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New York, NY—The Board of Directors of the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) has made a unanimous decision to move the 2012 Summer Fancy Food Show to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

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soda and junk food

Asbury Park, NJ—Results from a national poll released by Rasmussen Reports show that 56% of Americans oppose a tax on soft drinks and junk foods, also known as “sin taxes.”

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nuts

HomeFree, maker of organic, allergen-free, whole grain cookies based in Windham, NH, released the results of a nationwide survey revealing that America is confused about the difference between Celiac disease and food allergies.

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Washington, D.C.—Results from an internal audit of the National Organic Program (NOP) call into question its productivity and operations. Since a prior audit in 2005, officials made improvements by implementing corrective actions for eight of the 10 recommendations by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

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Salad Study

 

Yonkers, NY — A study conducted by Consumer Reports shows that packaged salad greens may have bacteria that are common indicators of poor sanitation and fecal contamination.

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Bob's Red Mill

 

Portland, OR — Bob Moore, co-founder of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods celebrated his 81st birthday by announcing on February 15 that the company is now employee owned.

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Grocery News

 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the long-awaited details of the final rule regarding access to pasture for organic livestock. This rule amends the National Organic Program (NOP) regulations to clarify the use of pasture in raising organic ruminants. The final rule provides consumers with certainty that organic livestock production is a pasture-based system in which animals are actively grazing pasture during the grazing season.

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cafe man

A study released on January 6 from researchers at the Stanford Graduate School of Business examined consumer behavior before and after calorie counts were posted on menus, finding that calorie postings led to a six percent reduction in calories per transaction in New York City in 2008.

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