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Editorial Feature: Canada's Ingredient Outlook

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Canada's egg business cracking open the market
CBC News
The business of getting the humble egg to the breakfast table is in flux across North America. In huevo-loving Mexico, which consumes more eggs per capita than anywhere in the world, the government is investigating why egg prices, in some places, have recently doubled. Wholesale egg prices in the U.S., meanwhile, just hit an an all-time high.
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Grocers talk personalization and produce at Grocery & Specialty Food West
Canadian Grocer
Personalization and produce were key themes of the first day of Grocery & Specialty Food West. Canada's food industry came together in Vancouver on Monday to talk grocery trends and highlight innovations.
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Working with soybeans' natural anti-inflammatory properties
University of Guelph
Ontario consumers may have a new reason to incorporate soybeans into their diets. In addition to being rich in both macro- and micronutrients, increasing attention is being directed towards soybeans' powerful disease- fighting potential.
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Investor G3 Global Grain Group to take over wheat board
CBC News
G3 Global Grain Group will invest $250 million to become the new majority owner of the CWB, formerly known as the Canadian Wheat Board. The new Winnipeg-based partnership was selected to take over CWB's operations after a process set in motion when the Conservative government ended its marketing monopoly. Farmers who sell their grain through the CWB can receive free units in an independently managed trust, which will hold the remaining 49.9 per cent interest in the CWB.
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Bee research gets boost
Daily Herald Tribune
The GPRC National Bee Diagnostic Centre (NBDC) has recently received a $150,000 applied research tools and instruments grant that will improve its research capabilities. The grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council's (NSERC) College and Community Innovation (CCI) program will cover the purchase price of a next generation sequencer (NGS) for the genetic analysis of bees.
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12 sickened in Canada from E. Coli possibly linked to leafy greens
Food Safety News
Canada's Public Health Agency is investigating an outbreak of E. col O157:H7 possibly linked to leafy greens (lettuces, kale, spinach, arugula or chard). According to a statement released by the agency on Wednesday, there are currently 12 people sickened in four provinces (Alberta, 9; Saskatchewan, 1; Ontario, 1, and Newfoundland and Labrador, 1). Illness onset dates range from March 13-31, 2015.
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Will future food retailers curate values?
Supermarket News
The words "The War on Science" emblazoned across the cover of the March 2015 National Geographic accomplished the editor's task and caught my attention. The lead article, expounding on those provocative words, explores five topics in current public discourse — climate change, evolution, the moon landing, vaccinations and genetically modified food — for which there is verifiable scientific data available, but that data is being largely ignored, doubted or out-right dismissed, by a growing contingency who is skeptical about science.
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California drought to squeeze produce prices, but so will other factors
CBC News
Drought may have gripped California's agricultural heartland for a fourth consecutive year, but it's not the only factor putting pressure on imported produce prices at the supermarket. More than 93 per cent of the state is currently experiencing "severe" to "exceptional" drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, and the governor recently implemented new rationing measures for cities and towns to cut water use by 25 per cent.
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At CHFA West, exhibitors tout more than health
Canadian Grocer
The Canadian Health Food Association's show in Vancouver this past weekend featured an array of food makers promoting healthy fare, often with a tasty twist and a good backstory. Over 650 exhibitors displayed new products across the Vancouver Convention Centre.
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Study; Beat cravings for salt, fat with porous foods
CTV News
Where willpower continues to fail us, science prevails in a new study that suggests tweaking porosity during food manufacturing could mean the end of infamous cravings for salt and fat. Manipulating the number and size of pores during the processing could enable manufacturers to use less salt and consumers to enjoy it that way, according to the research team from the University of Illinois.
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Vitamin E deficiency could damage brain
CTV News
A batch of Heinz brand baby food is being recalled across the country due a potential loss of the container seal, which could cause the product to spoil. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning against the consumption of Heinz brand chicken with broth infant food sold in 100 ml containers.
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Sensor developed to improve BPA detection
Food Production Daily
A fluorescence sensor has been developed to improve detection of bisphenol A (BPA).

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Where in the world are the GMOs?
Vancouver Sun
The growth of genetically engineered food crops has been strong in a handful of nations, but may be slowing as the technology bumps up against unreceptive governments, especially in Africa and Europe, according to a new report by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network.

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Can cultural differences affect consumer understanding of food labels?
Food Navigator
Country-specific differences could influence consumers' understanding of nutritional information on food products, researchers have said.

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FDA finds 'encouraging' news in antimicrobial resistance in retail meat
Food Safety News
According to a federal report released Monday, there's some "encouraging" news regarding antimicrobial resistance in foodborne pathogens. The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System's (NARMS) published its 2012 Retail Meat Report and an interim report for 2013 solely focused on Salmonella.
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How private companies are changing food safety
Small Biz Trends
When you buy food at the grocery store, you likely assume that the labels accurately describe the food and its ingredients. But that isn't always the case. Sometimes, food products are contaminated by outside ingredients. And other times, suppliers or manufacturers are downright fraudulent.
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Here's your new, science-backed reason to eat more cheese
TIME
Americans have long been bewildered by the French paradox: that despite consuming a dream diet full of cheese, baguettes and red wine, people in France have generally low rates of coronary heart disease. By some estimates, the average French person eats 57 pounds of cheese each year — more than in any other country — while the average American eats a measly 34.
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Italy begins cull of bacteria-infected olive trees in the south after EU alarm, French boycott
Yahoo! via The Associated Press
Forestry officials in southern Italy have cut down the first of thousands of olive trees infected with a deadly bacteria in a controversial bid to prevent its spread. The xylella fastidiosa bacteria has ravaged Puglia's olive trees and contributed to a 35 per cent drop in the region's olive oil production last year. Its spread has so alarmed the EU that France announced a boycott of Puglian vegetables. Several dozen protesters tried unsuccessfully Monday to block the first seven trees from being felled in Oria, near Brindisi, even climbing the branches and shouting "assassins."
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Dutch food safety inspectors probe illegal Chinese meat imports
Dutch News
Police and food safety inspectors have raided two business premises and two private homes in Zuid-Holland province in an investigation into illegal meat imports from China. There has been an EU-wide ban on importing most types of meat from China for human consumption since 2002 because of concerns about drug residues.
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Regulation squeezes digestive health NPD out of EU
Food Navigator
The percentage of food and drink launches carrying digestive health claims has fallen from 2.4 per cent in 2009 to 2.2 per cent in 2014 in the EU, says Innova Market Insights.
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