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Cranberry makes food bugs cringe
In just a few years, picnickers who shun artificial preservatives may not have to worry so much about ingesting salmonella with their potato salad. Researchers added cranberry extract to raw ground beef tainted with several types of bacteria that cause foodborne illness. They found that the cranberry extract significantly reduced the growth of E. coli, salmonella and other bacteria in the beef. The research was presented at the annual meeting in June of the Institute of Food Technologists.

When the message hits the masses
It seems word about the risks of trans fat has reached into the cupboards and refrigerators of middle America. Unilever, the leading manufacturer of butter-alternative spreads, has announced that it will reformulate Shedd's Spread Country Crock to eliminate trans fats. Unilever also manufactures Promise and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!, which are already trans-fat-free.

Good news for mushrooms
Mushrooms cap off the list of foods high in antioxidants. According to a researcher at Pennsylvania State University, white button mushrooms have more antioxidants than tomatoes, green peppers or pumpkins. And these common inexpensive mushrooms were more potent than more exotic varieties such as shiitake or oyster mushrooms.

Drink to the environment
Customers who like to stay hydrated with purified water but hate the environmental impact of using dozens of plastic bottles weekly now have another choice. New Wave Enviro Products offers a corn-based half-liter bottle that comes with a chlorine filter attached to a sport top. Consumers can fill the bottle with tap water from their homes. The company says that since the bottle is not petroleum-based, it can be reused up to 90 times, without the fears of leaching chemicals that accompany standard PET bottles. In addition, the bottle biodegrades in 80 days in commercial compost systems.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVII/number 9/p. 28

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