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Thank you 2014/2015 CIFST Volunteers!
It's National Volunteer Week April 15 - 19. What better occasion to thank the many National and Section volunteers who have contributed to the success of CIFST during 2014/2015. CIFST is a member-driven association and could not function without the participation of dozens of volunteers. CIFST extends its sincerest thanks to everyone who contributed their time and expertise to CIFST this past year!
Awards submission deadline: Sunday, May 3, 2015
Recognize and celebrate peers, organizations and/or teams for their work and successes in food science and the food sector by submitting a nomination for one of CIFST’s INSTITUTE AWARDS. If you know a deserving recipient, why not nominate them and recognize their professional contributions within the food science community of practice?
Supplier Expo Manitoba Last call for Exhibitors' Registration
Don’t miss this excellent opportunity for displaying products and services to a growing market in the Canadian Prairies.
Registration to exhibit at Supplier Expo closes on Friday April 17, 2015
Register now at http://www.cifst.ca/default.asp?ID=873
Beer will be a hit in Ontario supermarkets, survey finds
Grocers in Ontario gearing up to sell alcohol should make plenty of room on shelves for the ale and lager; not so much for the vino. That's according to a new survey that finds many Ontarians will switch from The Beer Store to the supermarket for their suds. But most will still head to Liquor Control Board of Ontario stores for wine.
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Avian flu confirmed on turkey farm near Woodstock
The H5 avian influenza virus has been detected on a turkey farm near Woodstock, Ont. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said preliminary testing completed Sunday confirms the presence of the H5 strain after the turkey farm experienced sudden deaths of birds over several days. The farm, along with a neighbouring farm, are under quarantine to control the spread of the disease, although it rarely affects people said the CFIA.
Japan, Taiwan impose trade restrictions on Ontario poultry because of avian flu
Japan and Taiwan have imposed restrictions on exports of poultry and poultry products from Ontario following the confirmation of a case of a highly contagious strain of avian flu on a turkey farm in Southern Ontario, the Canadian Food Inspection agency said.
European Union expands COOL requirements beyond beef
Food Safety News
Almost a decade after the first country-of-origin labeling (COOL) of beef was required in Europe, no packaged unprocessed meat product may now be legally sold in any European Union member country without a label stating where the animal was reared and slaughtered. Europe's new law, effective April 1, covers fresh, chilled and frozen meat from sheep, goats, pigs and poultry.
Tackling a sustainable industry for Atlantic salmon farming
The Globe and Mail
In a clearing near Port McNeill, an experiment is under way. Inside an unassuming steel-clad building, thousands of Atlantic salmon swim in circular tanks.
When those fish are big enough in about 12 months, when they have grown from 100-gram smolts to between three to five kilograms in weight they will be harvested, having never touched the ocean.
The best diet: High flavour
Wall Street Journal
For nearly a half century, America has been on a witch hunt to find the ingredient that is making us fat. In the 1980s, the culprit was fat itself. Next it was carbs. Today, sugar is the enemy — unless you're caught up in the war on gluten.
Conundrums shaking up the food department
If you have any chocolate eggs left over from Easter, you'd better hang on to them. Hard times could be ahead for much of our world chocolate supply, along with other key food commodities we count on. So get ready to start counting out more of your hard-earned cash at the grocery till, or maybe even heading home empty-handed without some of your favourites.
Stevia missing a trick in confectionery
Food and Drink Technology
With ongoing concerns about health and the reduction of sugar in the diet, the sugar-free confectionery market should be booming. This is particularly in the face of ongoing technical developments that have improved sensory properties and the appearance of new sweeteners and other ingredients with a more natural image. Yet sugar-free lines accounted for less than 7 per cent of global confectionery launches recorded by Innova Market Insights in 2014, which is a similar penetration level to that in 2013.
The rise of matcha tea in America
More than a thousand years ago, Buddhist monks in Japan began a daily ritual of grinding green tea leaves into powder, mixing it into hot water with a bamboo whisk, then sharing the tea from a single cup. Today matcha in the U.S. is considerably less monastic. It's being blended into lattes, dusted onto cheesecakes, mixed into chocolate, even infused in bourbon.
Shifting demands: Where will the growth in healthy foods come from?
With an ever increasing consumer demand for healthier food products, many within the industry are asking where the growth in healthy foods will come from.
Petition launched to remove Propyl Paraben from food
Food Safety News
Propyl paraben is the latest focus in the debate concerning additives that are "generally recognized as safe," or GRAS.
The overall concern of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and other food safety advocates is that ingredients get defined as GRAS without pre-market review and approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Review of viruses in the food chain published
Food and Drink Technology
The Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF) has published its review of viruses in the food chain. The ACMSF set up a group to revisit the issue of foodborne viruses in light of developments in this area. The final report considered the most important viruses associated with foodborne infections norovirus, hepatitis A and hepatitis E.
Next Kraft Foods? 12 struggling food brands ripe for the takeover
On March 25, Brazilian private equity firm 3G Capital teamed up with billionaire investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway again and announced the Heinz takeover of Kraft Foods, one of America's most beloved food brands with a whopping $52 billion market cap. While the final transaction value is still in flux, the deal, once completed, will create the world's fifth largest food and beverage company with $28 billion revenue and eight $1-plus billion brands such as Kraft, Jell-O, and Maxwell House.
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