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CFIA drops "May contain soy" precautionary labelling on some cereal products
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's decision to drop the "may contain soy" precautionary labelling on grain-based foods when a very low level of soy is present, may be an indication that Canada's grain growers, handlers and processors are doing a good job of preventing unwanted soybeans from making their way into other grain products.
Rise in food costs could become serious problem
Like anyone else, when gas prices jump 10 cents, we are not overjoyed. But what if the cost of your food went up five per cent overnight? Last year's drought in the U.S. has been compared to the "Dirty 30s" with estimated losses of $35 billion and higher. The Midwest still remains very dry and a new U.S. federal drought outlook projects that the conditions are likely to remain entrenched through April.
Horse meat labelled as beef found in Czech frozen food products
Horse meat labelled as beef has been found in some frozen products in the Czech Republic for the first time, the country's food inspection authority has said. DNA tests showed two batches of frozen Nowaco Lasagne Bolognese in a branch of the Tesco supermarket chain in the western city of Pilsen contained horsemeat, the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority said.
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Debate over calories starting to erode the "food pyramid"
The Globe and Mail
A diverse group of scientists believes the modern system of labelling is misleading consumers and contributing to the global obesity epidemic. A growing body of research from anthropologists, evolution experts, nutrition specialists and others suggests the energy the body derives from different types of foods varies widely, even when the caloric content appears to be identical. The discrepancy could be adding to the epidemic, they argue, by pushing consumers toward foods that seem to contain fewer calories but are more processed and therefore easier to translate into body fat.
Reviewers: Dairy products and high GI diet linked to acne
There is increasing evidence that diet, in particular consumption of high glycaemic load and dairy foods, are associated with acne, according to a new review. For more than 200 years research has suggested that acne may be linked to diet, with early suggestions that chocolate, sugar, and fat may be responsible for the development of the skin condition. However recent decades have seen many more studies begin to disassociate dietary patterns to the condition.
Study: Pea protein favored for starch based gluten-free bread
Bakery and Snacks
Pea is the 'most acceptable' protein for starch based gluten-free bread, finds new research. The study published in Food Hydrocolloids also tested other non-gluten proteins including albumin, collagen, lupin and soy. Findings showed that all proteins increased the nutritional profile of the bread and could effectively prolong shelf-life but that bread with pea protein was "the most acceptable among analyzed samples."
Researchers examine "bone-healthy" silicon supplemented chewing gum
The taste and mouthfeel of silicon microparticles may be acceptable for inclusion in a functional chewing gum that aids bone health, according to researchers. A study published in peer-reviewed journal Nanoscale Research Letters said that moderate concentrations of semi-conducting mesporus silicon gave a "bland" taste and would be suitable for chewing gum. According to the researchers, evidence has slowly been accumulating that dietary silicon is beneficial to bone and connective tissue health.
Experts: "Masked" toxins in food should be subject to safety regulations
Regulatory limits on the levels of moulds and toxins present naturally in foods produced from grain crops should be expanded to include so-called "masked mycotoxins", suggest researchers. The warnings come from researchers based in Italy who explain that "masked" mycotoxins — that change from harmless to potentially harmful forms of moulds when already in the body — are not currently covered by regulations.
We're encouraged by overall market conditions for protein
Launching high quality protein ingredients is "timely' as the world seeks out sustainable, plant-based protein, said the COO of Burcon, as the Canadian protein specialist records its first revenues in its history. In a call with investors, Johann Tergesen, President and Chief Operating Officer, Burcon NutraScience, said the company is encouraged by the overall market conditions.
Nestlé dragged into horse meat controversy
Food Production Daily
Nestlé has become the latest company to be dragged in to the horse meat scandal with the firm recalling two products due to traces of horse DNA. The firm removed two chilled pasta items, Buitoni Beef Ravioli and Beef Tortellini, from sale in Italy and Spain, which were supplied by German-based company, H.J. Schypke. Nestlé said the levels found are above the 1 per cent threshold the UK's Food Safety Agency (FSA) uses to indicate likely adulteration or gross negligence so they informed the authorities.
Supercomputers used to supercharge antioxidants
The future of keeping ageing-related diseases at bay lies with the supercomputer according to scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology at the University of Sydney. The research, led by Professor Leo Radom from the University's School of Chemistry, and Dr Amir Karton, University of Western Australia, has used sophisticated quantum chemistry and powerful supercomputers to design improved antioxidants which will help stave off ageing-related diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease.
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