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Why there could be a cure for food allergies within a decade
CTV News
For many Canadians with food allergies, the slightest contact with an allergen can put them into anaphylactic shock. But researchers are now learning so much about food allergies, some believe there could actually be a cure within a decade. Dr. Adelle Atkinson from the department of immunology and allergy at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto says research has accelerated worldwide in recent years.
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Fast-food diners fuel additive-free revolution
CBC News
Fast-food companies known for their greasy, fatty indulgences are rapidly changing their menus to capitalize on the successful strategies of newer players who lure customers with fresh foods and simple ingredients. But the companies that have traditionally fed our guilty pleasures aren't necessarily moving away from their high-calorie, high-fat roots.
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Can your diet shape your mental health?
Globe and Mail
Only recently have scientists begun to explore the relationship between nutrition and mental health. While the science is relatively new and much of it limited to observational studies that do not prove cause and effect, so far the findings are consistent and compelling: What you eat — and don't eat — can have a powerful impact on mental health.
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Big food's big problem: Consumers don't trust brands
Advertising Age
This rather unappetizing statement was tucked into a request for proposals recently sent to ad agencies: "Most of our food supply comes from factory farms, is dependent on GMOs and chemicals, and is not sustainably grown or raised."
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9 recommendation for bee health
Farm Focus
Nine recommendations necessary to improve bee health were put forward May 27 by Canada's Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry.
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Counterfeit Italian food products face trade group scrutiny
Toronto Star
Is your spaghetti dinner really Italian? Not if you're using marinara sauce from a jar, regular supermarket pasta, everyday olive oil or — gasp — grated parmesan cheese, says Pasquale Bova, the Italian trade commissioner to Canada.
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France bars supermarkets from throwing away food that can still be eaten
Toronto Star
Groups working to reduce food waste across Canada are paying close attention to France, after legislators there passed a motion barring supermarkets from throwing away food products that can still be eaten.
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CFIA recalls some potatoes in Atlantic Canada over tampering concerns
CTV News
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced a recall on some potatoes sold in Atlantic Canada after police received complaints of nails found in some products. The agency says Loblaw Companies Ltd. and Strang's Produce Inc. are recalling several products that have been sold at stores in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador.
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Food supply fears whet appetite for Dutch farm technology
Reuters Canada
From the rooftops of Amsterdam to the expanses of Kazakhstan, Dutch technology is helping food producers to meet the needs of both gourmets and growing populations facing uncertain supplies.
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WTO knocks COOL out cold
Star Phoenix
Is this really the end of Country of Origin Labelling (COOL), a protectionist policy that has cost Canadian livestock producers, U.S. meat packers and American consumers countless billions of dollars since its inception in 2008?
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Walmart's new animal welfare policy seen as game-changing
Canadian Grocer
Walmart America's push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say. Though the steps are voluntary, Walmart has a history of using its retail muscle to change the way products are made and sold across the retail industry.
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Interprovincial salmonella outbreak tied to chick
AG Canada
Federal and Alberta provincial health and veterinary officials are probing almost three dozen cases of salmonella poisoning across three provinces, tied to handling of live baby chickens. The Public Health Agency of Canada said it's so far investigating 17 cases of illness in people in Alberta, 13 in British Columbia and four in Saskatchewan.
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New research facility signals strong commitment to dairy
Guelph Mercury
Move over — way over — pail and stool. It's a brand new day for dairy in Ontario. Ribbons will be cut and handshakes exchanged to officially open the $25 million dairy research portion of the Livestock Research Innovation Centre at the Elora Research Station.
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Organic farming 'benefits biodiversity'
BBC News
Fields around organic farms have more types of wild plants, providing benefits for wildlife, say scientists. The research is likely to fuel the debate over the environmental benefits of organic farming. Studies suggest that organic farming produces lower yields than conventional methods but harbours more wildlife.
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More than 4 espressos a day can harm health: EU
CTV News
Drinking the caffeine equivalent of more than four espressos a day is harmful to health, especially for minors and pregnant women, the EU food safety agency said. "It is the first time that the risks from caffeine from all dietary sources have been assessed at EU level," the EFSA said in a statement, recommending that an adult's daily caffeine intake remain below 400 milligrams a day.
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U.S. author tells Canada's senate the national food guide is failing us
Toronto Star
The American author of an investigative book about saturated fats told a Canadian senate committee the country's nutritional guidelines are failing citizens, making them obese and diabetic. "The diet currently advised for Canadians is a low-fat, failed diet," says Nina Teicholz. "Is it possible that following the Canadian diet has caused obesity and diabetes?"
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Seafood-tracking phone app would be latest in booming world of food traceability technology
570 News
After eyeing a piece of haddock on the supermarket counter, a customer scans a code and finds out the fish was caught in the waters of Georges Bank and learns the name of the fishing boat — and maybe even sees a picture of the smiling, rain-slickened fisherman who reeled it in. Welcome to the future of buying New England seafood.
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Newfoundland and Labrador says talks at stalemate with Ottawa over fish fun
Canadian Grocer
Newfoundland and Labrador has upped the ante in its ongoing fishery feud with Ottawa, saying it will keep minimum processing rules that could trigger penalties under a free trade deal with Europe. Premier Paul Davis told the legislature that his province won't give up the measures meant to protect fish plant jobs unless the federal government delivers what he says was promised compensation.
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Mac outreach bolstered by $1 million gift
McGill Reporter
A $1 million gift from Macdonald College alumnus J. William Ritchie, BSc(Agr) '51, will provide major support for McGill's Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in its efforts to open the Mac Campus to more visitors and provide a unique, hands-on education into the critical role of agriculture in the food supply chain.
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