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CIFST2016 : Call For Abstracts
CIFST's 2016 National Conference Scientific Program
Committee is requesting abstracts for oral and poster
presentations to fll its technical program for February's Scientific Conference in support of understanding 'What's on your plate?'.
The exciting conference will address key areas in food chemistry, food microbiology, food processing, sensory and flavour release, nutrition and health, functional food nutraceutical, and food product development.
The venue will provide an excellent showcase of your research to Canadian researchers, industry participants and to innovative young scientists from across the country; provide a forum to network among your peers; and develop new collaborative partnerships and friendships.
Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels; Supplemental Proposed Rule To Solicit Comment on Limited Additional Provisions
The Food and Drug
Administration (FDA or we) is revising
certain provisions of the proposed rule,
issued in March 2014, that would
amend FDA’s labeling regulations for
conventional foods and dietary
supplements to provide updated
nutrition information on the Nutrition
Facts and Supplement Facts labels to
assist consumers in maintaining healthy
dietary practices ("the NFL/SFL
proposed rule"). We are proposing text
for the footnotes to be used on the
Nutrition Facts label. We are taking this
action after completing our consumer
research in which we tested various
footnote text options for the label.
Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels; Reopening of the Comment Period as to Specific Documents
The Food and Drug
Administration (FDA or we) is
reopening, as to specific documents, the
comment period regarding our proposed
rule to revise the Nutrition Facts and
Supplement Facts labels. We are
reopening the comment period for 60
days for the sole purpose of inviting
public comments on two consumer
studies being added to the
administrative record. The consumer
studies pertained to proposed changes
to the Nutrition Facts label formats.
Green roofs and 'agritecture' have potential to transform food supply in cities
Rooftop gardens have become an increasingly common feature in North American cities, as urban planners extol the benefits of more greenery in the concrete jungle. But news of precarious growing conditions in major farming states such as Florida and California as well as awareness of the importance of "buying local" have led to greater interest in using urban rooftops to grow food.
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Farmers use drones and data to boost crop yields
The Globe and Mail
Drones have long been used for military purposes, but Nova Scotia-based start-up Sky Squirrel Technologies Inc. has found a more peaceful use for the technology. Sky Squirrel deploys small drones equipped with infrared cameras to cruise the skies over vineyards, sending back images that help growers monitor for moisture level, disease, rot, insect damage and general crop health all things that contribute to the quality of the grapes and the resulting wine.
In Cyclospora outbreak, finding the culprit is a daunting task
Some sort of fresh produce has been making a number of Canadians sick this summer. But with grocery stores a veritable cornucopia of fruits and vegetables, how do public health experts figure out what is to blame? It ain't easy. In fact, it takes a lot of dogged work to figure out what is the cause of something like the Cyclospora outbreak that has sickened more than 80 people in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec this summer.
Greater health risks linked to trans fats, not saturated fats
The Globe and Mail
A large new review of existing research suggests that, for healthy people, a reasonable amount of saturated fat in the diet poses no health risk. Trans fats, on the other hand, were associated with an increased risk of death from any cause, death from cardiovascular disease and a diagnosis of coronary heart disease.
Hamilton extends food allergy injector project another year
Hamilton's goal to have food allergy injectors in every food court and restaurant will live on for another year.
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Nestlé sued for $99m in government class action over Maggi noodles
Nestlé India has voiced its disappointment at the "unprecedented step" by the Indian government of going to the courts to seek nearly US$100m in damages for "unfair trade practices" in the wake of the Maggi noodles affair.
Kraft Heinz layoffs in Canada join long list of job casualties
The merged food giant Kraft Heinz Co. said it plans to cut 2,500 positions from its North American workforce, or more than 10 per cent, as part of an effort to shave billions in annual expenses. The axe will cut deep in the United States, where much of Kraft Heinz's operations reside. But Canadian white-collar workers face layoffs, too, while remaining factory positions will be spared for now, a spokesperson said.
Shopping for wellness begins with food and beverage
The health and wellness market continues to be a dynamic growth area. The puzzle for many lies in understanding how the wellness market intersects with their business, brand and category. In few places does the market so vividly present itself as an opportunity as it does for food retailers.
Loblaw and Metro upgraded as glory days for supermarkets expected to continue
Canadian supermarkets are having a great year, and CIBC World Markets expects the strong run will continue in 2016. "Canada remains one of the most favourable markets in the world for supermarkets," said analyst Perry Caicco, upgrading both Loblaw Cos. Ltd. and Metro Inc. to sector outperformer. "It now looks like the glory days will extend into 2016, and possibly beyond."
Study: Refined carbs could be linked to mood in older women
Eating highly refined carbohydrates after menopause is associated with increased risk for depression in women, according to a new study. It's part of an increasing body of evidence pointing to a close relationship between diet and mental health. Refined foods including soda, sweets and white rice ultimately reduce blood sugar levels, which could lead to mood changes and fatigue, say the researchers.
Why you should stop using agave nectar
While saccharin was emerging as a sugar replacement for calorie-counting dieters who still wanted dessert, high fructose corn syrup was the alternative for those counting pennies. We now know both to pose serious health risks, requiring a marketable sweetener that consumers could purchase as a healthy alternative to sugar. Agave nectar has been sold to fit the bill, except for one major caveat: its status as a health product may not fall any higher than that of high fructose corn syrup.
Major grocer signs on to 'Ontario pork' labelling scheme
Consumers will now see the label identifying provincially produced pork products in almost 200 additional stores across Ontario as retailer Loblaw Companies Limited recently signed on to the industry's labelling program.
Watermelon found to have delicious health benefits
Watermelon may be the best picnic dessert nature ever created, with its sweet juice cleverly bound inside that spongy red (sometimes yellow) matrix, and fully protected by psychedelic green rind. Talk about a party orb. But much like the thespian whose good looks overshadow brilliant acting skills, the watermelon's sweet, colourful qualities long have undercut its attributes as a wholly nutritious fruit whose tasty powers hydrate as well as heal.
Study: Food insecurity a huge drain on health-care costs
A new study shows Canadians who have difficulty getting enough food become a huge cost to the health-care system. The University of Toronto report suggests people who miss meals and get inadequate nutrition can develop diseases and health problems that will drain health-care dollars twice as fast.
Shoppers spending more for food thanks to loonie's drop
Consumers are being forced to spend more on food, particularly fresh foods like fruits and vegetables, thanks in part to the drop in the loonie, and that's helping lift the bottom line for supermarket operators. On Wednesday, Metro Inc., the country's third-largest grocery chain, reported a double-digit jump in earnings in the latest quarter as the company passed through price increases to customers while keeping a lid on costs. A concerted push to sell more fresh items is also paying off, company officials said.
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