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Federal food safety watchdog says data on tainted beef was delayed
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The federal food safety watchdog says there was a delay in getting data on tainted beef from the Alberta slaughterhouse now under scrutiny in the largest beef recall in Canadian history. George Da Pont began to explain this to reporters during a Calgary media availability with Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz but a federal government staffer cut short the press conference. More




Tories look to amend food safety legislation
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Four years after the Conservative government was hit by a deadly outbreak of tainted meat, it has yet to produce a widely accepted assessment of whether Ottawa has enough inspectors to keep Canadian food safe. The need for such an analysis was one of the main recommendations of Sheila Weatherill, who investigated the 2008 listeriosis outbreak that left 23 Canadians dead. More

Study looks at soy's ability to lower cholesterol
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Can a muffin a day keep the doctor away? Make that two soy-based muffins a day for six weeks, and you could see a decrease in your cholesterol level. Researchers in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences are studying the cholesterol-lowering effects of muffins made with soy flour compared to muffins made with wheat flour. More

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IUFoST Lifetime Achievement & Young Scientist Awards — 2012 Nominations open
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The International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) announced that it is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Lifetime Achievement and Young Scientist Excellence Awards. More



Cocoa flavanols give snail brains a boost
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Cocoa flavanols found in dark chocolate called epicatechin can improve the memories of snails, according to researchers. A study published in The Journal of Experimental Biology by Lukowiak et al. found that the strength and length of snail memories could be enhanced by exposure to epicatechin, a flavonoid found in chocolate, wine and green tea. More

Companies look at developing tastier 'mid-calorie' snacks
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Nonfat cheese that tastes like plastic. Low-calorie soda that leaves a bitter aftertaste. Sugar-free brownies that crumble like Styrofoam. Snack brands like Dreyer's/Edy's ice cream, Hershey's chocolate and Lay's potato chips are trying to solve the age-old dieter's dilemma by rolling out so-mid-calorie goodies that have more fat and calories than the snacks of earlier diet crazes but less than the original versions. They're following the lead of soda companies like Pepsi and Dr Pepper that introduced mid-calorie drinks last year. More



Institute to certify food scientists
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The Institute of Food Technologists has launched the Certified Food Scientist program. Through the program, food scientists will be formally recognized for their experience and expertise so they can distinguish themselves throughout their professional careers, according to a news release. The program also will assist employers in identifying, hiring and retaining talent and meeting demand for knowledgeable food scientists throughout the food system, according to a news release. More

Study: Sensory cues could alter satiating power of foods and drinks
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Altering the sensory characteristics of high energy foods could help industry to produce more effective weight control foods, according to new research. The research — published in Food Quality and Preference — examined how manipulating the sensory and labelling characteristics of a high-energy fruit yoghurt beverage would affect the product's satiating power. VOIR PLUS

Study: Fish oils not the answer for heart health
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Omega-3 fatty acids, found in oily fish such as sardines and salmon and once touted as a way of staving off heart disease and stroke, don't help after all, according to a Greek study. Based on a review and analysis of previous clinical trials including more than 68,000 participants, Greek researchers whose report appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association said the fatty acids have no impact on overall death rates, deaths from heart disease, or strokes and heart attacks. More

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Study: Fat-rich diets set young up for shorter life span
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Fat-and calorie-rich junk-food diets are leading to typically middle-age diseases in children and setting them up for potential strokes when they're in their 30s and 40s, Canadian researchers are warning. What's more, the ongoing research suggests junk-food diets may alter the brain's anatomy, prematurely aging and damaging the network of blood vessels that supply it with oxygen. More

Study: Cherries could lower risk of gout attack
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A tart, sweet fruit could help to decrease gout attacks among people with the condition, according to a new study. The research, published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism, shows that eating cherries over two days reduced the risk of experiencing a gout attack by 35 per cent. And the effect was even greater when the cherries were consumed in conjunction with the gout drug allopurinol, decreasing the risk of attacks by 75 per cent compared with no cherries or drug. More



FAO: World food prices rise, stay close to crisis levels
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World food prices rose in September and are seen remaining close to levels reached during the 2008 food crisis, the United Nations' food agency said, while cutting its forecast for global cereal output. The worst drought in more than 50 years in the United States sent corn and soybean prices to record highs over the summer, and, coupled with drought in Russia and other Black Sea exporting countries, raised fears of a renewed crisis. More

Sandia probability maps help sniff out food contamination
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Uncovering the sources of fresh food contamination could become faster and easier thanks to analysis done at Sandia National Laboratories' National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC). The study, in the International Journal of Critical Infrastructures, demonstrates how developing a probability map of the food supply network using stochastic network representation might shorten the time it takes to track down contaminated food sources. More



Olive oil 'waste' backed for functional beverage formulation
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Antioxidant-rich 'waste' from olive oil production could be useful in the formulation of functional health drinks, suggest researchers. The study — published in the Journal of Functional Foods — examines the potential applications of olive mill waste waters in the preparation of functional drinks, and assesses the potential impact of beverage formulation factors on the bioavailability of antioxidants from the olive processing by-product. More

Study: An apple a day keeps cholesterol at bay
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Daily consumption of an apple or apple polyphenols could help to 'keep the doctor away' by lowering levels of LDL cholesterol by up to 40 per cent, suggest researchers. The study — published in the Journal of Functional Foods — revealed that consumption of one apple per day for four weeks lowered levels of artery hardening low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in blood by 40 per cent. More



ConAgra taps into comfort food trend as new data shows frozen category sales have stagnated
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Volumes in the U.S. retail frozen foods market are going backwards, according to a new report from Packaged Facts published just as ConAgra unleashed its latest innovation in the category — new baked entrees under the Healthy Choices brand. It blamed the category funk on a series of factors from misconceptions about the merits of frozen versus fresh prepared food, to lackluster merchandizing. More

Scientists create cow that produces hypoallergenic milk
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Allergic to milk? A genetically engineered cow from New Zealand may be here to help. Through genetic modifications, scientists at the government-owned research facility AgResearch have bred a cow that does not produce a protein known to cause milk allergies in many children More

Inspection modernization: IMO invitation
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The Federal Budget 2011 provided the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) with funding over five years to modernize and strengthen food safety in Canada. This represents an exciting opportunity for the CFIA to build on the existing foundation and improve current inspection approaches and tools. More

 IMO Invitation: Additional industry face-to-face sessions across Canada in September and October 2012

Area Date Time Language Location
Drummondville, QC October 15, 2012 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. French Best Western Plus Hôtel Universel, 915 Hains Street, Drummondville (QC)
Mississauga, ON October 17, 2012 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. English Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport, 970 Dixon Road, Toronto (ON)




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