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Government pushes back timeline for deregulation of food container sizes
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The Conservative government has pushed back a plan to deregulate food container sizes this fall after getting an earful from local processors and farmers. The initial plan, backed by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, was to repeal standardized container size regulations for various foods this fall, with a phase-in period. But the government has agreed to consult more widely before moving ahead with the proposal, announced in the federal budget last spring. More



New food regulations could cost jobs, companies warn
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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is changing how food labels are approved and inspected, which means consumers will be putting more trust in food processors, according to one industry expert. The change is a part of the deregulation of food packaging announced in this year's federal budget bill. The CFIA's funding was slashed in the 2012 budget, but officials said that won't affect safety standards. More

Study: Ultrasound can help clean lettuce
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U.S. researchers are using ultrasound waves like waterborne bullets to help kill bacteria on spinach and lettuce. In a recently-reported experiment, food scientists at the University of Illinois showed that adding high powered sound waves to traditional cleaning methods can increase removal of E. coli and other harmful bacteria by 70 to 90 per cent. More

Guar Gum: Stabilized Supply
An exceptional hydrocolloid, Guar Gum is a crucial thickener and emulsifier in many sauces, dressings, and frozen desserts. Prinova offers competitive pricing and reliable inventory, as the market continues to stabilize. more


Agricultural products on the table at Canada-EU trade talks
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Agricultural products are among the key issues as Canada-Europe trade talks entering a crucial stage. The talks in Brussels between International Trade Minister Ed Fast and his European counterpart Karel De Gucht will help determine what concessions can be found to open up markets for grain, beef, pork and dairy products. The agricultural sector includes a lot of sacred cows on both sides, which may be why these negotiations were left to the end. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has joined Fast in Brussels for the talks. More

Council of Canadian Academies releases a new report on women in university research
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The Council of Canadian Academies has released the report of its Expert Panel on Women in University Research, Strengthening Canada's Research Capacity: The Gender Dimension. The report is an in-depth, authoritative analysis of the status of women in university research in Canada and internationally. It provides both an overview of women in university research, and identifies the factors and policies that affect their career trajectories. Through a combination of quantitative and qualitative evidence, and framed by a life-course perspective, this report provides a thorough assessment of the status of women in university research in Canada. More



New technology to revolutionize controlled ripening of fruit
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Materials scientists from The University of Queensland (UQ) are set to revolutionise the fresh fruit industry with a new technology that converts gases into a powder form. Compressed ethylene gas is used extensively to control ripen fruit such as bananas, mangoes, avocados, citrus and tomatoes that are picked at 'commercial maturity', which is a hard green, but mature stage, before ripening has started. More



Drinking green tea with starchy food may help lower blood sugar spikes
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An ingredient in green tea that helps reduce blood sugar spikes in mice may lead to new diet strategies for people, according to Penn State food scientists. Mice fed an antioxidant found in green tea — epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG — and corn starch had a significant reduction in increase in their blood sugar — blood glucose — levels compared to mice that were not fed the compound, according to Joshua Lambert, assistant professor of food science in agricultural sciences. More

Now's the time for High Oleic Sun Oil
High Oleic sunflower oil is very high in monounsaturated fat, resulting in superior stability and longer shelf life for a variety of food applications. Ideal for sauces, spray coatings, non-dairy creamers and frying, high oleic sun oil has a neutral light taste and is an excellent source of Vitamin E. MORE INFO.


Scientists develop obesity-combating bread wheat
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Researchers have developed modified bread and durum wheat that they claim could combat obesity and diabetes using a non-genetically modified technology known as 'TILING'. They say TILING (Targeting Induced Local Lesions in Genomes) can create new wheat varieties with increased levels of resistant starches with amylose, a polymer linked to a lower glycemic responses. A lower glycemic response means that carbohydrates are released more slowly. More



USDA study shows trends in public and private ag R&D
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Analysis published by the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) in the most recent issue of the journal Science examined the relationship between public and private investments in research and development and their importance in agricultural input industries. The Science article is drawn from a recent ERS study that provides new details on the rapid growth and changing composition of private investments in global agricultural R&D and traces the implications for agriculture. More



The nanotechnology revolution and its impact on food
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Nanotechnology has had its greatest impact on material science, which has in turn produced significant changes in electronic devices and also in everyday materials like car bodies and sports equipment. Nanotechnology has also caught the attention of food scientists. Kraft Foods set up the first nanotechnology laboratory devoted to food applications in 1999 and in 2000 organized a consortium of research universities and laboratories to share ideas and information. More



Study finds high fructose corn syrup-global prevalence of diabetes link
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A new study by University of Southern California (USC) and University of Oxford researchers indicates that large amounts of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) found in national food supplies across the world may be one explanation for the rising global epidemic of type 2 diabetes and resulting higher health care costs. More


 
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