im
- In announcing plans to shift food safety regulation away from a “one-size-fits-all” approach, the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency also announced it has designed a three-month pilot program that will allow certain big retailers and restaurants to oversee their own food safety operations.
“For many years we’ve had an inspection model that includes sending local authority inspectors to look at how businesses are providing assurance to consumers in
- Bacteria sometimes associated with Chinese restaurants is the culprit behind an outbreak among more than 150 patrons of Mighty Taco restaurants in New York.
State health officials said Monday evening they had isolated Bacillus cereus in samples of refried beans collected from Mighty Taco locations as well as in lab samples submitted by sick people. Owners of the 43-year-old regional fast food chain took to Facebook to explain the situation, stating they did not want to be misquoted.
- Media outlet and consumer product evaluation laboratory Good Housekeeping is launching a new nutrition seal and first-of-its kind food brand incubator to help companies create food and beverages that “inspire healthier eating habits” and make it easier for consumers to quickly choose those products on crowded store shelves.
- Israeli ingredient supplier Frutarom Health has launched a line of extracts that offer fortification possibilities for food and beverage manufacturers.
- If a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, a serving of cocoa could help avoid the need for medicine in the first place – at least when it comes to some heart disease risk factors.
- Small changes in how Spindrift approached the fast-growing sparkling water category added up to a big opportunity for the brand, sales of which have grown 16 times since 2009, according to the company’s CEO and Founder Bill Creelman.
- The way meat is prepared, advertised and labelled has led to a disconnect between animals and meat and fuelled consumption, according to new research.
- Finding excessive cadmium in imported cooked snow crab, a preservative not permitted in vinegar, and excessive pesticide residues in three vegetable samples made for a busy Friday at Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety (CFS).
The unit of Food and Environmental Hygiene Department reported the findings going into the weekend, warning food businesses to stop using or selling the products. Investigations are ongoing and charges could bring some big penalties.
The cooked snow crab with excessive
- Egypt’s reaction to the Hepatitis A outbreak in the United States sourced to frozen strawberries exported from the Middle East nation may not be any more meaningful than its response to Europe’s massive 2011 E. coli outbreak.
This time, Egypt’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment said that frozen strawberries originating from the country are, based on sampling, Hepatitis-free. Said to be the world’s fourth-largest strawberry producer, Egypt has been working on that
- By 2025, at least two-thirds of PepsiCo’s beverages will have 100 calories or fewer from added sugar per 12oz serving, according to targets announced by the company today.
- On Sept. 30, the Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to Shin Ho Sing Ocean Enterprises Co. Ltd. in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, to inform the company that its HACCP plan for frozen, cooked saury did not meet federal requirements.
The warning letter explained that FDA had acquired a copy of the firm’s HACCP plan during a June 13 inspection of Hadson (Toko) Trading Co. Inc., an importer of fish and fishery products in Maspeth, NY, that imports saury, a type of fish, from the T
- To Your Health Sprouted Flour Co – the Alabama-based supplier of the organic sprouted grains in Kashi’s cereals – has expanded its facility for the third time to meet surging demand, says founder Peggy Sutton, who is predicting revenues of $6m in 2016, 10-years after she first started sprouting grains in mason jars in her kitchen.
Betty Lou's reassures customers in wake of soylent bar recall: 'The issue did not originate from our facility'McMinnville, Oregon-based snack manufacturer Betty Lou’s has reassured customers that the gastrointestinal problems some consumers have reported after consuming soylent bars “did not originate from our facility.”
- Michigan Turkey Producers of Grand Rapids Saturday recalled approximately 54,011 pounds of turkey breast products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically an unidentified black material, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
It was the third and largest recall of the weekend for USDA-regulated products.
The oven roasted turkey breast items (logs and sliced) were produced on August 29, 2016 and September 16
- Vancouver Coastal Health inspectors have shut down a popular international grocery store and its kitchens, and they promise the Foody World at 3000 Sexsmith Road in Richmond will only be reopened when all health and food safety standards are met.
In the meantime, the Foody World in Richmond, B.C. is also under a public health warning for it’s fresh produce and ready-to-eat foods made in the grocery store. At least six people have been hospitalized with symptoms of Listeria, including fever
- Reserve-LA-based National Meat and Provisions late Friday recalled approximately 2,349 pounds of beef and veal products that may be contaminated with E. coli O26, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The raw non-intact beef and veal items were produced and packaged on Sept. 14-15, 2016. The following products are included in the recall:
51.40-lb. of VACUUM-PACKED “BEEF GROUND COMPANY BURGER BLEND,” packed on 9/14/2016 with
- Tyson Foods at New Holland, PA Saturday recalled approximately 1,148 pounds of frozen popcorn chicken products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically hard plastic, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The frozen, ready-to-eat, whole grain popcorn chicken items were produced on August 10, 2016. The following products are subject to recall:
35 cases of 32.79-lb. “TYSON FULLY COOKED, WHOLE GRAIN GOLD
- New cases of Hepatitis A infections linked to strawberry smoothies have slowed so much that the state hardest hit, Virginia, is no longer providing daily updates.
In a weekly update, posted Thursday, the Virginia Department of Health reported 107 people who have tested positive for Hepatitis A reported drinking smoothies Tropical Smoothie Café prior to becoming ill.
Nationwide there were 131 confirmed victims as of Sept. 29, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventio
- Cartoon chickens roaming green fields near a ruby red barn constitute false advertising as far as the Humane Society of the U.S. is concerned when it comes to Davidson’s brand eggs.
The animal welfare group filed a complaint Friday with the Federal Trade Commission citing the artwork on Davidson’s branded eggs from National Pasteurized Eggs of Lansing, IL. The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) contends the egg carton artwork misleads consumers about how the eggs are produced.
- Editor’s note: In recognition of Global Handwashing Day today, we have compiled information from the CDC about why it is so important to promote this simple activity.
Handwashing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you and those around you can stay healthy.
To watch a 3-minute CDC video on handwashing techniques and why its important to get it done right, click on the image.
Proper hand washing at the proper time
- The worrying results a survey 7 on a breakfast food, muesli, show the ubiquity of cocktails of hormone disrupting chemicals, also known as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in the everyday environment. The findings highlight the need for the EU Commission to revise its recently proposed criteria to identify EDCs so that they become effective in protecting health, say experts.
- RangeMe, an online platform that streamlines the product discovery process for retailers, has struck deals with a string of high-profile brands in its first year of business in the US, including Whole Foods Market, Petco, Sprouts, SpartNash, Sam’s Club Regional, Jet.Com, Lucky Vitamin, Gelson’s Market, Winn Dixie, Bi Lo, and Target, which now asks all prospective suppliers to make their approach via RangeMe.
- Personalized nutrition will push consumers to understand why they need supplements and how they work, predicts Rony Sellam, CEO of Segterra, the company behind InsideTracker.
- Edible petals offer a promising source of bioactive nutrients, Portuguese researchers have said.
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