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Chemical Industry Group Launches Defense of BPA

March 3, 2015 3:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The American Chemistry Council announced an ad campaign highlighting recent evaluations of bisphenol A as "safe." The ads urge readers to "listen to science" on BPA, a synthetic compound found in many plastics.

Q&A: Talking Food/Plant Safety and Security

March 3, 2015 12:45 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing recently had the opportunity to correspond with George Gansner,...

Divorce Fuels Sugary Beverage Consumption, Says Study

March 3, 2015 12:35 pm | by SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY | News | Comments

Children of recently separated or divorced families are likelier to drink sugar-sweetened...

GMO Corn Spreads Reach Domestically; Is India Next?

March 3, 2015 10:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Genetically modified corn is steadily gaining prominence in the U.S. grain market, while China...

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Childhood Hunger From the Educators' Perspective

March 3, 2015 9:45 am | News | Comments

In a recent report, more than 1,000 school employees were surveyed on the effects that hunger can have on children. Nearly 76 percent of educators say they believe breakfast served as part of the school day could be an easy solution.

Will Kellogg's Cereal Sales Ever Return to Normal?

March 2, 2015 2:35 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Wall Street doesn't believe that cereal sales will ever return to what they once were. That's a big problem when you're the world's biggest cereal company. Bloomberg Businessweek's Devin Leonard reports on the changes of the American breakfast and the impact on cereal sales.

How Recalls Can Affect Your Business

March 2, 2015 1:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Food recalls always seem to be in the news. From candy to meat to apples, food traceability is important so that the products can be traced back to their source if and when a risk is identified. Check out this infographic on recalls to learn more.

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Federal Report Identifies Sources of Recent Foodborne Illnesses

March 2, 2015 12:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal regulators recently announced improved practices for identifying sources of foodborne illness. Data from nearly 1,000 outbreaks were used to analyze foods most responsible for causing sicknesses.

NY Farmers Lobby Congress For Immigration Reform, Food Rules

March 2, 2015 10:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Farmers in New York state are asking Congress to push for immigration reform and changes to new federal food safety rules. The organization is also seeking to expand school lunch programs that use New York products.

Video Addresses Myth That BSE is a Common Health Threat

March 2, 2015 10:20 am | by NAMI | News | Comments

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy is a major concern for beef producers around the world and generates headlines on the rare occasions it is found, but the newest Meat MythCrusher video rebuts the claim that it is a ‘common’ threat to human and animal health.

Lager, Stout Yeast Share DNA

March 2, 2015 9:45 am | by Trinity College Dublin | News | Comments

There are few drinks as iconic as a pint of Guinness. It might surprise beer connoisseurs to learn that the DNA of the all-important brewing yeast is the same as that which encodes the yeast required to brew a clean, crisp lager.

Regulating Genome-Edited Crops That Aren't GMOs

March 2, 2015 9:10 am | by Cell Press | News | Comments

A survey of rice, wheat, barley, fruit, and vegetable crops found that most mutants created by advanced genetic engineering techniques may be out of the scope of current genetically modified organism (GMO) regulations.

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Study: Chemical 'Emulsifiers' in Food Are Making Us Fat

February 27, 2015 2:10 pm | by Georgia State University | News | Comments

Emulsifiers can alter the gut microbiota composition and localization to induce intestinal inflammation that promotes the development of inflammatory bowel disease and metabolic syndrome, new research shows.

Oil Decline Likely to Benefit Food Prices

February 27, 2015 1:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Falling oil prices in recent months dramatically reduced prices at the gas pump, which in turn contributed to a spike in consumer confidence early this year. But there's another place where low crude prices will likely benefit pocketbooks: the supermarket.

The Impact of Supermarkets on Children's Diets

February 27, 2015 12:30 pm | by NYU Langone Medical Center/ New York University School of Medicine | News | Comments

A new study says locating full-service supermarkets within neighborhoods considered to be "food deserts" may not result in healthful dietary habits or reductions in childhood obesity.

