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Canada backs meat export development
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The Canadian government has said it will set aside $1.5 million to support the development of export markets for meat and other agriculture products. The money will be given to the Agri-Food Export Group Québec–Canada and will fund a range of activities, including export training for new member companies, export missions, trade meetings and trade shows, as well as marketing materials. More

Canadian engineered salmon moves closer to FDA approval
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Genetically engineered salmon created in Canada are getting closer to becoming the first transgenic animal to make it onto a menu, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found the fish will have no significant environmental impact. More

Federal agriculture minister announces Canada-wide information hubs
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Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the government will phase in 16 information hubs across the country for farmers, fishers and foresters needing advice on growing and selling their products. He says the centres are to provide expertise on such things as newly developed crop strains, strategies to increase yields, marketing and best practices related to food safety. More

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Investment seeks to help Ontario farmers with sustainable water management solutions    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Finding innovative technologies and solutions for on-farm water conservation has been made a priority with the most recent joint government announcement made by the government(s) of Canada and Ontario. "Our government is committed to helping farmers adapt to current economic challenges and to make their businesses more efficient to boost our economy, now and for the long term," said Minister Ritz. "This Economic Action Plan investment will help Ontario farmers make better use of available water supplies and irrigation systems, and ultimately lower their costs." More

Organic Monitor: Too many eco-labels could hinder uptake
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A proliferation of eco-labels could have adverse consequences, as food manufacturers question the value of certification schemes in light of a fragmented market and multiple fees, according to Organic Monitor. More

International investment in agriculture increasing
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While the global agriculture investment sector experienced continued growth in 2012, allocations of capital to the sector continue to remain below the industry's needs and potential. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations predicts that agriculture production will have to expand 70 per cent by 2050 to meet global demand, requiring an annual net investment in developing countries of more than $83 billion. More

Dairy sector is next for dehydration technology
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Dairy processing firm Gay Lea Foods is testing Radiant Energy Vacuum (REV) dehydration technology from Canadian company EnWave to create dried dairy products. If Gay Lea's market evaluation phase is successful, it would be free to sign an exclusive licence to use the system, which uses microwave energy transfer under vacuum. More

EnSURE-Hygiene, Pathogens and Allergen Screening
Scigiene introduces the EnSURE hygiene meter with >10X the sensitivity of other hygiene meters. Our new SuperSnap swabs have increased buffering for difficult hygiene monitoring applications, allowing for use on many sanitized surfaces. The increased sensitivity also allows for this to be used for low level hygiene testing allergen screening, pathogen testing and more

Report: Up to half of world's food goes to waste
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Up to half of all the food produced worldwide ends up going to waste due to poor harvesting, storage and transport methods as well as irresponsible retailer and consumer behaviour, a report has said. The world produces about four billion metric tonnes of food a year but 1.2 to two billion tonnes is not eaten, the study by the London-based Institution of Mechanical Engineers said. More

That's a wrap! Flaxseed could boost omega-3 content of rice paper
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Adding flaxseed to rice paper — the wrapper used to make Asian spring rolls — may not only boost the omega-3 and fiber content, but also enhance taste and texture, says a new study from Canada. With Asian food and flavors gaining in popularity in North America, foods such as spring rolls are increasingly main stream. Indeed, market analyst Mintel says that Asian foods and flavors are now so commonplace in the U.S. that they are hardly considered ethnic anymore. More

It's official: Steak is always better with potatoes
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New research from a New Zealand commercial institute has suggested a beneficial link between red meat and potatoes in terms of gut health. The relationship has been hotly debated by scientists and been a topic of much confusion among the public; however the study by Plant & Food Research, a member of the government-owned Crown Research Institute, might offer hope to those are concerned about gut problems as a result of eating red meat. The secret, it seems, to healthy digestion is combining protein with the right vegetables. More

JBS closes in on XL Foods    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Brazilians meat firm JBS expects to complete the acquisition of key XL Foods assets within a week, and is seeking regulatory approval to handle the stricken Canadian group's U.S. operations. The deal represents an opportunity for XL Foods to move on from a damaging product recall in 2012. In September, the U.S. halted imports from XL Foods' plant due to findings of e. coli bacteria. More

Researchers: Reducing bran compound can help make a tastier whole wheat loaf
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Controlling levels of a bran compound known as ferulic acid could help to improve the taste and smell of whole wheat bread products, researchers suggest. The key to giving whole wheat bread a more appetising aroma and taste could lie in reducing levels of a single chemical compound known as ferulic acid, say researchers writing in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. More

Could white chocolate compounds also benefit heart health?
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The potential heart health benefits of dark chocolate may be only partly linked to the flavanol content, with white chocolate — devoid of such compounds — also offering potential cardiovascular benefits, says a new study. Beneficial effects on platelet activation and aggregation were observed, according to findings published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, but the effects were found to diminish about six hours after eating the chocolate. More

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