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China Farmland Polluted with Heavy Metals

April 18, 2014 12:27 pm | by IAN MADER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China's government released a yearslong study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is contaminated with toxic metals, a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party's authoritarian rule.

Food Poisoning Report Shows Fewer Salmonella Cases

April 18, 2014 9:44 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The CDC released its latest report card on food poisoning, indicating a dip in salmonella cases...

FAQs on GFSI-Recognized Food Safety & Quality Schemes

April 18, 2014 8:00 am | by Heather Angus-Lee | Articles | Comments

Demand for Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)-recognized food safety and quality certification...

Wash. Company Recalls 83K Pounds of Egg Products

April 15, 2014 12:22 pm | News | Comments

Nutrion LLC, based in Lacey, Wash., is recalling an additional 82,884 pounds of processed egg...

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Consumer Trends: Rice Boosts Diet Quality, Improves Health Markers

April 15, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

New research shows that consumers can improve their diets simply by eating rice as part of their daily meals. The study analyzed National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey datasets and evaluated the association of rice consumption with overall diet quality.

Voodoo Doll Study: Snacks May Help Prevent ‘Hangry’ Spouses

April 15, 2014 10:02 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A quick candy bar could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right. That's because low blood sugar can make spouses "hangry," a combination of hungry and angry, said Ohio State University psychology researcher Brad Bushman.

Allergic Reactions Prompt Kroger Sorbet Recall

April 14, 2014 9:54 am | News | Comments

The Kroger Co. has recalled its Private Selection Sweet Strawberry Sorbet sold in 13 states because the product may contain milk not listed on the label. Two customers have reported a possible allergic reaction connected to the product.

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GFSI-Recognized Food Safety Schemes Ensure Global Acceptance

April 14, 2014 8:00 am | by Ron Vail, Director, Food Safety and GFSI Education, AIB International and Sonal Sinha, Associate Vice President Industry Solutions, MetricStream | Articles | Comments

The Global Food Safety Initiative acts as an international quality benchmark in the food industry, and helps establish uniform and consistent international food safety standards. The GFSI schemes also enable companies to comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Childhood Obesity Rates Stabilize But More Kids Are Severely Obese

April 11, 2014 12:43 pm | News | Comments

Childhood obesity rates leveled off during a 14-year period between 1999 and 2012, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association: Pediatrics. But the rate of severe obesity increased, according to the study.

Combating Milk Microbes That Survive Pasteurization

April 11, 2014 10:35 am | News | Comments

South Dakota State University dairy science professor Sanjeev Anand has begun developing ways to combat heat-resistant microorganisms, a major challenge for the world’s dairy industry. His work is supported by the Dairy Research Institute and the Midwest Dairy Food Research Center.

'Fed Up' Preview Blames Food Manufacturers for Obesity Epidemic

April 11, 2014 8:00 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Katie Couric teamed up with "An Inconvenient Truth" producer Laurie David to create the documentary "Fed Up." The film, featured in this preview, targets food manufacturers, placing a large amount of blame on them for the obesity epidemic.

Dieters Drop Calorie Counting, Opt for Less Processed Foods

April 10, 2014 11:58 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Obsessing over calories alone has left dieters with an empty feeling. Part of the problem: "Low-calorie" foods make people feel deprived. Now, people want to lose weight while still feeling satisfied. And they want to do it without foods they consider processed.

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524 Sickened as Foster Farms Salmonella Outbreak Continues

April 10, 2014 11:52 am | News | Comments

Federal health officials say a salmonella outbreak linked to Foster Farms chicken that has been going on since March 2013 isn't over. The outbreak has now infected 524 people in 25 states and Puerto Rico. The CDC says the outbreak strains have been resistant to many antibiotics.

Calorie Control Council Disputes Research on Diet Soda

April 10, 2014 9:59 am | News | Comments

A study suggesting the potential association of post-menopausal female diet soda intake and risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and strokes, is flawed and does not support existing evidence on the topic, according to the Calorie Control Council.

