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Toxic Chemicals Found in Fast Food Packaging

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A new study published in Environmental Science and Technology Letters found that one-third of fast food packaging contains harmful chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs. These chemicals are associated with cancer, hormone problems, obesity, and many other health issues. PFASs are man-made fluorinated chemicals first manufactured over half a century ago to give us products like non-stick cookware, …

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U.S. Food Companies Express Concern Over Trump’s Trade Plans

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One of President Trump’s main campaign promises was that he would renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which he referred to as the “worst trade deal ever.” Now, as Trump pushes forward with his plan, the food industry is starting to push back. Last month, 133 food and agriculture organizations and companies sent a letter to Trump urging him to …

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Report Shows Farm Animal Welfare Increasingly Important to Food Sector

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The 2016 Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) report graded food companies of different sizes, geographies, and sectors on their initiatives to make the supply chain more friendly to animals. While progress is still in its infancy, the report shows opportunities for all food companies and brands — not just premium ones. Read on to learn where the industry currently …

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Oprah and Kraft Heinz Team Up for Mealtime Stories

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Kraft Heinz has teamed up with Oprah Winfrey to create Mealtime Stories, a new line of RTE refrigerated meals. According to the press release, the mission of the new venture is “to create a new line of food that will make real, nutritious products more accessible to everyone.” The company plans to develop, manufacture, and sell the meals in the …

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Meat Industry Issues Statement Supporting Refugees

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President Trump’s executive order effectively stopping immigration from certain countries has drawn rebuke from many industries. On Saturday, North American Meat Institute President and CEO Barry Carpenter added the meat industry to the list, saying in a statement: “Historically, our industry has been an excellent starting point for new Americans. Immigrants and refugees can be an important component of some companies’ labor forces, …

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Consumers Prefer Quick-Service Options While Restaurant Dining Declines

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The restaurant industry will see stalled customer traffic in 2017, according to predictions from market research firm The NPD Group. Visits to quick-service restaurants will see an increase of 1%, and dine-in establishments will see a drop of 2%, NPD estimates. NPD’s restaurant analyst Bonnie Riggs shared some reasons and insight for these predictions with NRN, including: Grocery stores now …

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Survey: Food Sector Mixed On What To Expect Under Trump Administration

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Now that Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States, food companies are waiting to see what impact his administration will have on global trade and regulations. From Trump’s protectionist rhetoric to his recent USDA secretary nomination, many in the global food industry look on with uncertainty. Here are some highlights from the recent just-food 2017 Confidence Survey. Overall trends and …

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Hans Kissle Company, LLC. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Chicken Products Due To Potential Processing Deviation

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Class I Recall 009-2017 Health Risk: High Jan 20, 2017 En Español Congressional and Public Affairs Sarah R. Lichtman (202) 720-9113 Press@fsis.usda.gov WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2017 – Hans Kissle Company, LLC., a Haverhill, Mass. establishment, is recalling approximately 6,348 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products due to a potential process defect, resulting in the potential survival of bacterial pathogens in the …

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Trump Picks Sonny Perdue for Agriculture Secretary

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After interviewing many candidates, President-elect Donald Trump has named his pick for agriculture secretary: former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. The selection isn’t without controversy. One the one hand, NPR reports that Perdue “was a favorite among major farmers’ groups.” On the other, some are concerned that Perdue, who at one time had a grain and fertilizer business, won’t stand up …

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Reducing Food Waste Saves UK £100 Million in 3 Years

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The UK’s Waste and Resources Action Programme saved about  £100 million (approx $360 million USD) and thousands of tons of waste over three years, according to its new report.   In May of 2013, the Courtauld Commitment 3 (CC3) initiated a campaign to reduce waste across the UK by recruiting over 50 food and beverage manufacturers and retailers. Participation was …