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Study Reveals Secret to Safe Food Handling at Home: Written Reminders

Hand-washing and thermometer usage are key to reducing foodborne illness. And new research from Kansas State University suggests that encouraging these behaviors may be as easy as including them in recipe instructions. While most people know you should wash your hands, temperature monitoring is less common. The researchers note that using a meat thermometer to check doneness is particularly important …

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USDA Revises Guidance on Date Labeling to Reduce Food Waste

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today issued updated information on food product labeling, including new guidance aimed at reducing food waste through encouraging food manufacturers and retailers that apply product dating to use a “Best if Used By” date label. “In an effort to reduce food loss and …

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Unitherm Food Systems Receives Patent for Process to Bring You Better Bacon

Superheated steam in a spiral oven produces precooked bacon slices that resemble pan-fried bacon cooked at home BRISTOW, OK – December 14, 2016 – Unitherm Food Systems today announces the receipt of U.S. Patent No. 9,510,610 for its process for producing precooked bacon slices in a spiral oven. The process uses superheated steam in an air-free environment to make bacon …

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Mediterranean Spices, Eggs, and Pepper Lead McCormick’s 2017 Flavor Trends

McCormick recently released its predictions on flavor trends for 2017. In the past, the company has predicted the emergence of flavors such as chipotle chilis and coconut water. McCormick’s five flavor focal points for 2017 are: Big, global flavors for your savory breakfast bowl – The report highlights Skhug [pronounced shug], a Middle Eastern hot sauce comprised of Thai bird …

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Coconut, Tonics, and Pastas Top Whole Foods’ List of 2017 Food Trends

Whole Foods recently announced its top food trends for 2017. Their team of experts and trend-spotters compiled a list which includes the following: Wellness Tonics – More than just juice, wellness drinks are expected to gain traction and popularity. Look for drinking vinegars, turmeric elixirs, and other tonics with herbal medicinal ingredients to be the trending beverages. Repurposing Byproducts – …

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Report: Canadian Food Prices to Rise in 2017

Canadians can expect to pay 3-5% more for food next year, according a new report from Dalhousie University. The increase will be driven by big jumps in the meat, vegetables, and fish and seafood sectors. The predicted increase is higher than last year and higher than the normal rate of food inflation, which is pegged at 1-2%. The price increases …

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National Steak and Poultry Recalls Ready-To-Eat Chicken That May Be Undercooked

Class I Recall 115-2016 EXP Health Risk: High Dec 4, 2016 Congressional and Public Affairs Jeremy J. Emmert (202) 720-9113 Press@fsis.usda.gov Editor’s Note: This release is being reissued as an expansion of the November 23, 2016, release to include additional products and production dates. The initial recall included 17,439 pounds of product. This expansion includes an additional 1,976,089 pounds of …

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GMOs, Organic Food, and Public Opinion: New Survey Results

New survey results from the Pew Research Center show that Americans believe organic food is healthier than non-organic, opinions are split about genetically modified food, and people’s opinions about food reflect their ideas about health. Highlights include: 55% of adults surveyed believe organic produce is healthier than conventional, while while 41% say there is no difference. 40% claim most of …

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Germs, Food Safety, and Cooking at Home: FDA Survey Results

The FDA just released data from its latest Food Safety Survey, revealing consumers’ attitudes toward handwashing, raw foods, and other food safety topics. Key Findings: More than half of consumers think they’re more likely to get food poisoning from foods in restaurants than from foods prepared at home. Consumers are more likely to wash hands with soap after touching raw meat …

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Nestle Develops Method to Reduce Sugar in Chocolate

According to a Bloomberg report, Nestle scientists have discovered a new method to reduce sugar in chocolate by up to 40%. Chief Technology Officer Stefan Catsicas told Bloomberg that the company has developed a way to alter the structure of sugar to make it taste sweeter in smaller amount. The new low-sugar products will be available beginning in 2018. The …