- Less than half (42%) of Americans consider their diet to be healthy, according to new research from Mintel.
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- FDA and USDA push forward a strategy to modernize how genetically modified organisms are regulated that was created in part with the Executive Office of the President under the Obama Administration even as President Trump took office with the promise to undo much of what his predecessor advanced.
- New guidance and an easy-to-use reference chart from EPA and FDA encouraging Americans – especially pregnant and nursing women and parents of young children – to eat more fish could boost sales of seafood products, including ready-to-eat and easy-to-prepare options.
- In a turbulent 2016 that has seen major political upheaval in Europe and the US no one could’ve failed to notice how trusted voices of reason have given way to a louder, more headline grabbing form of communication.
- The US chocolate confectionery market is set for a 1% volume decline between 2016 and 2021 as Americans’ GDP per capita is set to fall while the category is caught in an “anti-sugar crossfire”.
- FoodNavigator-USA's latest set of entrepreneurs to watch in the US food and beverage market is flogging everything from ostrich meat to māmaki tea, mung bean snacks, personalized nutrition services and grass-fed dairy products.
- Chicken and rice bowls packaged under the R Kitchen brand for the Roche Bros. grocery chain are under recall by manufacturer Hans Kissel Co. LLC for possible bacterial contamination because of a problem in a processing plant.
More than three tons — 6,348 pounds — of two flavors of the R Kitchen branded microwavable, ready-to-eat chicken bowl entrées are included in the recall, posted by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
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- Fresh, raw sprouts are among the most notorious of offenders in terms of foodborne illness outbreaks with almost 2,500 confirmed victims, including three deaths, in the past 20 years in the U.S. alone.
Add in the 2011 E. coli outbreak in Europe — which sickened more than 3,900 people, killing 53 and leaving about 800 with possible kidney failure from hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) — and one begins to wonder why there aren’t photos of sprouts on post office walls.
The dangers h
- More than half a ton of “@ease” brand frozen chicken meal starter products are under recall because they contain undeclared allergens that could cause serious or life-threatening reactions in people with sensitivities to eggs, milk or wheat.
Mountain View Packaging LLC or Boise, ID, packed the 18-ounce packages of “@ease Sweet Chili Chicken Meal Starter” on Dec. 23 and 30, 2016, according to the recall notice on the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service website.
- Editor’s note: This is a recent installment in a series of employee profiles being published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Sabrina King is an enforcement, investigations and analysis officer (EIAO), serving the Office of Field Operations (OFO) in the Atlanta district. As an EIAO, King performs food safety assessments (FSAs) in slaughter and processing facilities of various sizes.
Focusing on the design of establishments’ food safety systems and scientific support for process
- A grocery chain in the Twin Cities area is recalling fresh-cut, cored pineapple that an unnamed supplier has recalled because of potential contamination with Listeria.
It is not known what other retailers, restaurants or institutions may have received the pineapple recalled by the unnamed supplier. Lunds & Byerlys officials did not respond to requests for comment.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we have removed Lunds & Byerlys ‘Our Produce Fresh-Cut Cored
Safe for babies: FDA has no objections to GRAS status of Ganeden's BC30 probiotic strain for use in infant formulaThe FDA has no objections to Ganeden BC30s GRAS status for use in infant formulas, the company announced this week.
- In today’s highly competitive landscape, many food and beverage manufacturers try to set their brands apart by tapping into consumers’ desire for products that not only are better for them but also better for the planet or for society.
- The Food and Drug Administration issued its “final advice” on fish and shellfish this week, warning against eating some species and encouraging Americans to eat three servings a week of others.
The federal agency gave particular attention to pregnant and breastfeeding women, and in less than 24 hours the Center for Science in the Public Interest said the FDA’s advice is bad medicine.
After reviewing more than 220 public comments on the topic, the FDA reaffirmed its 2014 advice
- Former Gov. Sonny Purdue is president-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of agriculture.
This century’s most deadly outbreak of foodborne illness came out of the state of Georgia while secretary of agriculture nominee Sonny Perdue was governor, and there was not much he could do about it.
After King Nut peanut butter made by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) was implicated in the deadly nationwide outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium, investigators from both the F
- An Alabama caterer whose food sickened at least two out of every three guests at a November wedding reception has surrendered his food service permit to state authorities.
Darvin McDaniel, operator of Indelible Catering of Moulton, had already been effectively put out of business when Scott Harris, assistant state health officer, issued an emergency order to suspend the caterer’s permit in mid-November 2016.
