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Mexican Broccoli Supplies Beginning To Rebound

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Mexico Coming off one of the worst years in history for processors of frozen broccoli and cauliflower, the situation is starting to look up. Conditions in the Bajio Valley where the majority of both broccoli and cauliflower are now being harvested is good as weather has warmed favoring both quality and volume. The weather forecast is for continued …

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Broccoli Yogurt Promises a New Cure for Cancer Patients

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In Singapore, scientists recently discovered the naturally occurring bacteria and compounds found in yogurt and broccoli become a powerful antidote to colorectal cancer. The researchers created a non-toxic variation of E. coli called E. coli Nissle, a type of bacteria that occurs naturally in the digestive system. To administer the cure, the researchers gave mice …

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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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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 …

Food Safety

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 …

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California Fires Damage Avocado Crop

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United States California’s recent wild fires have hurt all agriculture, especially the avocado and lemon crops. The Thomas fire which spread from Ventura County into Santa Barbara county hit the largest avocado and lemon producing region in the U.S.A. Avocado trees were particularly damaged as they line hillsides which were in the direct path of …