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Pineapple’s Power!

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As winter settles over the northern hemisphere, a taste of the tropics seems more appealing than ever. Fortunately, pineapple offers numerous health benefits that can help keep winter colds at bay while supporting overall health. Pineapple contains a blend of enzymes called bromelain, which delivers antioxidants and helps the body digest protein. The anti-inflammatory properties …

Food Safety

Record-Breaking Listeria Outbreak Rattles South Africa

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In January, officials in South Africa announced that the total number of people affected by a listeria outbreak had risen to an alarming 767, the biggest listeria outbreak to date. The outbreak has affected nine provinces but is concentrated in the northeastern regions of the country, with two-thirds of cases centered in Pretoria, Johannesburg, and …

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Mexican Broccoli Supplies Beginning To Rebound

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United States Frozen fruit stocks in the U.S.A. are low. Both blueberries and cherries are at lower levels than the past year, while strawberries and raspberries show small increases compared to last year at this same time. Raw material potatoes for processing in the Colombia Basin and Idaho are limited. Processors may be pulling raw material from Canada, however the high cost and limited truck availability …

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Mushrooms Predicted to Gain New Popularity in 2018

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As consumers become increasingly invested in healthy eating, mushrooms are predicted to be one of the hottest foods of 2018. Lion’s mane, reishi, cordyceps, and chaga may all soon be household names. Instead of stir frying or roasting, we’ll see powdered mushrooms in beverages, soups, and desserts, as well as certain cosmetic products. Popular mushrooms …

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Refusal of Inspection May Affect Imported Food

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Before foreign foods arrive in the United States, in most cases the FDA inspects the facilities where the food is produced to ensure that they are compliant with US food safety guidelines. The agency has released a draft of new guidelines for this process that will be available for public comment for 75 days. Under …