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Tips from The Personal — Going on vacation?
CIFST
The Personal, home and auto group insurer for the Canadian Institute of Food Science & Technology, has some tips on making sure you’re well protected when on vacation.
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Pacific Rim trade talks will put pressure on Canada's dairy, poultry sectors
The Globe and Mail
Canada's protected dairy and poultry industries are in the crosshairs of the United States and other farm export powers as momentum builds toward a massive Pacific Rim trade deal. Negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are expected to resume shortly, with a deal possible as early as August.
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B.C. blueberries bound for China in $65 million deal
CBC News
Blueberries from British Columbia may soon be shipped to China thanks to a deal worth up to $65 million a year, expected to be finalized this fall. International Trade Minister Ed Fast Fast announced the deal alongside B.C. Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz on the edge of a blueberry field at Westberry Farms in Abbotsford, B.C.
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9 changes to nutrition labels Health Canada wants you to see
Canadian Living
If you've ever wished you could figure how much your kid's breakfast cereal should count toward his daily sugar intake, proposed changes to Canadian food labels may soon make it easier. Changes include clearer serving size information, more direct sugar and colour content descriptions and information to help people interpret daily-recommended levels of various nutrients. Here's a rundown of 9 major changes Health Canada is proposing.
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Canadian inflation at 0.9 per cent in May, as cost of food climbs
CBC News
Canada's annual inflation rate was 0.9 per cent in May, edging up from 0.8 per cent in April, but the cost of food continues to push core inflation higher. Lower energy prices continue to keep a lid on the consumer price index, with overall energy prices down 11.8 per cent in the 12 months to May, according to Statistics Canada.
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Can an upscale grocer succeed in a downscale world? Pricing lessons from Whole Foods
Forbes
Whole Foods recently announced that it was opening a new chain of lower priced stores. The company seems to have come to the conclusion that its strategy of selling "exotic" (to me who is not a member of the millennial generation) foods like kale and quinoa is no longer giving it a competitive edge. Perhaps Whole Foods' new strategy of smaller, neighborhood stores is an acknowledgement that the strategy it pioneered, selling organic foods at high prices and higher margins to the millennial generation, is now a mature trend.
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Federal government invests $1.5 million in metal detection gear for potatoes
CIFST
The federal government says it will spend $1.5 million to buy metal detection equipment to help find foreign objects in P.E.I. potatoes, a persistent problem that first attracted police attention more than eight months ago. Fisheries Minister Gail Shea, MP for the Island riding of Egmont, made the announcement Monday in Charlottetown.
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Top consumer brands pledge to halve food waste by 2025
Reuters
The world's top food and drink companies have promised to halve the food they waste by 2025, seeking to preempt government regulation prompted by concern about the environmental, economic and social costs of such inefficiency. The Paris-based Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), a network of some 400 retailers, manufacturers and other players from 70 countries with combined sales of 2.5 trillion euros ($2.8 trillion), made the pledge at a meeting in New York.
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Is Canada's Food Guide unrealistic?
Global News
It's a cornerstone of Canada's approach to healthy living, shapes our provincial nutritional policies, and is taught in schools. Canada's Food Guide – the iconic, colourful model to eating well. But is our national guide out of touch? Critics point to several flaws in the Food Guide that render it unrealistic and out of date.
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China seizes $483 million of smuggled meat, some 40 years old
The Globe and Mail
Chinese customs have seized around 3 billion yuan ($483 million) worth of smuggled meat, some more than 40 years old and rotting, the official China Daily said on Wednesday, the latest in a grim series of food safety scares. Beijing toughened food safety rules in April to shake off a reputation for safety scandals that range from donkey meat tainted with fox DNA to milk contaminated with industrial chemical melamine that killed at least six infants in 2008.
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General Mills scrambles to reformulate Lucky Charms
NPR
We hate to break it to you, Mr. Leprechaun, but someone really is after your Lucky Charms: General Mills. Or more specifically, it's after the artificial colorings used to give the cereal its trademark rainbow-colored marshmallow shapes. General Mills announced it will remove artificial colors and flavours from all of its cereals.
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Food security advocates wary of new B.C. farmland regulations
Metro News
Now that the whirlwind of regulatory changes to British Columbia's farmland has swept through the province, growers and food security advocates will meet this week to survey the aftermath. The changes made under the Agricultural Land Commission Act – which includes splitting the province's protected agriculture land into two zones, opens up land for secondary economic uses and decentralizes land use decision making power to six regional panels – and its impacts will be top of mind during the B.C. Food Systems Network's 17th annual gathering near Prince George.
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Early exposure may ward off some allergies, research suggests
National Post
Allergies have been on the rise in recent decades. But new research suggests our attempts to protect children from developing allergies or having severe reactions may have actually made things worse.
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Fast-casual chains taking a bigger bite of the food service market
PIQUE
Last week we found out that global burger monolith McDonald's was doing something it hadn't done for at least 40 years: downsizing. The fast-food titan says it will close more restaurants in the U.S. than it opens this year, fighting back against dwindling sales numbers.
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Constant change is the only sure thing in the food business
Alberta Farm Express
The 'mobile global food table' is a phrase I use to capture the constant shift in consumer trends and food demand. I picture it as a round table without edges that can be placed indoors or out. Sometimes there are chairs and sometimes there are chopsticks. Always there is change.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    CIFST's Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Institute Awards Presentation (CIFST)
Is 3-D printing the future of global food? (Globe and Mail)
Reality check: Superfoods, organic food, paleo and gluten-free diets (Global News)
The science of eating (Huffington Post)
Dr. Allan Paulson, Past President of CIFST presents to the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry (Parliament of Canada)
Safety tips for buying and storing your fresh food and leftovers (Global News)

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