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Inspired by Inulin
CIFST
Growing consumer concerns about artificial ingredients and additives have led to unprecedented action on the part of major food processors. There was a cascade of announcements early this year from one food manufacturer and restaurant chain after another as they moved to voluntarily remove artificial ingredients from their products. In March, McDonald’s vowed to start sourcing only chickens that had been raised antibioticfree.

Kraft Canada declared in April that its iconic macaroni and cheese would be free of artificial preservatives and synthetic colours by 2016. PepsiCo announced it would be replacing aspartame with a mixture of sucralose and acesulfame potassium in its Diet Pepsi drink come August, citing aspartame as the number one reason consumers were opting not to drink the diet soda.

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May contain … misleading information: Overuse of allergen warnings is putting consumers at risk
Food Navigator
Nordic authorities are cracking down on the unnecessary use of allergen advisory warnings, after the previous review found one fifth of products wrongly labelled.
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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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Alberta project turns manure into liquid gold
Alberta Farm Express
Nick Savidov doesn't mince words when he talks about relying solely on synthetic fertilizer to feed the planet. "The fact is that if we don't learn how to recycle nutrients and water, we are doomed," said the senior research scientist at the Bio-industrial Opportunities Branch of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.
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Mondelez picks 4 Canadian startups to shake up grocery shopping
Canadian Grocer
Mondelēz International has picked eight startups to participate in its Shopper Futures program, which invited tech startups to pitch ideas on how to solve shopper challenges in the snack category.
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Fast-food chains target the snack attack with 'mini' foods
ABC News via The Associated Press
Forget the Big Mac attack. Now is the time of the snack attack. After years of slinging super-sized servings, some fast-food chains are starting to see the benefits of offering daintier bites. That includes mini-hot dogs, little chicken sandwiches and shakes that are smaller than a small.
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National school food program an urgent necessity
Chronicle Herald
Sometimes numbers tell a story. Only 30 per cent to 40 per cent of Canadian children meet Canada's Food Guide recommendations for the minimum number of vegetable and fruit servings per day. The proportion of children being diagnosed with diabetes is increasing, putting these young people at serious future risk for cardiovascular disease, renal disease and lower limb amputations.
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Nunavut's food insecurity problem could be costly for health care system
CBC News
According to a 2012 report, 45 per cent of households in Nunavut were food insecure but little is known about what kind of an impact it's having on the territory's finances, especially when it come to health care spending. In Ontario, researchers estimate food insecurity cost the province an extra billion dollars in 2012, because adults not getting enough nutritious food to eat use health care services more often.
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Powdered caffeine distributors get warning letters from U.S. regulator
CBC News via The Associated Press
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to five distributors of pure powdered caffeine, saying the products put consumers at risk. The letters, which are dated Aug. 27, follow the overdose deaths last year of two young men from Ohio and Georgia.
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The future of fibre
Progressive Grocer
While better-for-you fads may come and go — remember oat bran, cabbage soup, and low-carb diets? — the health halo around fiber-rich foods has been a little more firmly affixed than other foods perceived as keys to a healthy diet.
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You can't spell 'nutrition' without 'nut'
Toronto Star
The noise about nuts' nutritional attributes is louder than ever, and they're available in a growing array of flavours, portions and locations. Spot them in single on-the-go servings in convenience stores or occupying an ever-growing berth of supermarket shelf space. Find them in flavours we're used to seeing on bags of snack foods -- salt and vinegar, chili lime and today's "in" flavour, sriracha. So do nuts' nutritional assets live up to the industry hype?
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Technology trends: HPP most important food technology — now and in the future
Food Navigator
High pressure processing (HPP) will be the most commercially important food processing technology for European industry in the next ten years, according to new data.
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Sobeys Quebec launches certified humane chicken products
Canadian Grocer
In what it believes is a first among Canadian food retailers, Sobeys Quebec has launched its own brand of humanely-certified fresh chicken products. The four 'Certified Humane' cuts–breasts, drumsticks, thighs and flattened chicken–are a wing of Sobeys new Compliments Naturally Simple private label.
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