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    'Product of Canada' labels proving tricky
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    When can a chick or a pig claim Canadian residency? It's a tricky question that's confounding the federal government, as it struggles to sort out what meat products can claim to be a "Product of Canada" on food packaging. The conundrum dates back to 2008, when the government didn't factor in how imported live animals fit in to strict new Product-of-Canada-labelling guidelines unveiled by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. The new policy, in effect since the beginning of 2009, requires any food to contain 98 per cent of Canadian ingredients to be considered a Product of Canada. More



    Canadian Breakfast at IFT
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    Remember to book your Canadian Breakfast Ticket when you register for the 2012 IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Las Vegas. It's your chance to connect with old friends and new from across our great country. Enjoy the company of food science colleagues and a traditional full breakfast buffet. More

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    Study: Black tea shows heart health benefits
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    Three cups of black tea per day may improve heart health measures, such as cholesterol and triglyceride levels, says a study from Mauritius, Scotland, and the USA. Nine grams per day of the black tea infusate were associated with a 36 per cent decrease in triglyceride levels and an improvement in the ratio of LDL to HDL cholesterol of about 17 per cent, according to results of a clinical trial with 87 people. "Moderate intake of black tea improves the levels of independent risk factors of cardiovascular disease and antioxidant defenses in plasma," wrote the researchers in Preventive Medicine. More



    Kellogg's revamps brand, but significantly?
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    Global cereal giant, Kellogg's is investing in a 'significant' revamp of its 106-year-old brand in a bid to resonate better with today's tech savvy consumers, but analysts say it won't be anything significant. The U.S. cereal brand is refreshing its packaging — with a colour-enriched, contemporised script logo and brighter visual graphics and images along with a new tagline, 'Let's Make Today Great' — and will also invest in enhancing its digital connection with consumers. More

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    Study: Too much sugar may make you stupid
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    A new UCLA study, a first of its kind, suggests that consuming foods with high-fructose corn syrup in them-like processed foods, sodas and sweets-slows the brain and impedes memory and learning in as little as six weeks. While earlier research has revealed how fructose harms the body through its role in diabetes, obesity and fatty liver this study is the first to uncover how the sweetener influences the brain. It seems too much fructose could block insulin's ability to regulate how cells use and store sugar for the energy required for processing thoughts and emotions. More



    Court: General Mills must defend 'made with real fruit' claim
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    General Mills has lost its motion to dismiss a lawsuit that claims the company deceived consumers about the fruit content of its Fruit Roll-Ups and Fruit by the Foot. A consumer filed the complaint in a Californian district court and has sought class action status, alleging that the products' packaging misleads consumers into believing that the fruit-flavored snacks are healthful. According to court documents, General Mills argues that the statement "made with real fruit" is objectively true and that a reasonable consumer would not interpret it to mean that there are particular fruits or quantities of fruit in a product. More



    Study: Healthy food actually costs less than junk food
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    Is it really more expensive to eat healthy? An Agriculture Department study recently released found that most fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods cost less than foods high in fat, sugar and salt. That counters a common perception among some consumers that it's cheaper to eat junk food than a nutritionally balanced meal. The government says it all depends on how you measure the price. If you compare the price per calorie — as some previous researchers have done — then higher-calorie pastries and processed snacks might seem like a bargain compared with fruits and vegetables. More



    UN official sparks debate over Canadian food security
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    UN special rapporteur for food Olivier De Schutter said he was in Canada to launch a conversation over a national food strategy, and he certainly started a debate. Discussion centred on whether Canadians have trouble affording to feed themselves, with the government arguing De Schutter was wasting his time and advocates for the poor urging politicians to arrange for wide-ranging meetings to create a national food strategy. De Schutter warned that inequality is getting worse, with many Canadians having problems getting the healthy food they require. More


     
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