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U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act: Two new proposed rules
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As rulemaking will determine how key provisions in the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will be implemented, the Government of Canada (GoC) continues to closely monitor regulatory developments. Two new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Proposed Rules under FSMA were released on Jan. 4, 2013: Produce Safety Standards and Preventive Controls for Human Food. More

More efficiency, less waste key to food security
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Christophe Pelletier is an agricultural consultant, futurist and optimist. 
 During a recent seminar in Saskatoon, the proprietor of Vancouver's Happy Future Group Consulting spoke of the globe's growing population — pegged at nine billion people in 2050 — without ever using the phrase "global food crisis." More

Beef code of practice open to comment until March
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Ranchers, farmers and consumers are all able to have their say until March 8 on the proposed Canadian code of practice for care and handling of beef cattle. The public comment period opened earlier this month on the draft code, which can be viewed online with an option to submit comments. More

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Using microwaves, B.C. firm makes it easier to preserve food, vaccines
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For John McNichol and Tim Durance, there's nothing dry about dehydration. The pair of Vancouver co-CEOs are building an international business that could upend the way everything from berries to vaccines are preserved. More

Blueberries and strawberries may reduce risk of heart attack in women
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A new U.S. study suggests women could cut their risk of heart attack by as much as one-third by eating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries per week, the likely reason being because these foods are high in a class of dietary flavonoids known as anthocyanins. The researchers write about their findings in an online issue of the American Heart Association journal Circulation. More

Fast food link to asthma, eczema
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large international study led from The University of Auckland has shown that an increased risk of severe asthma, eczema and rhinitis in adolescents and children is associated with eating fast food three or more times a week. The research, published online in the respiratory journal Thorax, also showed that the consumption of fruit three or more times a week was associated with a protective effect. More

Fish-oil supplements may do more harm than good
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Research at the University of B.C.'s Okanagan campus is calling into question the value of fish-oil based supplements as a way to combat cardiac and inflammatory disease. Fish oil supplements fed to mice already on a diet rich in vegetable oil interfered with the ability of tissues in the gastrointestinal system to repair themselves, according to recent research by Sanjoy Ghosh published in the British Journal of Nutrition. More

FSA warns that chicken bacteria could be next meat scandal
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The Food Standards Agency warned that around two thirds of all raw, shop-bought chicken in the U.K. is contaminated by campylobacter, which affects an estimated 500,000 people a year and kills around 100. It said not enough was being done by manufacturers to prevent the spread of the bacteria and has called a "summit" meeting of food retail leaders at which it will ask them to plough more money into fighting the problem, rather than treating the current contamination levels as acceptable. More

What if the world's soil runs out?
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This is a "what if" interview from the World Economic Forum's Risk Response Network. It's a strange notion, but some experts fear the world, at its current pace of consumption, is running out of useable topsoil. The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with TIME, talked to University of Sydney professor John Crawford on the seismic implications soil erosion and degradation may have in the decades to come. More

Scientists use sense of taste to create healthier foods
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Taste buds are lined across our tongues, helping us detect the slightest hints of flavor, but we can only taste certain flavors in certain locations. When you bite into a lemon, the taste buds on the sides of the back of your tongue are put to work. The tip of the tongue is where sweetness is tasted, and right behind the tip of the tongue is where the salty taste receptors are located. For those who like coffee and caffeine, that bitterness you crave comes from the very back region of your tongue. More

Researchers: Resveratrol may help to protect against alcohol induced nerve damage
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Resveratrol could help to battle diseases characterised by damaged to nerve cells from alcohol, according to new lab findings. The findings, published in Food and Chemical Toxicology, suggest that the plant polyphenol could help to protect nerve cells from becoming damaged or dying due to exposure to alcohol — opening up the possibility that the molecule (dubbed the red wine compound) could help to battle alcohol-related degenerative diseases. More

Researchers: Heat resistant chocolate possible with hardfats
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Adding hardfats to cocoa butter boosts heat resistance in chocolate that can melt in hot climates, according to new research. More

Food fraud report reveals rise in manufacturers' cost-cutting measures
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Some fine wines are complimented for their grassy aroma, but if your cup of tea has that earthy, sweet scent it might be because the tea manufacturer put lawn cuttings in it. The practice is known as food fraud, and it is used as a cost-cutting measure by food manufacturers. US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), an independent science non-profit, announced that its updated database showed incidences of food fraud increasing dramatically in 2011 and 2012. More

Campbell makes sustainable-company list
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The Campbell Soup Co. has been included among the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World, a ranking from Toronto-based media and investment research company Corporate Knights. Camden, N.J.-based Campbell is one of 10 U.S. companies, and the only U.S. food and beverage company, to appear in the ranking. The Global 100 includes companies from 22 countries across six continents. More

EU meat production expect to drop
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The total meat production in the European Union (EU) will drop by 2 per cent in the next two years, according to a report published on by the European Commission on the prospects for agricultural markets and income in the EU from 2012-2022 More

Analyst: Industry should stand poised for breakfast cereal boom in India
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Manufacturers should stand poised to cash in on India's burgeoning packaged breakfast cereal market, an analyst says. The Indian breakfast cereal market was pegged at $139 million for 2012, with market growth doubling over the last six years, according to new Mintel research. More

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