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Canada food safety revamp approved by agriculture committee
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A dramatic overhaul of Canada's food safety system is nearing final approval by policy-makers. The Safe Foods for Canada Act has been passed by the country's Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Foods and will now be passed back to the House of Commons for a third reading. The Act would consolidate Canada's existing food safety statutes, including the Meat Inspection Act, the Fish Inspection Act, the Canada Agricultural Products Act, and the food provisions of the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act. More

Eating genetically modified food is safer than taking a shower
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In the course of every social movement, there is a tipping point when its political influence becomes undeniable. For the civil rights movement, it was the Civil Rights Act of 1964; for the environmental movement, it was the first Earth Day in 1970; for the contemporary women's movement, it was Roe vs. Wade in 1973. Michael Pollan is hoping that the food movement's history-making moment will come today. More

Meat tenderizing can introduce E. coli into steak
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Of all the things Agriculture Canada bacteria researcher Tim McAllister has heard about the E. coli scare in Alberta, one thing scares him: meat tenderization.
 The scientist, who makes his living studying E. coli and other bacteria involving cattle, is worried about bacteria in the medium rare steaks he enjoys eating.

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Health Canada approves health claim on immune health ingredient
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Embria Health Sciences and Praxis Nutri-Pharma have announced that Health Canada has formally approved a new natural health product containing the immune health ingredient EpiCor for the Canadian market. More

Conference serves up ideas on Canadian 'food crisis'
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Experts from across the country have gathered in Edmonton to discuss what they are calling a food crisis in Canada. "We, the individuals, have lost contact with our food," said Susan Roberts, a member of Growing Food Security Alberta. More

Plan to deregulate food package sizes raises ire of processors, farmers
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The size of a bottle of Heinz ketchup is getting plenty of attention on Parliament Hill. A coalition of small-town mayors, farmers and food processors bandied together recently for a lobbying blitz to press Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz to revisit his plans to repeal standardized container size regulations for food. More

Black tea linked to lower Type 2 diabetes risk
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Type 2 diabetes is less common in countries where people often enjoy high tea, a statistical model suggests. The number of people with diabetes has increased nearly six-fold over the past few decades, stimulating interest in how foods could play a role in prevention, researchers said. Calling tea the most widely used ancient hot beverage in the world, a team of French, British and Swiss researchers mined information on tea consumption in 50 countries based on 2009 sales data from a market research firm and looked for any correlation to five major diseases. More

Want the benefits of omega-3s? Skip the pills and go for the real thing
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Everyone has heard about the health benefits associated with omega-3 acids, found in fatty fish (such as salmon and halibut) and in handy capsule form. But it turns out that omega-3 supplements are not only expensive and tough to swallow, they're pretty much useless at preventing strokes, The New York Times reports. More

Pac Vending launches system for freshly baked baguettes
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Pac Vending has launched a vending machine capable of delivering freshly baked baguettes to the customer in one minute. The company would not reveal the exact proprietary process used to bake the bread, which can be dispensed warm in a bag to consumers. More

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Agriculture and food production contribute up to 29 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions
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Feeding the world releases up to 17,000 megatonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually, according to a new analysis released October 30 by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). But while the emissions 'footprint' of food production needs to be reduced, a companion policy brief by CCAFS lays out how climate change will require a complete recalibration of where specific crops are grown and livestock are raised. More

Study aims to uncover the aroma secrets of caramel
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Researchers aiming to identify the aroma compounds behind the distinct smell of aromatic caramel have made 'an important step forward' by identifying the compounds responsible for certain sensory characteristics. The study — published in Flavour and Fragrance Journal — aimed to improve the understanding of the typical compounds responsible for candy (or aromatic caramel) aromas. More

GM tomato packed with 'good cholesterol' could help unblock arteries
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Tomatoes that are genetically engineered to produce a peptide that mimics the actions of 'good' HDL cholesterol could help to reduce heart disease risk factors, suggest researchers. The research – reported at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2012 — reveals animal data that for the first time shows consumption of tomatoes genetically engineered to produce a small peptide that mimics the action of HDL cholesterol could reduce plaque build-ups in the blood vessels. More

6 technologies for rethinking water in food production
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One of the many topics that I've been covering far more closely in the past 18 months is water conservation initiatives by some of the biggest food and beverage companies around. Although this has had far less attention than energy efficiency, it's a really big deal — no water means no product, which means less food. It is in the interest of companies like PepsiCo or Unilever to really focus on how to produce food with far less water. More

Scientists report 'guidelines' for tagatose use in food and beverages
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Using tagatose to sweeten food and drink products has taken a step forward as Korean scientists report the 'first quantitative data on the relationship between the sweetness of tagatose and sucrose over a range of sweetness levels commonly encountered in foods and beverages'. As reported recently by FoodNavigator-USA , Belgian firm Nutrilab NV is preparing to introduce low-calorie, low glycemic bulk sweetener Tagatose to North and South America later this year, six years after dairy giant Arla Foods pulled the plug on the ingredient claiming it was not commercially viable. More

U.K. to introduce country-of-origin labelling on meat
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The U.K. government has announced plans to introduce country-of-origin labelling on meat. The proposal is one of several food labelling rule changes announced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), which said it had pushed for '“stronger labelling across the whole of the EU' and was now implementing those rules in the U.K. More

Health and wellness through nutraceuticals, nutritionals and naturals
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India is rapidly becoming a wellness and health-conscious nation. A robust economic growth rate and resultant increase in per capita income has created awareness on fast-moving health goods. More

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