Daily Archives: July 13, 2012

FDA, UC Davis, Agilent Technologies, CDC Create Food Pathogen Genome Database

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Washington, D.C.; the University of California, Davis, Calif.; Agilent Technologies Inc., Santa Clara, Calif.; and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Washington, D.C., collaborated to create a public database of 100,000 foodborne pathogen genomes to help speed identification of bacteria responsible for foodborne outbreaks.

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Global fight for natural resources ‘has only just begun’

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The global battle for natural resources – from food and water to energy and precious metals – is only beginning, and will intensify to proportions that could mean enormous upheavals for every country, leading academics and business figures told a conference in Oxford.

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Researchers discover almonds have 20% fewer calories

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A study released in the August issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) provides a new understanding of almonds’ calorie count, showing they have about 20% fewer calories than originally thought. The study, conducted by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists, provides yet another reason to choose almonds as a nutritious snack.

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Cargill delivers the first-ever sustainable verified rapeseed oil to Unilever

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Cargill has supplied the first-ever sustainable verified rapeseed oil to Unilever with an initial consignment covering five percent of Unilever’s rapeseed oil needs. In the next three years Cargill’s European refined oils and grain & oilseed businesses will be able to meet all of Unilever’s sustainable rapeseed oil needs, which is used in products including margarines and mayonnaises. As a strategic supplier, Cargill is playing a key role in supporting Unilever’s ambitious target to source 100 percent of its agricultural raw materials as part of its Sustainable Living Plan by 2020.

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Electrostatic spraying method protects against E.coli

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Electrostatic spraying using organic acids could offer the fresh produce industry more effective protection against E. coli than current sanitation methods, according to a new study published in the Journal of Food Science. Relatively simple and quick, the process can access most/all parts of produce surface and offer protection from food pathogens.

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General Mills: Details plans for growth

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General Mills Inc. executives discussed plans to fuel growth in the U.S. and around the world in the company´s new fiscal year at a meeting with investors at the New York Stock Exchange. «Our goal is to deliver consistent, high-quality sales and earnings growth», General Mills Chairman and CEO Ken Powell told investors. «Our strategies are designed to generate balanced growth across our portfolio».

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Grupo Bimbo calls for participants to 2012 research awards

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This Award will be a recognition to the best research papers published during 2011 or 2012 before the close of this invitation, completed in the field of Human Nutrition or Food Science and Technology in the youth and professional categories, for each of the four participating geographical zones, granting a total of 16 awards. These papers should be submitted in English or Spanish.

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