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Lead Found in 20% of Baby Food

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Lead was detected in 20% of baby food samples compared to 14% in other foods, according to a new report from the nonprofit advocacy group Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). EDF evaluated data collected and assayed by the FDA between 2003 and 2013. The report found that lead was most common in fruit juices, root vegetables, and cookies. Grape juice topped …

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Product Development Teams Cleaning Up Labels in 2017: Report

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New survey results from Food Processing’s 46th annual R&D survey show that R&D teams are focusing on cleaning up product labels in 2017, ignited by big label changes initially set for 2018, but now delayed, like GMO labeling and the new nutrition fact label. Here are some of the survey highlights. Added sugars, GMO ingredients, and sodium are on the …

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CPI Data: Food Costs Continue to Rise in March

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The upward trend of food costs continues. In March, the overall food index rose 0.3%, following a 0.2% increase in February, according the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) report. Here’s a closer look at the March Index numbers. Steady price hikes for food at home and away from home The cost of both food at home and away from home …

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Potassium-Rich Food Reduces Blood Pressure? Study Says Yes

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What do sweet potatoes, avocados, spinach, beans — and even coffee — have in common? The ability to lower blood pressure, even in high sodium diets, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Physiology. The researchers Alicia McDonough, Luciana Veiras, Claire Guevara, and Donna Ralph looked at the relationship between blood pressure and dietary sodium, potassium, …

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Consumers Confused About Food Labels: Report

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Consumers around the world find food labels, nutritional information, and food production confusing, according to a new survey by Kynetec, commissioned by The Enough Movement. The results show that 80% of consumers look at food labels and food claims. But labels with “organic,” “no hormones added,” and “antibiotic free” shift consumers’ perceptions about what food labels really mean — and …

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Survey Says… Americans Celebrating Easter with Chocolate

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WASHINGTON, March 29, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Roughly 90 percent of Easter baskets will include chocolate or candy, according to a national survey by the National Confectioners Association. “Americans enjoy having chocolate and candy to help make celebrations like Easter even more fun and special,” said John Downs, president & CEO of the National Confectioners Association. “Consumers understand the unique role …

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CPI Data: Food Prices Increased in February

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The price of food rose 0.2% for U.S. consumers in February, following a 0.1% increase to start the year, says the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI). Overall, food prices remained flat last month compared to February 2016. The food and drink index increased last month across the board. While it isn’t a competition (or is it?), non-alcoholic beverages topped the …

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Frozen Fruits and Vegetables Less Healthy? Studies Say No

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Happy Frozen Food Month! Here are three studies whose results show frozen produce doesn’t deserve its reputation for being less healthy than fresh. 1. Frozen vs fresh In 2015, researchers at the University of California at Davis compared the nutrient content for fresh versus frozen corn, carrots, broccoli, spinach, peas, green beans, strawberries, and blueberries. They found no differences between fresh and frozen in …