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Canadian wheat harvest seen gaining as global supply rebounds
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Wheat production in Canada, poised to be this year's third-largest shipper, will climb 4.8 per cent in 2013-2014 as planting expands, helping to increase global supplies, according to government forecasts. The country's total harvest will rise to 28.5 million metric tons in the year from Aug. 1, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada said in an e-mailed report. More

Conference Board of Canada's Centre for Food in Canada releases research report
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The Conference Board of Canada's Centre for Food in Canada (CFIC) has released a new report, Pathway to Partnership? Private Food Standards in Canada. The food system is becoming more complex, and the challenges of governing it are multiplying. At the same time, consumers continue to expect foods that are safer, higher in quality, and produced in an environmentally friendlier manner. This report looks at the main features of private standards, the economic forces that shape them, how are they being applied in Canada, and the opportunities that exist for leveraging private standards to address the public interest. More

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Cases of food allergies are constantly increasing, therefore, prevention has become a public health concern. Implementation of effective systems of traceability and control of allergens represent a challenge for the food processing community, given the daily needs of allergic consumers to ensure their safety. More

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Alberta beef producers look to Japan following easing of trade restrictions
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Alberta's beef producers are casting eager eyes on the lucrative Japanese market, following a decision by that country's government to ease import restrictions for Canadian beef. Ten years after raising barriers in response to Canada's BSE crisis, Japan's Foreign Ministry announced that it will allow imports of beef from cows up to 30 months old, effective Feb. 1. The previous standard was to ban imports of beef from animals older than 21 months. More

Meat and dairy impasse stalls free trade deal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Free trade talks between the EU and Canada have hit a last minute impasse, with the EU demanding more access to Canadian dairy markets and Canada wanting to sell more meat products in the EU. Milk, poultry and eggs are subject to production marketing controls in Canada and so the Canadian government is only offering small import quotas in dairy products for European exports, while demanding significant EU meat import quotas. More

Nanotech concerns highlight core research needs
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Public concerns about nanotechnology in food processing highlight important areas for further research, according to a U.S. paper just published in the journal Nanobiotechnology. The study reviews the progress of U.S. research initiatives covering nanotech science, funded by the US Department of Agriculture via the National Research Initiative and the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (NRI/AFRI). More

Food tech centre seeks 'foodwatchers' to spot new trends for industry
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Spanish food research technology centre AZTI-Tecnalia is developing an international community of 'foodwatchers' to detect trends and business opportunities for the food and beverage industry. The initiative will select about 15 trend spotters through an online contest called the Food Mirror Game, to detect new food trends around the world. More

Large scale solar food processing under investigation
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Large scale solar food processing remains under-exploited, especially in hot countries, according to a study that is due to be published in the Journal of Food Science and Technology. One of the major obstacles to the roll-out of such technology is lack of interaction between those developing it and food manufacturers, states 'Solar energy in food processing — a critical appraisal'. More

Transparency key to debunking food science myths
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Transparency, coupled with early and open dialogue, are key to creating consumer confidence in new technologies introduced into the food market, according to a panel of experts speaking today during the "Food Fact and Fiction: Separating Science from Myth" webinar hosted in England. More

Researchers: Prebiotics can battle obesity by influencing genetic behaviour
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Prebiotic fibres like oligosaccharides can help ease gut 'dysbiosis' common among the obese and overweight, say Belgian researchers. A review of animal and human observation data published in the British Journal of Nutrition found the prebiotics could modulate gene expression and metabolism that influences the gut microbiota. The gut microbiota often enters a disturbed state (dysbiosis) among obese and overweight people, as well as those suffering symptoms of metabolic syndrome. More

Hops, key to flavour in beer, may prove useful in new drugs
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Age-old wisdom has suggested that a bit of beer might be good for you. Now, new information suggests that the bitter compounds in beer might aid in the development of new drugs for diabetes, some types of cancer and other health problems. More

It's worth investing in Canada's healthy 'pulses'
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It's a fact few Canadians are aware of, yet it should stir the hearts of patriotic vegetarians and vegans throughout the land: When it comes to lentils, we're number one. We're also tops in dried peas. And we're right up there with the big boys when it comes to producing beans and chickpeas, too. More

U.S. pea protein market 'ready to explode'
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For a long time in the shadow of soy as a plant protein source, pea protein is establishing itself in food and beverage applications, with the U.S. market set to explode, say industry experts. To meet this increasing demand, pea protein isolates are increasingly finding use in a range of food and beverage products, from nutritional bars to ready-to-drink beverages and powders, and from pastas to batters and breadings. More

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