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Welcome to the inaugural edition of "directions" - CIFST's weekly newsbrief, one of the core initiatives resulting from overall strategic planning efforts by the CIFST Board of Directors. We look forward to being your weekly resource for top industry stories with a focus on Canadian content. In addition, we are pleased to be able to provide organizations the opportunity to enhance their brand recognition in the marketplace through advertising initiatives.

Included throughout this inaugural edition of "directions" are the logos of the sponsors of the CIFST 50th National Conference taking place May 27-29, 2012 in Niagara Falls. The conference committee would like to take this opportunity to thank each sponsor for their generous support.

After 13 years, soy protein comes alive
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Vancouver-based Burcon NutraScience will see its first product in commercial production this summer after 13 years of research and development of plant-based proteins. US food-processing giant Archer Daniels Midland is tooling a factory in Illinois to produce Burcon's Clarisoy 100 - a flavourless, odourless protein derived from soy beans - in commercial quantities for use in sports and recovery drinks. More

Poland pulls food suspected of having road salt
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Polish health authorities have ordered the withdrawal from the market of more than 230,000 kilograms (500,000 pounds) of pickles, bread and other food suspected of containing industrial salt, the latest development in a scandal raising fears about food safety. More

No one heeds the calories on the wall
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The Centre for Science in the Public Interest told all levels of Canadian government that it was time for them to stick their noses into restaurant menus. Not to order, you know, but to set some mandatory standards for disclosure. In a report called Writing on the Wall, CSPI argued that at a minimum, restaurants should be forced to list calorie totals next to every menu item and issue high sodium warning flags next to items containing lots of salt. More

Busting food myths: Dietitians aim to give Canadians the real deal
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Canadians love their social media, but information launched into cyberspace, whether right or wrong, can be difficult to retract. The Dietitians of Canada have become concerned about the plethora of misconceptions around aspects of nutrition and are aiming to shoot some of them down during Nutrition Month. More

Quinoa: versatile superfood
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Sisters Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming had an early start on healthy eating. "When our mom would make homemade yogurt my sister and I would stamp our feet going, 'Why are we having homemade yogurt? Why can't we have the yummy flavoured stuff that all the other kids eat?'" More

The vitamin D miracle: Is it for real?
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In the summer of 1974, brothers Frank and Cedric Garland had a heretical brainwave. The young epidemiologists were watching a presentation on death rates from cancer county by county across the United States. As they sat in a lecture hall at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore looking at the colour-coded cancer maps, they noticed a striking pattern, with the map for colon cancer the most pronounced. More

What you should know about artificial sweeteners
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Aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame potassium, stevia: From yogurt to diet pop, artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes are everywhere, appealing to the growing number of consumers who want to watch their weight. Despite the sweeteners' ubiquity in the grocery aisles, however, there's no end to the confusion about their safety. More

Natural push: Nestle UK stamps out artificial colours in confectionery
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Nestle has announced that it has removed all artificial ingredients in confectionery products in the UK. More

Coke changes colour process to avoid being slapped with cancer sticker
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The process for making the colour of Coke is being altered in response to accusations that one of the ingredients is a known carcinogen. More

Bees have personalities, too
Montreal Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Some bees love a good adventure while others prefer to hang out at the hive, and a new analysis of bee brains suggests some of the same chemicals that affect human personality could explain why. More

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