The Evolution of FSMA and Track-and-Trace Technology

April 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Johann Heydenrych, Senior Vice President, SAP Solutions | Articles | Comments

The Food Safety Modernization Act has propelled the industry forward through a more holistic approach of track-and-trace requirements throughout the supply chain. While the industry has progressed to meet the more stringent standards, there is still ample room for improvement.

NRDC: GRAS Process May Allow Dangerous Chemicals into Food

April 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) review process of chemicals used as food additives is “woefully inadequate and may be putting the health of Americans at risk,” according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Japanese Worker Able to Poison Food Under Loose Security

April 9, 2014 12:20 pm | News | Comments

A man who was indicted earlier this year for lacing frozen food products with pesticide at a factory in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, says he had no trouble doing so because of loose security. The food poisoning affected thousands of consumers in Japan.

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Target to Offer Exclusive Organic, Sustainable Products

April 9, 2014 10:25 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Target has hand-selected 17 of the leading natural, organic and sustainable brands that already sell to its stores and has challenged them to come up with new products or new twists. The new products will be offered exclusively at Target.

Consumer Trends: Fruit & Veggie Consumption Increases Wellbeing

April 8, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

A study based on more than 65,000 randomly selected adults who were participating in the Health Survey for England reports that the higher a person’s intake of fruit and vegetables, the lower their risk of death from diseases like cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Mich. State Joins Food Industry to Start Safety Center

April 8, 2014 11:03 am | News | Comments

Michigan State University is joining food and drink makers and sellers to create the Center for Research on Ingredient Safety. The ingredients safety center will look at the safety of foods, drinks, cosmetics and household consumer products.

Infographic: The Impact of Climate Change on the Future of Farming

April 8, 2014 9:59 am | News | Comments

According to this infographic provided by The Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, climate change in the 2030s will affect food and farming more strongly, especially small producers located in poor countries.

Groups Strategize to Ensure Food Security amid Climate Change

April 8, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

Representatives from the research community, civil society, farmers organizations, donor agencies and the private sector gathered last week to identify actions the world must take to help farmers adapt to climate change and help deliver a more food-secure world.

Are Insects the Future of Food?

April 8, 2014 8:00 am | by TEDx Talks | Videos | Comments

Megan Miller spoke at TEDxManhattan about her food startup Bitty, which seeks to remove the cultural taboos around eating insects in order to popularize them as a sustainable ingredient that can help alleviate food scarcity around the world.

Infestation Forces Closure of NYC Cronut Bakery

April 7, 2014 12:37 pm | News | Comments

Health officials on Friday shut down New York City's Dominique Ansel Bakery, famous for serving up delicious croissant-doughnut hybrid treats called Cronuts, because of a "severe mouse infestation" that requires professional pest control.

Photos of the Day: Decoding DNA to Fight Deadly Food Poisoning

April 7, 2014 10:17 am | News | Comments

The nation's disease detectives are launching a program to try to outsmart outbreaks by routinely decoding the DNA of potentially deadly bacteria and viruses. The initial target is listeria, the third-leading cause of death from food poisoning.

Experts Fight Food Poisoning by Decoding Germ DNA

April 7, 2014 10:13 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The nation's disease detectives are launching a program to try to outsmart outbreaks by routinely decoding the DNA of potentially deadly bacteria and viruses. The initial target is listeria, the third-leading cause of death from food poisoning.

Neb. Brewers, Farmers Contest FDA's Spent Grain Proposal

April 3, 2014 1:14 pm | News | Comments

The mutually beneficial practice of brewers selling their spent grains to farmers for livestock feed is under scrutiny as the Food and Drug Administration ponders rules that would require the grain to be packaged before sale or sent to a landfill.

Antibiotics and Pigs’ Blood: You Are What What You Eat Eats

April 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged | Blogs | Comments

Despite the title, I’m not blogging after too many drinks or while performing some satanic ritual. What I mean to say is: If you are what you eat, then you are also what your food gets its nourishment from. Two recent cases might quell your appetite.

Consumer Trends: Diners Become Nutritionally Aware

April 3, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

As today's consumers seek healthier menu options, health has grown beyond a fad and into a lifestyle. Technomic says that restaurants can capitalize on this increasing nutrition awareness, but notes that menu terms like "gluten-free," "local" and "natural" are rarely used.

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