5@5: General Mills+Organic Valley boost organic dairy | FDA too slow on food recalls, says inspector general

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General Mills in dairy deal with Organic Valley

To boost organic dairy production for its yogurts, General Mills is working with Organic Valley to help establish 3,000 new acres of organic production on 20 dairy farms. Annie's, which is owned by General Mills, uses Organic Valley milk in its macaroni and cheese and yogurt products, and an organic variety of General Mills' Liberte brand yogurt is set to roll out later this summer. Read more at Star Tribune...


Auditors slam FDA for dragging its feet on food recalls

The Office of Inspector General is taking issue with how the Food and Drug Administration handles food safety recalls—specifically, it says that the agency doesn't have proper policies, procedures and timelines in place to ensure that manufacturers promptly initiate voluntary recalls when safety concerns arise. In one instance involving nut butters potentially contaminated with salmonella, OIG says the responsible company didn't issue a recall until almost six months after FDA first identified a potentially adulterated product. In response, FDA says it's "expediting changes already underway to strengthen its compliance and enforcement strategies." Read more at Food Safety News...

Stop trying to solve hunger with corporate food waste

It's a troubling dissonance: This world wastes tons of food, but hunger is still a problem. But schemes that attempt to solve one with other are misguided, because they don't actually address the root causes of either, says Nick Saul, the CEO of Community Food Centres Canada. A better solution, he says, is to think upstream and create a whole-system approach. Read more at Huffington Post...


Blue Apron: Home cookin' for Kroger?

The meal-kit delivery company may be gobbled up before it gets far enough to consider an IPO, by Bloomberg News' analysis. Bloomberg says that as the company seeks funding to grow, it may have also made itself a target for acquisition, and a grocery store would be a logical acquirer, as retailers look to deepen their relationships with customers. Read more at Bloomberg...


Chef Chloe Coscarelli redefines vegan food in Los Angeles

The 28-year-old Cupcake Wars-winning chef has a new restaurant adjoined to the first 365 by Whole Foods Market store recently opened in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. On the menu: Burgers made from lentils, nuts and beans; barbecued seitan and more. Read more at Organic Authority...

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