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Produce cannot safely be salvaged in flooded areas
Produce cannot safely be salvaged in flooded areas
More rain is in the forecast for many flood-ravaged areas, but in areas where floodwaters have receded, public health officials are warning people to not eat fruits and vegetables from backyard gardens or commercial growing fields that were under water...
New polymer coatings for food-contact surfaces resist microbes
New polymer coatings for food-contact surfaces resist microbes
Special new coatings being investigated by researchers are more resistant to bacteria and other microbes than food-contact surfaces used today, according to a report on a recent symposium hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists.
A snappier way to use food stamps
A snappier way to use food stamps
On July 1, the Agriculture Department was supposed to announce the results of a pilot program that could help the poorest Americans eat healthier, The Washington Post's Rachel Premack reported. The only problem? The program had not even begun.
Which consumer brands are the most innovative? CircleUp picks the top 25 for 2016
Which consumer brands are the most innovative? CircleUp picks the top 25 for 2016
What's the next Just Mayo, KRAVE or Sparkling ICE? If you're looking for some entrepreneurs to watch over the next couple of years, check out CircleUp's 2016 list of the 25 most innovative consumer brands of 2016, 15 of which are in food/beverage.
Mintel report: Grocery retailers compete with food service sector to grab US snackers
Mintel report: Grocery retailers compete with food service sector to grab US snackers
According to data by Mintel, 41 percent of surveyed consumers agreed that "packaged snacks from grocery stores are better than items from snack shops," which means consumer packaged goods retailers are stiff competition for the food service industry wh...
How meat and meat alternatives successfully co-exist
How meat and meat alternatives successfully co-exist
The meat department is one of the most important categories for many food retailers. A successful meat department can help a store differentiate itself from the competition and be a significant driver of sales and foot traffic, according to "The 2016 P...
Fashionable shoppers could foil healthy eating guidelines by inflating market prices
Fashionable shoppers could foil healthy eating guidelines by inflating market prices
Healthy eating guidelines could fall flat as lower income shoppers are increasingly priced out of a market catering for prestige-seekers, a new study suggests.
USDA finalizes rules for Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act
USDA finalizes rules for Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act
The Agriculture Department has announced final rules implementing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that officials say will improve access to healthy food and insure consistent standards for food marketed and served to students.
The app that matches surplus food with the hungry
The app that matches surplus food with the hungry
Plenty of businesses throw a ridiculous amount of catering into the garbage every day, often as people go hungry on the streets outside their office buildings. What if there was a push-button way of matching the surplus with the demand? What if an app...
A balancing act: Why experts say food and beverage M&A is not in a downturn
A balancing act: Why experts say food and beverage M&A is not in a downturn
Food and beverage mergers and acquisitions activity has been sleepy at best in 2016. Unlike 2015, this year has had few "mega deals" that push the needle, save the recently announced Danone-WhiteWave tie-up. But instead of the industry being in turmoil...
Italy sets example on reducing food waste
Italy sets example on reducing food waste
Italy adopted new laws to cut down drastically on food waste - the second such law in Europe, joining France's. So what's the United States doing to reclaim the 30 percent of its food that's simply thrown away?
Codex agrees on salmonella and parasite control guidelines
Codex agrees on salmonella and parasite control guidelines
Guidelines for the control of Salmonella in beef and pork and on hygiene to control foodborne parasites were among the decisions taken during the first day of the Codex Alimentarius Commission meeting. The commission also agreed on a maximum level of i...
Latin America: US meat exporters hail red tape cuts
Latin America: US meat exporters hail red tape cuts
Free trade agreements and less red tape have supported growth in South America, but consumers need educating on American protein, the U.S. Meat Export Federation has warned.
Consumers seek information from unreliable sources
Consumers seek information from unreliable sources
As more food and nutrition information becomes available, more consumers are seeking and trusting information from unreliable sources, defining healthy food by what it does not contain, showing mixed opinions about sugar and bioengineered foods and are...
This frozen food company can't figure out what caused a massive listeria outbreak
This frozen food company can't figure out what caused a massive listeria outbreak
After recalling hundreds of thousands of pounds of its products, CRF Frozen Foods is working to reopen its processing plant in Pasco, Washington. The company has yet to discover what actually caused the massive outbreak, though CRF consultant Gene Grab...
Dairy waste-processing studied
Dairy waste-processing studied
Researchers from four U.S. universities are teaming up with dairy farms across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to study the effect of three different manure-management techniques on preventing the occurrence and spread of anti-microbial-resistant bacter...
GMO food labeling advocates attack bipartisan Senate deal on industry-based labeling rules
GMO food labeling advocates attack bipartisan Senate deal on industry-based labeling rules
Senators have a bipartisan deal to require labeling of genetically modified ingredients nationally, a week before a labeling law in Vermont goes into effect. The deal announced recently by the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Commi...
Agricultural groups comment on FDA risk assessment of manure use
Agricultural groups comment on FDA risk assessment of manure use
Nine agricultural groups recently submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration on its proposal to conduct a risk assessment of foodborne illnesses associated with pathogens found in manure applied to land on which produce is grown.
'Now is the time for brands to experiment with connected packaging in a structured way'
'Now is the time for brands to experiment with connected packaging in a structured way'
Gartner predicts the number of connected products in existence will increase from 5 billion to 21 billion by 2020, which means take up of the internet of things will be rapid, according to Mindshare media agency.
Raw labels and better cooking instructions are not enough
Raw labels and better cooking instructions are not enough
Manufacturers of raw, frozen, breaded and prebrowned stuffed chicken products should expect a visit this summer by inspectors from the field operations office of Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). According to FSIS s...
FDA to America: 'Raw dough's a raw deal'
FDA to America: 'Raw dough's a raw deal'
The Food and Drug Administration cautioned Americans to just say no to raw cookie dough, according to a consumer update.
Researchers develop tool using bacterial genomes to identify isolates
Researchers develop tool using bacterial genomes to identify isolates
Thanks to some Cornell University scientists, the food industry has a new tool for identifying specific isolates behind foodborne illness which utilizes the genomes of Bacillus cereus. The study was published Aug. 9 in the journal BMC Genomics.
USDA could say 'cheese' to $150 million bailout for dairy farmers
USDA could say 'cheese' to $150 million bailout for dairy farmers
Dairy farmers could receive a government bailout for tens of thousands of tons of cheese, pending a response from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
The big business of humanely raised food
The big business of humanely raised food
Perdue Foods is planning a feathered revolution, overhauling how it treats chickens from when they hatch until they're "harvested" for the dinner plate. Perdue said it will retrofit chicken houses with windows, providing light for the animals, and it w...
Brazil to overtake US as world's top meat exporter
Brazil to overtake US as world's top meat exporter
Brazil will continue to challenge the U.S. for the position of being the world's biggest meat producer and exporter over the next decade, according to government estimates.