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Canadian Food Insights magazine brings you recommended reads for Today's Food Science and Technology Professionals.
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Over the last 20 years, consumers have developed a lovehate relationship with fat. While fat is responsible for the textures and tastes of our favourite foods, such as ice cream, butter, and baked goods, its prevalence in today’s energy- dense diets has caused a drastic increase in obesity rates and cardiovascular disease observed worldwide1-3. Scientific evidence has shown that trans fats have particularly detrimental health effects, as they raise low density lipoprotein serum levels (i.e. bad cholesterol), and decrease high density lipoprotein serum levels (i.e. good cholesterol), which increases the risk of developing metabolic and cardiovascular diseases4-8.
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Sharing a passion for food science part of the LEAD 360
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CIFST’s LEAD 360 representative Milana Abramovich reports on the three-day program and reflects on how personal growth, networking and a passion for food science allowed her to discover her potential as a future leader of the global food industry.
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U.S. ends limits on Canada poultry imports imposed after bird flu
Reuters
The U.S. Agriculture Department on Tuesday lifted restrictions on imports of poultry and poultry products from Ontario, Canada, in the latest sign the farm sector is starting to recover from a severe outbreak of bird flu.
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Alberta declares agricultural losses from extreme weather a 'disaster '
CTV News
The Alberta government has declared that the hardship to agriculture from this year's drought constitutes a disaster. Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier quietly approved the decision on Friday. Agriculture department spokesman Renato Gandia says in an email that it allows the province's Agriculture Financial Services Corporation to access more funds for insurance compensation.
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P.E.I. lobster study looks at impact of pesticides
CBC News
Researchers will spend three years studying the potential impact agricultural pesticides may be having on lobster in the Northumberland Strait. Dr. Michael van den Heuvel is the University of Prince Edward Island 's Canada Research Chair in Watershed Ecological Integrity and the principal investigator with the project.
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Laval calls for fast food ban near schools
CBC News
A Laval city councillor wants to ban junk food near schools. David de Cotis says he wants to eliminate temptation for children and teenagers by imposing a bylaw that would ban any new fast food restaurants in Laval from setting up shop within 500 metres from a school.
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Public safety at risk from understaffed slaughterhouses, says union
Canadian Grocer
The union representing Canada's meat inspectors says slaughter facilities in Manitoba are severely understaffed and public safety is at risk. Bob Kingston, president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada's agriculture union, says slaughterhouses in the province typically operate with one-third fewer inspectors than required by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
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Milk sales continue to slide as diets, society shift away from dairy
Globe and Mail
Canadian shoppers are increasingly skipping the dairy aisle at the grocery store. Sales of milk fell in June by more than three per cent from the same month a year earlier, Statistics Canada said on Wednesday, marking the eighth consecutive monthly decline of what was once a staple of the Canadian diet. According to the federal government, per-capita consumption of milk has fallen by 18 per cent to 74 litres a year between 1995 and 2014, amid changes to the palate and makeup of Canadian society.
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Dal agricultural campus 'planning to move ahead' after barn fire
Chronicle Herald
David Gray is accustomed to putting out small fires at the Dalhousie University agriculture campus. But the fire that partly razed a university barn on Monday evening and flared up briefly last week was a bit too real and frightening for the campus principal and dean.
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Stop counting calories and start promoting nutritional value, urge researchers
Food Navigator
When it comes to cutting levels of obesity-related heart disease and death, it 's time to stop counting calories, and start to make simple changes that improve the nutritional value of diets, argue public health experts.
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The fuss with fermented foods
Canadian Grocer
Fermenting food — like kefir, kimchee, kombucha and sauerkraut — is actually an ancient practice used by one-third of the world's population, even if it seems like a relatively new phenomenon in North American, says Tristaca Curley, the B.C.-based founder of Fueling with Food. Research shows that there's good reason to incorporate these foods into your diet. During fermentation, the probiotics and other healthy micro-organisms that are created help "predigest" the food, making it easier to break down and absorb nutrients.
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Bitter emerges as a new flavor trend that could aid sodium reduction efforts
Food Navigator
Increasing consumer interest in bitter flavors could help manufacturers regain momentum on sodium reduction initiatives, many of which are stalled due to the common perception that less salt equals less flavour, suggests market research from Mintel.
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FDA wants food companies to hand over their pathogens
Yahoo via Reuters
Investigations into foodborne illness are being radically transformed by whole genome sequencing, which federal officials say is enabling them to identify the source of an outbreak far more quickly and prevent additional cases. Previously, samples from sick patients were sent to state and federal labs, where disease detectives ran tests to see if the infections were caused by the same bug. When enough matches emerged, typically a dozen or so, epidemiologists interviewed sick people, looking for a common food that was causing the outbreak.
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Johnson & Johnson to sell Splenda sweetener to Heartland Food
Globe and Mail
Johnson & Johnson agreed to sell its Splenda lineup to Heartland Food Products Group, abandoning a product that has ascended to the top of the low-calorie sweetener market over the past two decades but also brought controversy.
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of Directions, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of CIFST/ICSTA, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field! Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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