Alabama public health officials reported at least 99 people out of 150 who attende
Propylene glycol in the spotlight as Hint Water is targeted in ‘all-natural’ lawsuit with a new twistPropylene glycol (PG) is an FDA-approved synthetic substance widely used as a solvent in ‘natural flavors‘– which are clearly defined in law. But would consumers expect to find it in a product marketed as ‘all-natural’ – a term that doesn’t have a clear legal definition? Not according to a class action lawsuit filed against Hint Inc this week.
Marine greens and curry culture: Here are some trends spotted in Campbell Soup's Culinary Trendscape 2017 reportAccording to the culinary trend experts at Campbell Soup, 2017 will see more adoption of food as medicine, modern middle eastern cuisine, and a plethora of new condiments.
- “We did everything you’re not supposed to do,” observes the COO of Primal Kitchen, which exploded out of the blocks with a sugar-free avocado oil-based mayo in February 2015, notched up revenues of $13.2m in 2016, and is expecting to almost double that in 2017.
- By looking at the size of loaves of gluten-free bread versus conventional bread at the grocery store, one could infer that making a larger loaf sans gluten isn’t as easy.
- Even though a final USDA rule strengthening animal welfare standards squeaked into the Federal Register today before the new administration takes control of country, the rule may not be safe from repeal, like so many others finalized under Obama’s leadership.
- MAIO, an indulgent tasting yet better-for-you alternative to conventional mayonnaise, is the latest test product to come out of C-Fresh's innovation team and its unique approach to incubating products on a small scale before expanding.
- Often dominated by candy, soft pretzels, nachos and highly processed meats, concession stands at school events could be fertile ground for better-for-you snack and beverage manufacturers to boost sales and exposure to young consumers who are developing eating patterns and taste preferences for life, new research suggest.
- Oklahoma’s famous “busload of lawyers” case is back in the news because of president-elect Donald J. Trump’s nomination of Scott Pruitt to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Pruitt is Oklahoma’s Attorney General. Environmental groups are saying Pruitt did not pursue a pollution case against the Arkansas poultry industry because he received $40,000 in campaign contributions from the chicken industry.
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- Attleboro, MA-based Willow Tree Poultry Farm Inc. is recalling 204 pounds of chicken salad products because of misbranding, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The consumer ready product containers are labeled as chicken salad with the USDA mark of inspection, but actually contain an egg salad product, according to the Jan. 18 recall notice. The products were produced on Jan. 10. Consumers can identify the recalled pro
- Editor’s note: The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that it is seeking public comments on a proposal for a nationwide research and promotion fee program to be paid by producers and handlers in the organic industry. Ken Cook of the Environmental Working Group wrote this opinion piece, which was originally posted on FoodTank.com on Jan. 17, 2017. Organic producers and handlers would pay one-tenth of 1 percent of net organic sales under the check-off prog
- The next secretary of agriculture is expected to be former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue.
President-elect Donald J. Trump plans to announce the Perdue appointment Thursday, according to multiple media reports. As head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Perdue’s responsibilities would include overseeing the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which is the food safety agency for meat, catfish, poultry and eggs.
Perdue, 70, is a veterinarian whose political career saw hi
- Burger’s Ozark Country Cured in California, MO, is recalling 1,905 pounds of fully cooked turkey products because of misbranding, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The fully cooked turkeys were produced on Nov. 22, 2016, and packaged on Nov. 23, 2016, according to the Jan. 18 recall notice. Consumers can identify the recalled by looking for the following label information on the vacuum-sealed packaging:
- It’s been a long time coming, but President elect Trump has reportedly chosen his agriculture secretary - former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue – pleasing some food and farming associations, but alarming Friends of the Earth.
Roquette to open world’s biggest pea protein plant in Manitoba in 2019, says CEO: 'Demand absolutely outstrips supply’Roquette has made a bold move to solidify its leadership position in the pea protein market with a jaw-dropping CAD400m+ (US$306m+) investment to build the world’s biggest processing plant for the on-trend ingredient dedicated to (human) food & nutrition applications, in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.
- A $5.3m injection of capital will help Barnana support a new line of organic snacks debuting in March, move into more retail channels, and ramp up its marketing, according to co-founder and chief marketing officer Nik Ingersoll, who says trailing 12-month revenues were “not much short of eight digits [$10m].”
- Potato chip maker Dieffenbach’s bets on ‘ugly’ potatoes with the launch of its new brand Uglies, which uses potatoes that have been rejected by farmers, potato brokers, or other chip makers.
- Two-thirds of shoppers plan to buy products online more in 2017 than last year, but this uptick may not materialize for companies that fail to offer strong web content beyond a checkout cart, suggests a study recently released by digital marketing provider Episerver.
