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Grocery Manufacturers Association and Food Marketing Institute Launch New Nutrition Labeling System
Thursday, January 27, 2011 (990 reads)


Food and beverage manufacturers and retailers, the Grocery Manufacturers Association and Food Marketing Institute launched Nutrition Keys, a voluntary front of pack nutrition labeling system that places calories, saturated fat, sodium and total sugars content on packaging. The Nutrition Keys icon on some products will also display information about "nutrients to encourage" that are important for a healthy diet but are under-consumed by the general population, including fiber, vitamin D and iron.



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Reportable Food Registry Works to Prevent Illness, says FDA
Thursday, January 27, 2011 (747 reads)


In its first annual report on the efficacy of its Reportable Food Registry (RFR), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said that it is preventing foodborne illness outbreaks. The report summarizes use of the online food safety reporting tool during its first year, from September 2009 to September 2010. There were 2,240 entries logged during the period, including 229 primary reports, with 1,872 follow-up reports and 132 amended reports, the FDA said.
 



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Milk Production for 2010 Up 1.8% over 2009
Thursday, January 27, 2011 (830 reads)


The recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report indicated that milk production for 2010 totaled 192.7 billion lbs., up 1.8% from 2009. After a slight decline in 2009, production is resuming the up-trend. The report also stated that USDA estimates milk production to increase another 1.4% this year.



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USDA Predicts Rising Food Prices in 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011 (808 reads)


The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has said it expects the Consumer Price Index to rise by 2 to 3 percent in 2011, ending a period of near-stagnant food price inflation over the past two years. The USDA said that higher food commodity and energy prices were behind the expected rise in prices, and the impact is likely to be even greater for meat and dairy prices, which were hit by higher feed costs in 2010.



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Study Suggests Sodium Reduction in Dairy Food May be Challenging
Thursday, January 27, 2011 (1040 reads)


New research suggests that reductions in the sodium content of dairy foods may be more noticeable in simpler products and require appropriate labeling to be acceptable to consumer taste buds.
 



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Major Dairy Company Selects GEA Process Engineering France For Turn-Key Process of Sweet Whey
Thursday, January 27, 2011 (955 reads)


Madeta AS, a major private dairy company in the Czech Republic, has selected GEA Group to offer a complete turn-key evaporator to process sweet whey.



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3-A SSI Announces Accreditation Exam for Expanded Inspection Programs
Thursday, January 27, 2011 (705 reads)


Applications are now available from 3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc. (3 A SSI) for candidates interested in obtaining certification as a 3-A SSI Certified Conformance Evaluator (CCE).  Individuals who meet application requirements will be eligible to sit for the accreditation exam on May 16, 2011, at The Wyndham Milwaukee Airport Hotel and Convention Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in conjunction with the 3-A SSI 2011 Annual Meeting and Education programs.     



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Cheese Industry Pledges to Continue Drive to Reduce Sodium and Educate Consumers
Monday, January 24, 2011 (1005 reads)


US cheese companies have agreed to step up efforts to reduce the sodium content in cheese and educate consumers about the limits of sodium reduction.



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Glanbia Bulks up Consumer Presence with $144M Sports Supplements Acquisition
Thursday, January 20, 2011 (832 reads)


Glanbia has kicked off 2011 by making its second major US sports supplements acquisition in three years – with the $144m debt-free acquisition of leading pre-workout powder specialist, Bio-Engineered Supplements and Nutrition.



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Study Suggests That Enriched Milk Fats May Aid Weight Control
Thursday, January 20, 2011 (717 reads)


Milk fats, used as ingredients in confectionary and bakery, could be enriched with compounds called diacylglycerols which may aid weight control, according to a team of Dutch researchers.



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