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Is Canada's food safe?
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A CBC News examination of Canada's food safety record over the last decade reveals mixed results. A decade ago, nearly 1,200 cases of E.coli per year were reported by the provinces. The number shrunk to 428 in 2011, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. More




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IUFoST partners with Hi Europe to present Lifetime Achievement and Young Scientist Excellence Awards
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The International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) presented the 2012 Lifetime Achievement and Young Scientist awards to David Lineback and Yapeng Fang respectively, in conjunction with the NuW Excellence Awards. These awards, in partnership with Hi Europe, were presented recently at the awards ceremony that also included recognition for industry innovation. More

Vanillin / Ethyl Vanillin: Superior Sweet Flavor
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University of Guelph Bioproducts Centre receives $2 million from feds
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The University of Guelph's Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre (BDDC) has received $2 million from the federal government. The funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario will be used to purchase equipment and to expand the centre. BDDC scientists turn plant materials into resins, polymers and tough fibres to make biobased plastics and bioproducts. More

No word yet on AgriRecovery for Ontario apple and tender fruit growers
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Ontario's crop insurance provider, Agricorp, says it will pay out an estimated $27.04 million in apple insurance claims this year because of crummy weather conditions. Most of the payouts relate to frost damage that happened in the spring when sustained summer like temperatures in March accelerated blossom growth then frosts in April wiped them out. There was also damage to Ontario's tender fruit crops because of the same weather problems but Agricorp spokesperson Stephanie Charest didn't have numbers yet for tender fruit claims. More



Industry-led R&D a top priority in feds' 5-year agriculture plan
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Agriculture Canada is partnering with the provinces and territories to invest $3 billion in agricultural innovation over the next five years, but opposition parties are raising concerns that the funding comes at the expense of business risk management programs that protect farmers in bad years. More



Ag deans address drought, food and the role of science
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We just went through an entire political campaign in which almost no one mentioned science. But what else has a greater impact on people's lives? When Hurricane Sandy tore a path of death and destruction along the Eastern Seaboard last month, scientists saved untold numbers of lives because they were able to predict the storm's severity and impact which allowed communities to prepare much better than they ever have in the past. More

EU scientists attempt to crack the nut on falling bee populations
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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a review of scientific studies and risk assessments related to the decline in bee populations worldwide and in Europe. A final report next year will identify information gaps and research needs in the field. Bees are some of nature's most prolific pollinators but their numbers have been declining for years, a fall blamed on a host of environmental risks — including agricultural chemicals and loss of natural habitat. More

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Frito-Lay slammed over new caffeinated Cracker Jack'D snack
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The Center for Science in the Public Interest has slammed Frito-Lay on its plans to launch a caffeinated version of its Cracker Jack'D snack. The U.S. nutrition and health advocacy group said Frito-Lay's newly developed caffeinated snack line is a violation of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and will set a bad precedent for other food manufacturers to use caffeine in products. More



Cadbury develops temperature tolerant chocolate
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Mondelez International-owned Cadbury has filed a patent for a chocolate that can tolerate hot climates by re-refining the chocolate after the conching step. Patent applicant Cadbury U.K. said that the development presented huge opportunities for the chocolate, biscuit and snacks industries. The process may be of use for Mondelez in Brazil and India — two hot countries where it is concentrating its chocolate efforts. More

U.S. baker Hostess Brands to wind up business
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Hostess Brands has won permission from the US Bankruptcy Court for the wind down of its business and the sale of its assets. The wind down will mean the closure of 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centres, around 5,500 delivery routes, 570 bakery outlet stores and the loss of 18,500 jobs. More



Harmonizing food safety regs could make 'huge difference' to food wastage
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Zero and very low tolerance of certain food additives and ingredients can lead to enormous — and entirely unnecessary — food wastage, according to Aleksandra Martinovic, Montenegro ambassador of the Global Harmonization Initiative. Martinovic called for greater harmonization of food safety regulations in order to avoid situations in which large quantities of foods are recalled and discarded because of a very small risk from unauthorized levels of additives. More



Butternut squash pectin shows promise as a food additive
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Pectin extracted from by-products of processing of vegetables like butternut and beetroot show promise for stabilizing emulsions and could offer interesting new ingredients for emulsion-based foods. Researchers from Argentina and Wales report that pectin from both butternut beetroot were able to stabilize food emulsions for 30 days with the 'oil-water interface are rich in protein and/or polyphenols'. More


 
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