- The Alaska Legislature was called into session Tuesday in the capital city of Juneau. Its location in the temperature-transition zone usually makes Juneau a warmer place to hang out than the rest of the 49th State during winter. Opening signs are the Alaska Legislature is also going to be a warm place for raw milk legislation.
Rep. Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage, filed House Bill 46 before the session got underway. As drafted, her bill would grant “a person” the right to sell raw milk to &l
- “The meatball that changed the world.”
That was the enthusiastic prediction early last year from Uma Valeti, a cardiologist and now CEO of Memphis Meats, as he admired the freshly cooked meatball arranged gourmet-style on a plate.
Memphis Meats CEO Uma Valeti watches chef Dave Anderson prepare the “meatball that changed the world.” To watch the video, click on the image.
As a meatball, it definitely had a lot going for it. It was made by specialty chef Dave Anderson, usin
Are barriers for hemp cultivation going down? New report documents industrial hemp legislative progress in USLast year saw the addition of four new ‘Hemp States’ (Florida, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island), according to Vote Hemp’s 2016 States Report.
- Snackfood firm Rhythm Superfoods has closed a $6m Series D financing round filled through the CircleUp platform, with 301 INC - General Mills' new business development and venturing unit - as the lead investor (additional investors include Blueberry Ventures and the CircleUp Growth Fund).
- The rumors are true: Former USDA Sec. Tom Vilsack will take the helm of the US Dairy Export Council Feb. 1 after serving the Obama Administration as one of the longest serving agriculture secretaries in history.
- In towns like Saulx-les-Chartreux, small-scale farming is driven by a thriving market for organic food.
- The US Department of Agriculture’s call today for public comment on the Organic Trade Association’s application to create an organic check-off program comes at a time when sales of organic products in the US are soaring but hampered by limited domestic supply.
Miyoko’s Kitchen CEO weighs into plant-based dairy labeling debate: It’s time to ditch ‘outdated and arcane’ standards of identityConsumers have moved on since dairy standards of identity first hit the statute books, says Miyoko's Kitchen founder and CEO Miyoko Schinner, and it's time regulators did too.
‘Striking’ rise in consumption of no- and low-calorie sweeteners stokes debate about their health impactA “striking” increase in the consumption of no- and low-calorie sweeteners over 13 years combined with conflicting data on their connection to obesity, diabetes and other health issues escalates the need for more research on their chronic health effects, according to a study published this month in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
- With an investment of $2.5 million from Aqua-Spark, startup seafood meal kit maker Love The Wild hopes to change the way Americans eat fish and perceive aquaculture farming, which has a notoriously bad reputation.
- There are mountains of it; fresh, nutritious, beautiful — belonging on the finished plates of high-end restaurants, school lunch trays and dinner tables across America. But instead, it’s dumped into landfills to rot into nothing — enough each year to feed 3 billion people.
On top of that overall estimate, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reports that problems with production, handling and storage are responsible for 54 percent of the world’s foo
- A third-party food safety program for restaurants that want to show travelers that they adhere to U.S. food code standards is taking root in Central and South America, and is looking to expand into Southeast Asia in the near future.
It’s called Cocina Verify, a company that grew out of its founder’s experience traveling south of the border and too often getting sick from contaminated food and water. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta says millions of Am
- A patent application from General Mills shows it is experimenting with legumes such as chickpeas, adzuki beans, fava beans and lentils to create non-dairy ‘milks;' eggless mayonnaise and dips; and cultured legume based products such as cheeses, yogurts, kefir and ice cream.
- Something huge is going to be happening soon at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There’s lot’s of chatter about it. From a “Coming Political Hurricane” to a “Libertarian Take-over,” it is all anticipation about the transition of government.
Most of it seems to be directed at drug approvals and medical devices, not food. Many weeks ago, the Trump campaign did post a “food police” page on its website that was apparently some type of
- Boucherville, Quebec-based Olymel S.E.C./ L.P. Saturday recalled approximately 1,124 pounds of pork ribs products for being repacked and distributed without the benefit of federal inspection, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The pork ribs items were repacked and produced from Jan. 10 to Jan. 13, 2017. The following products are subject to recall:
10-lb. cardboard box of pork rib tips with a packaging date of Jan. 10-13, 2017
- Chocolate covered pretzels and other snacks with long shelf lives are being recalled from hundreds of stores by at least six grocery chains across a dozen states because of possible Salmonella contamination,
The snacks — some in party trays themed for the football playoff season — were produced by Palmer Candy Co. using an ingredient that included powdered milk from Valley Milk Products LLC. Dozens of food companies have recalled products made with the powdered milk, which was recall
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