VIDEO: Why Some Foods Can Cause a Drug-Like Addiction

February 27, 2015 10:20 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Two new studies explore how some of us may be "addicted" to food. The research suggests certain types of food may attract people the same way as heroin and cocaine. 

New Ultrasensitive Test For Peanut Allergies

February 27, 2015 9:55 am | by University of Connecticut | News | Comments

With an estimated three million people in the U.S. allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, having a more precise and reliable allergy test could prevent hospitalizations and allow for better monitoring of individuals suffering from peanut allergies.

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Common Foodborne Illnesses Becoming Resistant to Drugs

February 27, 2015 9:25 am | by EFSA | News | Comments

Salmonella and Campylobacter are among two of the most common bacteria showing significant levels of resistance to antimicrobial drugs. 

When Consumers Trump Science: Food Dyes Become the Front Line For 'All Natural'

February 27, 2015 8:25 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Blogs | Comments

There’s certainly an “ick” factor to artificial additives, even though they enhance flavor and color, helping us “taste the rainbow” in our favorite sweets. Controversy has swirled around the potential health risks of synthetic dyes since studies began linking them to ADHD and other behavioral problems.

VIDEO: Is the Craft Beer Market Getting Too Crowded?

February 26, 2015 2:05 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Chris Gallant, co-founder of The Bronx Brewery, discusses the beer business with Bloomberg's Pimm Fox on "Taking Stock."

Oat Breakfast Cereals May Contain Common Mold-Related Toxin

February 26, 2015 1:35 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A new study reports that some oat-based breakfast cereals in the U.S. contain a mold-related toxin called ochratoxin A (OTA) that's been linked to kidney cancer in animal studies. The findings could have implications for consumer health.

First Lady: US Experiencing 'Culture Change' Around Food

February 26, 2015 1:10 pm | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Michelle Obama says the U.S. has seen a "culture change" in the five years since she started raising awareness about childhood obesity. The first lady says food companies are "racing like never before" to create and sell more nutritious food.

VIDEO: Why Gin is Becoming the Latest Tonic of Choice

February 26, 2015 11:10 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Gin has been Britain's drink of choice since the 1700s, but with a nickname like "mother's ruin," the spirit's reputation has taken some knocks. Thanks to some crafty distillers, a new gin craze is buzzing across the pond.

Agriculture Secretary: Smartphones Could End Debate Over GMO Labeling

February 26, 2015 8:05 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he has an idea: use your smartphone.

Maraschino Cherry Owner Kills Himself Amid Drug Raid on Factory

February 25, 2015 2:05 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

The owner of Dell's Maraschino Cherries committed suicide yesterday after his marijuana-growing operation was discovered at the Brooklyn factory. 

#ThanksMichelleObama: How US School Meals Compare to Those Around the World

February 25, 2015 1:00 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Photos of school lunches from around the world are going viral. There's only one problem: the photo of the U.S. meal doesn't even come close to comparing to those in Italy, Brazil, South Korea and others around the globe.

Lawsuit Claims Purina Brand is Killing Dogs

February 25, 2015 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A dog owner has filed a lawsuit against a pet food company alleging that thousands of dogs have been sickened or died from eating a brand of the company's dry dog food. The suit alleges the food contains an animal toxin used in automobile antifreeze and a group of toxins produced by fungus that occurs in grains.

Q&A: How Low-Calorie Diets Slow Aging

February 25, 2015 9:45 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor, Laboratory Equipment Magazine | Articles | Comments

Scientist Stephen Ginsberg of the NYU Langone Medical Center and the Nathan Kline Institute says that a low-calorie diet can stop the normal rise and fall in activity levels of close to 900 different genes linked to aging and memory formation in the brain.

Lattes Less Likely to Spill Than Coffee

February 25, 2015 8:50 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Carrying a full cup of coffee from the kitchen to the dining room can be precarious for a sleepy-eyed caffeine addict who might accidentally send a wave of java sloshing over the rim. But add a bit of foam to the top and the trip becomes easier.

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